Tracking the rare mountain gorilla: Uganda or Rwanda?

Luxury Gorilla Trekking

Tracked lions in Tanzania? Witnessed the migration in the Mara? Walked with wildlife in Zambia? Now it’s time for one of the most unique and utterly breathtaking wildlife experiences possible: Tracking rare Mountain Gorillas courtesy of luxury holidays provider

Without a doubt one of the most moving wildlife experiences on earth, Mountain gorillas are astonishingly human in their actions and can be found in the misty mountains of Rwanda or Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

“Out of bed” style… 🙂 (© Mahlatini Luxury Safari)

Typically trekking in a group of up to eight people (including trackers and armed rangers) you can spend anywhere from three to eight hours tracking, and an hour in the company of these incredible primates.

Each night, rangers track the gorillas until they make their nest so you have a good idea of where they’ll be for your adventure the following morning.

Uganda or Rwanda?


Home to some 300+ Mountain Gorillas, Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable forest is a beautiful ancient forest that holds nearly half the world’s Mountain Gorilla population, as well as 350 chimpanzees. If you’re looking to combine your Gorilla trekking as part of a longer trip Uganda is the place to head to.

Yummy breakfast! (© Mahlatini Luxury Safari)

There’s huge diversity in the country, stunning landscapes and countless other safari options to further boost your wildlife wanderlust.


Slightly more accessible than Uganda, Rwanda is the better option for a shorter trip to track the Gorillas. The trekking can also be slightly on the easier here though the rewards are just as fantastic.

Spectacular view from Virunga Lodge on a clear day…

Rwanda is also perfect to combine with a safari in Kenya or with the stunning beaches of Zanzibar in Tanzania.

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5 Responses to Tracking the rare mountain gorilla: Uganda or Rwanda?

  1. Kiganda Ssonko March 28, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

    Indeed Gorilla Trekking in Uganda or Rwanda is equally enjoyable. There is no big difference in the experience in any of the countries. The difference is in the prices, for instance a gorilla permit in Rwanda is at USD 750 and in Uganda at USD 600. In Rwanda, the exercise can be done in one day while in Uganda, 3 days when one goes through Kampala by road or scheduled flying. The difference with Uganda, if you trek gorillas, you have lots of tour attractions to add on for more days unlike Rwanda.
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  2. UgandaSafaris March 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    There are very few places that one can see the mountain gorillas and it matters not whether it is Uganda or Rwanda. The ease to trek in Rwanda makes her a preferable destination while Uganda offers the scenic beauty. You can get more on gorilla treks on –

  3. Volcanoes Safaris June 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    The spectacular African landscapes and wildlife of Uganda and Rwanda offer a diverse range of safari activities. Tracking the mountain gorilla through the misty forests of Bwindi and the Virungas, spotting game on the vast savannah plains that lie in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, taking a boat to the dramatic Murchison Falls or tracking chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge makes a truly unique african safari –

  4. kizito Mpagi May 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Gorilla trekking is indeed a once in a lifetime memorable experience. Spending an hour with the gentle giants of Virunga/Bwindi is indeed a magical experience.One for the “must to do list” for anyone who can afford it. Both Rwanda and Uganda are privileged to host the beautiful gorillas, plus much more in terms of game, wildlife, culture and birds.
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  5. Geoffrey Baluku February 3, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Nice write up on the Gorillas

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