Gorilla trekking in Uganda & Rwanda

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Booking Gorilla Safaris & Wildlife Holidays In Africa

There’s nothing quite like sharing a few long moments with a mountain gorilla family: the first glimpse of black as a juvenile jumps off a nearby branch, a toddler clings to its mother’s back and a giant silverback rises to size you up. To make the most of this life-changing experience, planning ahead is essential.

Any time you can. The experience will be incredible no matter when you go, but there are advantages to going at different times of the year.

It’s generally easier to track gorillas in the rainy seasons (March to May and September to November) because they hang out at lower altitudes. You may also get better photos in the rainy season, assuming it isn’t raining at the time you’re with the gorillas, because they love to sunbathe after getting wet. Then again, you’ll need to be wearing some serious wet-weather gear.

The busiest times on the mountains are December to February and July to August. Scoring permits takes more effort during these months, but that won’t matter if a tour company is handling things for you.

Permits are required to visit the gorillas and booking ahead is always a good idea, particularly if you’re planning to visit Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park from December to February or July to August. If you aren’t travelling in these months and you only have a very small window of opportunity, you should still make a reservation as far in advance as possible to be safe.

To make a phone booking for Rwanda, you need to pay a deposit by bank transfer, while in Uganda you’ll need to provide all the money up front. If you can’t get a permit on your own, you’ll need to go through a tour operator, which is often a good idea anyway. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), you can book online.

Visit Uganda

Kidepo and Queen Elizabeth National parks are the perfect gift any Nature lover would need. They are small and heavily populated and arguably the most bio diverse destinations in Africa.

Visit Rwanda

Situated in the southern hemisphere of the equator, this East African destination is famed for having the most popular mountain gorilla tracking park in the world, Volcanoes National Park.

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Reviews from Travelers

Rich Experience!
My 03 days trip to the Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was spectacular but proved shorter than I imagined. Days passed by quickly because I was enjoying each to the fullest. My driver guide ensured that everything was arranged and I did not have to do anything.
I totally recommend BIG APES AFRICA

Chillion Paul

Exceeded expectations! Roland our guide/driver was the best!! We added on a couple days to our trip and Peter came through with great additional sites with last minute notice. Roland was fantastic, there with us for everything we needed, and a safe driver! The Gorilla trek was wonderful. Everything was wonderful. Highly recommend Big Apes Africa!

Cindy Z

It was an astonishing experience, we have seen wonderful landscapes and a big number of the most beautiful animals including lions, elephants, zebras, gnus and a variety of birds. Two of the most astonishing experiences where the walks through Chimbale National Parks to visit the Chimpanses and the trip into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest were we had the chance to watch a Gorilla family from close range. It was a breathtaking experience and one that we never will forget in our whole life.

Matthias Kirchhoff

We decided to spend our honeymoon in Uganda last summer and it was with no doubt our best trip. Uganda is an amazing country, it is pure nature, incredible landscapes and kind people. We were very lucky to have Peter as our tourist guide, he is very professional, always searching for more animals in the safaris(we showed the Big Five), explaining everything with detail, he is passionate about his country and he is able to transmit and show you the best of it and of course the experience with the gorillas is unbelievable!!.

Victoria Berzosa

Last summer we spent 11 days in Uganda and it was a unique experience. We really realized why Uganda is called the Pearl of Africa. Uganda is so much more than the gorilla experience, which is truly amazing. Peter, our guide helped us discover this country with its main parks(Murchison, Budongo forest, queen Elizabeth, Bwindi..). We were lucky enough to be alone with him in the car and he gave us totally tailor made tour, opening everything and making this trip we can never forget.

Jose Bodega

Africa has enchanted me for a long time and it always draws me back there. This was my second time in Uganda and again I had a great, pretty perfect time there. The endless expanses, the uniques landscape, the fascinating animal world and above all the moving encounters with the local people make every trip a unique and unforgettable experience. But without our wonderful guide Peter, it probably wouldn't have been nearly as eventful, because he does his job with passion, knows exactly what his guests need today and organises everything he can without talking too much about it.

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