Top Gorilla Destinations in East Africa
Top Gorilla Destinations in East Africa

Top Gorilla Destinations in East Africa

Uganda – Rwanda Gorilla Trekking – Bwindi Impenetrable National Game Park- Volcanoes National Game Park – Mgahinga Gorilla National Game Park. Africa Gorilla safaris.

Top Gorilla Destinations in East Africa. Africa Gorilla trekking is a lifetime experience for any traveler from any part of the world. East Africa offers you the greatest opportunity to come up close to these gentle giants in their natural serene setting.

Gorilla trekking is not something that can easily be put together in a single done since a lot of things are supposed to be put into consideration for an exciting and fulfilling East African gorilla trekking adventure through East Africa. Katland Safaris help visitors from all over the world plan their gorilla trekking adventures in the best way possible and always advise our client to book their gorilla trekking adventures early, especially during the pick months of June to September and Dec to February.

Planning earlier for your gorilla trekking safari helps you choose a gorilla trekking destination early, put all your gorilla trekking logistics like transport, guides, accommodation packing for gorilla trekking, and acquiring your gorilla trekking permit. A gorilla permit is an official document that gives you access to the gorilla trekking experience. In Uganda, the gorilla trekking permit cost 750 dollars, and in Rwanda, the gorilla trekking permit costs 1500 dollars per person per trek.

In East Africa, gorilla trekking is best done in two countries Uganda and Rwanda.

Because of the closeness of the two destinations, gorilla trekking can either start from Uganda and end in Rwanda or from Rwanda and end in Uganda.

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Gorilla Trekking Locations in Uganda.

Uganda is a special destination for gorilla trekking the world over and this is because of fact. Uganda is home to more than half of the global remaining population of mountain gorillas.

In Uganda, gorilla trekking is done from only two gorilla trekking locations and that’s from Bwindi Impenetrable National Game Park 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 is home to more than half the population of the worlds remaining endangered mountain Gorillas and this makes Bwindi one of the most popular destinations and conservation areas in Uganda.

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. The word “Bwindi” in the “Batwa” local language means darkness and taking a hike through this impenetrable forest reveals why the forest was named Bwindi.

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Top Gorilla Trekking Sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

There are four gorilla trekking regions in Bwindi and these include Nkuringo, Ruhijja, Rushaga, and Buhoma gorilla sectors.

Ruhijja gorilla sectors.

Ruhijja sector is located in the eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National game park. This sector has got 4 gorilla families, namely the Kyagurilo group, Bitukula group, Mukiza group, and Ruzogo group.

The sector is positioned between the Buhoma sector to the north of the park and Kibale town to the south making the sector to be easily accessible from both parts of the south and north. The sector connects to reach Queen Elizabeth National Park which covers 218km. This allows Tourists who wto want to trek Gorillas to have ample time to do a game drive in the Ishasha sector for the tree-climbing lions.

Besides gorilla trekking, the Ruhija gorilla sector has several activities including bird watching, primate walks, and community walks, Among others.

Ruhijja sector is also located a few meters away from Lake of Bunyonyi a beautiful crater lake to relax admiring the fascinating hills and islands, a perfect environment with canoe rides and the local people. The sector has all accommodation facilities ranging from budget, and mid-range to luxury.

Buhoma gorilla sectors.

Buhoma sector is very outstanding than other regions, the best desirable sector for Gorilla trekkers. Buhoma is very accessible. It takes a 2hours drive from Kabale town via Kanungu and 4 hours from the Ishasha sector area known for tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It’s a less tiring gorilla trekking sector. It has more accommodation options ranging from budget, mid-range, and Luxury. Buhoma is so special in the sense that sometimes beautiful gorillas visit the compounds of some lodges.

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Nkuringo gorilla sector.

Nkuringo sector is located in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The sectsectorhabithe that to the famous Nkuringo Gorilla family. The family is headed by Rafiki, and this family is the most fascinating Gorilla family where each individual in the gorilla family is amazing.

To get to Nkuringo, one goes via the Kabale-Kisoro Road. If one uses a bus, the journey can last for 11-12 hours.

The junction takes 45 kilometers which is about 3 hours. One can as well use the route via Buhoma through Kihihi or Butogota, but this is more tiresome and, it’s better hiring hire a private vehicle provided by a tour company.

Rushaga gorilla sector.

Rushaga Gorilla sector is the best area to encounter your lifetime gorilla trek. The sector is located in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with five Gorilla families and the most perfect sector for Gorilla habituation. The sector can be closest accessed through Rwanda in a 4 Hours’ Drive. Rushaga sector is nearby Nkthe the ingo area, and it has the biggest number of Gorilla families compared to other sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Nkuringo sector offers some of the best accommodation choices and includes Mgahinga Gorilla Camp, Gorilla safari lodge, Gorilla havens lodge, Gorilla valley lodge, and, many more.

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Game Park.

Many tourists visit the Mgahinga National Park for gorilla trekking. The mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park live in families that comprise several individuals. Each family is led by the strongest male mountain gorilla called a silverback.  This silverback is always in charge of protecting its family against any intrusion and usually determines the daily routine. The silverback usually leads its subordinates to different parts of the jungle searching for fresh plant leaves and new places for building new nests for the night.

Popular gorilla trekking Safaris are offered by Katland Safaris.

3 Days Uganda Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari

3 Day Gorilla Habituation Safari in Bwindi

5 Days Gorilla and Chimps tracking in Uganda

5 Days Bwindi Gorilla and Murchison Falls Safari

7 Days Gorilla, Chimps and Wildlife Safari

9 Days Uganda Primates and Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Gorilla Trekking Locations in Rwanda.

Of recent, Rwanda is becoming a very popular destination for gorilla trekking because of the proximity of the gorillas to Kigali City and Kigali international airport.

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In Rwanda, Gorilla trekking is done in: –

Volcanoes National Game Park.

Found in the North Western part of Rwanda, Volcano’s national park is a breathtaking unforgettable Gorilla Destination 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.

The park is part of the great Virunga volcano conservation region spanning to cover Virunga National Park Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda. It was initially a small area around Karisimbi, Mikeno, and Visoke volcanoes which was gazetted to protect the Mountain gorillas which were facing the threat of extinction as a result of poaching.

Volcanoes national park is the only stop center for all gorilla trekking safaris. its strategic location of only about two hours’ drive from Kigali international airport makes it the most accessible gorilla national park in the world. Besides mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National Park is a home for golden monkeys, a variety of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects among other creatures which together make a complete Rwanda safari package.

Volcanoes National game park is also of Rwanda’s conservation epicenters where many nonprofit organizations base their operations. Visitors can pay homage to the legendary scientist and gorilla advocate Dian Fossey with a hike to her Tomb or a visit to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund which continues her legacy of research and advocacy to this day.

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Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Adventures.

1 Day Rwanda Trekking Volcanoes National Park

2 Days Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

3 Days Gorilla and Golden Monkey Tracking in Rwanda

Uganda and Rwanda offer the best gorilla trekking adventures and Gorilla Destinations in the whole world.  Besides the concentration of mountain gorillas in these two countries, both Uganda and Rwanda are so safe for gorilla trekking and any other wildlife safari you can think of.

If you have plans of coming in contact with these gentle giants one day, you can always reach out to us at Katland Safaris either by phone, what’s up, or by email. We will put all the logistics for your gorilla trekking adventure. We will put everything in order from booking your gorilla permit, to your transport, guides, accommodation pickups, and drop-offs.

We can also choose to combine Gorilla Destinations with wildlife safaris in both Uganda and Rwanda.

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

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June 11, 2024
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