There are three countries in Africa that have got the mountain gorillas living in their natural habitat; these are Uganda, Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo.
Among the three countries, Uganda is the leading destination with two national parks that are famously known for mountain gorillas then followed by Rwanda with only one national park that has the mountain gorillas. Before Rwanda increased its gorilla trekking permit to 1500 USD it used to receive a number of visitors compared to Uganda but when she increased her gorilla trekking permit, Uganda has been ranked as the number one country that receives a number of visitors for very many reasons.
According the current statics, the total number of mountain gorillas in the three countries is approximately 880 gorilla population. And out of this population, Uganda has almost half of the total population of the mountain gorillas living in Bwindi forest and Mgahinga national park. According to the Uganda wildlife current statics, there is about 400 mountain gorilla population in Bwindi forest and there are about 80 mountain gorillas population in Mgahinga national park. And the remaining population is shared by volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in the democratic republic of Congo.
Gorilla trekking permit for Uganda and Rwanda
A Uganda gorilla trekking permit costs 600 USD per person per day while as the Rwanda gorilla trekking permit costs 1500 USD per person per day. According to the gorilla conservation rules for two countries, a maximum of 8 people are allowed to trek a gorilla family and they are given one hour to spend with the gorilla family from the time they find it.
Mountain gorilla trekking takes half a day or almost the whole while hiking and climbing to find the mountain gorilla family since they live in the high altitude areas.
Uganda gorilla trek from Kigali.
Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda, would you like to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest or Mgahinga national park from Kigali in Rwanda? Bwindi forest is famously known world ward as the best gorilla trekking destination in Uganda among the three African countries. The park has 17 gorilla families that live in the high altitude areas of the forest surviving in their natural environment.
Alternatively, it very possible that to arrange a travelers gorilla trekking safari in Uganda from Kigali in Rwanda and adventure in the wild safari your seniors in the organizing the best gorilla trekking safari have done this several times travelers have always appreciated the arrangement. It is important to know that we operate gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo as well as wildlife tours in Kenya and Tanzania. Contact us for information and inquiries we are ready to serve you.
From Kigali to Uganda travelers can either opt to use road transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle to access Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mountain Mgahinga national park or they can choose to use air transport from kigali international airport. Such trips are common to travelers that have limited time to spend in uganda and have a fixed budget program but they want to enjoy gorilla trekking in uganda and rwanda. In reality this helps travels to save a lot of income from transportation and accommodation fees that might be outside their budget.
On road transport, it is easy to connect to Bwindi forest and it is 4 to 5 hours’ drive from Kigali to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park using a 4×4 safari vehicle. This time covers the border crossing hours and stopovers before you reach the park.
However it will save travelers a lot of time if they opt to fly from Kigali international airport to kihihi airstrip in Bwindi where you will be transferred to the trekking sector of Ruhija or Buhoma depending on where you prefer to trek the gorilla family within 20 to 30 minutes. We advise travelers to keep their tourist visa that gives double entry to the east African countries. There are direct flights from Kigali to Rwanda using Fly RwandAir, KLM, Kenya airs among others.
This can be a one day trip or 2 days or 3 days gorilla trekking depending on the number of days you would like to spend in Uganda.