Uganda Safari Gorilla

The Bwindi forest is a very thick lush tropical forest on steep sided slopes and so tracking the mountain gorilla can be a lot harder going than in Rwanda. It is far more challenging because of the hills and can take anywhere between 3 and 10 hours in total, from start to finish. On the odd occasion, one is lucky enough to find the gorilla quickly, particularly if they are on the lower slopes. Access to the Nkuringo group is on a very steep trail.

The Gorillas in Uganda, live in the areas of Bwindi which has four habituated families with 32 permits now available per day. Three of the families are in Buhoma, namely Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura and one in Nkuringo, called the Nkuringo group. This particular group, is difficult to track.


Day-1: Arrival at Entebbe and drive to Mbarara

Day-2: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day-3: Interaction with the Mountain Gorillas

Day-4: Drive to Mbarara

Day-5: Depart




Arrival at Entebbe airport and transfer to Kampala for lunch before departing to Mbarara. We will drive through the Equator, Masaka, and then continue to Mbarara town. Detailed briefing. Dinner and overnight at Lake View Hotel. .


After early breakfast we will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, home of the endangered mountain gorilla. We will stop on the way to have our packed/picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or Lake Kitandara Safari Camp.


After an early morning breakfast, we will be transferred to the national park headquarters for a briefing by the guides before departing on the hike in search for the Great Mountain Gorillas. The excursion in a thick rainforest and the interaction with the mountain ape, provide a wonderful life experience. After returning to the lodge, have the rest of the day free for relaxing. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or Lake Kitandara Safari Camp.


After an early breakfast we will depart to Mbarara. We will pass Ntungamo, and we will stop to have our packed/picnic lunch. Mbarara district is known for the Ankhole cattle (long horns. Dinner and overnight at Lake View Hotel.


After breakfast we will depart to Kampala. We will pass Masaka and the Equator before arriving to Uganda's capital city. After lunch you will be transferred to Entebbe airport for your departure flight.

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Mountain Gorilla Permits

Gorilla tracking permits are limited to 8 permits per gorilla family per day. In Rwanda, 56 permits are available per day and in Uganda, 32. Mgahinga has 8 per day.


Permits cannot be reserved and as such, have to be bought and paid in full on date of booking. As such, there may be 24 permits available for a specific date when you make an enquiry and the next day, all permits may be sold.


As such, once you have decided on your date of tracking, if permits are available we will request full payment for the permit. If by the time the funds are cleared the permits have been sold out, we will give a full refund. Once the permit is bought and secured, there is a 100% cancellation penalty.

Gorilla Trekking: Frequently Asked Questions

Since mountain gorillas are critically endangered and their numbers are small, it's important to know just how many there are and how well their populations are doing. For that reason, every few years conservation groups and park authorities working in mountain gorilla habitat conduct a census.

According to Reuters news,the 2018 census estimates the number of mountain gorillas at 1004 in total (Virunga and Bwindi combined).

Compared to other wildlife encounters such as rhino trekking and some safari activities, gorilla trekking is one of the safest there is. There are however rules that apply which trekkers must, in turn, follow while with the gorillas. They are not aggressive or prone to be angered by tourists under most circumstances
There is a minimum age of 15 years for anyone obtaining a permit to track Mountain Gorillas which Park Authorities will check against the date of birth in your passport.
A Uganda gorilla permit is currently at $600 whereas in Rwanda the price is a much higher at $1500
Gorilla are tracked from the Parc National des Volcans which currently has 7 groups and thus 56 permits available per day. The gorilla families here are those of Group 13, Sabinyo (which also has the largest of all the silver backs, Kahunga), Amahoro, Umubano, Susa, Kwitonda which has crossed from Djomba in the DRC and Hirwa which has recently formed from different habituated families. The Susa group is the largest and thus the best for photographic purposes.
Once a habituated gorilla family has been located by your guide, you will have one hour with the family unless circumstances dictate that you leave earlier.
You must be fit enough to be able to hike anything from 1-6 hours in rough terrain and through dense forest in places. You also need to be prepared for all kinds of weather. If you are reasonable fit there should not be a problem.
Trekking can be done during the dry season which runs from June to September and December to February, during or rainy season (March to May and October to November).