Gorilla Safari Planner – Gorilla Trekking or Habituation Experience

Posted by on March 11, 2019

Gorilla Trekking Safari Planner for 2019 in Uganda – Rwanda

Planning your Gorilla Trekking or Habituation Experience Safari in 2019


Your personal Gorilla Safari Planner – Planning for your  Gorilla Trek or your Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda and Rwanda.  This is the page where your Time with the Gentle Primates of the Forest Begins.

Gorilla Permits, especially the Gorilla Habituation become a scarce commodity during the peak seasons of the year which are June through October and December through March.

The very reason we suggest to plan it now and use our Gorilla Safari Planner well ahead of the time that you will be on a Trekking Safari in the Pearl of Africa.

You might also want to compare other things about Trekking that differentiate Rwanda and Uganda from each other when it comes to Gorilla Trekking – judgments that only you can make after researching.

Along with permits, the other shortage during the Peak Season months are upmarket, luxury and especially the exclusive Lodges.  They, unlike mid-range lodges, are often booked well ahead of time by Tour Operators.

Gorilla Permits are 1,500 USD in Rwanda since May-2017 – Uganda remains the T.J. Maxx of Gorilla Tourism with 600 USD Gorilla Permit Price causing the Great Trekker Migration from Rwanda to Uganda. 


Gorilla Trekking with 600 USD Permits or the Gorilla Habituation Experience – 1,500 USD Permits – Which one is right for you?

The two Gorilla Encounter Activities are similar, in both cases, you spend time with a Gorilla Family.  On a Gorilla Trek you are more of an observer, and for most take on the role of a photographer – 8 participants- 1-Hour Visit

During the Gorilla Habituation Experience, you become an active participant in the Habituation Process.  If you want to learn more about the Mountain Gorillas than you might want to consider the Habitation. 4-Participants

Both experiences take place in the wild, the success rate of seeing the Gorillas is 99% but what takes place on your Gorilla Trek or Habituation may be different from what you imagined it to be. For 99.9% it is the experience of a lifetime.

Much of what you find on the Internet regarding the Gorilla Habituation Experience is plain Bunk, opinions by those who have never done it. Our Feed is near perfect – 2 complaints in 5 years, one had to do with time with Gorillas – corrected by Uganda Wildlife Authority – the other a complaint about trek too tough, 


Your One Stop – Complete Gorilla Trek Planner:

Gorilla Trekking and the Gorilla Habituation Experience is unlike a wildlife Safari anywhere else in Africa.  It is not only the most expensive Tourist Activity but a one of kind experience that can’t be done elsewhere in the world.

For over a Decade we have acted a sort of Gorilla Matchmaker for our clients from around the world.  We set up the date, the encounter with the Gentle Giants but then it is up to the Gorillas and you as for how that date goes.  Always remember that you are in the wild and not in a controlled setting – even the rangers and trackers are mere guides as you enter the living space of a gorilla family.

Mountain Gorillas, their conservation, their well-being is on our minds, your experience with them is a joy for us that is beyond any monetary gains.  Making real the dream of a lifetime as you trek Gorillas is our privilege.

We Take the Confusion out of Gorilla Trekking – Permits – Choosing the right Lodge near your Trek and more.


 What we do not do:

Because of Quality Control and Safari Outcome – We do only one thing – Fully Packaged, Private Mid-Range & Luxury  Safari Tours in Uganda and Rwanda.

  • We do not have scheduled group Safaris that you can join. (Private Safaris only) We will be testing a luxury Safari in 2019 for viability max – 4 participants on an 8-day Safari from Entebbe to Kigali.
  • We do not book lodges only,
  • We do not sell Gorilla or Chimpanzee Permits only.
  • We do not supply a driver guide and vehicle only.

Kabiza Wilderness Safaris consistently offers you Total Package Safari Tours with Value-Plus Service & Price and all the information you will need for a successful  Gorilla Safari.


 July and August 7 Day Gorilla Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Safari with Permits in our Possession:

Gorilla Permits are not available during July and August of 2029 – We have a limited number of permits in our possession that are part of a 7-day Safari for either July or August.  Click on the link above and you can book it. Minimum of two participants for this private Safar.  The starting date of the safari would be July 24th or August 30th in Kigali Rwanda and end in Entebbe 7 days later

The Safari can either be mid-range lodging or upmarket. The choice is yours, the main thing is that the safari comes with permits which we already have.  The safari can only be lengthened and not shortened.  Since there are no permits left during those months this temporary safari offer is on first come basis..

