Uganda or Rwanda for Gorilla Trekking: Where to Go

Gorilla Trekking in Africa

Though Uganda and Rwanda are top destinations for gorilla trekking, one is better depending on personal choices and factors including gorilla permit prices, gorilla safari rates, convenience, number of mountain gorillas, accommodation facilities, forest habitats and special trip experience.

Tracking gorillas in a remote rich forested environment in either Uganda or Rwanda has always been a highlight for all great safari tours in Africa. But the Question for many travelers still stand where and why? Out of our gorilla trekking experience in both Uganda and Rwanda I believe you will be able to make a right choice of a perfect gorilla trekking experience in Africa.

Gorilla Permits

If you are traveling on budget ,I recommend visiting Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park of Uganda where gorilla permits cost US$700 per trek unlike in Rwanda where the gorilla permit price US$1500 for a single trek is a price for a private gorilla safari in Uganda. No need to travel in particular months of the year because the experience of meeting the endangered mountain gorillas is same in all wild trekking places January- December.

However, for outstanding luxury gorilla safaris in Africa, Rwanda is the right place to be. Find high end luxury in every trip aspect accommodation, transport and gorilla destination and enjoy many sensory luxury pleasures.

Cost of Gorilla tours

Uganda gorilla tours are cost friendly for both budget and luxury travelers across the world and they have real value for money. All Uganda gorilla trekking safari parks; Mgahinga and Bwindi Forest offer same tour price ranges with a difference in accommodation facilities and transport means. If you want to see mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, birds, wild habitats without stretching your budget, Uganda is the only answer.

Rwanda gorilla treks are just the opposite with a silence touch of luxury and beauty all through. The pricy luxury safari lodges and permits make all Rwanda tour to Volcanoes national park very costly and exclusive for only big spenders. Though the activities are the same for all gorilla safari tours, the opportunity for seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda is for the rich.


Tracking endangered species in Rwanda is very easy and convenient since Volcanoes national park is located close to Kigali international Airport and tourists can get to the park by road in just 2-3 hours. However same applies to Uganda it’s now very possible to fly to Rwanda and track mountain gorillas in either Bwindi impenetrable National park. Rwanda is more convenient for those who prefer short drive distances to the park.

Number of Mountain Gorillas

Obviously Uganda has the highest number of mountain gorillas living in two gorilla trekking destinations; Bwindi forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park. History confirms that out of the total population of endangered mountain gorilla species on earth, half live in Uganda. For those planning their gorilla treks in famous populated mountain gorilla homes, Uganda should come first on the list.

Accommodations & Trekking Experience

There is variety to choose from when it comes to gorilla trekking safari accommodations in both countries. Volcanoes national park in Rwanda offers well-built accommodation facilities  including Bisate lodge, Sabinyo Safari Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Volcanoes Safari Lodge to mention but a few.

Also there is a lot of accommodation facilities in the four park sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo. Mgahinga National Park has lodges like Mount Gahinga Lodge for luxury, Kisoro tourist hotel, Amajambere Community Camp etc. If you a huge fan of gorillas choose right and enjoy the best moment and times with the unique beautiful mountain gorillas in Africa.


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