Gorilla Tours in Uganda – Bwindi & Mgahinga National Park
Uganda inhabits over half of the world’s remaining population of the mountain Gorillas in the world. Gorilla Journeys Limited gives you a chance to cheaply visit the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Parks. With those 2 gorilla parks, Uganda is the best gorilla trekking destination in the world with the highest number of habituated gorilla families. There are over 17 habituated gorilla groups in Bwindi and 1 gorilla group in Mgahinga.
The 2 Uganda gorilla parks can be accessed by road from Kigali International airport through Katuna and Cyanika boarders. Such an amazing journey takes 3-4hours. From Kampala / Entebbe Airport, the journey crosses the equator and takes about 9 hours.
Additionally, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Park can be accessed by air from Entebbe airport to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrips, in just 60 minutes. We can book for you daily scheduled flights from as low as US$200 per person. This saves you from full day driving, but still, you will miss the pleasure of the road!
Gorilla Journeys in Rwanda – Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park Rwanda aka Parc National De Volcans – part of the magnificent Virunga Mountains and the best place for mountain gorilla tracking in the World. Being Africa’s oldest park, it offers extraordinary experience in the African wilderness. Tracking the mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s bamboo forests of Volcanoes National Park remains one of the most moving and life-changing experiences on our portfolio.
Joining the trek in search for these “Gentle Giants” in their natural habitat requires one to be moderately fit and not carrying any airborne diseases. Gorilla trekking starts early in the morning, following a substantial mountain busting breakfast at your lodge, and can take anything between 1 – 7 hours depending on the movements of the gorillas in the forest.
Accompanied by trained gorilla guides, armed rangers and, should you wish, porters, you will – in accordance with park regulations – spend an hour in the company of the gorillas, take photos – not using a flashlight, record videos, enjoy them playing, feeding, juveniles swinging on trees and sometimes fighting. Imagine a huge silverback charging towards you..!! Its a lifetime experience!
Accommodation in and around Volcanoes National Park varies from basic bed and breakfast to the luxurious lodges such as Sabyinyo Silverback and Virunga Lodge among others. While on the trek in search for gorillas, you may have chances to experience the park’s many bird species, the rare forest buffalo, forest hog, the rare golden monkeys and spotted hyena. A very special journey!
Besides gorilla trekking in Uganda, Congo and Rwanda, Gorilla Journeys Ltd takes you to other must-visit safari destinations depending on your interests, time and budget. Below are some of the must-visit places in Uganda for your tailor make safari package;
- Murchison Falls National Park
This is the largest and oldest National park in Uganda with an area of 3,893 km2. The main tours here include game drives to search for Africa’s Big 5 and other animals, boat cruise, Chimpanzee tracking, birding, community tours, and nature walk among others.
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
This is the second largest national park in Uganda, popular for tree-climbing lions in the Ishasa sector, huge wildlife along the Kazinga channel and other parts of the park, chimps in Kyambura gorge, Maramagambo forest, Katwe salt lake, community tours, and birding among others.
- Kidepo National Park and Pian Upe game reserve
These are Uganda’s remotest and less visited tourist destinations, however, they are so beautiful and reward you with lifetime adventure experience!
- Mountain Rwenzori National Park
One of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa, with the highest peak Margherita at 5109m, making it the 3rd highest in Africa, next to Mount. Kenya and Kilimanjaro. The hike to this Margherita takes 6-8 days depending in your experience! Other peaks are; Mt. Speke (4890m), Mt. Baker (4843m), Mt. Emin (4798m), Mt. Gessi (4715m) and Mount Luigi di Savoia (4627m).
- Lake Mburo National Park
This is Uganda’s smallest savannah park, located 4 hrs drive from Kampala. Tourists to Lake Mburo enjoy game drives, quad biking, back-horse riding, nature safari walk, canoe ride and birding among others.
Contact our team of experts to assist you tailor make your desired travel itinerary basing on your interests, time and budget.
Drive your Own Adventure
Apart from escorted gorilla tours, we have an option of driving your self in one of our strong 4wd cars to see the gorillas in Uganda. The fact that the road to the gorilla parks is very bad especially in the rainy season, a 4×4 car is highly recommended. You can hire 4wd car in Kampala from as low as US$35 per day for a 3 door Rav4. Other recommended cars for self drive tours in Uganda include Toyota Prado, land cruiser hardtop, minivans for groups and Nissan patrols among others.