The best African safari destinations to see mountain gorillas in the wild

There is no experience that quite comes close to that of trekking through a forest, seeking a mountain gorilla. Primate safaris in central Africa’s forests are once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-forgotten experiences that will leave guests in awe. Experienced, skilled and knowledgeable guides lead the way through the wild and untouched foliage, bringing guests into close contact with both the flora and the fauna. Spotting the primates produces a thrill, and hours can be spent watching them in their natural habitats. 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda is one of its most recognisable parks, and is home to a significant population of the endangered mountain gorilla. The park’s thickly forested mountain slopes are home to family groups of the gorillas, as well as several other primate species, including chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys, Red-tailed Monkeys, and De Brazza’s Monkeys. Other species found in the park include elephants and buffalo. Safaris in the park are undertaken on foot, and guests experience the thrill of approaching the gorillas on foot in their natural habitat.

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is found in Rwanda, and is one of the best destinations for a primate safari. The park’s bamboo forests and mountainous terrains are home to significant populations of mountain gorillas. Walking safaris are conducted by skilled and experienced guides, who lead the way as guests seek out these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. The park is also home to many other species, including the Giant Forest Hog, buffalo, hyena, and forest elephant. Various accommodation options are available in the park.