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20 June 2024

Bwindi Forest Gorilla Trekking – A Comprehensive Guide

A Bwindi gorilla trekking adventure is a life-changing experience, offering an intimate encounter with these gentle giants amidst a backdrop of vibrant flora and fauna. The park's rugged terrain, mist-shrouded valleys, and diverse wildlife create an unforgettable setting for this unique wildlife encounter.
24 April 2024

Are Gorillas Primates?

Yes, gorillas are indeed primates! They are part of a group of mammals known for their intelligence, hands and feet designed for grasping, and forward-facing eyes. Gorillas are classified as apes, not monkeys. Apes generally have larger bodies, no tails, and more complex brains compared to monkeys, which means they are even more closely related to humans. Read on to know more!
31 March 2024

Best Time To See Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda

The best time to visit Uganda and Rwanda to see gorillas is during the dry season from June to September. The weather during this time offers optimum gorilla trekking. The trails are relatively navigable and the rainforests have less downpours. But there are other factors to consider. Find out in this article.
18 November 2023

The Mountain Gorilla Family – Structure, Social, & Daily Life

This article aims to showcase how a mountain gorilla family in the jungles of East Africa navigates its natural habitat, from its intricate nest-building rituals to its foraging habits and parental care. We will delve into the daily lives of a mountain gorilla family, highlighting their unique social structure and behaviors.
4 November 2023

The Life of Dian Fossey And Her Devotion to Gorilla Conservation

Her extraordinary journey not only transformed our understanding of these gentle giants but also paved the way for the thriving gorilla tourism industry we see today. Join me on a journey through Dian's life, her work with gorillas, and the lasting impact she has left on the world of conservation.
2 October 2023

Accessing Gorilla Trekking in Uganda From Kigali International Airport, Rwanda.

A scenic drive from Kigali of about 5 hours, including border crossing, will take you directly to the gorilla sanctuary in Uganda. This is much quicker than the 10-11 hour drive from Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Find out more about the convenience of accessing gorilla trekking in Uganda from Kigali.
25 August 2023

How Difficult Is Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda?

The gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda presents a blend of challenges and rewards. While the difficulty varies based on factors like age, fitness level, group allocation, terrain, weather, and altitude, the experience is one that offers a unique opportunity to connect with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. So, if you're ready to embrace the excitement and wonder of encountering gorillas up close, don't let the potential challenges deter you. Read on!
15 August 2023

Gorilla Photography 101: The Art of Capturing Perfect Portraits

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda offers an unparalleled experience, and photographing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is a captivating and rewarding art form. However, due to their unpredictable behavior in a natural setting, photographing gorillas effectively requires patience, practice, and skill. Here are 9 tips for great gorilla photography.
14 August 2023

Gorilla Trekking vs. Gorilla Habituation Experience

For those seeking an intimate encounter with these remarkable animals, Uganda Wildlife Authority offers two popular options: gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation. While both experiences provide unique insights into the lives of these endangered creatures, they present distinct approaches and experiences. Let's explore these differences.
12 August 2023

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale Forest, Uganda

Embark on a unique journey in Kibale Forest, Uganda, with the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, immersing yourself in the secret lives of chimpanzees, gaining insights into their intricate behaviors, and playing a vital role in the conservation of these remarkable creatures and their habitat.
13 July 2023

Gearing up for Gorilla Trekking, Here’s What to Wear

When gearing up for a gorilla trekking adventure in Africa's rainforest, proper preparation for what to wear for the jungle experience is vital to ensuring a safe and comfortable hike. For a comfortable gorilla trek, choose lightweight and breathable clothing that protects you from the elements, wear long pants and sleeves to protect against scratches and insect bites, and don't forget a rain jacket and sturdy hiking boots with good traction. Find more information on what you should pack in this article.
12 July 2023

The Top 8 Incredible Facts About Mountain Gorillas

The world of nature is full of wonders and surprises, and one of the most fascinating creatures is the mountain gorilla. From their exceptional intelligence and social skills to their unique physical features and behaviors, there is no shortage of incredible facts about mountain gorillas to capture your imagination. 
8 July 2023

Trekking Gorillas in Africa: An Adventure Like No Other

The thrilling adventure into East Africa's pristine jungles to meet the majestic gorillas is an experience like no other. The trek deep in the ancient rainforests is a once-in-a-lifetime encounter that will bring you the closest you can get to Africa gorillas in a natural setting. But how do people manage to trek to those ancient jungles and get up close with these gentle giants? This post will provide an explanation.
25 June 2023

Non-Traditional Safari Experiences You Must Try

There are numerous ways to tailor your safari experience and witness abundant wildlife. Explore alternatives to the conventional Land Cruiser by opting for a walking safari, horseback riding, or even trekking wild primates in Uganda's tropical forests. This article highlights ten safaris with a unique twist you must try.
21 June 2023

What is a Gorilla Permit and Why Do You Need One?

