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Luxury Gorilla Trekking Rwanda, Luxury Gorilla Safaris Uganda & Congo Africa

Luxury gorilla trekking in Rwanda Uganda, and Congo is the ultimate primate experience in Africa. We offer the best guide to African luxury gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Uganda, & Congo.

Book the most affordable luxurious gorilla safaris & tours now. Nothing beats this amazing once-in-a-lifetime African safari as it brings you face-to-face with the gentle giants of the forest.

Globally, these majestic apes can only be spotted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Virunga Mountains region. All these destinations are found in East Africa.

Destination Bwindi within southwestern Uganda holds almost half of the 1,063 Mountain gorillas in the world. The other remaining population lives in the Virunga Conservation area which spans Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Uganda’s Mgahinga, and Congo’s Virunga NP.

For a memorable luxury gorilla safari in East Africa, we can tailor your gorilla tour to feature the iconic African safari destinations. Among these include Kenya, as well as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania.

The best to visit is during the dry seasons.

For any inquiries about your gorilla safari tour, please feel free to email us!


Luxury Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Gorilla tours in Rwanda, “The country of a thousand hills” are truly memorable!

Gorilla tours in Rwanda are only done in the beautiful Volcanoes National Park. It holds the biggest population of Mountain Gorillas on  Earth after Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Not only is Volcanoes National Park known for these gentle giants, but it’s also famous for its fascinating population of Golden monkeys.

Apart From remarkable gorilla tours in Volcanoes National Park, you can also:

  • Enjoy Golden M Trekking
  • Hike Mount Karisimbi
  • Undertake Diane Forsey hike– Intended to explore the tombs of a prominent American primatologist “Dian Forsey” who was brutally killed in her effort to conserve these gentle giants.
  • Explore Nyungwe Forest– Here, you can trek with Chimpanzees, enjoy Nyungwe Forest canopy walk, etc. Several primates such as Black and white colobus monkeys can be sported also.
  • Kigali City Tour– allows you to explore one of the African cleanest cities. Among others, you’ll explore the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site where you learn about the 1994 Rwanda Genocide
  • Akagera National Park to enjoy wildlife tours– In Akagera National Park, you’ll enjoy game drives, boat cruises, and game walks. Expect to spot several wild animals such as Lions, Cape Buffaloes, Giraffes, Elephants, Black Rhinos, Hippos, etc.
  • Boat cruise on the beautiful Lake Kivu–  This dazzling lake, Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s biggest lake.

Luxury Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is among the most renowned safari adventures in East Africa! Gorilla trekking expeditions in Uganda are possible in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as well as Mgahinga Gorilla NP.

Please note Uganda holds the highest population of endangered Mountain gorillas living in the World. Thus, it’s the best destination for gorilla expeditions.

Destination Bwindi Impenetrable National Park alone boasts over 459 gorillas and this is almost 50% of the 1,063 Mountain gorillas in the world! It’s home to about 19 habituated gorilla family groups. Primates including Black and white colobus monkeys also dwell here.

Mghinga is home to 2 gorilla families and it is also famous for its amazing Golden monkeys as well as the 3 striking mountains. Golden monkeys are one of the most beautiful primates in the world.

For memorable gorilla tours in Uganda, most tourists supplement the following on their gorilla tour:

  1. Wildlife tours

Undertaking wildlife safari tours in Uganda on top of your gorilla tour allows you to spot abundant wildlife. Among these animals are some found in prominent East African safari destinations like Masai Mara of Kenya as well as Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park of Tanzania.

Uganda wildlife tours are mostly done in national parks like Queen Elizabeth NP, and Murchison Falls National Park, etc. Expect to spot all game animals on the African continent including Lions. A Lion is known as the King of the jungle.

  1. Chimpanzee tracking

Chimpanzee tracking allows you to encounter the amazing cousins of man- the Chimpanzees in their natural habitat. During the chimp trek, normally visitors spot several beautiful primates such as Black and white colobus monkeys.

Kibale Forest is the best destination for Uganda chimpanzee tours!

