The magical experience of trekking mountain gorillas has made trips to see gorillas a dream for most travelers to Africa.
The questions of where to see mountain gorillas, which country is best for gorilla trekking and which country offers affordable gorilla tours have continuously been asked by first-time travelers who intend to visit these gentle giants. Are you comparing gorilla trekking experience in Uganda versus Rwanda? No worries, Africa Adventure Safaris bring you details about which country is safe and affordable for gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking is a magical experience and the most done tourist activity in Africa, which draw the highest population of travelers from all over the world.
The gentle giants survive in only three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Anyone who wants to track and see gorillas must, therefore, visit any one of the three countries or possible countries for accurate gorilla trekking comparisons.
Where to visit gorillas in Africa
Uganda – The Pearl of Africa
Sheltering over half of the world’s mountain gorillas, Uganda is a premier gorilla destination.
The small landlocked country is home to over 500 mountain gorillas habituated in 18 gorilla families 17 of which live in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and while 1 family lives in Mgahinga gorilla national park. Where to see gorillas The high gorilla families in Uganda guarantee travelers availability of gorilla permit even for the last time travelers.
Interestingly, Uganda gorilla permits are quite cheap costing $600 compared to $1500 in neighboring Rwanda. Uganda, therefore, ranks as the best gorilla destination with best gorilla prices and worth, many gorillas, more permits and optional gorilla trekking national parks (Bwindi & Mgahinga).
Besides trekking, Uganda offers visitors with exceptional gorilla habituation experience, which give travelers ample time with endangered species in the jungle. Gorilla families in Uganda include Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Oruzogo, Bitukura, Kyaguliro, Nshongi, Mishaya, kahungye, Busingye, Bweza, Nkuringo, Katwe, Christmas and Nyakagyezi gorilla families. Bushaho, Bikingi gorilla groups are still undergoing habituation in Rushaga sector south of Bwindi. Gorillas in Bwindi are split into four regions, which are Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the east Nkuringo and Rushaga in the southern section of Bwindi Forest.
Rwanda –Land of a Thousand Hills
If you are looking for luxury gorilla trekking safaris, look no further than Rwanda. The double increment of Rwanda gorilla permit costs from $750 to $1500 in 2017 transformed the country into a luxury gorilla destination. The land of a thousand hills is home to 10 gorilla families which inhabit Volcanoes National park.
The reason for the double increment of gorilla permits in Rwanda was to promote conservation and improve the standards of living for the local people. Rwanda gorilla groups include Igisha group (Susa B), Kurira group (Susa A), Amahoro group, Umubano family, Karisimbi family, Sabyinyo group, Kwitonda group, Hirwa family, Agasha family, Bwenge group, Titus group, Muhoza family and Pablo family. The close location of Volcanoes National park to Kigali international airport make Rwanda the best gorilla trekking destination, especially for short time travelers.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Join Congo gorilla safaris to Virunga national park home to 8 gorilla families. Congo is the least visited gorilla destination due to continuous rebel activities associated with kidnaps and killing of park rangers in Virunga National Park. Due to insecurity,Kahuzi Biega national park the park was in May 2018, closed for tourism and reopened in Feb 2019.
Congo offers the cheapest gorilla safaris at $450 per permit hence the best gorilla destination for budget travelers. Gorilla families in Congo include Rugendo, Munyaga, Mapuwa, Lulengo, Kabirizi, Bageni, Nyakamwe, and Humba gorilla families.
Virunga national park is a UNESCO world heritage site due to its diversity. Besides mountain gorillas, Congo is home to the eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park.
NOTE: In all gorilla destinations, 8 people visit each gorilla family for an hour. Gorilla permit booking is recommended in advance for timely planning and gorilla family allocations. Permits can be booked direct fro Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in Uganda, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in Rwanda and ICCN in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Alternatively, book through Africa adventure, the leading tour and Travel Company specializing in gorilla tour bookings and reservations.
Book a gorilla trekking tour to Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo with Africa Adventure Safaris meet face to face with endangered mountain gorillas in the wild, enjoy their company of your lost relatives and be part of this memorable experience.