Gorilla Trekking Tours, Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda
Mountain Gorilla Trekking is a very exceptional Safari Activity to be adventures and experienced in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In Uganda travelers can track the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park where as in Rwanda these can be tracked in the stunning Volcanoes National Park in Ruhengeri.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo there are both Mountain Gorillas which can be tracked in the prominent Virunga National Park and Eastern Lowland Gorillas that can be tracked in Kahuzi Biega National Park.
The Best time to Visit Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo for Gorilla Trekking
Travelers transferring to trek the Mountain Gorillas and Eastern Lowland Gorillas can visit the Countries anytime around the year although the Best Time to Visit for Gorilla Trekking is during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February. During this time the trails are navigable and photography is clear due to the short vegetation.
The Rainy Season is not appropriate since the trails are slippery hence difficult to trek on.
Gorilla trekking process
The Gorilla Trekking Process in all these destinations is similar as it requires you to transfer from one place to another in the forest vegetation searching for the Gorillas for a period of 3-5 hours and when you meet them, only an hour is authorized to stay in their presence taking photos to keep for memories.
The Procedure requires you to transfer to the Park Headquarters with your valid Gorilla Trekking permits to be distributed in groups of 8 people per Gorilla Group to be briefed on the Dos and Don’ts around the Gorillas then with a skilled ranger guide, you will penetrate the Forest vegetation to track the Gorillas in their natural forest vegetation habitat.
After trekking the Mountain Gorillas, you will transfer back to the headquarters for your Gorilla Trekking Certificate to keep for memories.
The Gorilla Trekking Permit can be obtained through the valid Tour Organizations and their cost varies from one country to another. For example in Uganda the Gorilla Trekking Permits cost US $600 per person interested, in Rwanda they cost US $1500 and US $400 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These will allow you access to track the Mountain Gorillas and Eastern Lowland Gorillas on Gorilla Trekking Adventure Tour.
How to Obtain A Gorilla Trekking Permit
A Gorilla Trekking Permit can be obtained using two options in each of the Countries.
- In Uganda, the Gorilla Trekking permit can be obtained through contacting the Uganda Wildlife Authority Direct by emailing/ calling them to retain you a permit. You can as well as contact and book a Gorilla Trekking Tour with Active African Vacations Limited to enjoy every bit around the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park.
- In Rwanda, the permit can be obtained through contacting the Rwanda Development Board or book your safari with a valid Tour Operator Agency to track the Mountain Gorillas of Volcanoes National Park.
- In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the permit can be obtained directly by contacting the L’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) by emailing/ calling them or you can book your Gorilla Tour with a valid Tour Operator Agency.
What you should Carry for Your Gorilla Trekking Tour
Planning to transfer for a Gorilla Trekking Tour in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, we recommend you carry and wear the following Gear to enjoy every bit in the presence of the Mountain and Eastern Lowland Gorillas.
- Rain Jacket
- Long Sleeved Shirts/ T-shirts
- Camera with no flash
- Long Trousers/ pants not jeans
- Woolen Gardening Gloves
- Bottled water
- Hiking/ Trekking Boots
- Woolen warm socks
Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations
- Keep a distance of 7 meters away from the Gorillas.
- Carry a valid Gorilla Trekking Permit to trek the Gorillas.
- You are allowed to track the Gorillas in groups of 8.
- Only an hour is allowed to stay in the presence of the Gorillas taking numerous photos.
- Children of 12 years and above are allowed to track the Gorillas.
- When you are ill/ sick, cancel your trekking experience for Gorillas are vulnerable to human illnesses.
- When approached by a Gorilla/ Silverback Gorilla, follow the instructions of your ranger guide to avoid any trouble, Accidents.
- Gorillas are tracked for a period of 3-5 hours in their thick forest vegetation habitat.
- Do not sneeze in the face of the Gorillas
- When you need to help yourself, you should leave the group into the forest then dig a hole of 4 meters then help yourself. After, cover the hole with soil and continue with the group.
- Do not startle/ make noise in the presence of the Gorillas.
- Keep silent and calm in front of them.
- Carry a camera with no flash to take photos of the Gorillas in their habitat.