Bwindi Gorilla Trekking

Bwindi Gorilla Trekking – The Best Gorilla Safari Experiences in Uganda

Bwindi Gorilla Trekking is the most amazing safari activity in the world of mountain gorillas in the region. Gorillas in Uganda live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a park that has almost half of Mountain gorilla population in the world. There are only 4 park in the world where mountain gorillas live. These include Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. Bwindi forest, divided into 4 gorilla trekking sectors where visitors go to see gorillas in the wild. Every sector of Bwindi is further subdivided into gorilla families available for trekking by 8 visitors per day.

To trek gorillas in Bwindi, you must have a gorilla permit issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). These UWA permits are sold at USD 600 each and USD 1500 for the Gorilla Habituation Experience. Bwindi gorilla trekking is done in Buhoma Sector, Rushaga Sector, Nkuringo Southern Sector and Ruhija Gorilla region. Buhoma is found in the north of Bwindi, Nkuringo and Rushaga in the south of the park and Ruhija in the east of the impenetrable forest.

Bwindi Gorilla Safari Packages

Tips for Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Gorilla Permit Booking

Ensure that you book tour gorilla trekking permit in time to save yourself from disappointments due to late attempted bookings. Contact your safari organiser in time to ensure that your permit is secured. A Uganda gorilla permit costs USD 600 which you need to put as deposit for your safari. Uganda Wildlife Authority Gorilla Permits are sold to whoever comes first  and they tend to be very competetive for high season months of July, August, September, December, January and February. At least book a permit 6 months in advance or a year and above.

Know What to Pack for a Gorilla Safari

After booking a gorilla permit, at least you are assured of visiting gorillas in Bwindi. Now the next step is to know what to pack for the gorilla trip. Do not to carry hiking shoes, cameras, insect repellants, Garden Gloves, Rain Jacket, Long Sleeved Shirts/Blouse, Binoculars, Energy Giving snacks plus a Hat and Sun Glasses among others. Read More about what to pack for a gorilla tracking safari.

Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations

These trekking rules and guidelines are very essential for the safety and health of the Mountain gorillas and human beings. To enjoy the gorilla adventure in Bwindi, ensure that you follow the rules as briefed to you by the park guides and rangers. You are likely to affect yourself or the gorillas if you do against the regulations.

Gorilla Trekking Sectors in Bwindi National Park and their Families

Nkuringo Southern Sector

  • Nshonji Gorilla Group
  • Mishaya Gorilla Group
  • Kahungye Gorilla Family
  • Busingye Gorilla Group
  • Bweza Gorilla Group

Ruhija Sector

  • Oruzogo Gorilla Group
  • Bitukura Gorilla Family
  • Kyaguliro Gorilla Group
  • Mukiza Gorilla Family

Buhoma Sector

  • Mubare Gorilla Family
  • Habinyanja Gorilla Group
  • Rushegura Gorilla Family
  • Katwe Gorilla Family

Rushaga Sector 

  • Nshonji Gorilla Group
  • Mishaya Gorilla Group
  • Kahungye Gorilla Family
  • Busingye Gorilla Group
  • Bweza Gorilla Group

Getting to Bwindi for Gorilla Safaris

Bwindi forest is reacheable from Kampala, Entebbe or Kigali. You can drive from Kigali to Bwindi, transfer by vehicle from Kampala to the park or fly to Kihihi or Kisoro Airtsrips are trek gorillas.