Remarkable Gorilla Safaris and Tour Adventures in Uganda and Rwanda

Are you looking for immersive gorilla safaris and wildlife adventures in Africa? Come with us on captivating gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda. These two countries in East Africa provide a unique and unmatched chance to witness the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural sanctuary. Gorilla trekking safaris have become a must-do activity for people who love wildlife, seek adventure, and admire nature. Imagine being surrounded by the lush landscapes of Uganda and Rwanda as you get up close to these magnificent creatures - it's like stepping into a world of amazement. 

Planning Gorilla Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda

For unforgettable gorilla safaris and primate experiences, meticulous planning is key. Both Uganda and Rwanda offer well-regulated and guided treks that prioritize the safety of visitors and the protection of gorillas. Gorilla Permits are required for gorilla trekking and are in limited supply, so booking in advance is essential. Additionally, remember to pack sturdy hiking gear, comfortable clothing, and a sense of adventure.

If you're thinking about visiting gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, let Encounter Africa be your guide for this once-in-a-lifetime journey. Our tours are designed to complement other wildlife experiences, and we're committed to tailoring each safari package to your preferences and style. Have a look at the gorilla safari packages below for some exciting ideas.


Uganda Gorilla Safaris

Known as the "Pearl of Africa," Uganda boasts a rich diversity of flora and fauna, providing a perfect setting for Uganda gorilla safaris with a mix of classic wildlife viewing tours. The renowned Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to approximately half of the world's remaining mountain gorilla population. 

Imagine trekking through dense forests, guided by experienced rangers, as you track gorilla families in their natural habitat. The heartwarming sight of gorillas interacting, playing, and foraging is an experience that will forever be etched in your memory.

Rwanda Gorilla Safaris

Looking for Rwanda Gorilla safaris in Volcanoes National Parlk? In neighboring Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park stands as a testament to the country's commitment to gorilla conservation. The rolling hills and mist-covered mountains create an ethereal atmosphere for gorilla trekking safaris. Encountering a gorilla family nestled amidst the foliage is a truly awe-inspiring encounter. 

The park's well-organized treks and sustainable tourism practices ensure that your experience enriches your soul and contributes to protecting these endangered species.



When it comes to unforgettable gorilla safaris, Uganda is a prime destination. With a wide range of safari packages, there is something for every adventurer. Explore the lush landscapes and encounter majestic gorillas up close. Don't just take our word for it; read the glowing reviews from those who have embarked on our exceptional tours. Experience the magic of Uganda's gorilla safaris and create memories that will last a lifetime.

  • star ratingOUR TRIP WAS INCREDIBLE - My partner an I had the most incredible vacation! It is difficult figuring out which safari company to choose since there are so many. BOOK THIS ONE!! We travel the... read more

    July 21, 2023

    star ratinggreat agency - we had an amazing experience using Encounter Africa, very professional staff, super reactive, reliable and friendly. the hotel selection that was proposed was very good value for money and the... read more

    edouard h
    August 21, 2023

    star ratingAn amazing lifetime experience to see the most beautiful animals. Loved it! - I can wholeheartedly recommend this tour. It was awesome! My guide and driver for the 5 days was Stephen. He was friendly and knowledgeable. It was great meeting him. The... read more

    Jonathan B
    August 3, 2023

    star ratingWe did the 3 day Gorilla Tracking Safari and it was a truly once in a lifetime experience. Leading up to the event, Dennis was wonderful for communicating and Godwin,... read more

    August 27, 2023

    star ratingUganda the Beautiful - Writing for my husband as he did a solo tour in Uganda: Absolutely amazing journey and wonderful country. Encounter Africa delivered everything that they said they would, and Patrick... read more

    Kristine K
    August 14, 2023

    star ratingExcellent experience with Encounter! - Seamless experience from start to finish. Great communication with Denis when booking. Denis gave me several options for lodges/tours and provided guidance along the way when deciding which was the... read more

    July 9, 2023
  • star ratingExceptional service and an amazing experience!  - Excellent service - Was able to curate my own trip with assistance from the company. Everything was so easy and payments safe too. Easy booking, great communication, great driver/guide, really... read more

    August 12, 2023

    star ratingWorth every penny! - We did the two-day Gorilla Trek excursion from Kigali, Rwanda to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and back.

    July 10, 2023

    star ratingAmazing experience!  - My husband and I did the three day gorilla trekking tour. We had an amazing time! Our driver Martin really made the experience. When we travel we like to try... read more

    Serene S
    July 4, 2023

    star ratingGreat Safari Tour - Wow, what an amazing tour we had. Gorillas, chimps, tree climbing lions, elephants and much more. Our guide Jason was really knowledgeable and very easy going. Thanks alot for a... read more

    Lewis B
    July 28, 2023

    star ratingThe whole experience, from start to finish, was absolutely amazing. Adams is THE MAN!! Everything ran seamlessly, from pick up to drop off. Adams was great at keeping us entertained... read more

    Sarah B
    July 28, 2023

    star ratingAmazing trip to Uganda - I booked my trip with Encounter Africa Safaris. It was a five das trip As a solo traveller. Dennis, the organiser, was extremely helpful and caring during the whole... read more

    July 25, 2023

What determines the cost of a gorilla safari?