  1. Boat cruise adventure tours

A boat cruise offers you a chance to spot animals hard to spot on land for example Hippos, Crocs, and birds. The prominent boat cruise includes Kazinga channel boat ride in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a boat ride to the bottom of the falls in Murchison Falls National Park

  1. Explore Lake Bunyonyi- Africa’s most beautiful lake

The gorgeous Lake Bunyonyi is one of the best destinations to rest from after your gorilla trek.

  1. Enjoy cultural encounters– this offers you a memorable close encounter with the local people.

Luxury Gorilla Trekking in Congo

Tourists undertaking gorilla tracking tours in Congo have a golden chance of visiting both the Mountain gorillas well as the Eastern lowland gorillas.

Mountain gorillas live in Virunga National Park while the other gorilla species in the Kahuzi Biega NP.

For a great experience, you can track all these gorilla species!

Luxury Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda Vs Uganda- Is Uganda or Rwanda Better for Gorilla Trekking?

Undeniably, both Rwanda gorilla tours and Uganda gorilla tours offer a notable experience. All these countries are ideal destinations for gorilla tracking, but the question is, which one is better?

Below we have tried to compare Uganda and Kigali Rwanda gorilla treks for you:

  1. Accessibility in both destinations

Rwanda gorilla treks are ideal for short-time travelers! You can easily access Volcanoes National Park from Kigali airport, it’s just about 2-3 hours’ drive!

Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla NP are located far from Entebbe airport. The drive usually takes about 8-10 hours.

  1. Landscape in both destinations

A gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park features a fairly lovely terrain, unlike a Rwanda gorilla trek. Volcanoes area is almost 90% mountainous which isn’t the case with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Thus, Kigali Rwanda gorilla adventures are more strenuous!

  1. Infrastructure in both destinations

Although both destinations hold lovely infrastructures, Kigali offers the best infrastructure! In fact, this scenic country, “The land of a thousand hills” is considered one of the most organized African cities.

The roads, and lodges, especially in Kigali are much better with more luxurious options!

  1. Cost for gorilla trekking permits- Is gorilla trekking cheaper in Uganda or Rwanda?

Rwanda gorilla permit costs $1500 while that of Uganda is $700. Therefore, choosing to visit Uganda means saving almost half of the money of the Rwanda gorilla permit.

  1. Gorilla families in both destinations- Where is the best country to see gorillas?

Though both destinations hold several habituated gorilla families, Uganda has more gorilla families than Rwanda Kigali. Their over 21 habituated gorilla family groups in Uganda and only 12 in Rwanda. Therefore, Uganda offers many gorilla permits.

  1. Safari activities in both destinations

Both countries feature several amazing safari activities! For instance, on your Rwanda gorilla safari, you can also enjoy chimpanzee tracking adventures and a canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest. Kigali city tour, Volcano hiking, golden monkey trekking, and a visit to the local people is also possible.

Also, you can do a game drive in Rwanda’s only savannah park- Akagera National Park.

On your Uganda gorilla expeditions, you can undertake more activities than those in Rwanda Kigali! Among these include classic game drives in national parks like Queen Elizabeth Park, Murchison Falls National Park, etc. Chimpanzee tracking, golden monkey tracking, boat cruise, and charming cultural encounters, among others.

Please note that destination Uganda is one of the best safari sites to spot the African safari animals. It’s not only in Tanzania Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, or Masai Mara in Kenya that you can spot the Big Five.

Best Time to Visit Rwanda Gorillas – What Is the Best Time of Year to See Gorillas in Rwanda?

The best time to visit or undertake Rwanda gorilla safari tours is during the dry seasons- June to late September and December to February. In these months, less rainfall is received therefore, the trails for the gorilla expeditions are drier.

This is also the best time to visit  Akagera National Park for game drives.

Which Month is Best for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda? | What Are the Best Months to Go Gorilla Trekking?

June to late September and December to February (dry season) are the best months to travel to Rwanda Kigali for gorilla tracking. In wet months, March to May and October to November, the trails can be slippery.

This is also the best time to visit Akagera National Park as well as Nyungwe Forest

How Much Does it Cost to Trek with Gorillas in Rwanda? | How Much Does it Cost to See the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda?

How much does gorilla trekking cost? The permit for Kigali Rwanda gorilla treks is charged depending on nationality i.e.:

  • Foreign Non-Residents: $1500
  • Foreign Residents: $500
  • East African Citizens: $200

Is Gorilla Trekking Expensive?

