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Gorilla Trekking & Safaris

It is absolutely worth the effort to spend time with gorillas in the wild

Experience Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, Rwanda & Congo

No other wildlife encounter in Africa matches the astounding experience of spending time face-to-face with wild gorillas. Trekking takes place in a handful of far flung locations, adding a layer of exotic adventure to these safaris that is hard to match on any other itinerary. The fact that gorillas as a species are on the brink of extinction and treks are a highly restricted activity, encountering wild gorillas is considered a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

We’re proud to support trekking tourism that contributes directly to protecting rainforest habitats and conserving both mountain gorillas and western lowland gorillas. Thanks to income derived directly from tourism, the mountain gorilla population has stabilised, which gives us hope for the future of western lowland gorillas now that tourism has started in their Congo rainforest.

What to Expect on a Gorilla Trek

For a gorilla trek you need to be fairly fit, equipped for the humid, muddy conditions of a rainforest hike, and in good health – gorillas are susceptible to human illnesses but don’t have our immunities, which means a common cold can be deadly to a whole family of gorillas and you won’t be permitted to trek if you are unwell. Even in the dry season, the rainforest is a challenging environment: it's humid, wet and muddy with some steep slopes, plenty of insects and thick vegetation. It is absolutely worth the effort to spend time with gorillas in the wild, but be prepared to exert yourself on the trek.

Your professional guide and tracker lead you into the forest’s secret paths, looking for a habituated gorilla family. Once found, you’ll approach the gorillas quietly and settle down to observe them from between 7 and 10m (22 to 32 ft) away. You’ll spend between 40 minutes and an hour with the gorillas, watching the adults forage and groom each other while the babies tumble and play. You’ll be under the watchful gaze of the great silverback patriarch, whose soft brown eyes constantly sweep over his family protectively. Witnessing gorillas express typically human gestures and emotions is a truly profound experience and one of the reasons that gorilla trekking is such a life changing encounter.

In the Congo, you’ll don a face mask to protect the gorillas from human germs and have an optional fly net to keep the harmless (and stingless) but determined sweat bees from disturbing you. In Uganda and Rwanda, you’ll leave any personal items or bottled water you’re carrying with your porters and approach the gorillas with only your camera. You are not allowed to use a flash and it’s best to use a camera that doesn’t make loud clicks, whirring or other mechanical noises.

About Chimpanzee Trekking

While you may see chimps and other primate species on your gorilla trek, there are several superb chimpanzee trekking destinations, including 

Best Gorilla & Chimp Trekking Tours & Safaris

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Best Gorilla Trekking Accommodation

Make sure you get the right accommodation for your Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla trek.

Our selected gorilla trekking accommodation puts you in all the right places for Africa's most unique wildlife experience. Matching a trekking lodge to your budget and requirements is what we do best, and we'll be happy to make all the necessary bookings for you whether it’s a fly-in, fly-out gorilla trek or part of a multi-destination big game safari.

Talk to us too about chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda or Tanzania. There’s superb accommodation at the best destinations and a gorilla and chimp trekking combination holiday is easy to organise – just ask us how.

Where to Go Gorilla Trekking

Western lowland gorillas are found in the primeval forests of the Congo; the world’s last 700 or so mountain gorillas live in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. Professionally guided treks into the rainforest seek out these gentle giants at ease in their natural environment. Gorillas live in close-knit family groups and exhibit much of our human family affections and many of our emotional gestures, like delight, surprise and irritation.

Where to Go Gorilla Trekking

Western lowland gorillas are found in the primeval forests of the Congo; the world’s last 700 or so mountain gorillas live in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. Professionally guided treks into the rainforest seek out these gentle giants at ease in their natural environment. Gorillas live in close-knit family groups and exhibit much of our human family affections and many of our emotional gestures, like delight, surprise and irritation.

How to Go Gorilla Trekking

While chimp trekking is still in its infancy, gorilla trekking is a tightly regulated activity and we strongly recommend using the experience and planning expertise of one of our Africa Safari Experts. Permits are not only expensive but extremely limited and difficult to secure. Immediate payment is necessary as permits are not provisionally held. Logistics can be a challenge, and you’ll need advice on matching an experience with your expectations.

Browse our range of gorilla trekking tours & safaris and accommodation in Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo or contact us for advice and tailor-made itineraries.

If you want to get to know us, talk to us. Don’t be shy if you’re a long way off from making a booking – we want to hear what excites you about going on safari. Being good listeners is at the heart of our old school approach to service: if we take the time to get to know you, we can tailor-make your vacation, filling it with extraordinary experiences and personal touches. That’s when we become your travel partner, the co-creators of a journey as individual as you are.