Gorilla Trekking Rwanda vs Uganda  : Gorilla trekking in Africa is among the fastest growing tourism activities that tourists from around the world participate in for memorable gorilla safaris in Africa. Some of the most memorable gorilla destinations in Africa are Uganda and Rwanda where you can find the highest numbers of the endangered mountain gorilla species and because both the destinations offer amazing gorilla trekking experience, here are a few comparisons of the gorilla trekking experience in both countries that will help in choosing the right destination where you can take part in the activity depending on your budget and the need to have the best safari experience.

Where to carry out the activity

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is carried out in volcanoes national park the home to the five Virunga mountains in Rwanda that you hike to access the habituated gorilla families, while you transfer to the habituated gorilla families along the slopes of mount muhabura, mount gahinga, mount bisoke, mount karisimbi, mount bisoke and mount sabyinyo that will give you rewarding  views of the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, amazing views of lake kivu the largest fresh water lake in Rwanda and many other rewarding views, you will get to see a number of rewarding primates like; the endangered golden monkeys, vervet monkey,  Hamlyn’s monkey, black and white colobus monkey, red tailed monkeys among other attractions that make gorilla trekking quite remarkable in the park.

For gorilla trekking in Uganda, tourists can visit Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park which makes the country having high chances for tourists interested in gorilla trekking not to miss out on participating in the activity because it will give you the chance to either book for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park or gorilla trekking in Mgahinga national park as opposed to gorilla trekking in Rwanda which only limits you to one park.

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda vs Uganda
Gorilla Trekking Rwanda vs Uganda

Interesting about the gorilla experience in Uganda is the fact that you can also participate in gorilla habituation in Uganda which is not the case for Rwanda without gorilla habituation. During gorilla habituation in Bwindi impenetrable national park, you will get to understand how gorillas are trained to get accustomed to human presence and with this you will get the chance to see authentic reactions of the primates towards the habituation process.

Time to access the parks

While choosing a gorilla trekking destination between Rwanda and Uganda, it is important to put in mind the ease to access the different national parks in the shortest time possible for a memorable experience. For tourists interested in gorilla trekking in Uganda, it will take them about 8-9 hours to access Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park which is quite a long time compared to 3 hours you will take to access volcanoes national park in Rwanda. Although it will take a tourist interested in participating in gorilla trekking in Uganda the longest time to reach the park, tourists will have an amazing experience as you visit the different stopover in the countries as you take in the breath-taking views of the country as you observe the culture and how the people of the country carry out the different activities some of the memorable stopover you will have include the equator at kayabwe where you will participate in the northern and southern hemisphere experiment  you can  also have a stopover at lake Bunyonyi the deepest lake in Uganda where you will get to watch a number of bird species and have an amazing time visiting akampene island that has a unique and interesting history.

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda vs Uganda
Gorilla Trekking Rwanda vs Uganda


The price of gorilla trekking in Rwanda is 1500USD and tourists can access the permits from a trusted tour company or the Rwanda development board whereas a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda goes for 700USD   which is quite cheaper compared to gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda.  Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda can be purchased from a tour operator in the country or the Uganda wildlife authority. Interesting about the permits is the fact that you can reschedule the activity in case of any covid-19 related emergencies like; flight cancellation and diversions, medical emergencies and many other related emergencies that can make you miss out on your gorilla trekking experience.


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