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Gorilla Trekking Uganda Safari

Gorilla trekking Uganda: There’s absolutely no mistaking the bond between man and the great apes when you go  gorilla trekking Uganda in Bwindi. The Gorillas are the world great apes and only half of these remaining gentle giants are found only in Uganda. It is estimated that about and only 800 of these are left in the world.

Gorilla Trekking Locations in Uganda

There are 5 groups for Gorilla Trekking Uganda _ The mountain Gorillas. The Buhoma section with 4 families, The Ruhijja  section with 4 Families, the Nkuringo section with 2 families, the Rushaga section with 5 families and the Mgahinga section with only one family.

Please be advised that permits are given on first come, first serve basis and currently are on high demand for gorilla trekking uganda

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Gorillas are Herbivores

Gorilla Habituation Families in Uganda

Uganda’s Bwindi has approximately 400 mountain gorillas living in the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, home to more than half the world total population of mountain gorillas.  Bwindi gifted by nature which Is  popular for gorilla safari detention in the southern Uganda that’s widely known for sheltering the highest number of endangered mountain gorillas in the jungle.

Uganda has eleven habituated gorilla families and one group for only research. These include Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Bitukura, Oruzoga, Nkuringo, Nshongi, Mishaya, Kahungye, Bweza, Busingye, Nyakagezi and the research group kyaguriro.

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What is Gorilla Habitation Experience?

What is Habitation Experience?

Gorilla Tracking experience Is the process where wild mountain gorilla get used to the presence of human. Gorilla habituation can be done in Bwindi impenetrable forest in Rushaga area. Rushaga sector has two new gorilla families being habituated in southern Bwindi forest. Gorilla habituation in Nkuringo comprises of 12 individual.

Gorilla Habitation experience with gorillas and moving with researchers can only be done in 4 hour to see how they are habituated. Gorilla trekking Is restricted to only one hour. Gorilla walking safari organizes habituation in Nkuringo and Rushaga which Is located in south western Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.

What is gorilla trekking?

Gorilla trekking is an activity where people go searching for gorillas in the forest. Gorilla trekking can be done in three African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo. The process of seeing gorillas is called trekking in search for rare mountain gorillas. You need to acquire a gorilla permit for Bwindi national park, Mgahinga, volcanoes national park or Virunga to be able to see endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking normerly starts in the morning hours with briefing at different park start points. Hike the forest following a trail used by mountain gorillas and once found, you will spend only one hour with mountain gorillas. You will then return back and be offered a certificate

What are the chances of seeing Mountain gorillas in Uganda?

Chances of seeing mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda either in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park or volcanoes are 98%. Most of the tourist visiting Uganda tends to book two or more gorilla treks in the fear that they may fail to see gorillas on the first trek. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi, Mgahinga and Volcanoes in Rwanda is so organized in a way that there is an advance team of trackers who wake up every early morning to find where these gorillas are. Once they find them, they will then communicate to the park quarters and your ranger guide of the day. You will start trekking. You will start trekking from where the gorillas would have slept the previous the night up to when you find them… Gorilla trekking is done by the help of UWA that decide where to trek the mountain gorillas Contact Us for more details.

When is the Best Time of the year to See mountain gorillas In Uganda and Rwanda?

The weather forecast decides when the best time to see the gorillas since it rains most of the days in the rain forest. The rains may not be heavy but there will be low lying mist and vegetation. The rainy seasons are March and April and October and November. Mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda can be trekked throughout the year; drier months of June, July, and early August then December up to February are most preferred to see mountain gorillas in Mgahinga or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. The timing of your visit to East Africa may be important as you planning a safari as part of your travel to Uganda. Gorilla tracking Uganda safaris can be done by first acquiring a gorilla permit that cost USD600.00 per person.

How much is a gorilla permit In Uganda

A gorilla permit is a card that is obtained from Uganda wildlife Authority to allow you spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest and volcanoes National park. Currently Uganda gorilla permits to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi National park and Mgahinga cost USD600.00(Non-residents), USD500 for Foreign residents, Uganda Resident Nationals USD 250. Rwanda gorilla permits costs USD 1500 for Non Residents

How long is a Gorilla Trek In Uganda

Mountain gorilla trekking can take from 20 minutes to quarters of the day. This depends on several factors that include mountain gorilla movements, where the gorilla stayed the previous night and the mood of the gorillas. It may also depend on the group since the guides/rangers move following the slowest person in the group. Gorilla walking safaris is happy to provide all relevant advice on gorilla trekking

What is the Age limit for Trekking Gorillas?