Compared to other African adventure activities such as wildlife tours in Tanzania Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Conservation Area, gorilla tracking is quite expensive. However, this thrilling adventure is worth undertaking!

Kigali Rwanda gorilla treks are more expensive than Uganda gorilla safari expeditions.

Why is Gorilla Trekking So Expensive?

Tracking these great apes is quite expensive as this revenue is used to conserve their habitats which are threatened by man. Also, most revenue is used in paying game rangers who monitor them in the jungle as well as developing communities around these parks.

How Much is a Luxury Gorilla Safari in Rwanda?

A 3 days luxury gorilla safari tour in Rwanda costs between $4000 to $6000 per person. This rate depends on several factors such as your accommodation choice, transport means, as well as other safari activities you wish to undertake on your Rwanda gorilla tour.

Is Luxury Gorilla Trekking Worth the Money?

Yes, luxury gorilla tours in Rwanda Uganda, or Congo are worth the money! A percentage of this revenue goes to conserve the endangered gorillas in their natural habitat. Also, it exposes travelers (tourists) to a more relaxed and comfortable safari holiday.

Budget travelers or tourists undertaking a midrange gorilla safari holiday will also enjoy their holiday without spending much.

Packing List for Your Gorilla Safari in Rwanda Uganda and Congo

As you intend to travel to Rwanda Kigali or Uganda for a gorilla trip, the following are so crucial!

  • A camera- for taking photos
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Insect repellents
  • Long-sleeved shirts and trousers
  • Light day backpack
  • Bottled water
  • Sun protection gear- (sunglasses, sunscreens & sunhat)

Chartered and Schedules Flights on Your Uganda Gorilla Trip

While on a luxury gorilla tour in Uganda, travelers (tourists) interested in high-end transportation can opt for chartered flight options to different national parks such as Queen Elizabeth National Park among others.

Chartered flights are mostly used in Uganda, unlike Rwanda which is a compact country.

Best Lodges to Use on Your Luxury Gorilla Tour in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo

In all East African destinations for gorilla expeditions, you’ll find several luxury accommodations to use!

Here are the best.

Popular Lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  1. Haven Lodge Buhoma
  2. Gorilla Forest Camp
  3. Buhoma Lodge
  4. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
  5. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  6. Bwindi Lodge

Best lodges in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

  1. Bisate Lodge
  2. Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  3. Virunga Lodge
  4. Sabinyo Silverback Lodge

Top Tour Operators to Book With Your Uganda or Rwanda Gorilla Safari Holiday

Tourists (travelers) intending to visit Kigali Rwanda or Uganda for gorilla trips should consider booking their holidays with the following tour companies.

  1. Prime Safaris And Tours Ltd
  2. Wild Gorilla Safaris
  3. Gorilla trekking Uganda
  4. Gorilla Safaris And Tours
  5. Africa Safaris Tours

Best Luxury Gorilla Trips in Uganda and Rwanda

Travelers looking for memorable Rwanda gorilla trips as well as in Uganda should check out these:

4 days Uganda gorilla trip from Kigali

3 days Uganda gorilla trip

4 days Uganda safari trip

8 days Rwanda Uganda tour

10 days Uganda Trip

14 days Rwanda Uganda Tour

More Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What do you wear to Rwanda Gorilla trekking?

On your gorilla adventure, it’s wise you put on clothes that cover your body for instance long-sleeved shirts and trousers. Hiking boots and a rain jacket are also vital!

Please note that the best time to visit this country is during the dry months.

What country is the safest to see Gorillas?

Both Uganda and Rwanda gorilla treks are safe!  In all these destinations, you’ll be escorted by armed rangers. More still, gorilla adventures are done on fully habituated gorilla families, familiar to people.

  1. What is the most luxurious way to see Gorilla?

In all destinations (countries), you can enjoy a luxurious gorilla trip. For example, you will stay in top-notch lodges, and travel using chartered flights or extended Land Cruiser.

Conclusively, luxury gorilla tracking tours are possible in destinations (Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo). Expect to enjoy an unforgettable encounter with the gentle giants as well as other East African wildlife. Several adventure tours can be supplemented on your trip for a notable experience.

Inquire now about the best destination you should visit!