The Best Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda

Posted by on September 9, 2019

The Best Value-Priced Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda

Best Gorilla Trekking Safaris that are Value Priced using Comfortable Mid-Range Lodges

 Best Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda.  Value+ Midrange Gorilla Trekking Safaris that used mid-range Lodges with your comfort in mind, select, experienced Driver Guides that will introduce you to the Pearl of Africa, its primates, wildlife, birds, culture, and people.

Gorilla Trekking is a one-of-a-kind lifetime experience in Uganda or Rwanda. Many paths lead to the Gorilla Trekking Grail. 

Make Gorilla Trekking a part of your time in Africa, and we have a safari that is just right for you, if you do not see it, we will create it for you.  Permits, Full-Board Lodging,

We also offer the one of a kind Value+ Midrange Gorilla Habituation Experience Safaris in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda-1500 USD for Permits.

In Uganda, you can trek the Gentle Giants of the forest in two parks, Mgahinga Gorilla Park which means trekking Gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes and the Afro-Montane Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is safe and secure, and a must-do on most bucket lists. 

Please note that all of our Safaris listed here are private Value+ Midrange Safaris designed for you and your group of family or friends. 

Why do we not offer so-called Cheap Gorilla Safaris:

It is about your experience. It is the quality of the overall safari. There are many gorilla tour operators that might offer you a budget or shoestring Safari at a lesser price. All we can say is to remember “the Yugo.” The cheapest car ever made but also the vehicle that gave its owner the most problems.

We have been in Gorilla Tourism for over a decade and we know that most are looking for a Gorilla Trekking Safari. They want a room with a bathroom, they want decent food, they want service that is responsive to their needs. That is exactly what we give to our clients. You might find a safari for one-hundred dollars less, but it less that you will get.

With us, you have a private Value+ midrange Safari. Before and after the Gorilla Trek you have your own Banda (cottage) with bath. Sumptuous meals and attentive service. Your experienced driver-guide is attentive to your needs and will make sure that your needs are being met.


 Where to Start your Gorilla Trekking Safari?

Over 70% of our Clients fly into Kigali – Rwanda and trek Gorillas in Uganda. After Gorilla Trekking most continue to include the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth and the Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest flying out of Entebbe, Uganda.

The Fly into Rwanda and Trek in Uganda also is a great money-saving alternative to an expensive roundtrip flight to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Entebbe which can exceed 500 USD a person.

Drive-Time from Kigali to Mgahinga Gorilla Park is 3- hours plus, to the Southern Area of Bwindi Forest it is 4-hours plus with the Bwindi Express. We will assist you in determining what is best for you.

Gorilla Permit Availability: The peak season months of July, August, and September hare often sold ahead of time. There are permits here and there but not in abundance.  We suggest that you act in a timely fashion. Otherwise, you might have an itinerary, but no permit. 

The bright spots in permit availability are from the end of September to December, and there is always 2020.  Permit Prices will be increased to $700 effective July 1, 2020. That is a measured increased without greed.

Value+ Mid-Range Priced Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda

 3 Day  Gorilla Tracking Safari Buhoma- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

This is a private Gorilla tracking Safari with mid-range Lodging and is a full-board safari. This includes bottled water in vehicle and lunches on the road. The gorilla permit is included in the price of the safari.

This moderately priced Gorilla Trekking Safari takes place in the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  Buhoma is the closest gorilla trekking area to Kampala and Entebbe.  It is however still a shorter drive coming from Kigali, Rwanda to Buhoma.

This was the first area of the park that was developed for Gorilla Trekking Tourism, and today it is the most developed area of the park.

If Permits are not available in the Buhoma area, then for this Safari the trekking will be done in the Ruhija area of the park.

 3-Day Rushaga Area of Bwindi Forest – Gorilla Trekking Safari:

The Rushaga area is the best Area in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest southern region. The Southern Area of Bwindi has 6 Gorilla Groups that can be visited on a Gorilla Trek.  This translates into 48 permits per day,

The Rushaga Area Gorillas are easily reached from Kigali Rwanda.  The drive time from Kigali to Rushaga is 4 hours plus depending on the Border Crossing and the current Road conditions.

From Entebbe to Rushaga it is a 9-hour drive, making it logical to fly into Kigali and trek Gorillas in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The added plus is that you save 900 USD on Gorilla Permits in Uganda compared to Rwanda.

The Added plus is that you can add on Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

4 Day Twice Gorilla Tracking Safari – Uganda:

4 Day Uganda Private Mountain Gorilla tracking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda 4 Day Affordable Private Better-Budget priced Gorilla Safari.

The price depends on which lodges are used for the Gorilla safari since lodging prices differ. It comes down to where we get your permit – that is the determination of your lodging.

There are four trailheads in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Buhoma – Ruhija – Rushaga and Nkuringo. Most of the time we can get permits in the area of choice.

Add one day and hike from one end of the park to the other — Trek Gorillas in the North and South of the Park.

This is one of the popular options that Gorilla Trekkers choose and enhances their time on Safari in Uganda. You can also add the favorite Batwa Experience in the Buhoa area of the park.