Imagine the thrill of encountering mountain gorillas in their lush rainforest home. This dream becomes a reality with a gorilla permit, your official ticket to this unforgettable experience. A gorilla permit is a government-issued pass that grants access to track and observe mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, while also supporting conservation efforts. Read on for how to get the permit and where!
1 March 2023

What is The Average Cost of Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & Rwanda?

The cost of your gorilla trekking adventure will primarily depend on the price of the gorilla permit. Currently, Uganda's permits cost $800 USD (from July 2024), while Rwanda's permits are priced significantly higher at $1,500 USD per person. Don't forget to factor in additional expenses like accommodation, meals, and transportation, which can average around $490 USD per day for a comfortable stay with meals included. For more specific cost breakdowns, read on.
12 December 2022

12 Fascinating Facts About Silverback Mountain Gorillas

The silverbacks are male gorillas that develop a silver coat on their backs as they age (at about 15 years old). Mountain gorillas live in patriarchal groups, and the silverback heads the family, with several females (usually related) and young ones. The great apes' social lives can be related to basic human families. Here's our list of 10 other facts about silverback mountain gorillas that you will find fascinating.
15 October 2022

Nkuringo Gorilla Group — Late Silverback Rafiki’s Family

Gorilla tourism started in Nkuringo in April 2004 after the habituation of the group that started in 1996. At the leadership of Nkuringo Silverback patriarch, and later Rafiki, Nkuringo group has flourished within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest jungles to form other groups like Christmas. the death of Rafiki (25) on June 1, 2020 has left the group with no leadership and a cloudy future. this post is dedicated to the slain leader.
30 March 2022

The Chimpanzee Experience in Uganda

Imagine trekking through a lush Ugandan rainforest, the air alive with the calls of unseen primates. Suddenly, you spot them – chimpanzees swinging through the trees, grooming each other, their eyes sparkling with intelligence. This is the chimpanzee experience in Uganda, an unforgettable adventure that brings you face-to-face with our closest relatives. Want to know how to make this dream a reality? Read on!
3 February 2022

Plan Your Gorilla Tracking Adventure in Rwanda With Expert Guidance

Seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda's untamed mountain jungles is a hot adventure item finding growing popularity with intrepid travellers eying Africa for summer getaways. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, bushwhacking through a seemingly boundless expanse of the thick misty jungle on the slopes of the imposing Virunga Mountains, is an experience like no other.
29 January 2022

The Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Adventure in Uganda

Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the rugged, lush rainforests and walk with the great apes of Uganda on a gorilla and chimpanzee trekking adventure. Spend a day observing the snobbish chimpanzees bands with a primatologist, and track mountain gorillas in the misty mountain jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
25 September 2021

Where To See Gorillas in Africa

The best places to go on a gorilla trek and see gorillas in Africa are Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. These two destinations offer the best gorilla trekking safaris that can easily be extended to other epic wildlife experiences like Masai Mara and Serengeti. Read on for more.
4 September 2020

The Uganda Gorilla Baby Boom in Bwindi

7 baby gorillas have been born in 2020 so far, compared to just 3 in the whole of 2019 leading to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to declare a “baby boom” in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. What does Uganda's gorilla baby boom in Bwindi mean to the population of mountain gorillas in East African jungles & gorilla trekking tourism.
30 July 2020

Rafiki Gorilla Gets Justice

The best news coming to the Uganda wildlife conservation efforts and the tourism sector is that the most loved silverback mountain gorilla Rafiki can finally rest in peace, thanks to the 2019 Uganda Wildlife Act and the Kabale Chief Magistrate's Court. On July 30, 2020 the court sentenced Byamukama Felix to 11 years in prison for killing Rafiki the Silverback of Nkuringo Gorilla group and other wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, according the UWA press release.
14 November 2018

Uganda’s Gorilla Groups in Bwindi & Mgahinga

Uganda is home to 20 gorilla families that are open for tourism. 19 of these families can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and visitors can explore them from any of the four trailheads located in the park's four corners. The remaining gorilla family has about 10 members and is situated in Mgahinga National Park.
Bwindi Forest Gorilla Trekking – A Comprehensive Guide
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