What Is Gorilla Trekking

what is gorilla tracking


Gorilla Trekking is an adventure activity which involves moving into the dense tropical forest searching for the habituated mountain gorillas in their natural environment. Mountain gorilla trekking includes hiking through the steep hills, dense tropical rain- forest, water streams, and rivers before finally experiencing a gorilla family. Click here to see mountain gorilla trekking safaris 


Uganda is the “pearl of Africa.” Uganda is fantastic compared to any other gorilla trekking experience in Africa. Uganda’s jungle trekking environment is unbelievable. With each movement, one’s expectations are rewarded, and seeing the remaining world’s few mountain gorillas is amazing. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has been confirmed as one of the most fascinating national parks in Africa. Click here to view our recommended mountain gorilla trekking tour


 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was gazetted in 1991, with the Mubare Mountain Gorilla Group as the first group. There is a reduction in the number of mountain gorillas all over the world. According to the 2018 population census, there are over 1000 mountain gorillas in the world, and Uganda holds 50% of the total mountain gorilla population.


 Travelers should aim to see these gorillas in their natural environment and get the opportunity to trek mountain gorillas with the largest population in Uganda. 


 Mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda makes travelers take a long walk in the thick forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while they look for mountain gorillas. The trek involves hiking, moving through the bush, getting tired, and getting a bit untidy in the impenetrable forest with a professional local guide in search of a habituated mountain gorilla family. 


 Mountain gorillas can be trekked in the Virunga Mountains in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda. Uganda contains 50% of the remaining mountain gorilla population worldwide, which lives in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.


 Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park is divided into four different sectors, such as the Buhoma sector, the Rushaga sector, the Nkuringo sector, and the Ruhija sector. All these sectors have an impressive array of luxury lodges, mid-range lodges, budget lodges, and campsites with restaurants, craft stalls, and guiding services.

Where to go gorilla trekking in Uganda in 2025/2026?

Uganda offers two gorilla trekking national parks, such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most popular choice for many tourists since it protects a greater population of mountain gorillas, is better located for fly-in gorilla trekking safaris, and has a has a better range of accommodation options. 


Which park you will tour depends on your travel plans and the time you have available to do gorilla trekking. There is no price difference in gorilla trekking permits or chances of spotting across the two gorilla trekking parks.


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are situated in the southwestern part of Uganda, near the border of Uganda and Rwanda. Many of Uganda's safari destinations are situated in the southwest. Which makes it easy to combine any savannah safari with mountain gorilla trekking to come up with a single itinerary bursting with once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

When to go gorilla trekking in Uganda in 2025/2026?

The best time to see mountain gorillas in Uganda takes place during the dry seasons of December to February and again from June to August. During these dry months, the forest hiking trails are drier and not slippery. The dry season is the best time for wildlife viewing in national parks. However, the dry season is also known as the peak trekking season, so mountain gorilla permits are in high demand, and we advise tourists to book gorilla trekking trips in advance.

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