Gorilla trekking tours
Gorilla trekking in the simple terms of AA Safaris and Tours Ltd is the process through which one walks or hikes through the forest in search of the great mountain gorillas. 1000 mountain gorillas have been registered in the recently concluded census. Mountain gorillas are currently known to inhabit countries to include, Uganda, Rwanda, and D.R.Congo. All countries are very open to the conservation of these great apes. Therefore, they welcome guests as tourists to trek the gorillas as a way to supplement their mountain gorilla conservation budgets.
Gorilla trekking can be done in all three countries, however, due to the insecurity uncertainty in D.R.Congo, gorilla trekking in this country is restricted.
Before we go gorilla tracking, these gorilla families are habituated and introduced to the process of receiving tourists on a daily basis. The process takes a while and for more information check out our gorilla habituation page. You can also participate in this activity, as a way to contribute to the conservation process.
Uganda is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. The gorillas inhabit parks to include Bwindi national park and Mgahinga national park. Despite this, the country has a limit on the number of people who are allowed to see mountain gorillas per day. The maximum number currently is 80 per day for both parks. As you might be aware like humans, gorillas live in groups/ families and therefore 8 people are allowed per group making a total maximum of 80 per day. Gorilla tracking seems to be the most priced wildlife activity in east Africa. In Uganda, the permit that allows you to trek gorillas costs USD 700 per person. This therefore in one way or another makes gorillas safaris little more expensive compared to other safaris in East Africa.
Trekking gorillas in Rwanda.
Just like Uganda, Rwanda also has a limit of 80 people per day allowed to track gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park. Rwanda’s gorilla treks are believed to be shorter than in Uganda. However, this applies to just some Rwanda gorilla families. Check out our page on the differences between gorilla tracking in Uganda and in Rwanda. A gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs USD 1500 per person and allows you to trek for a day.
Gorilla tracking in DR.Congo.
Virunga national park is the home to Gorilla and also one of the active volcanoes Nyiragongo in East Africa. The experience is not that different from Uganda and Rwanda. Insecurity in DR.Congo makes, Virunga national park inaccessible. Virunga National Park can be accessed through the Goma border with Rwanda. This area is considered to be safe and you can also go gorilla trekking in one day. No need to spend the night on the Rwanda side. Gorilla trekking in DR.Congo is of course way cheaper than in Uganda and Rwanda. A gorilla permit in DR.Congo costs USD 400 per person.
To prepare for gorilla tracking, one would need to first identify and decide on where they would prefer to trek. Determine when they would wish to travel and also the time they have for the trip. Once you book your gorilla tracking safari then you start preparing for the trek.
- Prepare your mind that you might trek longer hours. Gorillas live in the wilderness and their movement is determined by the availability of food.
- Prepare for the rains. Mountain gorillas live in tropical rain forests, and therefore despite the fact that you might choose to travel in the driest month.
- Carry items as listed on the list of items to carry for gorilla trekking provided to you.
- Stay away from people with infectious diseases, because you might be stopped from tracking.
- Follow the gorilla tracking rules and guidelines.