Minimum of 2-Participants from your party


What our Clients say about us

We are delighted that Jon arranged our ten day gorilla safari in Uganda. The organisation was excellent, we saw gorillas at close range and stayed in lovely accommodations. Our driver/ guide Omar was absolutely first class. I really cannot fault the trip and have no hesitation in highly recommending Kabiza to others. Seeing gorillas in the wild is one of life's beautiful experiences.Jan ShouldersJanuary 29, 2019
Jon was awesome to deal with, right from the get go, and he was very patient with my concerns about booking and paying monies to an organisation we found online. Transferring money was safe and easy. We sent Jon an idea of what we wanted to see and how long we had to play with and he gave us several itineraries to choose from. We booked more than 6 months in advance to secure our Gorilla permits and in the end chose to do 2 days in Uganda with the Gorillas, which we do not regret for 1 second.....we had the most amazing, once in a lifetime experience - both days were different and just as amazing. Brian as our guide for the trip, he was there to meet us at the airport and from then on, was there for anything we needed.....even to the point that when we were on our last Gorilla Trek and running out of time, he went and bought us our wooden Gorillas that we really wanted but had run out of time. We did have some down time and Brian made suggestions about what we could do and was happy to take us anywhere we wanted. The Dian Fossey Museum was a great stop to get some background, and then the Trek to her grave site and to where her cabin used to be, was very special, also very hard (we had mud up to our knees) but we would do it again in a heartbeat. We chose up market accommodation for the trip and we were not disappointed....great food, great customer service and great facilities. The drive to our accommodation in Uganda was both interesting and 'thrilling'! The roads are dirt and very uneven and at times narrow, thankfully Brian was very good at navigating the terrain and made us feel at ease. We have travelled quite a bit and had some unforgettable experiences, Kabiza have added to these and gave us a once in a lifetime experience that was worth every single cent. Everybody should have this experience, these are beautiful creatures that need our help (tourism $$) to ensure that they are there for centuries to come for all to enjoy.Mignon FurnellJanuary 27, 2019
Dear Fellow Travellers! I have been booking tours within Uganda with Kabiza for many years and they have always been an excellent Partner. From the very beginning of planning a wildlife tour to Uganda to the actual Safari they are a very trustful and reliable tour operator. The owners Jon & Geoffrey have been in the tourism business for along time and they do know their country very, very well when it comes to planning and operating a tour! All in all a great company to have a wildlife tour with! Thanks very much once again for the last tour in December 2018. Wolfgang from AustriaWolfgang StolzlechnerJanuary 14, 2019
Of the many wildlife and gorilla trekking tour operators available, I chose Kabiza Wilderness Safaris because I came across their incredibly helpful blog posts on gorilla trekking and found them to be straight forward and incredibly helpful. Even if you choose to go with someone else- read some of Kabiza's content and you'll have a better trip. After choosing Kabiza, Jon and his team's level of service was exemplary! Jon was fast and crisp in all of his email communications and he set up a tour that met our needs exactly. Our tour guide Carlos was wonderfully kind and helpful. He had us feeling at home in Africa within minutes of meeting him. The gorilla trekking itself was magical with Jon and his team being absolutely on point in quickly snagging some habituation permits that became available at the last minute. We stayed at lodges across different price points and each location was comfortable, clean and had it's own charm. Huge thank you to Jon, Carlos, and the rest of the Kabiza Wilderness Safaris team for a wonderful vacation!Ananda GhoshJanuary 11, 2019
We recently returned from Uganda and Rwanda where we did a 4 day gorilla trekking tour, all arranged by Jon at Kabiza Wilderness Safari, and I have to say the experience was nothing short of phenomenal. From the beginning of planning the trip, Jon was very responsive and accommodating to all our requests. He listened to what we wanted and then made suggestions, which all turned out to be amazing, and all for a competitive price. Our driver Bosco was fantastic, very knowledgeable and personable, and all the the different lodges we stayed at throughout the trip were spot on. Mount Gahinga Lodge was fantastic, from the food, to the service and most importantly the proximity to the entrance of the park. Chameleon Lodge is another gem perched on top of Lake Mutanda, it's a little bit of a trek to get there, but the view makes it worth it. Overall the trip far exceeded our lofty expectations, which is a huge compliment to Jon and everyone at Kabiza. Seeing mountain gorillas up close in the wild is an experience unlike any other and something you'll never forget. I can't recommend Kabiza Wilderness Safari enough! You won't be disappointed.Paul VoisardDecember 11, 2018
We just came back from an amazing 9 days safari started in Kigali and ended Entebbe. We did many parks, gorilla tracking x 2 etc ... From the first contact with Jon to the end, everything was perfect. Ask for Remmy as your driver. He has 10 years experience, he drives very well and safely in these bad Uganda roads. He showed to us many animals in the park , he tried hard and made sure we saw the lions and many more. We had many laughs throughout the roads. The car 4x4 was in good condition with a pop off roof. All the lodges Jon suggested were very good . We particularly loved Gahinga lodge ( near entrance of Mgagingha gorilla park ) , ishasha wilderness camp in Queen Elizabeth park and safari crater lodge in kibale. I asked other companies for prices and the price with Kabiza was very competitive even little lower than others. I enjoyed my trip and I highly recommand you Kabiza Wildwrness safaris . Thank you Remmy and Jon .Stephanie CardinalNovember 5, 2018
We have just returned from the most amazing and exciting trip to Rwanda and Uganda. Everything was above and beyond our expectations thanks to Jon and Kabiza Wilderness Safaris. From the early stages of planning, where Jon was extremely helpful and accommodating making sure we got the tour just perfectly tailor made to our wishes to the wonderful lodges, the incredible wildlife and the astonishing natural beauty of The Pearl of Africa. For anybody wanting a trip of a lifetime, we can warmly recommend Kabiza. Thanks a million, Jon - we hope to be able to return soon.tine altschulerSeptember 24, 2018

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