Choose Habari Uganda Tours for Gorilla Trekking or Wildlife Safaris in East Africa
Habari Uganda tours offers a wide collection of exciting tours to Uganda, Rwanda and East Africa at large. These safaris include gorilla trekking tours, wildlife safaris, nature trekking trips, adventure vacations and pretty much everything else you can think of! Our safaris highlight some of the best destinations inclusive of unrivaled free advice for your travel experience. Whether you intend to go visiting our gorilla cousins in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park during your Uganda safaris or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda during your Rwanda safaris, we are just so ready to organize for you a once in a lifetime gorilla trekking experience in Africa. Much as we offer thrilling gorilla experiences, we can as well arrange for you stunning wildlife encounters as you explore the respective national parks in Uganda or East Africa at large. Those looking for affordable holidays, that is exactly what we offer! We may particularly not be so cheap, but we strongly believe in affordability and quality for all our holiday packages. This is the main reason why we offer gorilla tours at relatively low prices. We have got you covered through a vibrant team of expert tour consultants, customized 4X4 safari vehicles and mature expert local guides with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Get in touch with us today for a quote!
Recommended Gorilla Tours in Uganda and Rwanda 2018 / 2019
3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari - Trek in Bwindi National Park
Craving for a short Uganda gorilla trekking experience? This 3 days gorilla safari will reward you the best encounter of mountain gorillas in the wild forests of Bwindi National Park at an unbeatable price. This gorilla safari includes comfortable lodging options and a customized 4x4 open-roof safari vehicle.View Package
3 Days Rwanda Gorillas - Trek in Volcanoes National Park
This 3 days Rwanda gorilla safari highlights a mountain gorilla trekking activity in Volcanoes National Park Ruhengeri. This short and affordable Rwanda gorilla trekking safari is perfect for tourists who would like to carry out short gorilla expeditions in the wilderness of Rwanda. On the third day, you can either visit Dian Fossey's grave and pay your tributes or engage in Golden Monkey trekking. Read detailed trip details below.View Package
Best Uganda Tours
- 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari
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- 4 Days Queen Elizabeth NP
- 4 Days Murchison Falls NP
- 4 Days Gorillas and Wildlife
- 5 Days Gorilla Tracking & Chimps
- 6 Days Flying Gorilla Safari
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- 8 Days Classic Safari
- 10 Days Best of Uganda Safari
- 10 Days Family Safari
- 17 Days Uganda Safari
Best Rwanda Tours
- 2 Days PNV Gorilla Safari
- 3 Days Gorillas & Golden Monkeys
- 3 Days Gorillas & Dian Fossey
- 4 Days Rwanda Primates
- 4 Days Gorillas (Double Trek)
- 5 Days PNV Trek (Double Trek)
- 5 Days Volcanoes & Lake Kivu
- 6 Days Gorillas & Culture
- 7 Days Rwanda Primates Safari
- 8 Days Classic Adventure
- 10 Days Best of Rwanda
- 12 Days Spice of Rwanda
- 13 Days Combined Expedition
Important information about gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda & Congo
Before you set off plans for your gorilla trekking safari, you ought to know some important information about this thrilling activity. There are lots of questions asked about mountain gorilla tracking and below are some of them.
What is gorilla trekking?
Gorilla trekking is an activity that involves long walks though muddy trails in search for gorillas. When you meet these primates, you are allowed to spend an hour around them for the normal gorilla trekking experience or four hours for a gorilla habituation experience. After spending time around these endangered great ape species, you will then return to your starting point, receive your respective gorilla tracking certificates then return to your lodge to relax and proceed with other tour and travel activities within or beyond the region.
Your chances of seeing a gorilla of seeing a gorilla are 99%. The 1% is due to uncertainties that may arise during your trek. These include sickness, last minute injuries or any other situations.
Where to see gorillas in Africa
Gorillas have species. The best specie to track is Mountain Gorillas. These can only be found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo. Mountain gorillas are greatly endangered due to a number of reasons like habitat loss, poaching and many more reasons. Uganda gorilla trekking experiences are so far the best, followed by Rwanda and lastly Congo. Uganda offers both luxury and budget gorilla trekking because of the permit prices. Rwanda is a luxury gorilla trekking destination. Congo is an awesome destination to track mountain gorillas from however, you have to contact us or liaise with the respective security agencies in your country to find out about the current situation of security in the country.
So if you are comparing Uganda gorilla trekking to Rwanda gorilla trekking or Congo gorilla trekking, give Uganda your first priority, Rwanda your second and only first if you can afford the permits because of its convenience and proximity and Congo your last.
Best time to see gorillas
Trekking gorillas involves hiking through muddy paths hence, the weather has to be dry for your trek to go on smoothly. Trekking in Rain or rather through muddy paths can be quite challenging but still doable. The best months for gorilla trekking are June through out to September and December to February. These months have little or no rainfall. The weather is usually dry and favors gorilla trekking. Do not rule out other months. Africa is an all year round destination and can be visited at any time. Some clients finish their gorilla safaris in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo during the months with rainfall without seeing a single drop of rainfall. What if it rains? Chances are high the sun will come out, dry the soaked up soil and life moves on. You are only advised to travel in some months to reduce chances of trekking in the rain but not to completely discourage you from travelling in those particular months.
Minimum age limit for mountain gorilla trekking
The minimum age for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo is 15 years. Children of this age are considered to be strong enough to hike through the trails and adhere to various rules and regulations in place. For parents with children between the ages of 13 to 14.4 years old, you are required to write a letter to Uganda Wildlife Authority requesting them to allow your child to track. There is no guarantee that your request will be accepted but in some scenarios they under some conditions. Gorillas are very aggressive apes that should not be offended. Some acts like looking straight into their eyes mean you are requesting to challenge them and can break out a fight. Your child should be old enough to understand this and live to it whilst in the forest.
