What is Gorilla Trekking?
Gorilla Trekking offers travellers a chance to enjoy a more adventurous level of jungle experience to meet the amazing creatures Mountain Gorillas. During your gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo you will rub shoulders with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Only eight visitors are allowed to view each gorilla family every day and our expert guides will explain the etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback.
Gorilla trekking for Uganda-Rwanda
Laba, Africa Expeditions will take you into the dark jungles of Rwanda and Uganda on our discounted Gorilla trekking tours to Rwanda and Uganda. You will walk into two Mountain Gorilla National parks is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga National Park in Uganda or Choose to Trek gorillas Volcanoes National Park Rwanda.
We are experts in Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda so we shall take care of all your Gorilla trekking Tour from the moment you arrive at the airport till you leave. Do you want to trek gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda trip? We shall book the gorilla permits at no extra fees and book those great accommodations in the best place of the forests.
Laba Africa Expeditions not only specialise in gorilla tracking safari tours to Uganda and Rwanda we tailor-make safaris in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Congo and African safaris in selected East African destinations. We are local gorilla trekking and gorilla booking one-stop centre and safari experts. we can find the perfect holiday experience for you. Whether you want to breathe the air of the African savanna, hike Kilimanjaro or Rwenzori Camp with the Mundari cattle camp in South Sudan. We package the best that African has in store.
Where to see Gorillas?
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda can be done in Virunga mountain ranges that are between Uganda, DRC and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park are home to over 600 mountain gorillas. Rwanda is one of the best places to see mountain gorillas. It has ten groups available for tracking, including the Susa group which lives high up on Mount Karisimbi and was studied by famous primatologist Dian Fossey.
The downside is that Rwanda’s permits are expensive at US$1500. With super-luxury accommodation now available in Musanze, Rwanda is offering great experiences but that comes at a high cost.
The best Gorilla trekking tours in Uganda are in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Bwindi has 13 groups and around 400 gorillas and 300 gorillas in Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park, bordering DRC and Rwanda.
The hiking can be tougher in Uganda unlike in Rwanda – there’s a reason it’s called impenetrable – but some groups are easier to reach than others. And the permits cost just US$700 vs 1500$ in Rwanda.
DR Congo is unique it has both lowland and mountain gorillas. Mountain Gorilla trekking in Congo is done in Virunga National park. Trekking in the Virunga Volcanoes takes place at higher elevations above 2,100 meters above sea level
Compared with Uganda and Rwanda, in comparison with her neighbours receives very few tourists very adventurous and cheapest gorilla permits. US$500. You can also do lowland Gorilla trekking in Congo’s Kahuzi Beiga National Park they are bigger than mountain gorillas. The downside is the security in Congo that is fragile. We organize tours here for those adventurous travellers and Photographers.
What your Gorilla trekking experience will be like!
Gorillas are not just around the corner The actual gorilla trek in Uganda, Gorilla trek in Congo. And Gorilla trek in Rwanda can take anywhere from 1 to 8 hours.
The trek can seem easier at the start but things immediately change when you reach the jungle proper. You might not see the path for you to follow. Just the gap the ranger guide has forced in between the trees with casual swings of his machete.
Gorilla trekking will involve hikes up and down difficult terrain, thick vegetation, muddy paths, hills and valleys, sometimes to altitudes of more than 3700 meters above sea level.
In the same way, Gorilla Trekking can be quite difficult for unfit Gorilla trekkers. Please let us in advance and we can arrange something for you should you consider yourself unfit.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda vs Rwanda vs Congo
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
- Short drives to Volcanoes National Park
- Gorilla Trekking is easier in Rwanda vs Uganda and Congo
- Gorilla permits are very expensive in Rwanda $1500. On the other hand, in Uganda is $700 and actually 4 times expensive than in Congo
- Fewer options for affordable lodges in Rwanda vs Uganda. Lodges in Rwanda tend to be high end while Uganda has more or budget and midrange lodges and Congo has midrange.
- Rwanda is safe, peaceful and clean with very high standards.
- Rwanda and Congo have no options for Gorilla habituation while Uganda has a Gorilla habituation experience where you accompany researchers and Gorilla doctors to have a front seat on gorilla conservation efforts.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda
- Long but scenic drives from Entebbe airport (8 hours) Domestic flights are available on Aero link Uganda
- Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda at $700 are way more affordable than $1500 in Rwanda
- There is a wide range of accommodation especially budget and midrange
- Gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi are harder to reach you will need to walk deeper in the jungle unlike in Rwanda and Congo
- The drive inside Bwindi is bumpy, no paved roads in the forests unlike in Rwanda with clean and paved roads
- It is possible to go for Gorilla habituation in Uganda unlike in Rwanda and Congo. During your Gorilla habituation experience, you accompany researchers and Gorilla doctors to have a front seat in gorilla conservation efforts and protection
Availability of Permits
There are 152 permits available in Uganda, 80 in Rwanda, and 64 in DR Congo. Booking in advance is very essential.