Planning a gorilla safari in Uganda or Rwanda involves considering several factors that influence the overall cost and experience. The location of the safari, such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, plays a significant role in transportation costs and convenience for travelers. Additionally, the cost of permits for gorilla trekking is a key determinant, with Rwanda generally having higher-priced permits catering to upscale experiences, while Uganda offers more affordable options for a broader range of travelers, contributing to the overall cost.

Accommodation and tour packages further impact the cost of a gorilla safari. Both countries provide a range of lodging options, from basic campsites to luxurious lodges, where factors like proximity to the national park and services offered affect the price. High-end lodges with premium services tend to be more expensive, while budget-friendly options can help reduce expenses. The inclusion of a tour package, encompassing transportation, guided treks, meals, and activities, also influences the overall cost, with private or customized tours usually commanding a premium compared to group tours.

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How to book the gorilla permit

Gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda are transformative journeys that offer more than just a glimpse of these gentle giants. To visit these primates, you need to book a gorilla permit first. 

The gorilla permit functions as official authorization from the Rwanda Development Board or Uganda Wildlife Authority, permitting individuals aged 15 and above to trek mountain gorillas across Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park (Uganda), and Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda).

The permit allows a one-hour gorilla viewing experience, with the trek itself lasting from 30 minutes to nine hours. Booking these sought-after permits is recommended at least 5 months in advance, particularly during peak periods like June, July, August, September, December, and February.

Gorilla permits cost $800 in Uganda and $1500 in Rwanda, and while they grant access to specific gorilla families, they are not reusable. Encounter Africa Safaris facilitates the permit booking process, offering all-inclusive gorilla safaris.

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What is the best time to go for a gorilla safari?

The best time to go on a gorilla safari in Uganda and Rwanda is during the drier months of June, July, August, and early September. These months offer more favorable weather conditions, with less rainfall and less mud on the trekking trails. It's the peak season for gorilla trekking, so it's important to book your permits well in advance, as they tend to sell out quickly. The demand is high due to the limited locations where mountain gorillas can be found and their endangered status.

Alternatively, if you're looking for more affordable options and don't mind the possibility of rain, the low season months from late October to mid-December and from late February to May can be considered. There are fewer visitors during these periods, and some lodges may offer discounted rates. However, trekking during the wet season can be more challenging due to heavy downpours, muddy trails, and slippery conditions. Ultimately, choosing when to go gorilla trekking depends on your preferences and priorities, whether it's optimal weather or budget considerations.

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What are the rules for gorilla tracking?

When you go on a gorilla safari in Uganda or Rwanda, it's important to adhere to the Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations set by the Wildlife Authority. These guidelines aim to ensure the well-being of the gorillas and enhance the overall tracking experience. A maximum of eight visitors are allowed to visit a habituated gorilla group each day, minimizing disruption and the risk of disease transmission. Before approaching the gorillas, visitors are required to wash their hands thoroughly.

During the trek, it's crucial to maintain a low voice to avoid disturbing the gorillas and to appreciate the forest's birdlife and wildlife. Littering is strictly prohibited, and any items brought into the park must be carried out. When in the presence of the gorillas, a distance of at least 10 meters (32 feet) should be maintained, ensuring the group remains calm. Visitors must stay in a close-knit group, keep their voices down, and refrain from smoking, eating, or drinking near the gorillas. Touching the gorillas is not allowed, and flash photography is prohibited. The maximum duration of the gorilla encounter is one hour, and after the visit, visitors should maintain a low voice until they are at least 300 meters away from the gorillas.

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Where To Stay

When you go on a gorilla safari journey in Uganda and Rwanda, your comfort and experience are of paramount importance. Our carefully curated gorilla safaris and wildlife tour packages include a range of accommodation options that cater to various preferences and budgets. From charming eco-lodges nestled within lush rainforests to luxurious safari lodges with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, we ensure that your stay enhances the magic of encountering gorillas up close. Each accommodation is thoughtfully chosen not only for its comfort and amenities but also for its commitment to sustainable tourism, ensuring that your adventure leaves a positive impact on both the environment and local communities. Whether you choose to wake up to the sounds of the forest or bask in the panoramic vistas, your chosen lodging will be a haven of tranquility after your unforgettable encounters with Uganda and Rwanda's iconic gorilla families. Take a look at some of these.


Frequently Asked Questions About Gorilla Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda

We've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you plan the journey of a lifetime.

1. What is a Gorilla Safari?

2. Where Can I Go for Gorilla Trekking?

3. How much does a gorilla safari cost?

4. How Do I Obtain a Gorilla Permit?

5. What Is the Best Time to Go?

6. How Challenging Is Gorilla Trekking?

7. What Is The Restriction For Gorilla Safaris?

8. How Close Can You Get to the Gorillas?

9. How Long Can I Spend with the Gorillas?

10. Can I Take Photos or Videos?

11. How Much Does a Gorilla Safari Cost?

15. Is Uganda or Rwanda better for gorilla trekking?