Embark on an unparalleled adventure with our luxurious gorilla tracking safaris in Uganda, designed for travelers seeking an extraordinary encounter with mountain gorillas. From Australia to the heart of East Africa, Trek Africa Expeditions stands as your premier safari operator, orchestrating an African safari that unveils the wonders of the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
East Africa stands as the sole destination where the remaining 1080 mountain gorillas in the world find refuge. Their habitat is confined to the Great Virunga Massif and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The Virunga Massif spans three countries, with two being East African (Uganda and Rwanda) and one in West Africa (the Democratic Republic of Congo). Uganda boasts the highest number of mountain gorillas globally, estimated at over 450 individuals.
In addition to curating luxurious Uganda gorilla safaris, we also organize elite safaris to Okavango Delta in Botswana, Chobe National Park, and offer options to add destinations such as Etosha National Park in Namibia or witness the majestic Victoria Falls as part of the Ultimate Zambia Safaris.
Situated in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park covers an expansive 331 sq km. It is the residence of 18 habituated mountain gorillas available for tourism. These families are distributed across four sectors: Buhoma (Northern part), Ruhija (Eastern part), Rushaga (Lower southern part), and Nkuringo (Upper southern part).
Mgahinga, the smallest national park in Uganda, shares borders with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Covering 34 sq km, it is home to a single gorilla family, featuring nine members, including four silverback gorillas.
Gorilla habituation is a meticulous three-year process during which wild mountain gorillas are acclimatized to human presence. Researchers follow the gorillas daily until they become accustomed to humans, ensuring a safe encounter for tourists. Once confirmed safe, tour operators, escorted by armed rangers, allow tourists to witness these habituated gorilla families in their natural habitat.
Gorilla tracking in Uganda is an authentic adventure. The rugged terrain of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, characterized by steep hills and deep valleys, demands physical preparation from visitors. The average tracking time is approximately four hours, longer than Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, offering a genuine and immersive experience.
Embarking on luxury gorilla tracking safaris from Australia involves a flight from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, lasting 1.5 to 2 hours. A one-hour transfer to nearby luxury lodges near the rainforest is facilitated using 4×4 safari Land Cruiser jeeps.
Luxury Lodges Include:
Uganda’s mountain gorilla permits are the second most affordable in the region, priced at USD 700 per permit. Trek Africa Expeditions assists in securing these permits, as the direct booking process with Uganda Wildlife Authority may pose challenges.
The luxury Uganda gorilla safari is a tailor-made package, with durations ranging from 4 to 7 days. This experience can seamlessly combine with the Masai Mara wildebeest migration or an exclusive Tanzania safari.
Uganda beckons tourists throughout the year due to its equatorial location, providing favorable weather conditions. However, key periods are highlighted:
For those seeking an extraordinary journey, Trek Africa Expeditions facilitates Uganda luxury gorilla tracking safaris from Australia, ensuring an all-inclusive safari package to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.