Uganda offers two mountain Gorilla Trekking Destinations that are protecting half of the total world population of mountain gorilla species. Uganda’s, mountain gorilla experience can be encountered in two different protected areas which are famously known for conserving half of the world’s total population surviving in the world. Uganda’s prominent places to see mountain gorillas include Mgahinga Gorilla National park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, these two national parks are located near each other. Mgahinga gorilla national park is situated just near the border of Uganda and Rwanda. Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga are all located in the southwestern corner of Uganda.
The world offers different gorilla species that attract numerous travelers visiting such destinations. Uganda protects mountain gorillas which belong to the Eastern gorilla species and was listed among the threatened and endangered gorilla species by IUCN. Mountain gorillas can also be spotted in the Volcanoes national park of Rwanda and Virunga national park in DR Congo.
Environmental scientist has proven in 2020 that there is an increasing number of mountain gorillas that was estimated to be over 1,000 individual mountain gorillas worldwide but of which half of 1000 total mountain gorillas can be viewed in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park protects fewer mountain gorillas to be tracked on your Uganda primate safaris. And Uganda promises a massive increase in the Mountain gorilla population. Bwindi forest impenetrable national park is the most visited mountain gorilla trekking destination in Uganda with an increasing number of tourists every year, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park gorilla trekking experience is comprised of a group of 8 tourists maximumly per trek or per group.
Bwindi impenetrable national park harbors over 19 habituated mountain gorilla families situated in two subdivisions the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and the northern sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park mountain gorilla families include the Nshongi gorilla group, Bitukura group, Mishaya gorilla group, Rushara group, Nkuringo group, Oruzogo group, Mubare group, and Habinyanja group.
Mgahinga gorilla national park harbors only one habituated mountain gorilla group called the nyakagezi gorilla family, this habituated mountain gorilla group that is composed of 9 individuals with silverbacks. Mgahinga gorilla national park is closer to Volcanoes national park in Rwanda which makes this mountain gorilla group a migratory group sometimes.
In general, each mountain gorilla group is led by a dominant silverback whose duty is to protect their territories and the families from any kind of danger, the silverback protects the female gorillas, infants, Juveniles, and offspring.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga are the two major protected areas in Uganda where travelers can spot mountain gorillas in their natural environment.
During the dry season, it’s when mountain gorilla trekking experience is best done and gorilla tracking permits tend to be scarce but when there is high demand.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park offers countless accommodation facilities where travelers can stay while trekking mountain gorillas, Bwindi famous accommodation facilities that were constructed closer to popular four sectors of mountain gorilla families include, Buhoma sector of Bwindi, Ruhija sector of Bwindi, Nkuringo sector of Bwindi, and Rushanga sector of Bwindi. Accommodation facilities in Bwindi range from budget lodges to luxury style, including Ruhija gorilla lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, mountain clouds, Rushanga safari lodge, Nkuringo gorilla lodge, Gorilla heights lodge, Rushaga gorilla lodge, and many more. Mgahinga gorilla national park offers fewer accommodation options such as Amajambere Iwacu community camp which is budget in nature, silverback safari lodge, and Mount Gahinga.
Travelers must note that no tourists visit mountain gorilla destinations without gorilla trekking permits, we advised all travelers interested in mountain gorilla trekking experience to book prior to their travel date in order to avoid last-minute disappointments or missed arrangements. We recommend tourists to always book their gorilla trekking permits with their trusted tour operator in Uganda or else don’t hesitate to contact or email Devine African Safaris for more details about the mountain gorilla trekking safaris package.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park are all secure and safe places to be visited on your mountain gorilla trekking safari in Uganda throughout the year.