Best place for gorilla trekking 2023/2024; Gorilla trekking is an exceptional and one of the most popular activities in Africa that attracts many tourists and it involves visitors moving on foot into the tropical rainforests in search of the habituated gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in Africa is done in different countries that is Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Where to go for gorilla trekking 2023/2023
Gorilla trekking in Uganda
Uganda is one of the best place for gorilla trekking due to the fact that it harbors the highest number of mountain gorillas which are found in two national parks including Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park,Best place for gorilla trekking 2023/2024
Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in south western part of Uganda in Kanungu district and it’s a home of over 22 habituated gorilla families which are found in four sectors namely Nkuringo sector in the south, Buhoma sector in the north, Ruhija sector in the east and Rushaga sector in the south. Bwindi impenetrable national park also offers gorilla habituation experience where the wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to human presence for trekking.
Mgahinga gorilla national park is another gorilla trekking destination in Uganda located in southwestern region in Kisoro district bordering with Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park. Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home of one habituated gorilla family called Nyakagezi which is available for trekking daily, Best place for gorilla trekking 2023/2024
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes national park which is located in north western part of Uganda in Musanze village. Volcanoes national park is a home of about 10 habituated mountain gorilla families which are open for trekking on a daily basis.
Gorilla trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo
Gorilla trekking in Congo is done in two national parks that is Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park which harbors the Eastern lowland gorillas. Virunga national park is a home of about 8 habituated gorilla families and Kahuzi Biega national park is a home of about 5 habituated gorilla families that are available for trekking daily.
Gorilla trekking experience
Gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will be subdivided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and an experienced park guide who is conversant with gorilla trekking trails. Trekking of the mountain gorillas takes about 2 hours to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other wildlife species and once the gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn about their behaviors, lifestyle, watch the gorillas carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, playing, grooming young ones, take photos and record videos to show people back home after the safari.
Best time to go gorilla trekking
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Volcanoes national park, Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park can be done anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period, there is less or little rainfall in the gorilla destinations therefore access roads and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trails are muddy and slippery which make gorilla trekking difficult.
Cost of gorilla trekking permits 2023/2024
Gorilla trekking permits are legal documents that are issued to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit habituated gorilla families and spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Cost of gorilla trekking permits vary depending on the gorilla destination you will be visiting for example a gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park costs 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens, Best place for gorilla trekking 2023/2024
A gorilla trekking permit in Volcanoes national park costs 1,500 USD per person for all nationalities and a gorilla trekking permit in Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park costs 400 USD per person for all nationalities.
How to book gorilla trekking permits 2023/2024
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo can be booked through a trusted our operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us with the date, months, year and gorilla destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability on your preferred dates and if there are no permits available, you will be asked to choose another date that has availability. Once you’ve picked the date with permit availability, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. When we receive the money, we will purchase the permits on your behalf.
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo should however be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because they are competitive and usually get sold out quickly especially during the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February therefore in order to avoid last minute disappointments, you are advised to book in advance.
Gorilla trekking is an adventurous and exceptional activity that can either be done in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Volcanoes national park, Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park depending on your preference. For more information, do not hesitate to reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for various gorilla trekking packages.