Preparing for a gorilla trekking safari
Preparing for a gorilla trekking safari

Preparing for a gorilla trekking safari

Uganda gorilla trekking – Rwanda gorilla trekking – Affordable Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Mountain gorilla trekking is one of the most loved tourist activities in East Africa and One of the most frequently asked questions about gorilla trekking is How easy is preparing for a gorilla trekking safari adventure?

Katland Safaris offer you a detailed guide on how you can very well prepare from the word go to have a thrilling and lifetime encounter with the mountain gorillas.

There are various steps involved in preparing for your gorilla trekking adventure in East Africa and these include the following.

Step one

Choose a gorilla trekking destination first.

Gorilla trekking the world over is popularly done in three countries and that’s from Uganda, Rwanda, and the democratic republic of Congo. Daily, hundreds of tourists check into these three countries for their gorilla trekking adventure.

Of all the three, Uganda is the most popular destination for gorilla trekking and this is so because the country is home to more than half of the remaining population of mountain gorillas. In Uganda, they can tremolo two destinations and that’s from Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga gorilla national Game Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Game Park.

If your dream is to look into the eyes of mountain gorillas, then Bwindi’s impenetrable national game park is the best destination to make your dreams come true. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda on the edges of the Rift Valley on the border of Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo, covering an area of 331 square kilometers within the Districts of Kabale, Kisoro, and Kanungu

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to now nineteen Gorilla families that can be tracked by tourists in a day, each family can be trekked by only eight tourists per a move intended to conserve the gentle giants. The gorilla trek can take anywhere from 1 hour to eight hours and the search starts from where the gorillas were last seen the previous evening. When found, each visitor is allowed not more than one hour to spend some time with the gorillas taking a picture and short videos to share with loved ones back home.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Game Park.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Game Park is located in southwestern Uganda bordering Rwanda to the south and Congo to the west and only 14 kilometers from Kisoro town. 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. Many tourists visit the Mgahinga National Park for gorilla trekking. Currently, there is only one habituated gorilla group that can be visited by tourists and that’s the Nyakagezi Gorilla Group.

In Rwanda, gorilla trekking is done in the famous volcanoes national game park.

Found in the North Western part of Rwanda, Volcano’s national park is a breathtaking unforgettable place where culture, adventure, and conservation intersect.

The Volcanoes National Park lies along the Virunga Mountains with ancient volcanoes shared by Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In just a short two hours drive from Rwanda’s capital Kigali, to the small town of Musanze, the park is a central location for the exploration of some distinctive Rwanda adventures, while a visit to the Mountain gorillas is often at the top of the visitors’ list.

Volcanoes national park is the only stop center for all gorilla trekking safaris and a shelter for quite a good number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Conservation area. its strategic location of only about two hours drive from Kigali international airport makes it the most accessible gorilla national park in the world.

In Congo, the gorilla trekking adventure is done in Virunga National game park.

Step two

Contact a trusted travel agent.

When a decision is made about which country and what the specific gorilla destination is, then the next step is to contact a trusted travel agent in that country. We advise the use of trusted travel agents like Katland Safaris because we understand the destination and arraign for all the logistics better.

A travel agent will help you in putting all the pre-logistics required for your gorilla trekking safari in order. These will include, bookings or your gorilla trekking permit, your guide’s transport and accommodation, and more.

Step three

Get fit for the gorilla trekking safari.

Gorilla trekking mostly in Uganda is done in very challenging environments and involves climbing very rigorous mountain terrains and this, therefore, requires you to have a certain level of fitness to be able to move through these challenging environments.

Before embarking on a gorilla trekking adventure, we advise you to start doing cardio and body excises before touring on a gorilla trekking safari to East Africa.

Step four.

Put your Safari bag in order.

Packing for a gorilla trekking safari is slightly different from packing for another wildlife safari.

Katland Safaris give you a detailed guide with a list of what must be included in the safari bag you pack for your gorilla trekking adventure to East Africa.

Your safari bag to the mount gorillas must include the following item if you are to have a very successful and memorable gorilla trekking safari through East Africa.

Long-sleeved shirts and trousers

A hut


Hiking boots

Insect repellant

Rain jacket

Sweaters and scarfs

Energy drinks

Garden gloves

And a camera.

Preparing for a gorilla trekking safari

Important to note is that the endangered mountain gorillas are susceptible to diseases, the most dangerous ones being caught and flu. It’s therefore advisable that tourists intending to do gorilla trekking visit health facilities in their home countries to check for the above diseases before embarking on a gorilla trekking safari to East Africa.

Contact us with any inquiries about planning for your gorilla trekking safari to East Africa.

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May 3, 2024
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