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In Uganda Gorilla trekking is done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park while in Rwanda, Gorilla trekking is done at Volcanoes National Park 

Price/Gorilla Permit Cost

The prices differ in Rwanda and Uganda for Gorilla trekking activity. In Uganda, a Gorilla trekking permit costs US$ 700 for foreign non-residents, US$ 600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000/= for East African Citizens. The permit cost in Uganda includes the gorilla trekking fee and park entrance fee for that day which is valid for 24 hours. On the day of gorilla trekking, you will be briefed and assigned a gorilla group or family and the ranger guides will escort you in the forest to search for the Gorillas depending on where they slept on the previous day. 

On the other hand, Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done at Volcanoes National Park and the Gorilla trekking permit costs US$ 1500 per person irrespective of your nationality. However, there is ongoing promotion valid until 31st December 2022 for all categories of citizens and groups as below. Please contact Gorilla Adventure Tours for the discounts

Product

Category

Price

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Nationals, EAC

$200

Foreign residents

$500

Corporate /Organizations

10% discount on bulk purchases from
30 permits

Families

15% discount for family visits (couples
and children over 15 years old)

African citizens

a promotional $500 will be applied for
Mountain gorilla trekking.

International      tourists     (Non- African Citizens) travelling in a
group of 100 and more

A promotional rate of $500 will be applied for mountain gorilla trekking.

Tour/Hotel Operator Rates

15% discount  for  each permit
purchased  that  include 1(one) night in  accommodation and tourism activity

All                      other
products/experiences in Volcanoes & Nyungwe National Parks (see annex for products)

Nationals,     Foreign    residents,
EAC

30% discount on groups of 10 (ten) where applicable

Nationals,     Foreign    residents,
EAC

10% for individual travelers

Corporate/Organizations

30% discount on bulk purchases from 30 permits

Families

15% discount for family visits (couple
and children)

Access and Distance 

In Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the western parts of the country near the Rwandan border and it is around 480km from the Uganda capital Kampala. The park hosts over 459 Gorilla individuals which is almost half of the world population. The park can be accessed through the air transport from Entebbe International airport to either Kisoro or Kihihi airstrip in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and it takes only 2 hours of flying. The other option is by the road transport through Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara - Bwindi and it takes 10 hours drive with many stopovers on different attraction especially the Equator in Kayabwe, Masaka and Igongo Cultural and Country Museum in Mbarara and you will also have your lunch at this very point.  If you are lucky, you might also see Zebras roaming along the road in between Lyantonde and Mbarara.

While in your Rwanda safaris, Volcanoes National Park is the only Gorilla National Park in that country and it can be accessed using helicopters from Kigali International Airport for only 30 minutes fly and also road transport via Kigali –Ruhengeri road and the driving time is 2.5 hours drive from Kigali Rwanda Capital.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one the national parks which harbors the rare Mountain Gorillas and it is 2 hours drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and also 10 hours drive from Kampala or Entebbe on road and also flights can be used from Entebbe airport to Kisoro airstrip. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest national park in Uganda and it is one of three national parks in the Virunga region (Including Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DRC Congo). The park is around 500km from the Uganda capital city Kampala.

Both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can also be accessed via Kigali, Rwanda through the border of Uganda and Rwanda Cyanika border. So visitors can land at Kigali International Airport and they will be driven to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, costing 4 hours by road. This is the easiest and shortest way to make it up to the Gorilla Parks.

Gorilla Groups and Numbers 

There are over 20 Gorilla groups or families in Uganda from 5 sectors (Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Nyakagezi sector) and 8 visitors are allowed to visit each Gorilla group on a daily basis. 19 Gorilla groups are available for clients to track in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and they include; Katwe, Habinyanja, Rushegura and Mubare group in Buhoma sector. Bitukura, Oruzogo, Kyaguliro and Mukiza group in the Ruhija sector. Nkuringo, Bushaho and Christmas family in Nkuringo sector. Mishaya, Kahungye, Busingye, Bweza, Nshongi, Mucunguzi, Bikingi and Kutu Gorilla family in Rushaga sector while in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has only 1 (one) Gorilla family called Nyakagezi Gorilla family available for clients. This Park forms the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration as a continuation of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo.

While Rwanda has over 10 Gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park available for clients to track. These gorilla groups include Susa, Igisha, Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Amahoro, Agashya, Kwitonda, Umubano, Hirwa, Bwenge, Ugyenda and Muhoza. There are a number of excellent Rwanda Safari Lodges you can stay at while visiting Rwanda.

There is a total population of 1,063 rare Mountain Gorillas in the world and they can only be seen in East Africa (Uganda, Rwanda and DRC Congo).  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park alone contains a population of over 459 and the rest of the Virunga National parks (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park) contribute the 604 individuals of the rare Mountain Gorillas. 

Culture and Community Experiences Along Gorilla Trekking

On visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, endeavor to discover the history behind these national parks. These parks were owned by the Batwa tribes, the so-called pygmy. So the park was their home where they could hunt to get food and gather fruits to earn the living. The Batwa were evicted from the park to protect the lives of these rare Mountain Gorillas and they occupied the neighboring communities. 

The Batwa trail experience activity in either Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park will make you discover the history of the Batwa and they will showcase how they used to live in the forest, hunt and gather fruits for a living. Their dances will blow you off as you experience and discover the real life of the Batwa people.

For those who visit Volcanoes National Park, Iby Iwacu cultural experience and performance is a must. So you will be taken to a neighboring community for the experience and performance. 

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Bush Camping or Just ‘Camping’ if you may; is one of the things everyone should try out at some point. Going on an adventure, exploring Uganda’s virgin beauty and raw nature is as exhilarating as it sounds, a getaway from the chaos of the city and to busk in the tranquility and relaxation of the wild. Bush camping is most favorable for people on a budget and those who want to truly connect with nature. 

When planning a trip to a whole new country or even continent, there is quite a number of things and emotions you find yourself battling through. Choosing a tour agency to go with is probably up there at the top of the list, this is a person/people you would have to spend a good number of days together, someone you will have to trust with your life and the people you care about. There are a lot of guides out there but selecting a ‘good’ one requires a lot more than who best fits your current budget. Here are a few tips to help you make the better choice; 

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