Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is home to approximately half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas – the largest living primates on earth. Uganda has two national parks where one can go gorilla trekking;
A recent 2012 Gorilla census puts the total population in Bwindi at around 420 gorillas, up from 302 individuals in 2006. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park now has as many as 14 habituated gorilla families available that can be visited by tourists. Each group allows a maximus of 8 tourists thus a total of 112 gorilla permits are available everyday. These gorilla families can be tracked from various ranger posts in four different locations in Bwindi; – Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo.
Mgahinga National Park has only one habituated gorilla group. The Nyakagezi group often roams and cross to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. For the past two years the group has been stable in Uganda and gorilla permits for this group can be booked at the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices or at the park headquarters.
Locations for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Here are the different groups and the locations where one can stay in order to visit these gorillas.
Why Go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Uganda is unique for mainly three features that you would not find anywhere else in the world. The gorilla, chimpanzee and the river Nile. This country always refered to as the “Pearl of Africa” prides itself in being home to more than 50% of the worlds mountain gorillas.
Mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and the Virunga Mountains offers the best viewing opportunity in the world for these rare primates and is the highlight of any visitor touring Uganda. A priceless experience!
A face to face encounter with chimpanzees in tranquil forests, around Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale forest national parks , the unique setting of the Rwenzori’s, rafting on the Nile, the wild game, hospitable people with varying cultures and traditions, favourable weather conditions, a variety of animal and bird species and breathtaking scenery along the equator are just spectacular.
There are several gorilla safari adventures that take you through beautiful parks in total comfort and expertise with skilled staff and tour guides subscribing to the highest standards of moral ethics in the tourism industry. With us customer satisfaction is our major aim along with promoting tourism in Uganda.