Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda

Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is one of the highlights of an African gorilla safari through this part of Africa. The Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking Safari give you a one in a lifetime encounter with the endangered mount gorilla In Bwindi Impenetrable National game park and also an encounter with our closest relatives in either Kibale forest, Budongo, or Kalinzu forest.

Trekking Mountain gorillas in Uganda

Only two national parks in Uganda offer the gorilla trekking opportunity to visitors, that’s Bwindi Impenetrable national game park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Game Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Game Park.

Bwindi’s impenetrable national game park located in the southwestern tip of Uganda is home to approximately more than half of the global remaining population of mountain gorillas left.

There are four major sectors in Bwindi where the gorilla trekking adventure takes place and these include, the Buhoma sector, Rushaga, Ruhija, and Nkuringo sectors. These four sectors share eleven habituated gorilla groups that can be trekked by visitors to this national park.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda

Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park is the perfect destination for the Gorilla habituation experience. Up on trekking and reaching the gorillas, Visitors are given not more than four hours to stay up close with the gorillas, and with researchers, they are given a chance to learn how gorillas spend their days, how they feed, take care of young ones, gather for food and so much more. The Gorilla Habituation Permit costs 1500.00 dollars per person per trek. The four hours start counting as soon as the gorillas are found.

Maghinga National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest of all national parks in Uganda. The park was created to protect the mountain gorillas that roam freely within the Virunga region. The park is bordered by the Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda. It was declared a game sanctuary by the British administration in 1930 and was gazetted as a national park in 1991. The park has only got one habituated transboundary gorilla group. The visitors can also enjoy the Batwa visit which is a fascinating tour with the Batwa guide to learn the secrets of the forest.

There is one habituated gorilla group that you can see in the Maghinga National Park called the Maghinga Group. Because of its size and limited gorilla permits, Bwindi National Park is more visited and popular with tourists, but if you are looking for something much quieter and unique, this is your place.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda


Comfortable hiking shoes should be put on. These are suitable for steep muddy slopes.

Put on earplugs for those who feel uncomfortable with jungle sounds

Packed lunch and enough drinking water should be carried.

Rain gadgets, sunscreen lotions, a hat for UN predictable weather, and also an insect repellent.

Cameras and fully charged batteries should not be forgotten. Flashlights are not permitted.

Endeavor to contact Katland Safaris LTD for any information

Cost of a gorilla trekking permit

A gorilla trekking permit is an official government document that allows you access to the mountain. Gorillas. In Uganda, it’s issued by the Uganda wildlife Authority on behalf of the f Government to the visitors intending to come up close with the mountain gorillas.

The gorilla trekking permit currently goes for 700 USD per person per


Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda

Uganda is, without a doubt the best destination in East Africa for the best Chimpanzee trekking adventures. Combining Chimpanzee trekking with gorilla tracking of one of the highlights of a safari through Uganda. A trek in search of a Chimpanzee Is indeed a rewarding adventure. This is so because, chimpanzees are fun, and playful, making trekking a great experience. While on a safari in search of the chimpanzee.

Top Destinations for trekking Chimpanzees in Uganda.

Kalinzu Forest

Kalinzu Forest Is located a few Kilometers from Queen Elizabeth National Park. around 290 chimpanzees call Kalinzu Home. The chimpanzee trekking perm here is considerably cheaper as it is owned by different management. It’s $35 per person, compared to $150 per person in Kibale.

Kibale Forest

The best chimpanzee trekking experience by far is Kibale Forest which is located in the southwestern region of the country. This forest is home to approximately 1,500 chimpanzees and has, near enough, a 100 percent success rate of seeing them.

The forest is located in the middle of fort portal, Kasese, and queen Elizabeth National game park making it possible to engage in other exciting tourist activities after Chimpanzee trekking.

Budongo Forest

A final place you can see the chimpanzees in Uganda is Budongo Forest. Situated in Murchison Falls National Park,  The mahogany trees in the Budongo Forest provides perfect shelter for these intelligent chimpanzees, as well as other species of primates. There are approximately 100 habituated chimpanzees available here, and visitors can also opt for the whole-day chimpanzee habituation experience in Budongo. The chimpanzee permits cost $85 in Budongo and because you are in the area of Murchison Falls, it is usually combined with a safari and an experience at Murchison Falls.

Feel free to contact us with any inquiries about booking a gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safari through Uganda.

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May 9, 2024
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