A gorilla safari tour is one of the most unique, adventurous, and memorable safari experiences that you can have in Africa. Trekking through the wild forests of central Africa on foot, you are able to see these incredible creatures up close in their natural habitat. Professional, experienced guides accompany you as you set out in search of the gorillas. When you find them, you get to spend about an hour in their presence, observing them as they go about their daily activities, feeding and playing with their young. Their remarkable resemblance to humans is poignant and will stay with you. You can do a gorilla safari tour in three African countries-Uganda, Rwanda, and the Republic of the Congo. Several excellent tour companies offer guided trekking tours in these destinations. You can also expect to see a host of other bird, plant and animal life on a primate safari. Different tour options are available, including combining your gorilla tour with a traditional safari in Kenya or Tanzania

Useful Information

When is the best time to go gorilla trekking?
You can go gorilla trekking throughout the year but most people try to avoid the height of the rainy season. Having two rainy seasons, October-November and Mid-March-May, means that the ideal trekking months are from January to mid-March and June through to early October. Planning your tour during these months ensures a sunnier and dryer trek, though rain fall should always be expected. February and September are said to be the best months to plan your gorilla safari tour as these months are not only drier but are not so overcrowded, ensuring a most enjoyable trek.

Parks and Reserves

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Arguably Uganda's most notable national park, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to one of the most fascinating creatures on the planet, the endangered Mountain Gorilla. The park has…

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Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Odzala-Kokoua National Park is located in the Republic of the Congo. This remote park is tucked away in a corner of Africa, far from the busy safari circuits of Kenya…

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Volcanoes National Park

The Volcanoes National Park is Rwanda's flagship national park and one of the best places to view Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat. A well managed permit system allows few…

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Tours and Trips

4-Day Affordable Gorilla Trekking Safari

Trekking gorillas in the wild is one of the most thrilling and awe-inspiring safari experiences you can embark on in Africa. Being in the presence of these gentle giants in…

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Duration: 4 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

6-day Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari

This comprehensive safari tour takes you through two of Uganda's most exciting national parks- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. In Bwindi, you will have the opportunity…

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Duration: 6 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

7-day Uganda Primate Tour

The best Uganda primate tour for those with time constraints, Safari Index's 7 Day Uganda Primate Tour is the perfect solution. Do a lot in a short period of time…

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Duration: 7 Days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Mountain Gorilla
Uganda Kob
Colobus Monkey
De Brazza's Monkey
Grey-Cheeked Mangabey
l'Hoest's Monkey
Red-tailed Monkey
Patas Monkey

Key Species

Mountain Gorilla
Western Lowland Gorilla
Ugandan Kob

Africa Green Broadbill
Black Bee-eater
Red-chested Owlet
Handsome Francolin

Gaboon Viper
Forest Cobra
African Rock Python

Great Lobelia

Savannah Woodland

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 5
Mammals: 9
Birds: 4.5
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 9
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