If you’re envisioning an awe-inspiring gorilla trekking expedition in the heart of Africa, look no further. Welcome to Trek Africa Tours, your gateway to the captivating wonders of the African continent. Our expertise lies in crafting remarkable silverback gorilla safaris, immersive nature walks, enriching cultural visits, breathtaking sightseeing tours, captivating birding expeditions, and exhilarating game drives across the enchanting landscapes of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The allure of mountain gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that beckons to the adventurous at heart. Among the myriad of African escapades, gorilla trekking reigns supreme as the pinnacle of experiences, an absolute must for those seeking a truly unique African adventure. Our curated gorilla trekking safaris transport you to the heart of remarkable destinations such as Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park and Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Moreover, we seamlessly merge gorilla trekking with BIG 5 wildlife safaris in Kenya and the awe-inspiring wildebeest migration in Tanzania. An encounter with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is the epitome of an African wildlife safari.
Our commitment extends to tailoring both budget-friendly gorilla tours and luxurious gorilla safaris, complemented by informative guidance to assist our clients in planning unforgettable silverback gorilla tours within the confines of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Virunga National Park, and Kahuzi-Biega National Park, where the rare Lowland gorillas reside.
The allure of Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo as prime wildlife safari destinations is simply irresistible. Visitors are consistently captivated by the mild climate and breathtaking scenery that these countries offer. These three nations stand as the exclusive realms where the endangered silverback gorillas thrive, and where visitors can actively participate in gorilla conservation initiatives during their wildlife excursions. Despite being categorized as developing countries, the local populations in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo exude warmth and hospitality, welcoming foreign visitors with open arms.
Our seasoned team of experts stands ready to curate exhilarating mission trips to Africa, captivating wildlife safaris, and brief day excursions across East and Central Africa. The spectrum of possibilities encompasses mountain gorilla trekking coupled with mesmerizing wildlife encounters, captivating Chimpanzee tracking expeditions, golden monkey trekking adventures, invigorating mountain hiking tours, enthralling birdwatching escapades, immersive Eco-tours, enlightening community visits, and leisurely nature walks. For the intrepid, options expand to encompass challenging hikes up the Rwenzori mountains in Uganda, Mount Karisimbi in Rwanda, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and the fiery Nyiragongo active volcano in Congo. Those seeking a more unconventional journey might opt for a bike ride along the Congo Nile Trail on a Rwandan Safari or a weekend retreat focused on observing the source of the river Nile, complete with white water rafting in Jinja. Furthermore, we facilitate safaris in Kenya and Tanzania for a well-rounded exploration of Africa’s natural marvels.
Uganda, boasting over 19 gorilla families, predominantly shelters these magnificent creatures within the lush embrace of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – a primeval forest so dense that certain areas have remained concealed from human eyes for centuries. To the south lies the enchanting Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which shares its borders with Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Congo’s Virunga National Park. Within this sanctuary resides a singular gorilla family, the Nyakagezi Group, with a daily visitor quota of a mere eight individuals, ensuring a truly intimate experience.
Tracking gorillas in Rwanda offers a secure and relatively accessible adventure. Presently, approximately 1,000 mountain gorillas inhabit the wild, with 604 within the Virunga Massif. This population trend is on an upward trajectory, owing to the concerted collaboration between governments, local communities, and non-governmental organizations.
Volcanoes National Park is home to twelve habituated gorilla families, each featuring at least one dominant silverback, accompanied by females and youngsters. The distinguished families, known by names such as Susa, Igisha, Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Amahoro, Agashya, Kwitonda, Umubano, Hirwa, Bwenge, Ugyenda, and Muhoza, offer an extraordinary window into their captivating dynamics.
Your safety during gorilla safaris and wildlife ventures is paramount. While Uganda and Rwanda are recognized as secure destinations for wildlife safaris, certain regions within DR Congo may experience instability. However, the allure of DR Congo’s unique attractions, including the chance to witness both silverback mountain gorillas and lowland gorillas, remains unparalleled. Notably, the breathtaking Nyiragongo lava lake stands as a mesmerizing draw that only tourists have the privilege to witness. To ensure safety while observing silverback gorillas on a Congo Safari, armed rangers accompany visitors throughout their gorilla tracking excursions. Although the unpredictability of a gorilla safari in Congo might be influenced by the security situation around Virunga National Park, park management remains committed to visitor safety, even considering park closure if circumstances dictate.
Plan your dream African vacation and wildlife safari today by partnering with us. Regardless of the destination you choose for your gorilla trek, we stand ready to organize and secure all essential services, including gorilla permit bookings. In Uganda, the gorilla permit costs $700 per person per trek for foreign nonresidents, $600 per person for residents, and Ugx 250,000 ($70) for East African Citizens (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, and South Sudan). In Rwanda, the gorilla permit is priced at $1,500 per person per trek, while in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it amounts to $400 per person per trek. Trek Africa Tours specializes in crafting affordable budget-friendly and eco-conscious gorilla safaris across Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. For inquiries and permit bookings, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Due to limited availability – only eight tracking permits per troop per day in Uganda and Rwanda – it’s highly advisable to pre-book permits with a full 100% payment to ensure a seamless experience devoid of inconveniences.