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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda.

Bwindi national park is a renowned national park located in southwestern Uganda, widely known for its exceptional bio diversity and is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Park covers an area of about 31 square kilometers and is situated within the Albertine rift valley.

One of the main highlights of Bwindi is its population of endangered mountain gorillas, which makes it a popular destination for wildlife enthusiast and nature lovers. The park is home to almost half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population, making it an important conservation area for these incredible creatures.

It also boasts a rich variety of other wildlife like primate species of chimps, black and white colobus monkeys and olive baboons. Additionally, the park is teeming with diverse bird species making it a paradise for bird watchers.

In addition to gorilla trekking, Bwindi offers other activities like guided nature walks, bird watching and cultural encounters with the local Batwa community. Exploring the park’s magnificent landscapes, encountering remarkable wildlife and learning about the local culture make Bwindi national park a truly unique and captivating destination.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an unforgettable wildlife experience that involves hiking into dense forests of Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga national park to observe endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

The trek starts with a briefing by park experienced guides to prepare visitors for the strenuous activity ahead, including rules and regulations for gorilla trekking. A qualified guide accompanies visitors on foot through the rugged terrain to locate gorillas.

The trek through the forest can take anywhere from 2 to several hours depending on the location and movement of the gorilla families. Once a gorilla family is located, visitors spend an hour in their presence, observing and taking snaps from a safe distance.

This activity provides a blend of adventure, excitement and conservation education. Visitors can enjoy the thrill of being so close to these magnificent creatures while learning about their behaviors, habits, conservation efforts and challenges they face in the world.

How to book gorilla permits?

To book for a gorilla permit, you need to follow the following steps,

  • Identify the tour operator you would like to work with by doing preliminary research and reading reviews from other tourists.
  • Contact the tour operators to inform them about your interests in trekking gorillas and let them know about your picked dates.
  • Tour operators will check availability of gorilla permits in the preferred park on the dates you plan of travel. If permits are available. They will reserve them for you.
  • You will then be required to provide your personal details, including your full names, passport number and nationality. These details are needed to process the official permits.
  • Payment for the gorilla trekking permit usually goes through the Uganda wildlife authority and can be made directly or through your tour operator.
  • Upon confirmation of payment, your travel agency will secure your gorilla permit and you with receive an email with confirmation from UWA.

Rules and regulations of gorilla trekking.

  • Do not take pictures with flash light on
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not eat or drink in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Always maintain a distance of 8 meters away from gorillas
  • Do not litter the environment of gorillas
  • Do not ease yourself near the gorilla premises.
  • Do not cough or sneeze in the presence of gorillas
  • Persons above the 15 years are allowed to trek gorillas
  • Do not try to touch gorillas.
  • Do not make noise while trekking
  • Do not smoke in the presence of gorillas.
  • Only eight visitors are allowed to trek a certain gorilla family per day
  • You are required to follow rules and guidelines given by guides and stay in your group.
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Packing List for Gorilla Trekking.

  • Long sleeved shirts and trousers
  • Insect repellent
  • Packed food and drinking water
  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking stick
  • Hat and sun screen
  • Waterproof back pack
  • Water proof jacket
  • Gorilla permits and other documents
  • Exchanged money for tips
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Cost of Gorilla Permit

  • USD 700 for nonresidents per person
  • USD 600 for residents per person
  • UGX250, 000 for East African citizens per person.

Other Services

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Our Partners

Uganda Tourism Board

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Uganda Wildlife Authority

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The Buhoma Gorilla Camp

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The Bwindi Kids Charity

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2023-07-16
Unforgettable Rwanda Emerald tailored our 5 day trip to Rwanda to all our many and frequently changing requests without any fuss. Chris, our driver/guide for the duration, could not have been more helpful and professional
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2022-10-25
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2022-08-19
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2022-05-13
Memorable Family Trip in Uganda Fantastic Trip that exceeded our expectations! Travelled to Uganda with wife and 2 children (9 and 10y old) for 7 days. Since the start (at planning stage) got a great support from Bob (company owner) and Edmund (our guide) via WhatsApp. They tailored a program to our needs including the unforgettable mountain gorillas hike, general hikes to waterfalls, safari including boat trip to see hipos!! Edmund, our guide, always super polite and the kids enjoyed him a lot! All our hotels, meals included in the package so no hassle on this….we just paid for drinks! The only regret I have is not staying one extra day in the Mburo National Park to explore a bit more 😉 Memorable trip with so much nature and a super-humble people that made the experience even more enjoyable!! Super recommend!! The whole family just feeling we need to get back to explore more 😉
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2022-05-13
Great Experience With Emerald!! It was an amazing experience! My guides Lucky and Hillary made me feel as if I was family and took care of everything I needed. They were very knowledgeable as we trekked to gorillas in Bwindi and a ride a wildlife safari through Queen Elizabeth. I learned so much from them about the animals, the terrain and the surrounding people. They we also incredibly helpful in helping me find activities around Buhoma, where I stayed, all of which were great. By the time I left I knew I had made friends who I will continue to stay in touch with. Can’t wait to come back with my family!
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2022-05-12
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2022-05-10
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2022-04-22
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