The allure of Uganda and Rwanda as premier safari destinations for gorilla tracking in Africa has grown significantly, a testament to the diligent conservation efforts spearheaded by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rwanda Development Board. These organizations have been steadfast in safeguarding the fragile population of mountain gorillas that call the Virunga massif and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park their home.
At the forefront of gorilla trekking in Rwanda stands the renowned Volcanoes National Park. This captivating sanctuary, spanning 160 square kilometers, envelops a rich tapestry of tropical rainforest that cradles five distinct volcanic peaks. Among these peaks are Sabyinyo, Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhavura, and Gahinga. Each summit contributes to the park’s remarkable biodiversity, with Karisimbi reaching an impressive pinnacle of 4507 meters above sea level. While famed for its exceptional gorilla trekking experiences, the Volcanoes National Park also affords visitors the rare opportunity to encounter the endangered golden monkeys within their natural habitat.
When it comes to gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park takes center stage. Encompassing an expansive area of 321 square kilometers, this park emerges as the largest primate sanctuary. While Virunga boasts a greater expanse, Bwindi’s proximity to the adjacent savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park introduces an intriguing facet. This neighboring savannah is renowned for its exceptional tree-climbing lions within the iconic Ishasha sector located in the southern reaches of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Bwindi is acclaimed not only for its unforgettable gorilla tracking expeditions but also for immersive gorilla habituation experiences. Hosting a staggering population of over 450 mountain gorillas within their natural habitat, Bwindi provides a unique opportunity to witness these majestic creatures in their element. Beyond gorillas, the park thrives with diverse wildlife, including chimpanzees, baboons, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, and blue monkeys, creating a biodiverse haven.
Situated within the heart of the Virunga massif, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park spans 34 square kilometers. This park shares its borders with Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to the south and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park to the west. Mgahinga is renowned for a trifecta of attractions: captivating gorilla tracking experiences, enthralling golden monkey tracking expeditions, and invigorating volcano hikes. The latter offers a unique chance to explore the ethereal “no man’s land,” while the park also serves as a cultural hub, being home to the Batwa pygmies.
For an unparalleled adventure, Trek Africa Tours wholeheartedly recommends embarking on a double Uganda-Rwanda gorilla trek. This extraordinary journey seamlessly navigates both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park, allowing you to witness the splendor of these magnificent creatures across two distinct terrains. To explore this exceptional safari, we invite you to connect with Trek Africa Tours. Our dedicated team of safari experts is poised to tailor a Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari that aligns perfectly with your desires. We prioritize prompt responses to inquiries, ensuring comprehensive information is swiftly provided, enabling you to curate a truly unforgettable expedition.