This interesting tour activity can be enjoyed from only three African countries that is Uganda,Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo on the Virunga ranges of Africa.
Where to Go Gorilla Trekking
Uganda is habituated with half of these endangered creatures (about 440) found in BwindiImpenetrable Natural Forest and Mgahinga National Park. Altogether Uganda is blessed with 14 gorilla families or groups where 11 of these (Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Bitukura, Nshongi, Mishaya, Nkuringo, Oruzogo and Kahungye gorilla group) are found in BwindiImpenetrable Natural Forest and 1 in Mgahinga National Park ( Nyakagezi ) with 10 family members.
These creatures only reside in the areas of high altitude which explains why they only exist in the Virunga ranges of Africa and always keep to these areas.Every tourist to Uganda,makes it a point to include Mountain Gorilla Tracking on his “Tour Menu” while in Uganda. It is such a heartwarming experience to watch gorillas as they play in the fruitful trees and among the tree branches. Many tour operators do offer both luxury and budget gorilla tours to Bwindi impenetrable forest in South Western Uganda and Mgahinga National Park. Other than trekking the endangered species of wildlife, the mountain gorillas, from Bwindi and Mgahinga you can also treat yourself to hiking, mountain biking, interactive cultural and nature walks with the Batwa people among others and birding.
A gorilla trip is one of the best guided adventures that reward in the end with sightings of the mountain gorillas in their natural homes. In order to take a gorilla trek in any location, one needs to have a gorilla permit. A gorilla permit in Uganda is currently at USD $600 and USD 750 in Rwanda. Gorilla permits can be obtained from the Uganda Wildlife Authority for Uganda and the Rwanda Development Bpard in Rwanda. However it is easier to secure your gorilla permit from a local tour operator than through these organizations. Please note that gorilla permits are issued on the first come first serve basis and therefore it is advised to book early for your gorilla permits most especially during the peak months of June – September and December – March.
Therefore it’s best to have your permit booked in advance (2-3 months to your visit). It’s also advisable to come with tracking gears; strong shoes/boots, long sleeved shirts /blouses, cameras, cap, sun glasses, hats to shield from hot sunshine, etc.