The age limit for trekking gorillas and golden monkey trekking in Uganda is 15years. Children bellow the ages of 15years are not allowed to trek by the UWA authorities. Before you book our gorilla tracking Uganda safari holidays, you should have all the details concerning the age.

Trekking Chimpanzees in Uganda is 12 years old and children below 10years are allowed to trek golden monkeys in Rwanda as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Children under 15 years are allowed to Dian Fosseys Tomb. For more information contact Gorilla walking safaris

What is the price of a gorilla Tour in Uganda?

There are three main components you need to consider when looking at the price of a gorilla tour in Uganda and Rwanda. The  Accommodation, gorilla permit and transport to and from the Park. A budget gorilla trekking permit price in Uganda costs USD 600, in Rwanda it is USD1500 and then gorilla habituation experience permits cost USD 1500 for four hours gorilla habituation experience. Accommodation rates range from USD500 for luxury lodges per person to USD50 for budget per person. There are chances of driving or Flying to Bwindi  National park with the help of Gorilla walking safaris team who can guide you on gorilla trekking Uganda price or costs. You can leave an inquiry about gorilla tours Uganda or Rwanda or contact us.

When to book gorilla permits

Gorilla walking safaris advises that you book your gorilla permits 4 months in advance to avoid short notice disappointment because gorilla permits tend to sell out quickly. Gorilla permits tend to run out during the high seasons of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. Send Us an email about the availability of gorilla permits from UWA

How many people per gorilla Family

Only a maximum of 8 people are allowed to visit a given gorilla family in Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Bwindi Forest has 19 habituated gorilla families and thus each family is allowed only 8 people per day per hour. There are some times when the park management accepts more than 8 people depending on circumstances on ground. Only 4 people are allowed to spend 4hours with mountain gorillas under habituation inBwindi forest national park.

What do I need to bring for to see mountain gorillas in Uganda?

Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda is so lovely but it involves hiking in the forest, you will need the following.

You will need long pants and long sleeved shirts to protect you from insect’s bites, hot vegetation and thorny trees.

Insect repellent is a must have if you’re travelling in Africa because those impenetrable forests apart from mountain gorillas, it’s also a home of different insects.

You will need a walking stick which will help when tracking up and down the forest.

Drinking water and a packed lunch which provided by the lodge or tour guide you booked your safari with. You can’t afford missing out on drinking water and packed lunch because you can’t tell how long your trekking will last so food is a must.

Walking/Hiking boots will be walking forest that is muddy and wet you need a water proof hiking boots which are important during your Trekking.

You may need some warm sweater because in the evenings and mornings sometimes Bwindi forest can be cool, so it’s always nice having a warm sweater with you.

We also recommend that you bring a rain jacket because gorilla tracking is done in the rain forest which means it can rain at any time of the day.

Sunglasses, sun screen and hat are also nice to bring with so that they can protect you from Strong sun.

Mubare Gorilla Family

Mubare Gorilla Family

Mubare Gorilla Family Is located in Buhoma and it has 8 individual including one silverback. The Mubare literally men Hill- Gorilla is the oldest habituated gorilla family in Uganda which was open to tourism in the 1993 deep in Bwindi forest. The group consisted of 18 individuals led by the dominant silver back Ruhondeza.

This family lost many members until there were 5 left in 2012 due to the death of baby gorilla, moving to other group and life losses during fights. This family was attacked by wild gorilla group who broke the Ruhondezas leadership and took away some females. Ruhondezas died in sleep in 2012 at the age of 50 years and it grave can be seen when asked by your guide

Habinyanja Gorilla Family

Habinyanja Gorilla Family 

Habinyanja Gorilla Family is located in Kahororo to Rubona with 17 individuals including 2 silverbacks. Habinyanja Family was created in 1997 in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Rushegura group

Rushegura group

Rushegura gorilla family is one of the friendliest groups that welcome visitors in Bwindi that was formed in 2000 when they divided from the Habinyanja family.

Group members are currently 15 and their name was got from where the two leaders (brothers) separated from their independent families


Ruhija Sector Of Bwindi

Ruhija Sector Of Bwindi   

Ruhija is not so much developed compared to the Buhoma region but there are a number of upcoming lodges abd infrastructure.The sector has 3 gorilla family groups.