A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs $600 each all year round. It costs $1500 each in Rwanda and $400 each in Congo respectively. If you are visiting all the three national parks in Rwanda, you will get your permit at a discounted rate of $1050. These gorilla trekking permits ought to be obtained several months in advance as they are sold on first come-first-serve-basis. Months like June, July and December are the most competitive in the industry and call for early purchases.
How many people per group
A maximum of eight people are allowed to trek particular mountain gorilla families. Uganda apparently has close to 20 mountain gorilla families distributed in various sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Rwanda has close to 15 whereas Congo has close to 10. In Rwanda, you have a chance of booking an entire gorilla family of your own for a whopping $15000. This will let you trek the family alone or with your partners. So if you wish to propose or organize a small event around the gorillas, you should consider this.
Can I choose a particular gorilla family to track?
Mountain Gorilla families are assigned randomly to clients during their gorilla trekking meeting whilst considering various factors that age, physique and more. The elderly, disabled or tourists that fall under the special needs category are assigned easier groups to track and vice versa. If you have more than one gorilla safari encounter in the same sector, you ought to communicate to the rangers / warden in advance so that they assign you to a different gorilla family.
How far in advance should I book my gorilla tour?
Gorilla tours have to be booked in advance. Booking your safari 4 or 6 months before is recommended especially for the most competitive months or if trekking in Buhoma – the best and most competitive sector of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Gorilla habituation trips have to be booked at least 6 months in advance. This will enable your tours and travel operator to plan everything smoothly.
Total cost of gorilla trekking
To get the total cost of gorilla trekking, add the amount of permits you are going to pay, price of accommodation, transportation (4x4 safari vehicle, guide and fuel), lunches along the way, border fees and professional fees charged by the gorilla trekking company to organize your trip. The company, accommodation, vehicle you choose will determine the price range of your trip. Choosing a small company will excellent reviews, moderate or basic accommodation and a 4x4 safari van will save you lots of money. Luxury experiences feature high-end lodges, 4x4 safari land cruisers, scheduled or chartered flights and more. Booking a cheap permit in Uganda will also help you save money.
Gorilla habituation experiences
Gorilla habituation slights contradicts the normal gorilla tracking experience. It involves some bit of research and lasts for about 4 hours unlike the normal 1 hour experience. Also, a maximum of 4 people are allowed to track a particular and there only two groups available for tracking apparently. This experience only takes place in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. There is no gorilla habituation in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda or Virunga National Park Congo.
Kigali or Entebbe? Where to arrive from
If you are tracking in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda or Virunga National Park in Congo, arrive through Kigali, Rwanda. For clients trekking gorillas in Bwindi, arriving through Kigali will keep you on road for only 4 hours compared to the normal 8 – 10 hours from Kampala. This is slightly expensive and calls for you to have an East African Tourist Visa. We do arrange gorilla trekking tours in Uganda from Kigali, Rwanda.
Choosing your gorilla safari lodge
When your tour operator selects gorilla safari lodges for you, endeavor to check out reviews or photos for these lodges online. If the reviews are good and photos are good, you can stick to it. However, should you see any negative reviews, bad photos or stuff you do not like, you have the privilege to contact us and request us to choose better lodges for you. Gorilla safari lodge vary basing on prices. The luxury lodges offer top notch experiences, moderate lodges offers comfortable experiences whereas budget lodges offer slightly comfortable experiences.
How long does gorilla trekking take?
Mountain gorilla trekking takes about 2 to 8 hours depending on how slow your group moves or how long you take to locate the gorillas. This time includes a full hour encounter with the gorillas in their natural habitats. The gorilla habituation experience lasts for about 4 hours hence, if you need to stay longer around gorillas, you should consider choosing this experience as you book your gorilla tours.
Gorilla trekking for the disabled
Habari Uganda Tours has organized quite a number of gorilla tours for disabled clients. These clients have to pay for the services of a Sedan seat stretcher, which costs about $400 each. Rangers will carry you up in this seater as you go to the gorilla habitats. This way, even disabled clients can take part in mountain gorilla trekking.
In case of any more gorilla information, feel free to contact us and we shall gladly avail it to you. Please note that you can combine your gorilla tours with Kenya safaris, Tanzania safaris, Congo safaris and Zanzibar Beach Holidays. We do work out such combos and you can contact us for it.
Many travel each year to visit gorillas, chimpanzees, wildlife plus a lot other animal species and beautiful places. Some arrange short visits to safari parks of Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth mainly for 3 day safaris to carry out activities like game viewing and boat rides. Our gorilla tour packages offer much more than that! We combine every bit of everything in well balanced portions from nature walks, wildlife encounters, cultural experiences, gorilla encounters to adrenaline adventures and serve you a hotpot of exquisite memories that you will carry for your entire lifetime.
Uganda is a remarkable destination for gorilla trekking safaris in Africa. The country has abundance in 10 national parks, amazing birdlife, snowcapped mountains, free falling Sipi falls, Lake Victoria and The Nile River with a range of activities. If you think of gorilla trekking safaris, think of nowhere else; come to Uganda and choose Habari Uganda Tours in particular. We are ready to organize for you private safaris or small group safaris for a personalized experience. We welcome all tourists from solo travelers, families, and tour operators at large! We also have special safari arrangements for clients who are diabled. We try so hard to ensure they enjoy an awesome tours experience too whilst they adventure East Africa. Book your gorilla safaris with us today for an awesome experience of a true wilderness.