Going on gorilla trekking safari takes more effort, both time and money. It’s more expensive than a traditional safari but ranked highly by travelers around the world. Every year, thousands of travelers go for Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
For this once in a lifetime gorilla trekking experience, Mushra Travel Agency will need to buy your gorilla trekking permit in advance. Only 8 people are allowed to trek a Gorilla group per day. We strongly advise you book at least 3 months in advance to ensure that you can track on the requested date, especially if you plan to go gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda during the peak season or you are in a large group. See Gorilla Families in Uganda and Rwanda below.
Uganda gorilla trekking permits cost USD$ 600 per person while the price of gorilla permits in Rwanda is $1500. Gorilla Permits fees must be paid for in full in advance. See 3 day Gorilla Trekking Safari Itinerary below or Contact our customer service team to customize your Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari or Rwanda Gorilla Tour
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is best known for its outstanding gorilla trekking safari, but it also provides refuge to elephant, chimpanzee, monkeys and various small antelope and bird species. There are seven habituated gorilla groups located in different parts of Bwindi. The groups range in size from 10 to 20 individuals, each with one or two silverbacks.
MUBARE GROUP: this Mubare group (also called the M-Group) – was the very first group to actually be habituated for tracking by tourists. the habituation started in 1991 and this group received its very first tracking visitors in 1993. Mubare group is actually named after the stunning Mubare Hills in which this group was discovered.
HABINYANJA GROUP: This Habinyanja Group was in 1997 habituated for tracking and received tourists in the year 1999. In the start it was a huge group, however a family was split from it named the Rushegura Group. These two groups crisscross each other now and again and co-exist peacefully.
RUSHEGURA GROUP: This Rushegura Group was in 2000 habituated for tracking and received tourists in the year 2002. It is a huge group within the Buhoma area of Bwindi Forest.
BITUKURA GROUP: This Bitukura Group is among of the newest groups in Bwindi Forest- it is found and roams the verdant forest within the Ruhija area. There is restricted lodging in this area – although that available is offered in moderate plus high-class lodges.
MISHAYA GROUP: following a family dispute- the Mishaya Gorilla family Split from the then biggest Gorilla Group in Bwindi Forest – the Nshongi Gorilla Family – which two still live within the Rushaga region in Southern Bwindi Forest.
NSHONGI GROUP: This currently is the biggest habituated gorilla family in Uganda with 25 members , at the opening of the group for visitors after Habituation it comprised of 25, and 10 left to form another family called the Mishaya Group.
NKURINGO REGION OF BWINDI FOREST – which is among the more physically challenging although rewarding regions in the of forest to enjoy gorilla trekking – habitat to the Nkuringo Gorilla Family. The Nkurungiro region of Bwindi is home to the Nkuringo Group. The Group comprises of 19 members and is a favorite to people who have tracked over one group.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing”. It’s pretty costly though! Gorillas make their homes in and amongst the bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. You’ll be introduced by expert trackers and guides to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas and you can stay with them for an hour as they go about their daily lives.
Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours + depending on the family allocated to your group and their location. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel at seeing the gorillas! There are ten Gorilla families living in the Volcanoes National Park that are fully habituated and available for visits by the public (whilst others are habituated for scientific research purposes only) . Each family consists of at least one Silverback (but sometimes as many and four), along with several females and a group of youngsters.
SUSA FAMILY: This is the largest group with 38 gorillas. They’re hardest to trek as they tend to range high into the mountains. They have rare 5 year old twins named Byishimo and Impano.
SABINYO FAMILY: A family of 17 members, Sabyinyo is an easily accessible group led by the powerful Silverback Guhonda.
AMAHORO FAMILY: 19 gorillas, led by the calm and easy going Ubumwe. To reach Amahoro it’s usually a fairly steep climb but it is well worth it!
AGASHYA FAMILY (FORMER GROUP 13): Because of conservation efforts by the Rwanda Government, Agashwa today has 22 members
KWITONDA FAMILY: This is a family 23 members led by Akarevuro, originally habituated in DRC. These tend to range quite far making it a moderately difficult trek.
UMUBANO FAMILY: Is a family of 13, who broke off from Amahoro with leader named Charles.
HIRWA FAMILY: This group has 18 members and only fairly recently formed from former Group 13 and Sabyinyo family members. They are led by Munyinya.
Boots - Essential. A good quality pair of hiking boots will serve you well. A cheap pair of sneakers can’t work.
Gloves - During the trek you might be grabbing trees, branches and vines, and your hands can get a bit scratched and generally beaten up if you’re not careful. Gloves a must-carry item.
Light rain jacket - Bwindi and Virunga are both tropical rainforests, and there’s a good chance of rain almost the year-round. Pack a light-weight rain jacket that you can roll up in your bag and bring out if necessary.
Energy snacks - The trek to the mountain gorillas isn’t impossible, but it is tough. Energy snacks like nuts, dried fruit, chocolate or power bars are a great idea. Just remember to take any rubbish with you as you go.
Water –Bring a reusable canteen or a pack of filtration tablets. You’ll need to drink a lot during the trek.
Long pants and shirts – It’s best not to expose too much skin during the jungle trek. Long pants, shirts and your rain jacket will cover you up.
We will leave Kampala and drive 283kms to Mbarara, traveling via Masaka. We pause at the Equator to take photographs of the crossing, stretch our legs and enjoy some snacks. We will continue to Mbarara for lunch. We break our journey for lunch along the way for snacks and coffee in Kabale and then head to Bwindi Forest. Dinner and overnight stay at Broad Bill Forest Camp (Inc: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )
After an early breakfast, we will head to the Headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an orientation plus meeting the guides as well as separation into the groups basing on which gorilla group you are to be tracking. From there you will set off for your thrilling experience of the Gorillas. Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to see the Mountain Gorillas. Look out for additional primates, butterflies, mammals and birds. The trekking will entail thorough climbing before you come face to face with the Mountain Gorillas, watching them only a few meters away. You will see the baby with the mothers, the gorillas partaking their every day routine just right in front of you. Because of tourists like you, we have worked with conservationists and communities to protect the Gorillas. You will personally see how they are thriving within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. (Inc: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / Hotel)
After breakfast, Check-out and head back to the capital Kampala, with stops in Mbarara for a delicious lunch and then proceed to Kampala or Entebbe bringing this 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Uganda to a close. Airport drop-off can be arranged free of charge, if you are flying out on the last day of the safari. If you have other activities planned, please let us know and we will send you a driver for Airport drop-off at a later date. (Inc: Breakfast / Lunch )
Please complete this form. Include:- how many you will be in your group, number of days, how much you would like to spend per day per person (If you want a Tailor-made Safari), the type of vehicle you want to use, activities you want to participate in, places and National Parks you want to visit.