Because of the new lodges coming up most tours are being diverted to this sector and has got more gorillas to see on hand than other sectors.

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Kyaguriro Family

Kyaguriro Family       

Kyaguliro group is found in Ruhija with 15 individuals including 2 silverbacks was reserved by the Max Planck institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in 1999. The highly treasured family in Bwindi has 20 members and they are now separated into two groups .Kyaguliro-Mukizas group and kyaguliro Rukaras group.

Bitukura family Group

Bitukura family Group

Bitkura family is located in Ruhija with 14 individuals including 4 silverbacks. This mountain gorilla family was named after the river that bears the same name where it was first sighted and habituated in July 2007. The Bitukura group originally had 24 memebrs has been reduced to only 14 individuals during the last years. Ndahura is the leader of the group that took role from former silverback Karamuzi who stayed over 40 years and is now retired. The Kyaguriro family always has a “get-togethers” with the Bitukra family group that is being witnessed by UWA Rangers.

Oruzogo Gorilla Family

Oruzogo Gorilla Family

Oruzogo Gorilla group has 24 individuals including 2 silverbacks locate in Ruhija. The Oruzogo group was the second habituated gorilla family living in the Ruhija area. The group was open to tourism in 2011. In March 2012 Kakoba gave birth to twins that brought joy. This group is led by silverback Tibirikwata, the female adult is Ntamurungi, Musi. Other individuals include Bwoba meaning the coward, Busungu meaning short tempered and  Kaganga meaning the giant one.

Nkuringo Gorilla Family

Nkuringo Gorilla Family

Nkuringo Family is located in Nkuringo with 19 individuals , 2 silverback. The habituation process of Nkuringo meaning “Round-hill” gorilla group was completed in 2004. This group was habituated because it used to eat peoples bananas, sweat potatoes and other crops. Nkuringo family was led by Elderly silverback Nkuringo who later died in 2008 leaving behind two silverbacks Rafiki and safari. Safari his son took over the leadership.

Nshongi Gorilla Family

Nshongi Gorilla Family

Nshongi Family is located in Rushaga with a group size of 26 individuals including 4 silverbacks. The Nshongi gorilla group was named after the river close was first seen meaning Omushongi gwobwoki-honey. Nshongi is the largest gorilla group ever habituated with 36 individuals. The group split in 2010 into two families: the Nshongi group with 26 individuals including 4 silverbacks and a newly formed family and a newly formed family led by the silverback Mishaya with 10 members.

Mishaya Gorilla Family

Mishaya Gorilla Family

Mishaya Gorilla group is located in Rushanga with 12 individuals including 1 silver back that was part of the Nshongi group but decided to establish its family in 2010. The leader of the Mishaya group was a fighter and it coud crush with other non-habituated groups

Kahungye Gorilla Family

Kahungye Gorilla Family

Kahungye gorilla group is located in Rushanga with a group size of 13 individuals, 3 silverbacks. The Kahungye family is one of the most recent habituated gorilla families in Bwindi national park. Before its split the family consisted of 27 individuals including 3 silverback. The group is led by silverback Gwingi.

Bweza Gorilla group

Bweza Gorilla group

Bweza family is located in Rushaga with a group size of 9 individuals including 1 silverback and it was the largest gorilla group ever habituated. In 2010 the silverback Mishaya decided to start his own family and it was open to tourism in December 2012.

Busingye Gorilla Family

Busingye Gorilla Family

Busingye Family is locate in Rushaga with a group  size of 9 individuals including 1 silverback. The silverback Busighye split from Kahungye group in 2012 and created his own family. Busingye means peace. Busingye likes showing powers by mercilessly grabbing a female to add to his own family

Nyakagezi Gorilla Family

Nyakagezi Gorilla Family

Nyakagezi Family is located in Mgahinga national park with a group size of 10 individuals including 3 silverbacks. Mgahinga national park hosts one gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi Group led by Mark the dominant silverback who likes travellng and keeps on crossing borders bwtwen Uganda,Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla permits to this group can only be booked at the park headquators of Uganda WWildlife Authourity.

Nyakagezi Gorilla Family

Nyakagezi Gorilla Family

Nyakagezi Family is located in Mgahinga national park with a group size of 10 individuals including 3 silverbacks. Mgahinga national park hosts one gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi Group led by Mark the dominant silverback who likes travellng and keeps on crossing borders bwtwen Uganda,Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla permits to this group can only be booked at the park headquators of Uganda WWildlife Authourity.


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