Mother and infant mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest, Uganda

Gorilla Trekking Uganda

from USD3,290

Duration:
5-14 days
Difficulty:
Moderate
Group Size:
2-6
Adventure:
Wildlife

Uganda is a geographically diverse nation that's an all-round delight for adventure travellers, but it's star attraction by far is its mountain gorilla population! A highlight of all of our itineraries, therefore, is trekking into the mountains to spend precious time with a troop. This is an experience few ever have the privilege to enjoy, and folks invariably come away with a sense of wonder and a heightened connection to both gorillas and the natural world.

Our itineraries

We have some exciting and varied itineraries that take you to see and experience the very best Uganda has to offer, but every itinerary includes a day spent trekking in the forest to find and spend time with endangered mountain gorillas!

Country info and facts

Here's what you need to know to plan a visit to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, like the local currency and best seasons.

Languages
Languages

English, Luganda

Currency
Currency

Ugandan shilling (USh)

Airports
Airports

You can fly into Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in Uganda or Kigali International Airport (KGL) in neighbouring Rwanda.

Seasons
Seasons

To avoid the rains, plan your gorilla trek for sometime between June and September, or between mid December and mid February. That said, know that you'll be trekking in a rainforest, where conditions are never exactly dry! To learn more, please read Best time of year for gorilla trekking.

Visa and Immigration
Visa and Immigration

You need to apply for and obtain a tourist visa online before heading to Uganda. Standard tourist visas last for three months. If you're also visiting another nearby country like Rwanda, you might like to obtain an East African visa instead.

Health and Safety
Health and Safety

It's recommended you have received all of the standard vaccinations before heading to Uganda. You should carry proof of a yellow fever vaccination if coming from a country with a known epidemic. And please ensure you check on the latest Covid-19 regulations for Uganda, as well as your airline of choice. East Africa is a malaria zone, so you may wish to consider taking anti-malaria medication. For the gorilla trek, wear long pants, a long-sleeved top and thick gloves, as discussed in Ultimate guide of what to pack for gorilla trekking.

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Local leaders

Simon leaping in air Uganda. Elena, Beatriz, Sophie photo

Gary Simon

Gary Simon (known as Simon!) was born in southwestern Uganda in a village called Kihihi, which is located between the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest. From a young stage Simon loved driving long distances and was passionate about knowing his country of Uganda by travelling to different destinations. He enjoys taking people around his home country, and can't wait to meet you!

Peter Nsubuga, Uganda local leader, profile pic

Peter Nsubuga

Peter was born during the guerilla war period in a rural village adjacent to Mabira Forest – the biggest tropical rainforest in central Uganda. The future wildlife addict is one of 11 children born to a builder and a farm-loving mother. He worked as a teacher for 12 years, then became a trained tour guide. Peter spends his free time mountain biking, listening to music, going to concerts, watching wildlife, hiking and doing photography.

Gary Simon in boat with clients, Uganda

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