Gorilla tours are one of the most common types of tours in East Africa and are specifically carried out from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and from Volcanoes National Park (Parc Nationale Des Volcans) in Rwanda. Uganda and Rwanda only harbor mountain gorillas, one of the most endangered and least species of gorillas in the world in their respective habitats and attracts thousands of tourists each year who all travel to have encounters with mountain gorillas. So why do people opt so much to track gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda? These mountain gorillas share over 80% of human DNA hence, have similar traits and characters just as humans. Getting close to mountain gorillas is much more like getting close to our past cousins which is surely an awesome activity to carry out but very physically challenging at the same time since it requires quite a good number of hours.
Gorilla tracking requires gorilla trekking permits that cost $450 and $600 for low seasons and peak seasons respectively in Uganda and a fixed amount of $750 for all seasons in Rwanda. These permits are usually booked on a first come first serve basis hence, advisable to reserve yours several months in advance to avoid any last days disappointments. Permits can be bought from Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda and Rwanda Tourism Board offices (ORTPN) in Rwanda either through direct contact or through a safari operator though it is highly advisable to go through a safari operator to avoid complicated procedures. About lodging, not all facilities will give you the kind of comfort you want hence, accommodation plays quite a huge role when it comes to safaris. Never settle for extremely budget facilities and you should budget for at least $100 plus per day on accommodation. Good news is we have established partnerships with several safari lodges that affords us their services at discounted rates implicating when you book any of our gorilla tours, you are guaranteed of the best comfort accommodation wise.