Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safaris are a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience. Get up close and personal with the big apes of Africa on one of these primate trekking safaris. See our primal relatives in their natural environment in the African jungles of Uganda and Rwanda. It is said that watching a gorilla or chimpanzee in its natural habitat is like looking back on the old human psyche. Here are some great tours, lodges and camps from which gorilla treks and chimpanzee walking safaris take place.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is found in northern Rwanda, right on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park. The park is known for its populations of the mountain gorilla, and here guests can experience the once-in-a-lifetime experience of trekking these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. The lodge can be found in the foothills of Mount Karisimbi, a volcanic mountain…

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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 to track and interact with endangered mountain gorillas- a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will embark on game drives, and have a chance to spot a…

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Uganda 10-day Ultimate Primate Safari

This jam-packed safari tour takes you on an all-encompassing adventure through the wild and beautiful national parks of Uganda. You will have the opportunity to hike through the forests of Kibale and Bwindi, tracking chimpanzees and endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. You will enjoy game drives in Ishasha, where you will get to see the rare and amazing…

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Rwanda 12-Day Gorilla and Birding Tour

Rwanda, also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills’, is rich in natural beauty and wildlife diversity. According to Birdlife International, three national parks in Rwanda are classified as Important Birding Areas (IBAs). These are the Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, and Nyungwe National Park. The country is also a top destination for a primate safari, with the…

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Greystoke Lodge, Mahale

Greystoke Mahale is a magical luxury safari camp perched on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania’s Mahale Mountains National Park. The adventure starts before guests even reach the camp- after transferring to Mahale, a large wooden dhow is used to carry guests over to the camp. The camp’s main area is made up of a thatch-roofed main lodge with…

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Nyungwe House

Nyungwe House is found on the edge of Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park. Nyungwe is the largest mountain rainforest in Africa, and is home to more than 13 primate species, and represents 20% of all the primate species on the continent. The lodge is situated on a tea plantation, and is designed to blend in wonderfully with its beautiful surroundings.…

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The PeakSpot Lodge, Rwanda

The PeakSpot Lodge is located on the slopes of Mount Sabyinyo in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Northeast of Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes, Mount Sabyinyo is an extinct volcano in the Virunga Mountains. The slopes of Mount Sabyinyo are a habitat for the Mountain Gorilla and are also home to various bird species. The camp provides…

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Affordable Gorilla Encounter Overland Tour

Although the gorilla trekking is the main focus of this popular overland camping tour, there is also chimpanzee trekking, boat cruising, pygmy visits, orphanage visits, bird-watching and other activities to keep you entertained. The tour departs from Uganda's capital Kampala before travelling down to Lake Bunyonyi with its dramatic island scattered views. After this its time to search for the…

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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 with highlights including visiting 3 of Uganda's premier national parks (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibali Forest and Queen Elizabeth) in search of gorillas, chimpanzees and Africa's traditional big game species. One…

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Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Bwindi

The delightful Nkuringo Gorilla Camp is a beautiful rustic lodge located on the Nteko Ridge with beautiful views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda. Nkuringo offers a superb base from which to embark on your guided gorilla trekking excursion. The Nkuringo section of forest is home to a group of semi-habituated Mountain Gorillas which are seen on…

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