Africa is home to the three best countries in the world for a gorilla safari. Uganda, Rwanda and Congo have made a name for themselves in the primate safari industry as the leading destinations for travelers seeking gorilla treks through untamed, pristine rain forests in search of these elusive primates.
The experience of encountering mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is said to be a life-changing and eye-opening moment that has become an unforgettable memory for all who have had the privilege to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a mountain gorilla in the wild, Uganda and Rwanda are the places to be. Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park, and the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda are some of the last remaining places on earth to see these formidable creatures in their natural habitat. Discover the wildlife, flora, and fauna of these stunning countries on a jungle safari.
Spend time in Rwanda on the amazing adventure is jam-packed with exciting activities and unforgettable experiences. Your home away from home is the charming Volcanoes Virunga Lodge. The lodge provides a comfortable yet luxurious stay and boasts the most incredible views of the surrounding extinct volcanoes, lush forestry and tranquil Lakes Burera and Ruhonda that make up Volcanoes National Park.
The highlight of your trip will, naturally, be the time you spend in search of and observing the mountain gorilla family in their natural habitat. When not on your gorilla trek, enjoy tracking Rwanda’s other endangered primates, the golden monkeys, or take a scenic stroll to pioneering primatologist Dian Fossey’s grave, as well as the gorilla cemetery she founded as a resting place for poached gorillas.
You’ll be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a tropical forest wonderland filled with dramatic landscapes and majestic wildlife. Naturally, it’s in Bwindi’s pristine forest that you’ll get the life-changing opportunity to encounter the four known habituated gorilla families that live in the mountains.
Uganda and Rwanda are two of Africa’s newest and most exciting safari destinations, and this trip takes you through the countries’ premier gorilla trekking destinations, Bwindi and Volcanoes National Parks. Besides enjoying ethical encounters with majestic primates, you’ll also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the pristine, untamed nature of these vibrant nations.
The journey begins in Entebbe, Uganda, or Kigali, Rwanda before heading to Lake Mutanda and on to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes National Park for your gorilla safari. Visits to the Nkuringo and Batwa people, as well as the Rwanda’s Genocide Memorial Centre and Miles Collines Hotel will provide plenty of cultural enrichment while on your African adventure.