 5 Day  Gorilla Chimpanzee Wildlife Safari in Uganda:

5 Days of Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking Wildlife Safari – a quite popular offering is combining the Best of Uganda in 5 Days – Gorillas-Chimpanzees, Tree-Climbing Lions, Wildlife, Scenic wonders of both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park.

This is one of our most popular safaris since it combines so much into a 5-day safari in Uganda -Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking and Wildlife Safari.

The Chimpanzee Trekking is done either in the Kyambura Gorge or in Kalinzu Forest.  Kalinzu Forest has the best Chimpanzee Trekking near Queen Elizabeth Park.

You can change the Gorilla Tracking on this safari to the 4-hour Gorilla Habituation and keep the rest of the Itinerary the same – but have an all day with the trek Gorilla Experience

 5-Day Gorilla Wildlife- Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo Safari:

5 Day Mountain Gorilla tracking Safari- Lake Bunyonyi Relaxation & Exploration – Lake Mburo Wildlife Safari in Uganda 5 Days of tracking the Gorillas – Exploring Magical Lake Bunyonyi and Wildlife at Lake Mburo Park.

Lake Mburo National Park where you get to enjoy a variety of wildlife, birding, game drives and a boat Safari on Lake Mburo.

When you add Lake Mburo Park, you cut down the drive-time between Kampala – Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which makes it more accessible.

An additional choice would adjust the Safari to start in Uganda and after Lake Bunyonyi and take the short drive to Kigali and fly out from there. This is an option many are taking since there are no long times involved, and from Lake Bunyonyi to Kigali, it is only 3 hours drive-time.

 Uganda 6- Day  Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari:

This Six Day Safari includes Gorilla and Chimpanzee  Trekking and Wildlife Game Drives.

It includes Bwindi Impenetrable  Forest with the Mountain Gorilla Tracking, Wildlife and Chimpanzee Trekking in Queen Elizabeth Park including the famous Tree-Climbing Lions.

6-days are taking the Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the wildlife and chimpanzees of Queen Elizabeth Park (or in Kalinzu Forest where Chimpanzee Trekking is better) and the wildlife of Lake Mburo which includes the endangered Rothschild Giraffes.

Six jam-packed days of Mountain Gorillas – Chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge and wildlife in both Queen Elizabeth Park and Lake Mburo Park, at an affordable price without compromising the quality of the Safari.

This Safari like all of our Safaris can be modifies to

 7-Day  Primate – Wildlife Safari:

Start with  Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest  National Park– Chimpanzee Trekking in the famed Kyambura Gorge and Chimpanzee Habituation  Experience in Kibale Forest National Park.

This Safari combines Primates – Wildlife – Birds – Scenic Wonders on this 7 day Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking plus wildlife game drives.

You visit three of Uganda’s best parks – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Queen Elizabeth Park and Kibale Forest Park.

The Perfect 7-day moderately priced- African Safari – Seven days highlighting the best of Uganda which includes Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking.

This Safari can be changed to a Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari.

 7 Day Gorilla Trekking – Hiking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Encounter the Gorillas of the Forest Twice– and Hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Simply a  Gorilla Safari that is out of the ordinary and off of the beaten Tourist Track.

Two Gorilla Treks – a walking safari through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a Forest walk with the Batwa Pygmy People -this is a different safari in that you are twice with the Mountain Gorillas on a trek, it can be the same gorilla family if you so choose, or it can be a different Gorilla Family – In any case you will spend 2 hours with the mountain gorillas of the Forest, besides all else that you will discover here.

The Hike from one end of the Park such as Buhoma on the Ivy Trail to Nkuringo is quite rewarding both for the scenery found in this UNESCO World Heritage and the primates, wildlife and birds.

 8-Day Pride of Uganda Primate Wildlife Safari:

The 8 Day Pride of Uganda Moderately  Priced Private Safari gives you the best of Uganda in 8 Days while remaining affordable.

Combine wildlife with Mountain Gorilla tracking and Chimpanzee tracking or the all-day chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale Forest National Park which means spending all day with the chimpanzees and researchers in the park.

You can also now substitute the four hours with the Mountain Gorillas and instead of one with the Gorilla Habituation we currently offer in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Forest which would make this an even better Primate and Wildlife Safari in Uganda.

This popular Safari Tour focuses on Western Uganda and primarily on 4 parks, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and Lake Mburo Park.

 10 Day Wild of Uganda Safari:

10 Day Wild of Uganda moderately priced Safari which includes Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It also includes visits to Murchison Falls Park, Kibale Forest Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Lake Mburo National Park.

This is a compacted safari that takes in 5 of the best National Parks in Uganda,  three of them being savanna parks and 2 parks that where you trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the Mountain Gorillas and trek the Chimpanzees found in Kibale Forest National Park.

