Mountain Gorilla trekking in Africa is an unforgettable, life-changing experience – a unique adventure in the heart of Africa’s most spectacular rainforests of Bwindi (Uganda), Virunga (DR Congo) and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. African Gorilla trekking safaris trek deep into the rainforest in search of the magnificent mountain gorillas.
Trekking Mountain Gorillas takes between 1 to 8 hours, depending on where the gorillas are located. No matter how short or long the trek, spending an hour (maximum) in the company of a gorilla family guarantees that the journey will be extraordinary.
Gorilla Population census 2011.
The recent census for mountain gorillas in Africa showed that the number of mountain gorillas has risen to 880 in the world. It should be noted that, mountain gorilla is a critically endangered species and this world population of 880 individuals is found in Uganda (Bwnidi National Park), Rwanda (Volcanoes National Park) and DR Congo (Virunga National Park). Uganda has the largest number of gorillas, with about 400 out of 880. This is a great opportunity for the growth of gorilla tourism and Uganda safaris in general.
Mountain gorilla tracking in Uganda
Uganda being a home to half of the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas with about 400 individuals, gorilla tourism is developing at a very high speed whereby, many of the visitors to Uganda come for gorilla trekking along side other activities like wildlife safaris, culture trips, chimpanzee trekking and mountain hiking among others. Gorilla trekking Uganda takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in south western Uganda. Bwindi National park can be accessed from Kampala and the journey takes 8-10hrs drive, also from Kigali (Rwanda capital) through Katuna and Cyanika boarders and this takes 3-4hrs drive.