Travel Guide for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Travel Guide for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: Gorilla trekking in Uganda is the most rewarding activity in the country that you can take part in to understand more about the endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be carried out in either Bwindi impenetrable national park or mgahinga national park for a rewarding experience. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable is carried out in the four sectors of the park that is Rushaga, Ruhija, Buhoma and Nkuringo where you will get to see half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and gorilla trekking in Mgahinga national park involves tourists hiking the virunga mountains that is Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Muhabura and Mount Gahinga in order to get to the habituated gorilla families. When you get to the families, you will get to spend one hour with them observing their behaviour in the wild for an amazing experience during your Uganda safari. If  you  are interested in having a memorable gorilla trekking experience in Uganda, this travel guide will give you the chance to help you plan for a comfortable trip, to know expectations of the gorilla trekking experience in the park.

Travel Guide for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda


If you are interested in carrying out gorilla trekking in Uganda, you should have a gorilla trekking permit that you can obtain from the Uganda wildlife authority or a trusted travel company at a fee of 700USD which will give you access to take part in the memorable activity of tracking the endangered species. The trekking permit in Uganda, will give you access to a knowledgeable guide who will  lead you through the safe trails of the as they offer relevant information on the endangered species and if you have any question, the guide will be happy to help you answer them. The gorilla trekking permit in Uganda also gives you the chance to spend one hour with the gorillas understanding their behaviour in the park an armed ranger who will protect against any kind of attacks from either security threats or vicious animals during your activity hence making the activity quite memorable and safe for tourists interested in taking part in it.


  • Hiking boots are necessary while carrying out gorilla trekking in Uganda to make it easy for one to hike along slippery and steep slopes in the park for example mount sabyinyo in mgahinga national park is a little steep which needs tourists hiking to the habituated gorilla family to have the perfect hiking boots to help you hiking through.
  • A Camera should also be carried which will help you capture beautiful memories of the gentle giants while they carry out their daily activities in the park.
  • Insect repellent, should not miss out on your packing list because the parks are a habitat to a number of disease spreading insects whose bites can cause diseases and irritation that can cause discomfort during your activity.
  • You should also consider packing the perfect hiking clothes like a hat, a rain coat long trousers and long sleeved shirts to avoid being scratched by tree branches or pierced by nettles.
  • Binoculars can also be packed for tourists interested in seeing a number of bird species in the parks during the activity. During the hike to habituated gorilla families, you will see a number of bird species in their nests in the thick forests of either parks hence an amazing experience.

Guidelines for gorilla trekking

  • When you come in contact with the gorilla species, it is advisable to stay at least 7 metres away from the gorillas in order to this is done to avoid the gorillas from contracting any disease from the tourists and in other cases to avoid being attacked by the species.
  • During gorilla trekking in Uganda, you should avoid unnecessary movements and noise because it can also trigger the primates as a threat which can lead them to attack you which can be fatal.
  • You should avoid eating in the presence of the gentle giants because they can end up eating some of your food which will involve them attacking you to eat the food. Feeding the gorillas with your food is also prohibited because it can cause the spread of diseases.
  • Littering in the park during gorilla trekking should be avoided because it can be a danger to the gentle giants in a way that the primates can choke on the litter.
  • You should avoid making eye contact with the gorillas because it poses as a challenge to them as a need for leadership and in such a scenario it is survival for the fittest it can be fatal.
  • Littering in the park is highly prohibited because it can cause a number of accidents to the primates like choking, the spread of diseases from humans to the primates in case they drop food left over in the park. 
  • While carrying out gorilla trekking in Rwanda you should avoid taking pictures of the primates by using flash mode because the gorillas are flash sensitive which can trigger them  hence leading them to react violently towards the tourists. 
  • You should always follow the lead of the guide during the activity because they know all the safe routes in the parks where you won’t come in contact with wild animals that can attack you.
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