Where to see gorillas
Best destinations for gorilla trekking
Gorilla trekking destination #2: Rwanda
National parks: Volcanoes National Park
Gorilla trekking permit cost: $1,500
Arrival airport: Kigali
Distance between the airport and Volcanoes National Park: 105 km (2h drive)
Best time to see gorillas
Frequently asked questions
Is Uganda or Rwanda better for gorilla trekking?
Gorilla trekking is easier but more expensive in Rwanda, while Uganda offers the opportunity to combine your experience with additional activities such as chimpanzee trekking. Price is often the main determining factor when deciding between the two, but you should also consider important factors such as the location where the trek starts and accommodation options when making your decision.
How can I get a gorilla trekking permit?
Permits can be secured online through a tour operator. Bear in mind: permits are extremely limited, so it’s best to obtain your permit as far in advance as possible, and at least 4-5 months before you intend to travel. Additional fees — such as national park and conservation fees — are often included with your tour price, but we’d recommend double-checking with your operator when you book.
What should I pack for my gorilla trek?
First and foremost, you’ll need to bring a good pair of hiking boots on your trek. Warm layering pieces — such as a down jacket, a hat, and gloves — are also essential, as well as long trousers. If you’re visiting during the wet season, be sure to bring a raincoat and waterproof clothing for added protection.
Is it safe to go on a gorilla trek?
Rwanda and Uganda are considered to be two of the safest countries for gorilla trekking. That being said, it’s imperative that you follow the rules and guidelines for gorilla trekking, and listen carefully to your guide at all times.
How to choose the right gorilla safari?
Do you want a budget-friendly safari with options for additional activities, or luxury accommodation and easy accessibility? Ultimately, your choice depends on your personal preferences and several important factors, including your budget, the type of accommodation you want, and the accessibility of the parks.
How can I book a gorilla safari?
The easiest way to book a gorilla safari is on TourRadar! Our tours are automatically listed in order of popularity, so you can check out the most highly rated tours right from the get-go. Explore our extensive range of gorilla trek tours now to find the perfect tour to suit you.
Top-rated gorilla tours
Uganda Gorilla Short Break4 days • (2)From $2,570
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Uganda Overland: Gorillas & Chimps9 days • (10)From $2,449$2,082
3 Day Gorilla Trekking Budget Safari in Uganda3 days • (5)From $1,214
10 Days Adventuring the Primates and Wildlife of Uganda - Private tour for 2 person10 days • (1)From $0
9 Days Rwanda Gorilla Experience & Safari9 days • (1)From $4,650
5 Days Uganda Primates Safari5 days • (1)From $2,300
3 Days Gorilla Trekking- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest3 days • (1)From $1,700
3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi impenetrable National Park in Uganda3 days • (3)From $1,500
4 Day Uganda Chimpanzee, Wildlife and Gorilla Safari4 days • (1)From $2,100
3 Days Gorilla trekking in Uganda from Kigali3 days • (2)From $1,456
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