The allure of gorilla travel beckons with the promise of an unparalleled experience – an encounter that transcends ordinary wildlife journeys. Among the plethora of African adventures, gorilla trekking stands as a pinnacle, a coveted activity that resounds as a unique African escapade. A journey with Trek Africa Tours propels you into the heart of Africa’s most captivating national parks, allowing you to traverse Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga and Kahuzi-Biega National Parks. Our carefully crafted gorilla safaris intertwine with BIG 5 wildlife safaris and the grandeur of the wildebeest migration in Tanzania. This rendezvous with mountain gorillas promises the ultimate African wildlife safari.
The heart of this experience is the chance to immerse oneself in the world of the mountain gorillas. Our gorilla travel expeditions are meticulously designed to place you in the proximity of these magnificent beings, offering moments to observe, photograph, and cherish. However, the adventure is not confined to these awe-inspiring creatures alone. We beckon you to explore the vibrant tapestry of habitats that Uganda’s landscapes unfurl before you.
The question echoes: “Where to see gorillas in Africa?” Our response unfolds with a journey through some of the continent’s most enchanting locales.
The labyrinthine Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park shelters over 19 gorilla families, many of which remain veiled from human eyes within its ancient, dense foliage. In the south, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park stands as a bridge to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Congo’s Virunga National Park. Here, a solitary gorilla family, the Nyakagezi Group, awaits the fortunate few, as only a limited number of visitors are permitted to join their world each day.
Rwanda, nestled within the embrace of the Virunga Massif, presents a haven for gorilla enthusiasts. Approximately 1,000 mountain gorillas reside in these mountains, their population gradually burgeoning through the joint efforts of governments, communities, and NGOs. Twelve gorilla families call Volcanoes National Park home, each inviting you to join their intimate world. These families bear names like Susa, Igisha, Karisimbi, and Ugyenda, with each holding a narrative waiting to be captured through your lens.
The Democratic Republic of Congo emerges as a unique gem, housing both mountain and lowland gorillas. Here, you can track the regal mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park or venture into Kahuzi Beiga National Park to encounter the enchanting lowland gorillas. Congo is a land of contrasts, where the wild and the untamed coexist.
Safety and security accompany your journey. Uganda and Rwanda offer serene environments for wildlife safaris. While certain parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo may experience instability, the allure of the region remains irresistible. Armed rangers accompany your gorilla tracking safari, ensuring a secure encounter with the silverback gorillas. While unpredictability may shadow Congo’s Virunga National Park, the commitment to tourist safety is unwavering, even to the extent of park closures if necessary.
The gateway to this captivating odyssey rests in the booking of your gorilla permit. Trek Africa Tours stands as your ally, orchestrating every aspect of your journey, including securing these prized permits. In Uganda, permits cost $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for residents, and Ugx 250,000 for East African Citizens. Rwanda’s permits are priced at $1,500 per person, while Congo’s permits are $400 per person. Our aim is to make gorilla safaris accessible to every adventurer, offering budget and eco-friendly options across Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo.
As the curtain rises on your gorilla travel expedition, know that each step carries you closer to the ancient heartbeat of Africa. With only a limited number of permits available per gorilla group per day, it is wise to secure your spot in advance, with full payment, to ensure a seamless adventure. The journey beckons, the gorillas await – a symphony of nature and photography poised to unfold in the heart of Africa’s wilderness. Contact us now to secure your place in this timeless narrative.