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Gorilla

Gorilla Tracking

We organise mountain gorilla tracking safaris (small group and private) to Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo:

Gorilla tracking in Uganda

Uganda is a beautiful country of lush, bountiful rainforests and lakes that are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including a number of rare and endemic species - forest elephants, giant forest hogs, the Ugandan cob and the prehistoric shoebill stork, among others. The greatest attraction of all, however, are the 330 or so remaining mountain gorillas found in the country’s two gorilla parks, Bwindi & Mgahinga, along with their close cousins, chimpanzees, and many other species of primate.

Of the two parks, Bwindi is the most accessible, and is home to four gorilla groups: the Habinyanja, Mubare, Rushegura and Nkuringo. The park is large and the gorilla families widely dispersed, meaning that gorilla tracking in Bwindi can require patience and stamina, but the effort is always well rewarded.

Gorilla tracking in Rwanda

Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park is extraordinarily beautiful and most famous for its brilliant gorilla tracking, often the highlight of any trip to Rwanda. It is also home to the magnificent Virunga Volcanic Mountains, whose dense high-altitude forests protect about half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.

Volcanoes National Park is only a short drive of approx. 2 hours from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, meaning that brief 2-day gorilla safaris to Rwanda are a possibility, though we generally recommend at least 3 days. The gorilla population in Volcanoes National Park is twice that of Bwindi, and the park size smaller, meaning that tracking in Rwanda is generally easier.

Gorilla tracking in the Republic of Congo

The Congo Basin is the second largest expanse of tropical rainforest in the world, and home to the Africa's largest population of western lowland gorillas. In the Republic of Congo we offer luxury private safaris into Odzala-Kokoua, one of Africa's most remote and wild National Parks.

To learn more about the different gorilla safaris available, see our example itineraries below or contact us directly. Whether you want to join one of our small group gorilla tours, or would prefer a private tailor-made option designed specially for you, we can help.

Example itineraries in Gorilla Tracking

Primates of Uganda

This small group tour takes in the main sights of Uganda, including visits to the Chimpanzee sanctuaries in Kibale Forest and Kyambura Gorge, game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Gorilla-tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This itinerary is a great introduction to Uganda that can be incorporated into a longer, tailor-made option – please ask us for suggestions.

Fly-in Gorilla Safari, Uganda

Journey to Bwindi National Park, where you can see the world’s largest population of Mountain Gorillas in the wild. This short fly-in tour works well as a standalone safari, or as part of a longer tailor-made option including other regions of East Africa, such as Rwanda, Tanzania or Kenya. Ask us for suggestions.

Gorilla Weekend Rwanda

Visit the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda and explore the Parc National des Volcans. This gorilla safari itinerary makes for a great short-break holiday. It is designed for small groups but it can also be arranged as a tailor-made holiday for single or couples, and combines wonderfully with a longer Rwanda or East Africa safari itinerary.

Explore the Congo Basin

Venture into the heart of the Congo Basin, the world's second largest expanse of tropical rainforest, and the home of Africa's densest population of western lowland gorillas. Rarely visited, Odzala-Kokoua National Park is Africa at its most wild.

Uganda Low-cost Gorilla Safari

Our three-day low-cost gorilla safaris offer a great way of seeing these wonderful creatures in the wild without incurring great expense. By staying in simple accommodations rather than luxury lodges, and travelling largely by private car rather than plane, we can greatly reduce the cost of the tour. From as little as £854 per person in a group of 4.

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