Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Africa


Would you like to visit the gorillas in Africa? This practical guide is one of the most comprehensive resource that you can use to plan a memorable trip to see these great apes in East and Central Africa.


To many travelers, a gorilla safari experience is one of the aspects that have raised a series of questions and some of which have not yet been answered. From time memorial, visitors get confused or misled by what they have read or heard and they end up asking questions like; which gorilla group is easier to trek? How is gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda conducted? What are the best destinations where one can go gorilla tracking? What are the easiest gorilla groups to visit -which one has the hardest or easiest gorilla families to track? The list is really endless and probably some of you have followed soot and at end of the day, you were left out with no direct answer.

Why Go Gorilla Trekking?

We can’t run from the fact that gorilla trekking is one of the world’s hunted natural travel experiences by trekkers to see, admire and take photos of the rare mountain gorillas in the thick rain forests in East Africa.

How Much Do Gorilla Permits Cost?

It is also right to say that gorilla trekking is costly and a breathtaking that any one can think of, since it comes with a series of astonishing and emotional experiences which are truly incomparable. We must also agree that, the critically endangered mountain gorillas live in the wilderness not the zoo and there is no guarantee for tourists to see them stationery in previous place where they tracked them from. Like any other primates or wildlife species in the wilderness, the rare mountain gorillas do move in search of food and unbearably territorial fights can also force them to leave their usual families. At the end of the day, trekkers come up with different views regarding mountain gorillas and their families during the trek.

The fact about mountain gorilla safaris should remain in our minds that, the gorilla permit is a must to hold and it costs $600 in Uganda and $1500 in Rwanda. As soon as you obtain a gorilla permit either in Uganda or Rwanda, you get more than 95% chance of viewing a family of the mountain gorillas in the wilderness and so long as you are physically fit to go for the trek, then count it achieved. Globally, the mountain gorillas are less than 900 in number and they are only tracked in 3 countries (Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo).

To see a family of mountain gorillas at times requires tourists to spend long hours while hiking through higher elevations in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda or visiting the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. It all depends on the conditions of the destination, but in most cases tourists take few hours hiking and just within there they achieve their dreams with gorilla family. Immediately you get your gorilla group, then count your dream achieved especially that one (1) hour that you spend within the distance of 7 meter staring and exploring the daily behaviors of these spectacular creatures, mean while the tour guide will be readily available to interpret and explain to you some of the unique body gestures that are portrayed by mountain gorillas. It is really more than cultivating exciting memories but also educational or learning moments for visitors! We all need these memories, but considerably, tourist’s interest, age and abilities are important factors if you are interested in gorilla trekking. Guides also use the same factors to help them allocate Habituated Gorilla Families to visitors for rewarding and classic trekking experiences.