You have a choice to do the Gorilla Habituation Experience in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is about 4 hours with the Mountain Gorillas or Trek Gorillas and be one hour with them at 4 locations in the Forest

In Kibale Forest, you can do the all-day Chimpanzee Habituation experience

11-Day Uganda Adventure Safari:

11 Days of Adventure in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda on a moderately priced Wildlife and Primate Safari.

Explore and Discover the Wild of  Uganda on this Uganda Adventure Safari.

In 11 days you will see the highlights of the best that Uganda has to offer and is another reason that more and more people from around the world who come to Uganda.

The Safari includes a visit to the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon Foothills where you have an up-close look and feel of the famed Mountains of the Moon, the tallest mountain range in all of Africa.

Primate Tracking, there are very few countries in Africa where you can do so and Uganda is one of the Premier Countries when comes to Gorillas and Chimpanzee, add wildlife and scenery on top of that, and you have a great safari.

14-Day Discover Uganda Safari:

14 Day- Discover Uganda Moderately priced Safari of – your own “Out of Africa” Experience 14 Days on your own – private Discover Uganda Safari – can be personalized just to your liking.

14 days Discover Uganda – is one of our more popular safaris – Imagine two weeks in the heart of Africa – Uganda, experiencing authentic Africa as you imagined it. Only better.

This two weeks in Uganda Safari can be fine-tuned just to your liking and wishes, and even the lodging can be changed for this safari

This 14-day safari is one of our more popular safari Tours especially during the high-season months of the year.

Extend the Safari by a few days and add Kidepo Valley Park for an extraordinary time in the Pearl of Africa, Uganda.

 Hiking through Uganda on Foot – Adventure Safari:

14 Day Hiking Safari through Uganda – the Pearl of Africa See Uganda on foot.

This is a unique one of a kind experience in Uganda 14 days hiking through the Pearl of Africa – a most unusual experience and a one of a kind safari tour offer in Uganda – pure African Adventure on Foot in Uganda.

Hiking throughout Uganda – this is one of the best ways to see the wildlife parks up close, quite different from within a vehicle. Budget or upmarket Safari – the choice is yours.

Combine driving and Hiking on this one of a kind safari in Uganda Impenetrable Forest, and you either can take the time to relax or do some of the optional activities that can be done here.

Other Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda

 Gorilla Habituation Experience Safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

4-Hours with a Gorilla Family – Mountain Gorilla Habituation Safaris are taking place in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with four participants being allowed per group the cost of a permit is 1,500 USD per person

Two groups are being habituated in the Rushaga area by researchers at present.  A safari that takes in the Gorilla Habituation Experience needs to be planned well ahead of time.

We can include Gorilla Habituation into any safari that now includes Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for your safari with us. There are several safaris presently on the linked page. Please note – Gorilla Habituation Experience Permits are very limited in number – 4 participants to a group of gorillas.

 Mgahinga Gorilla Park Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda:

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is located on the border with Rwanda where you track Gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes.  It is an off-the-beaten-path National Park, just 3 hours from Kigali- Fly into Rwanda and Trek Gorillas in Uganda saving 900 USD on the Permit price alone.

One can add hiking and climbing of the Virunga Volcanoes in the Park, exploring the sides of the Volcanoes with the first People of the Forest on the Batwa Trail.

You can also track the endangered Golden Monkeys on your Gorilla Trek here in Uganda’s smallest Park with many activities. It is not to be missed by the Outdoor Enthusiast.

Gorilla Treks here replicate the treks you would do in Rwanda since the park is on the other side of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

 Gorilla Trekking Safaris for your Group of Family and Friends:

Planning a Gorilla Trekking Safari for your larger than 6 participants.  You have come to the right place.  We have taken groups as large as 19 – Gorilla Trekking.

It takes more coordination of lodging, permits, but we love the challenge, and large groups are something we do almost every month of the year.

We only do private groups, and we do not offer scheduled group safaris that you can join, only private safaris of groups of family or friends.

Sharing the Gorilla Trek with friends makes it an even more special time then it already is.

Planning for a large Group Safari should be done 8 or 12 months ahead of arrival. The main reason is the permits.  Groups like to trek together, meaning that enough permits have to be obtained in one area of Bwindi Forest.

 We Know all about creating some of the Best Gorilla Trekking Safaris:

Your Gorilla Safari Search is over, you have arrived at the right place.  We know Uganda, we live here, our business is one of introducing Visitors to the Pearl of Africa.

We have the Experience:  We know all about Gorilla Trekking, Lodging, Permits, Trekking Advice and have been providing Gorilla Trekking Safaris for over a decade becoming one of Uganda’s lease Gorilla Trekking and Gorilla Habituation Safaris Tour Operator.  We will offer you the best price on a full-service safari, not a stripped down version, but an all-inclusive Safari. Gorilla Permits and Lodging full-board are included in the price.

Gorilla Safaris are one of our specialties, we can create what you want, including adding other parks and activities in Uganda such as the best Chimpanzee Trekking in East Africa, Hiking, Climbing, Wildlife Game Drives and more.

Enjoy the Best Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda  – there is only one thing we – create memorable Safaris, and that includes Gorilla Safaris.

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