Gorilla Safari Packages
It is often difficult to describe the feeling you get when you encounter the giant apes called Mountain gorillas for the first time. It is an emotional feeling that gives you thrills and an adrenaline rush! Its all yours the moment you book your safari with Insight Safari Holidays ! We can adjust every safari to suit your very needs.
Gorilla Trekking 3 days
Shortest trip to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas in Parc Des Volcanoes. Hot selling trip and budget friendly safari.
Primates of Rwanda 5 days
You will see the mountain gorillas in PNV before you visit the Chimpanzee in Nyungwe. Most popular trip to Rwanda.
Rwanda Gorillas & Wildlife 5 days
Besides the exciting gorilla tour, you will see the elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos,spotted hyenas and more.
Rwanda Grand Safari 9 days
The best of Rwanda, from mountain gorillas to various wildlife in the parks, the city, and everything that makes it a land of a thousand hills.
What is the Best Gorilla Safari Destination ?
You are definately looking for the best place to see the mountain gorillas, and the silver back. Well, its all up to you, they are mountain gorillas, almost living in the same habitat. The question to ask is whether its convenient for you to trek the Ugandan or Rwandan. This is because you need to consider other attractions in that country, as well as the price. Please contact us for advice on this.
Best time to go for gorilla trekking ?
While its possible for you to visit or see the mountain gorillas throught the year in either Uganda and Rwanda, most tourists choose between July and September due to other reasons such as nature of jobs, the seasons of the year and general travel trends, but you can track the gorillas at any time of the year, its always the same experience. Our own experience about what most clients have preferred as the best time of the year to visit the gorillas is June, July and August since its considered a dry season… April and May as well as October are tricky due to the rains (not heavy though) making it difficult due to steep terrains.
How to get Budget Gorilla Safari Tours?
Just like any other travel destinations, its important to book earlier and avoid high peak seasons. You need to choose your lodge or accommodation carefully. Sometimes working with a tour operator can save you lots of money. There are many guides around the internet which will instruct you to get to a bus up to Kabale and find your way to view the gorillas in Bwindi. But this is not easy at all. For whatever reasons you have, please use a tour operator in order to have a successful safari. You can think of a cheap gorilla tour but in the end, it can turn out to be expensive.
What Else to do after a Gorilla Tracking ?
There are countless opportunities! In Rwanda you can take a dian fossey trek, visit Nyungwe and Akagera parks for wildlife trips. In Uganda you can visit other primates such as the chimpanzee, baboons and monkey species. Sorry you wont find the Orangutans here! You can visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for the tree climbing lions. You can also visit Other East African destinations such as Kenya and Tanzania.
Can You Adopt a gorilla ?
You can adopt a gorilla in Rwanda or Uganda using the sponsorship projects of conservation organizations such as friend a gorilla. Since these mountain gorillas are endangered, your contribution to conservation is very much called for.
The age limit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda is 15 years of age. While its possible for you to have an excellent gorilla safari with your kids, sometimes its rather hard. Trekking requires some level of physical fitness.
Both in Uganda and Rwanda, the mountain gorillas contribute to the local community often branded as poor. There are so many eco tourism projects. Most of the lodges around the parks do contribute to mission schools, health centers and cultural conservation. We arrange gorilla conservation trips in Uganda and Rwanda
How much does it cost to see gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda ?
A gorilla permit costs $ 500 in Uganda and $ 750 in Rwanda. The cheapest safari you can ever get is close to $ 1300 per person. Some tourists prefer to contact UWA or ORPTN for the permits directly but its far better if you went through a travel agent. Remember that there are different gorilla groups and in Uganda, you need to get a permit which corresponds to where you will be staying.
What Clothes to Wear ?
You are definitely going to be in a forest. This means you will need khaki clothes covering your body, and for your foot wear, you will need trekking boots, rain jacket and so much more. On your checklist or packing list of what to carry, your camera is a must, drinking water and a few snacks if possible,
Gorilla Expedition or Hiking in Uganda
Many tourist have found the gorilla adventure worth their time and money. Even the elderly have enjoyed the gorilla families in Rwanda and Uganda.
Gorilla Photo Tours
Most of the clients enjoy photographic safaris. we can help you choose the best gorilla family which is good for photo taking. Video coverage is free as long as you have paid for your permit of course, but Mountain gorilla filming costs $ 1000, this is because you are given extra time with the gorillas.
Where to stay?
There are various lodges close to the National parks for all budgets, affordable, mid-range, luxury or even super luxury, it all depends on the cost and what you are likely to spend on. Gorilla Trips to Uganda and Rwanda and gorilla viewing and sightseeing tours.
Africa is blessed to be a home to more than 500,000 gorillas that can be classified into the western lowland gorillas, mountain gorillas and the eastern lowland gorillas. Many of these gorillas live in the forested landscape of Central Africa and weigh approximately 250kg for a fully grown adult.
Africa’s largest population of gorillas is the western lowland gorillas that live in the Congo River basin however; the mountain gorillas are more prominent on gorilla safaris in Africa.
Mountain Gorilla Safari
Nearly 600 mountain gorillas live in the lush forested slopes of central Africa’s mountains making Africa home to the last surviving mountain gorillas in the world. Due to extensive poaching and deforestation of the different gorilla habitats in Africa, the mountain gorillas have been classified as a critically endangered species that could soon be wiped out on the face of the earth.
It was not until 1902 that the mountain gorillas became known to European and the world through several studies of naturalists like George Schaller who studied their behavior for 20 years until 1959 and Dian Fossey during 1960-1970. ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, a diary and best selling book by Dian Fossey further introduced the giant apes to the world. A film in the same name was released in the1980’s based on her works in Congo’s rain forests.
Today, Gorilla conservation efforts are enormous thanks to the growing tourist potential on Gorilla watching in Africa. There are many awareness campaigns and international funding for mountain gorilla conservation which reflects in the raising numbers of gorillas. This implies that the next generation can be proud to find these primates safe in their natural habitat!
Mountain gorillas are found in the mountain ranges on the border of Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda. Although it is a small area, these giant primates have been able to survive in the thick rainforest of this region for decades and are carefully adapted to this cold weather. The mountain gorillas have a longer and thick coat of fur that the lowland gorillas do not have. There are mainly vegetarian and feed on leaves, wild fruits, stems, vines and some insects like ants from which they get protein nutrients.
The mountain gorillas live in groups, preferably called families of up to 20 members although some have roughly 6-50 members. An adult male often leads the family and is identified by a coat of silver fur that grows on its back at the age of 15. Although the families of gorillas are headed by one sexually mature silverback, the group can have more than one silverback male, 3 females and a pack of juveniles and infants. The female gorillas are identified by the less pronounced crests on their heads. They are often loyal to the dominant male in the group they live in and only give birth to only its offspring.
The gorilla families are diurnal and their trail is 1km everyday. They are ever on the move in search of food and this helps preserve their habitat and protect the family against possible threats like poaching by humans and potential predators like leopards that attack the infants and juveniles.
Nevertheless, mountains gorillas are only endangered by increasing human activity like poaching. Poachers are often paid off well for souvenirs of gorilla heads and hands!