Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Uganda is one of the few places where travelers have a chance to see the endangered mountain gorillas. These great apes are found in two national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. For two decades now, several travelers have gone gorilla trekking within these two forests to see the mountain gorillas.

Gorilla trekking is a very captivating activity; it involves walking in the wilderness in search of these great apes.

Gorilla trekking can be a challenging activity, therefore for those looking to taking this adventure, they should ensure good physical fitness.

Eight people are permitted per group per day and a total of twenty four(24) people is taken in Bwindi, while eight (8) people are allowed for Mgahinga. So far, we have five groups for viewing. There are four groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, (Mubare,Habinyanja, Rushegura, and Nkuringo) and one (Nyakagezi) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

How to Book a Gorilla Trekking Tour

There are various tour operators offering gorilla tours in Uganda. If you are looking for a packaged tour, you should consider contacting one of these operators atleast a month before the actual date you wish to start a trip.

For those looking to indepenedent travel, you can book gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Headquarters in Kampala or through a local tour operator or gorilla safari lodge. For permit fee information please check on the tariffs from UWA.

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