- It is possible to do safaris on top of your gorilla’s trekking in Uganda. There are six Savannah Parks with abundant wildlife for your Big-5 African Safari plus Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda. On the other hand, Rwanda has the excellent Akagera National Park with few animals but beautiful sceneries.
Gorilla trekking in the DRC
Gorilla trekking in DR Congo is currently closed due to current military operations against the rebels and the recent volcanic eruptions that are still active.
There are currently six habituated families in the DRC. Although this number is always in flow as new families can be created from breakups from the existing ones. Or a family from Rwanda could travel across as it happened in the opposite direction in the past.
All the gorillas are found in the southeastern part of the Virungas National Park. On the border with Rwanda and Uganda. Gorilla permits cost 400$ here.
Now comparing Gorilla trekking Uganda vs Rwanda and Congo.
Prices: For many people, the most deciding factor is prices/ affordability and safety. If it’s for prices only, then Congo gorilla trekking could be the best bet. However, the security situation in DR Congo is volatile and kidnappings involving tourists have happened before.
If you’re a budget traveller or midrange-semi-luxury in our unbiased opinion its Uganda is the best destination for you. In Uganda, you have gorilla permits for 700$ and affordable from 50$ to 1000$ for lodges. Unlike in Rwanda that only offers high-end experience with gorilla permits costing $1500 and lodges that go for 2500$ per night.
- For the luxury traveller, Rwanda would suit you perfectly because it has some of the best high-end lodges in Africa. Like Singita, Bisate lodge, One&Only among others the luxury experience that you won’t get in Uganda and Congo.
- Both Uganda and Rwanda are some of the safest places in Africa for Gorilla trekking
We shall leave the choice to you now that we have put all the cards on the table. In case you want an adrenaline-pumping adventure experience in some of the least visited places in the world. In that case, it is Virunga National Park in DR Congo.
Suppose you want to trek Gorillas in a modern country that represents the hopefully future face of Africa. In that case, Rwanda is the place for you to track Gorillas.
In case you want that Primate Trek in Africa as you dreamt of it it, but even better. Then “concentrate on Uganda” for your Primate Trek, flora and fauna, adrenaline, culture and diversity.
Uganda, out of the three countries, is the one that offers the most. Lonely Planet said, ” Uganda is all of Africa concentrated into one country.” No wonder Winston Churchill called it “the Pearl of Africa.”
Nevertheless, We specialize in tailor-made Gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo
Where does the money earned from gorilla trekkings go to?
Much of the money from gorilla trekking go to the protection of national parks and gorillas. Similarly, 10% of the revenue goes to local communities. In this way, one ensures that local people do not become farmers and therefore do not cut down trees for agriculture. Schools and roads are also being built with profits from gorilla treks. The rest of the money goes to the governments of these countries.
What is the best time to go gorilla trekking?
Although it is possible to go on gorilla trekking in Uganda, Congo and Rwanda all year round. The dry months are the best. The best time for gorilla trekking is December to February and June to September.
What to Pack/Wear on the Gorilla trekking tour?
Gorilla Permits and Passport: You will be required to show your gorilla permit and passport at park offices before beginning your trek
Hiking Boots: High-quality hiking boots will ensure a better grip of the hilly and sometimes muddy terrain Gorilla trekking involves climbing steep hills and valleys.
A Rain Jacket and sweater: This is important especially in the rain season Gorillas are found in tropical rain forests. And rain should be expected at any time regardless of the season.
Headband and Hair Ties: Your hair could get caught in the branches of the trees
A hat, Sunglasses and sunscreen: These will protect you from the suns heat especially during the dry season.
Camera with strong battery and memory: You cannot go for a safari in Africa without a good camera. How will your friends and know about your experience of African safaris?. But remember African animals hate flash so be sure not to use the flashlight
Binoculars: You will encounter a lot of animals during your gorilla trekking safari and bird species that would require you to have a good pair of binoculars.
Phone sim card: We can help you through a quick registration when you arrive so that you have a sim card to keep communicating with your loved ones while on a safari.
Have a simple first aid kit with you.