Did you know mountain gorilla tracking in done only in Africa in the whole world many travellers have for many past 2 decades flocked countries of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo for this lifetime experience to trek and see the only remaining mountain gorillas left in their natural habitat. The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei) is one of two subspecies of the eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei). It is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, according to the recent census of the mountain gorillas, it is estimated there is the total population of 1,004 individuals in two populations as of 2018. Mountain gorilla trekking countries in Africa include Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo and the trekking can be done in one of the population that is whichever country you visit you will be able to trek and see the mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas can trek in two populations that is one in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda and the other the adjust Virunga mountain ranges with Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo.
Encounter Africa Safaris organizes gorilla tours to all countries and national parks that is Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo. We have tour packages available that you can choose from ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury, these can as well be customized to best match your needs, send us an email and we will book for you accordingly.
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Where best in Africa Can I go for gorilla trekking?
Africa in the whole world is the only continent where mountain gorilla tracking is done this is done in countries Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. When it comes to the best place to see the mountain gorillas this will depend on the interest of the traveller, given the fact the whole truth is that Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda have mountain gorillas and there is no big difference when it comes to the experience obtained at the end of your trek. The only difference is that Rwanda and DR Congo Mountain gorillas are in the Virunga/hills with mainly bamboo as the main vegetation while in Uganda these mountain gorillas are in a tropical rain forest with varieties of trees and plants that is Bwindi Forest, National Park. Chances of seeing gorillas in Uganda, DR Cong and Rwanda are 98% so whichever country you visit, you will be able to see these great apes in their natural environment. Uganda also has Mgahinga Gorilla National park located in the Virunga ranges shared by Rwanda and Congo this means it is only in Uganda where you can experience the trekking of different vegetations, that is you can choose to trek in Bwindi National park which is a tropical rain forest and Mgahinga National Park with montane vegetation which is same like Rwanda and DR Congo this makes Uganda the best place to see the mountain gorillas in Africa.
How much is mountain gorilla trekking in Africa.
In all the national parks for you to be allowed to trek mountain gorillas where you will spend 1-hour encounter with the mountain gorillas you will need to secure a gorilla permit in advance. Encounter Africa Safaris provides relevant gorilla permit booking information for Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda to enable you to plan your gorilla safari well. You don’t have to hassle booking your gorilla permit if you choose from our gorilla tours and inquiry. We will check for you availability of gorilla permits for your requested dates, book and purchase them for you once you have made payment and book all services on your behalf. Usually, you have to obtain a gorilla permit for several months in advance. We always advise at least 3-5 months in advance prior to your visit given they are only a few permits available for trekking each day in each national park. While booking a gorilla tour, always pay your gorilla permit fee in advance to enable us to acquire it for you.
In DR Congo mountain gorilla tracking is done in Virunga National Park, a gorilla permit costs USD400 per person per trek for the high season months of Mid-December to mid-march then June to October and then USD200 for the low season months of mid-march to mid-May and then mid-October to mid-December every year. For East African Residents and gorilla permit costs USD200 and National Citizens of Congo it costs USD20.
In Uganda, mountain gorilla tracking is done in Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park, a gorilla permit here costs USD700 for Foreign Non-Residents, USD600 for Foreign Residents and Uganda shillings 250,000 ($70) for East African citizens throughout the year. In Uganda you as well have a chance to do gorilla habituation experience where you spend 4 hours encounter with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi, this costs USD1500.
In Rwanda Mountain gorilla tracking is done in Volcanoes National Park, a gorilla permit here costs USD1500 throughout the year. Rwanda now offers a 30% discount on gorilla permits, which is a relief to travel operators. Now you can pay Rwf911, 076 ($1,050) between November and May which is expected to attract more travellers. However, to enjoy this discount, travellers must spend at least three days in Rwanda and visit the other two national parks in Nyungwe forest national park and Akagera national park as an added cost.
What is the best time to go for Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Africa?
Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo are both located in the tropics and with this they all experience tropical and montane climate and weather throughout the year, both national Parks Bwindi Forest, Virunga, Volcanoes and Volcanoes national parks are prone to receiving uncertain rains any time of the day or week, good months to visit are dry season months which occurs in the months of December, January, February, June, July, August and September during these months it always easy to walk through the trails which are drier compared to the wet months then as well the vegetations is not fully grown and this makes the sighting of gorillas easy and more clear. Other months which are slightly wet that is March, April, May, October and November most travellers avoid visiting gorillas during these months because the vegetation is fully grown and trails are much slippery making the trekking much harder.
Where to stay during your Mountain gorilla tracking in Africa?
Accommodations in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park range from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Ride 4 a woman, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Buhoma Camp Lodge among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Icumbi Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Buhoma Havens Lodge among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Gorilla Sanctuary Camp, Four Gorillas Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Engagi Lodge, among others fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person.
Accommodations in Virunga National Park range from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Bukima Tented Camp and Kibumba Tented Camp among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include Tchegera Island Camp and Lulimbi Tented Camp among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include Mikeno Lodge fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person. You let us know the best option that works for you and we will for availability and book you according.
Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park ranges from luxury to budget options. All lodges have single, double, twin, triple and family rooms available to accommodate all of your interests. The luxury lodges include Virunga lodge, Sabinyo Silverback lodge and Bisate lodge, the midrange lodges, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge and Lebambou Gorilla Lodge, Davinci Lodge and they are worth a night stay. The budget options include Gorilla Solution Lodge, Villa Gorilla, Virunga Hotel, Faraji Hotel, Kinigi Hotel, Hotel Muhabura and La Palme Hotel or Home Inn. Let us know your budget and the lodge you would like to stay in and we shall advise accordingly for a service worth your budget.
Accommodations in Mgahinga National Park range from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Kisoro Travelers INN among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include, Lake Cahahfi Resort, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include Gahinga Lodge among others fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person.
Why book your Mountain Gorilla trekking to Africa with Encounter Africa safaris?
Encounter Africa safaris offers amazing gorilla trekking experiences in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. Contact us on for our discounted packages and also tailor-made trips. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have overtime assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. Encounter Africa Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor and safari bookings to help you learn on the experiences of the other travellers who have travelled with us.