Gorilla trekking in Africa is increasingly becoming a top safari bucket list activity and therefore making it important to know the top countries or places to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Africa is home to the world’s only remaining mountain gorillas living in their natural habitats which are the best places to see them. When looking for where is the best place to see mountain gorillas in Africa, then Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo are the ultimate destinations.
Uganda has half of the remaining 1063 mountain gorillas that still survive in the wild. There are two national parks in Uganda where tourists can have the gorilla tour experience. These are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in southwestern Uganda. The park is part of the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest and is located along the Congo border next to Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Rift Valley. The jungle forests cover 331 square kilometers and contain both montane and lowland forest and are accessible only on foot.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to almost 480 mountain gorillas that is almost half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. About 19 gorilla families are fully habituated and can be trekked on a Uganda gorilla safari. Minimum age of 15 is allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi and 8 people trek a single gorilla family.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park and home to mountain gorillas with 1 habituated gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi gorilla group. The park is located in Southwestern Uganda. Tracking the Nyakagezi gorilla group is amazing with the fact that this group is big and social compared to many other habituated gorilla groups.
Volcanoes National Park well known as Parc National des Volcans is located in the north-western province of Rwanda in a small town known as Musanze. The park harbors the endangered Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda that is always available for tourists who would love to carry out gorilla tours in Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park borders Congo’s Virunga National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south-western Uganda.
Volcanoes National Park has several habituated mountain gorillas and is known to be easier to have trekked than the Bwindi gorilla population.
Mountain gorillas of Rwanda are known to move for shorter distances and therefore this makes them easier to trek than those of Bwindi that move for longer distances and make trekking difficult.
Congo Gorilla trekking (Virunga National Park) – Gorilla trekking in Africa
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Virunga National Park is home to several habituated families of mountain gorillas. The park is part of the greater Virunga massif where also Mgahinga and Volcanoes National Parks are found.
To trek gorillas in Congo, tourists can visit by direct flight to the country or cross the border by road from the neighboring countries. Trekking gorillas in Congo is a great option for budget travelers as they sell the cheapest gorilla permits in Africa.
Gorilla trekking in Africa to see the elusive mountain gorillas in these natural habitats, tourists have to go gorilla trekking/walking or hiking in the dense tropical rainforests. The trek can be done through booking and purchasing s permit for a Uganda gorilla safari, Rwanda gorilla trekking tour, or Congo gorilla trekking safari.