Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking has continued to become more and more popular as the countries that house these magnificent creatures shake off their reputations of being unsafe, and welcome visitors with open arms and warm hospitality with both Uganda and Rwanda offering authentic gorilla trekking experiences.

The mountain gorilla is the best known of the gorilla subspecies and is also the rarest and most tracked. With its habitat unfortunately ever decreasing, the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda have become some of the last bastions of these beautiful primates. Known for being incredibly playful, spending time with them in their natural environment is something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

With visits strictly monitored by experienced guides and a permit system in place for visitors, the respective countries are taking steps to ensure that the gorillas are not hassled and the experience is an enjoyable one for all. Combine a gorilla trek with a visit to a chimpanzee sanctuary and revel in the intelligence and playful curiosity of these fascinating animals.


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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp


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


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.

Young Gorilla in vegetation


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.