Where to go to See Mountain Gorillas in Africa – Which Country?

Posted by on August 11, 2019

Where to go Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Africa?

The Question “Where to go to See Mountain Gorillas?” – Uganda is your Best Country for Gorilla Trekking

  Where to go to see Mountain Gorillas in 2019?  Where to trek Gorillas in Africa? Which country do I see and trek them in? Which country is Safe for Gorilla Trekking?  Which country is Affordable?  Which country gives me the Best Experience  Gorilla Trekking? 

Which country has available permits?  Which Country offers Gorilla Trekking options such as more Time with the Gentle Giants of the Forest?

There are 3 Countries where you can see and trek Mountain Gorillas in their natural setting in the Wild. You cannot see Mountain Gorillas in a zoo. They do not survive Captivity.

The 3-Countries where you can Trek Mountain Gorillas

  1. Democratic Republic: Lowest Price: read Travel Advisories due to ongoing insecurity. There is also the threat of Ebola now in the Goma area.
  2. Rwanda: Once the Destination of Choice for Gorilla Trekkers. That ended in 2017 when Rwanda went the deluxe route, and a Mountain Gorilla Safari costs twice as much as in neighboring Uganda.
  3. Uganda: Has two Mountain Gorilla Habitats. Uganda is safe, secure, and affordable. The Destination of Choice for most Gorilla Trekkers.

 Where to go to see Mountain Gorillas? Which Country is Best for Gorilla Trekking? The Clear Answer is Uganda for best Price and Value, more Gorillas, more Gorilla Permit, two Gorilla Trekking Parks, more trekking options such as the exclusive Gorilla Habituation Experience, more affordable Lodging Options and more options such as sure-sighting Chimpanzee Treks in Kibale Forest, Wildlife in abundance, the River Nile with its white water adventures. 

Uganda has become the Country of Choice leading to the Great Gorilla Trekker Migration to Uganda for the past few years, and it is not only us saying that but different Travel Organizations such as CNN Travel, Fodor’s Travel, National Geographic Traveller UK Cool Places List, Lonely Planet and the Telegraph Newspaper 

Where to go to See Mountain Gorillas in Africa – Which Country?

The Answer is Uganda offering Safe – Affordable and Logical Choice for Gorilla Tracking

 Uganda – has become the Premier Gorilla Destination in Africa. Trek in the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. 

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is the third “Must Photograph” Place in the World. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2029 CNN’s “Most Beautiful Place in the World.

The Choice of Primate Lovers from Budget to Luxury Traveler. Uganda is the only Country with two Mountain Gorilla Park,  Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with 4 Trailheads, Uganda is the choice of the African Traveler not just because of lower permit prices and lodging cost. It is as some say, quite authentic.  There is no central Gorilla Trekking point, there are four, which means decentralized lodging and support facilities and has more of that Wilderness Feel to it according to some who have trekked Mountain Gorillas in 3 Countries.

Access to the Gorilla Treks in Uganda, forget about taking a 9 to 10-hour drive from Entebbe.  Fly into welcoming Kigali, Rwanda, and we take you on a 4-hour scenic Journey through the Gorilla Highlands to Southern Bwindi Forest or a three-hour drive to Mgahinga Gorilla Park where Gorilla Trekking is in the Virunga Volcanoes.

Uganda is the only country that gives you a choice – Trekking in an Ancient Afro-Montane Rainforest or the shadows of the Brooding Virunga Volcanoes.

National Geographic – Fodor’s Travel –  The Telegraph:

The Telegraph – UK – 10 of the most significant places on the planet to see primates

 Number 1- Uganda – Mountain gorillas and more

“The silverback rolls over on to his massive belly and fixes you with that deep-set gaze. Behind him, two boisterous youngsters tumble past. Meeting a mountain gorilla family in the depths of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest feels strangely intimate, as though you’ve blundered into a family sitting room – but an hour in their company is one you’ll never forget. Uganda’s forests are also home to other primates, including chimpanzees in nearby Kibale National Park. If you crave open space, there are lions and elephants down on the plains.”

Uganda and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest were listed as Number One.  It is not hard to understand why, 152 Permits per day, the experience itself that works out with lodging at half the price as neighboring Rwanda.  Something that matters to anyone, even those with means to pay anything.

The Telegraph lists Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as the first Location to see Primates on the Planet, not by Accident.

 National Geographic Traveller – UK – Uganda makes the Cool Places List for 2019

Here is what National Geographic Wrote:

Marvel at mountain gorillas in the wild

Why now? When Rwanda doubled the price of its gorilla trek permits from $750 to $1,500 (£572 to £1,144) in 2017, neighboring Uganda responded by freezing its rates at $600 (£458).

Main attractions: If you’re longing to see mountain gorillas in the wild, but Rwanda’s ultra-luxe lodges and high permit fees don’t suit your budget, head for Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest instead. The steady growth of its gorilla population is one of Africa’s great conservation success stories, with tourists playing an important role. Guided groups of up to eight can now visit almost 20 families. Trekking fees raise funds not only for gorillas and their habitat but also for Uganda’s other national assets including Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks, home to chimps, giraffes, and hippos.

Don’t miss Exploring Bwindi’s birdwatching trails, cycle routes, and craft scene after your gorilla trek. EG

Please Note National Geographic has twice picked Uganda as the Place to visit in 6 years.  This time it is about Value and Price.

Fodor’s Go-List 2019

 The Reasons to Visit Uganda which includes Mountain Gorillas from Fodor’s Travel


Discover unparalleled wildlife experiences in the “Pearl of Africa.”

Why it’s Wonderful: Uganda’s mountainous terrain, soaring waterfalls, and incredible wildlife encounters set it apart from the rest of the continent. Although Uganda claims to have the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, African elephant, and Cape buffalo), the country could easily stake its claim as having the “Big Six” since it is also home to the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas. Aside from countless opportunities for spotting wildlife while on safari, you’ll also be able to take a boat ride to the source of the Nile River on a day trip with Paraa Safari Lodge or channel your inner Jane Goodall by trekking for chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest. The highest mountain range in Africa borders the country, but it’s in the hills of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest that you’ll have the rare chance to spend an hour observing the elusive silverback mountain gorillas in their natural environment.

Uganda – including its Mountain Gorillas – Recommended by Fodor’s Travel and on their 2019 Go-List

 Where should I Trek Gorillas? Insiders Take on Gorilla Trekking

Unlike the Telegraph. Unlike Fodor’s Travel, National Geographic, we live here, we work here.  Uganda and its gentle Giants are our passion.   We know what is best for you when it comes to Gorilla Tracking.  This is not an add-on to us. It is our focus.

There is only one thing that we do, and that is to create Memorable Safaris in the Pearl of Africa, and that includes Gorilla Safaris. 

You are not dealing with anyone. No one else is taking a cut, which means that you get a price, no hidden cost.  One reason that we have repeat clients who come for another visit to Uganda.  

Over a decade, we have provided mid-range and luxury Gorilla Safaris in Uganda.