For many nature and wildlife lovers, an African safari is top of their must-do list. When most people think of an African safari, what comes to mind are images such as vast savannah plains, fearsome predators on the hunt, and spectacular bushveld sunsets. But there are so many more life-changing safari experiences to be had on the incredible continent of Africa. One such experience is a gorilla safari tour.
On a gorilla safari tour, you are given the chance to trek through the dense rainforests of central Africa, as you search for the magnificent mountain gorillas that are only found in a handful of African countries. You are led by armed and experienced guides and trackers. When you finally come upon the gorillas, you spend some time in their presence, observing them as they go about their daily activities. Being in the presence of these gentle giants in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience that will resonate with you on a primal level, and is one that you won’t easily forget.
There are only three African countries in which it is possible to do a gorilla safari tour: Uganda, Rwanda, and the Republic of the Congo. These countries are home to a host of game reserves and national parks, each protecting and conserving the dense rainforests that house the endangered gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda is the prime destination for a gorilla safari tour, with several well-established lodges offering comfortable accommodation and excellent guided treks. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park offers exceptional gorilla safari tours, as well as a chance to see a host of other species, including buffalo, forest elephant, and giant forest hog. Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of the Congo is lesser-known, but is still a fantastic destination for a gorilla safari tour. This remote park is perfect for those seeking true wilderness, and its luxurious safari lodges complete the experience.