Gorilla Trekking Safaris

For some, trekking through primeval African forests to see the wild gorillas may be something ‘completely different’, for others, a jungle expedition to sit with the gorillas may be the emotional fulfillment of a life-long dream. Absolutely no other wildlife encounter in Africa rivals time spent in the company of these magnificent apes with their soft brown eyes and human-like mannerisms.

Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda & Uganda

The impenetrable rainforests of Uganda and Rwanda are home to these charismatic and much endangered primates and is where your gorilla trekking safari will begin. Caught in the crossfire of civil war, hunted, captured and persecuted, wild Gorillas sit on the very brink of extinction. There may now only be found in a handful of far-flung locations in deepest Africa, where they cautiously exist in a small number of protected reserves.
Gorilla safaris are a highly restricted activity; numbers are controlled & permits are involved, so trekking to see the gorillas can truly be considered an incredible privilege.

For those fortunate enough to make the journey, the expedition begins either in Entebbe in Uganda or in Kigali in Rwanda, from where guests are escorted to camps and lodges in remote reserves and parks to commence their quest for the reclusive primates.

Under observant supervision of professional guides and trackers, hikers are lead along secret bush paths in the often impermeable rainforest to conquer the somewhat arduous hike in search for these threatened animals. The gorilla’s thick jungle habitat is a harsh environment – the dense vegetation and humid, wet and muddy conditions of the forests, coupled with many steep hills and persistent insects, make the trek challenging.

Once located, the gorillas are approached tentatively and reverently, visitors may spend up to an hour respectfully sitting with and observing the great beautiful beasts. Sitting face-to-face with a family of gorillas, watching these gentle powerful giants one-on-one while they forage, groom, play and interact with each other, and display emotions, all in a very human manner, is a poignant meeting unlike any other. The primal connection is tangible and heart-rending, the encounter life-changing.

Whatever the motivation, trekking into the verdant green forests of East Africa to track wild gorillas is a hugely moving experience and a considerable honor. Here are some sample tour itineraries to browse, then contact our expert African safari team and we’ll make your dream expedition to visit the great apes a reality.


Young Gorilla in vegetation

GORILLA TREKKING IN RWANDA (5 DAYS)

An incredible 5-day experience in one of Africa’s newest destinations! For something completely different – Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is an exclusive experience. Fly into Kigali and meet your guide and transfer. Drive to Park National des Volcans for a 3 night stay at Virunga Safari Lodge. Enjoy a day of amazing sights and emotions with Gorilla tracking and take in the scenery. Transfer to Kigali and spend a night at the Serena Hotel, allowing for a guided tour of the city and genocide memorial.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

GORILLAS & CHIMPANZEES IN UGANDA (11 DAYS)

Overnight in Entebbe and then road transfer through the Queen Elizabeth National Park to the remote Ishasha Wilderness Camp for 2 nights. Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the only forest where chimpanzees and gorillas live harmoniously. An early rise sees you Gorilla Trekking within metres of these amazing primates.  Overnight in Lake Mburo National Park. Return to Entebbe and board a boat ride to the chimp orphanage at Ngamba Island for 1 night. End your adventure with 2 nights at Murchison’s Falls.

gorilla close up

LUXURY GORILLA TREKKING EXPERIENCE (8 DAYS)

Arrive into Kigali, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Volcanoes National Park for 3 nights at Virunga Lodge, amid the lush forests immortalised in the classic film Gorillas in the Mist. You will then cross the border in Uganda and check into Mount Gahinga Lodge for 2 nights. Spend your last two nights of African adventure at Bwindi Lodge, nestled in the midst of the beautiful, primeval Bwindi Forest.

vic falls

EPIC AFRICAN HONEYMOON (23 DAYS)

4 nights in magical Cape Town at the famous Cape Grace Hotel. 2 nights at The Franschhoek in the Winelands. Travel on the luxurious Rovos Rail from Cape Town to Pretoria. Enjoy a luxury safari for 2 nights at Singita’s Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sands before flying back to Johannesburg for 1 night. Spend 2 nights at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel overlooking the falls, followed by 3 nights on safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Return to Johannesburg for 1 night before  travelling to Mozambique’s Benguerra Island paradise where you will spend 6 nights relaxing to end off your romantic African adventure.