It is an extraordinary feeling as you crouch in the rain-forest in the presence of the few last remaining mountain gorillas. So sad to think there are less than 700 of these beautiful creatures left. The experience of seeing them in their natural habitat is one which will live with you forever. For many visitors this forms their most memorable wildlife experience.
Gorillas are the largest living primates on earth and their natural habitats are the rainforests of West and East Africa. Their locations on opposite sides of the African continent have given rise to two distinct species; the Western Gorilla and the Eastern Gorilla. The Western Gorillas are divided into two further sub-species; the Western Lowland and River Cross Gorilla. The Eastern cousins are also sub-divided into the Eastern Lowland and Mountain Gorilla. Mountain Gorillas are found in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo with a large population residing deep in Uganda’s aptly named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Eastern Lowland Gorillas have slightly shorter fur and are somewhat smaller than the Mountain Gorilla. Mountain Gorillas are very dark with thick black fur, large heads and broad chests. As the males mature at around the age of 13 and reach adulthood, they develop a silver colored saddle across their backs, which is why they are referred to as Silverbacks.
Our expert guides and hosts are on hand from the moment you arrive to make sure every element of your trip is safe and memorable.
We provide tailor made budget Gorilla trekking holidays to Uganda and Rwanda. Direct flights run from Nairobi to Kigali/Entebbe daily and it is possible to be enjoying the view overlooking the Virunga Mountains from your budget lodge within hours.
The Mountain Gorillas are found in the Parc National des Volcans and visitors may also see Golden Monkeys or visit the closest human relative, the Chimpanzees, which are found in Nyungwe Forest Reserve. You will get the chance to see East Africa’s Virunga Mountains, a chain of active volcanoes which run along the border of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo.
Visitors will get the chance to experience the appropriately named Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is home to nearly half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas.
Although it is lower in altitude compared to Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains, Bwindi peaks rise to more than 2,500m and the park is on average higher than 2,000m.
Each itinerary is tailor made to each individual Gorilla Tracking visitor. Our expert mixture of ground staff and private guides work together perfectly to create an unforgettable, unique experience for everyone.
With direct flights running from Nairobi to Kigali daily it is possible to land and be at your budget lodge overlooking the Virunga Mountains within three hours by private road transfer. The Mountain Gorillas are located in the Parc National des Volcans and visitors may also see Golden Monkeys or visit our closest relatives, the Chimpanzees, found in Nyungwe Forest Reserve. East Africa’s Virunga Mountains are a chain of active volcanoes which lie on the borders between Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. Running down the western side of the Great Rift Valley, the Virunga Mountains are located in what is known as the Albertine Rift and consist of eight major peaks, the highest of which towers up to around 5,000m.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a world heritage site containing nearly half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas within it’s 330km² of montane and lowland forest. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is located in the south-west of Uganda on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Although it is situated at a slightly lower altitude compared to Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains, Bwindi’s peaks rise to over 2,500m and most of the park is located above 2,000m.
Just 2.5 hrs by road from Kigali the PNV is home to seven habituated Gorilla families. The soaring Virunga Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for exploring the forest and surrounding lakes and waterfalls. A visit to the PNV is easily combined with Nyungwe Forest for Chimpanzee & Golden Monkey sightings.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and home to nearly half of the World’s population of Mountain Gorillas and an astonishing variety of plant and birdlife. Bwindi has ten habituated Gorilla families offering visitors a unique opportunity to see the gentle giants in their ancient forest homeland.
Relatively small in size at just 38km², Mgahinga National Park guards the Ugandan slopes of Sabinyo, Mgahinga and Muhuvura mountains offering excellent hiking and opportunities to see the Golden Monkeys. A small number of Mountain Gorillas have been habituated here however they cross the borders between Uganda and the Congo and are therefore not as reliable to trek as in Bwindi.