Gorilla trekking and Chimpanzee trekking among others are the highlights of Uganda safari top tourist activities carried out in the trend of exploring the pearl of Africa. Spotting these primates and others alike such as the black and white colobus monkeys is a memorable experience that you would not regret. In Uganda, there are lush spots where these primates are inhabited for instance, there are ten primate species including chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth National Park alone.
Gorilla safaris or trekking is mostly carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Parc De Volcanoes (PNV) in Rwanda.
Across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift valley lies Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda. This park is shared by Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro districts. Bwindi is under the Uganda Wildlife Authority and was gazetted in August 1991 for purposes of conserving endangered mountain species, the Catchment area and to provide refuge for the flora and fauna. It covers an area if 351sq.km and covers an altitude of 1160m to 2607m. Bwindi and Mgahinga share a western warden heading 5 departments that include Tourism department, Law enforcement and security, Community collaboration, research and monitoring, Administration and Finance. Due to its ecological uniqueness and natural beauty, Bwindi, which is an African montane rainforest with high levels of species endemism, is on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites. It is home to a number of other primate species including the red tailed guenon, blue guenon, L’Hoest’s guenon, the black and white colobus, vervet, the baboon (papio anubis) and other nocturnal pro-simians.
Bwindi Park inhabits half of the world population of mountain gorillas, which are currently estimated at 600 thus having the biggest number of mountain gorillas worldwide. Uganda gorilla safaris,
The Bwindi chimp population size is not well known but roughly estimated at 300 – 400. The nearby Virunga volcano Conservation area has a population of 300 mountain gorillas with no chimps thus making Bwindi the only African forest in which these two apes co-existing together.
There are four groups of gorillas in Bwindi park and these include; Mubare group consisting of 10 gorillas, 1 silverback, habinyanja group consisting of 18 gorillas and 1 silver back, Rushengura group consisting of 10 gorillas and 1 silver buck and the Nkuringo group consisting of 19 gorillas and 2 silver backs. You can see all these while on a mountain gorilla tour.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
It is situated in Kisoro District, South-Western corner of Uganda, covering an area of about 38sq.km. This Park was gazetted in 1991 and it is part of the great Virunga Conservation area. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park neighbors 2 other namely Volcano National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo. These 3 parks are important habitats for endangered Mountain Gorillas which are the highest tourist attraction in Mgahinga . Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has 3 Mountain peaks namely; Gahinga which is 3474m high, Mt. Sabyinyo which is 3669m high and Gahinga peak Muhavura which is the highest at 4127m. Mgahinga experiences two rainy/wet seasons during February to May and September to December. The maximum amount of rainfall is 250mm in Oct and the minimum being 10mm in July
Gorilla tracking in Mgahinga is the most exciting and unforgettable experience, which might take one through a thick jungle. Nyakagezi, a gorilla group, is currently habituated and available for tourists. It consists of 11 members; 2 silver-backs, 3 adult females, 4
The maximum number of people trekking a day is 8 for all groups so you don’t have to embark on the trails lonely and due to high competition of permits, future availability can’t be guaranteed. “First Come First Served”. Please keep fit to embark on your journey of a lifetime!!!! A gorilla permit costs 360 dollars per person per day and validity of the permit is the day a client wishes to trek!! You could select any group that you wish and the chance of seeing the apes is 99%.
We arrange gorilla safaris to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Parc De Volcans in Rwanda at great discounts or budget safari trip.
Ape adventure is one of the greatest tourism contribution to the economies of Uganda and Rwanda. The Mountain gorilla, Gorilla Berengei Berengei ape has a population of about 700 left in the whole world. Our travel and tourism section together with the itineraries or gorilla tour packages will make your trip as adventurous as possible on your African Safari.
Gorilla Trek in Uganda and Rwanda, Read more on Dian Fossey conservation efforts, lowland gorilla safari , western lowland gorillas or the silverback as well as environment and nature conservation of their habitats and other primates such as chimpanzee and monkey.