Africa is the only place to have an authentic gorilla tracking safari for a hiking experience through the jungle tropical forests which serve as natural habitats to the world’s only mountain gorillas. In the whole world, there are only about 1,063 individuals remaining.
These are found in the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In all of these countries, the mountain gorillas live in their natural habitats one being Bwindi forest and the other the Virunga massif.
Uganda and Rwanda are the mainly visited countries for gorilla tracking safaris and therefore many travelers wonder which country is better for gorilla trekking between Uganda and Rwanda. With the fact that we have been planning gorilla safaris for a long time, we know about gorilla tracking safari in Uganda and Rwanda.
In this article we do not offer a conclusive view on whether you should take an Uganda gorilla safari or Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, however, we give you an insight of what it is like to trek gorillas in both countries such that you can choose what is best;
Uganda is home to more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. It hosts the single largest gorilla population without about 19 habituated gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
In Bwindi forest tourists who would also love to learn more about gorillas can undertake a gorilla habituation experience that can’t be found anywhere else. In Uganda still, tourists can trek mountain gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Each permit is valid for individuals above 15 years of age and can be used for a single trek. A maximum of 1 hour is allowed for trekkers to be in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is more preferable because of the affordable costs which are US$ 700 for a gorilla trekking permit. This is way less than the US$ 1500 for a permit in Rwanda.
In the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, a gorilla permit costs US$450, however, the area where the park is located has in previous years been highly affected by rebel groups.
Trekking gorillas in Bwindi is known to be much strenuous as the gorillas move for longer distances. However, the experience is worth it.
If you are ready to have a long road drive, spend less, and have a memorable experience then Uganda is a perfect destination for your gorilla trekking tour.
Rwanda is home to about 10 habituated gorilla families in the Volcanoes National Park which is the only habitat to these elusive giants in the land of a thousand hills.
Trekking gorillas in Rwanda costs US$ 1500 for a permit. Though expensive than Uganda, Rwanda has more to do with gorilla conservation history that travelers love to engage with.
The famous primatologist Dian Fossey did her research in Rwanda and a research center was established there. Visiting this research center helps learn more about gorillas and the conservation story as well.
The Mountain gorilla population of Volcanoes National Park is said to move for shorter distances than those in Bwindi Forest. For intending trekkers who would not wish to trek for long, then Rwanda is that high-end option.
If you want to have a luxurious gorilla trekking experience but spare your time a long drive and many more hours searching for mountain gorillas then Rwanda is the place to go.
With the above details, you now know how to choose gorilla tracking safari in Uganda or Rwanda. With gorilla tracking, you can also tailor in Uganda wildlife safaris or Rwanda wildlife tours for several other activities and experiences.
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