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Which is the best Country to see Mountain Gorillas in Africa?

Posted by on March 7, 2021

The question “Which is the best Country to see Mountain Gorillas in Africa?.”

Which is the Best Country for Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Africa? 

Why is Uganda the Best Country for Mountain Gorilla Trekking?


Which is the best Country to see Mountain Gorillas in Africa?Which is the Best Country for Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Africa? Mountain gorillas are one of the most beloved and popular wild animals on the planet. Tourists worldwide make their way to Uganda, Rwanda, or the Democratic Republic of Congo to see the remaining Mountain Gorillas in the Wild. Unlike the more numerous Eastern Lowland Gorillas, Mountain Gorillas cannot be seen in any zoo in the world. Another reason that today they are on most African Traveler’s bucket list.

Strict Conservation measures fueled by Gorilla Tourism Conservation dollars have taken Mountain Gorillas from the edge of extinction to over a thousand in number today. Indeed, an ecological recovery like few others in the world. One example of that recovery can be seen in the unprecedented mountain gorilla baby boom in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park during 2020, unrelated to the COVID-19 Tourism shutdown. 

All this brings one back to the question that many that want to visit the Mountain Gorillas ask, “Which is the best Country to see Mountain Gorillas in Africa?” We can reduce the choice of countries down to just three. They are the only ones where you can see the forest’s gentle giants in the Wild.  

They are the Democratic Republic’s where trek them in Virunga National Park. Rwanda, where you track them in the Volcanoes National park. There is Uganda, where you readily see them in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.


“Which is the best Country to see Mountain Gorillas in Africa?” Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo would be one of the best Mountain Gorilla Tracking Destinations in Africa. Sadly, the park is not just home to Mountain Gorillas but less desirable Guerrillas. Only in January of 2021, six park employees were tragically gunned down by guerrillas.

Unless you are a daredevil Indiana Jones-like character, which most of us are not, it is best to read the travel advisories that your Country has issued about Virunga National Park and eastern DR Congo.

Rwanda has been the favorite mountain gorilla destination for many, including Ellen DeGeneres, who fell in love with Remarkable Rwanda. What takes Rwanda off the list for many who want to trek Mountain Gorillas in the Wild is cost.

Rwanda has marketed itself as a high-end Gorilla Safari Destination, which it is. Rwanda, Kigali presents visitors as the face of future Africa like nowhere else on the continent. If the $1,500 Gorilla Permit cost is not a stumbling block to you and if a substantially higher safari cost, then Rwanda is the best and safest country for you.

In part because of Rwanda’s $1,500 permit, Uganda has become the Premier Gorilla Destination. Affordability for budget, mid-range, and luxury travelers is why they chose Uganda as their Gorilla Destination. We have an in-depth comparison of the three mountain gorilla countries here.


Why is Uganda the best Country to see Mountain Gorillas in Africa?

1. Uganda is the Best Country to see Mountain Gorillas because of Affordability:

Affordable $750 Gorilla Permits, affordable and variety of lodges in every price range means an overall lower safari cost in safe Uganda.

Choose a Private Gorilla Trek for your party Uganda at a fraction of the price it would cost in Rwanda

2. Uganda is the Best Country to see Mountain Gorillas because of more Choices

Choose the Park – Terrain-Habitat: You can track the Mountain Gorillas in either Mgahinga Gorilla Park or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

You choose the terrain and habitat that you want to trek in: a primeval Afromontane Rainforest or the sides of one of three Virunga Volcanoes in Uganda.

You will be in the country where half of the remaining Mountain Gorilla Population are found. It is no wonder that you have more choices.

Choose more time with the Mountain Gorillas. You can choose between the normal Gorilla Trek with eight participants or the more time with the primates during the Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Choose a private trek with just you and rangers at a surprisingly affordable price.

3. Uganda is the Best Country to see Mountain Gorillas because the country is much more than Gorillas:

Uganda is Gorillas Plus, the best chimpanzee trekking in East Africa, the best white water rafting on the ancient RIver Nile, excellent climbing in the Rwenzori Mountains of the wildlife game drives in its six savannah parks. Authentic Cultural encounters and more


Which is the Best Country for Mountain Gorilla Trekking? 

We think that Uganda is the best country to see Mountain Gorillas. Yes, we are a Ugandan Gorilla Tour Operator. Yes, we strongly feel that Uganda has become the Premier Mountain Gorilla Destination in all of Africa.

This ascent to becoming the country of choice is not the result of a Ugandan Tourism Board marketing campaign. The reason is a decision by the Rwanda Development. On the day the $1,500 gorilla permit price was announced, it triggered what I call “the great trekker migration to Uganda.” 

Today, most clients choose to see their Gorilla family in Uganda.  The COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt. 

Soon, there will a flow of tourists coming to see the Mountain Gorillas in the Pearl of Africa, Uganda. See you then … Feel free to contact us.

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