Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

“Undertake two separate - and sometimes challenging - treks to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Permits will need to be booked in advance as part of this week-long tailor made tour. ”


Lake Victoria | Queen Elizabeth National Park | Ishasha Wilderness Camp | Bwindi Forest National Park | Experienced guides and trackers | Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Volcanoes National Park | Two gorilla treks (30mins - 6hrs) |

Description of Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

Nothing can prepare you for your first sight of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. So close to humans but yet so far away and still, frighteningly, an endangered species. This eight day gorilla trekking tour allows travellers access to two separate gorilla troops in Uganda and Rwanda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda provides a challenging trek to observe mountain gorillas on Day five of this suggested tailor made tour. Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park gives you another opportunity to hike through the forests to watch gorillas on the penultimate day.

Before your gorilla trekking adventures begin you’ll also be invited to watch wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. As part of the Great Rift Valley this protected park has become a haven for wildlife with elephants, leopards, lions, hippos, buffalos, baboons and a huge array of birds all known to inhabit the savannah plains, mountainous forests and plentiful waterways.

Rwanda is also blessed with an abundance of wildlife watching options. Volcanoes National Park is well known for its rich flora and fauna and finding out more about the country’s all too recent horrific past puts into context conversations with local guides as well as inviting you to visit the genocide museum in Kigali before finally heading for home.

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2020: 17 Jan, 15 May, 3 Jul, 14 Aug, 11 Sep
Accessible tourism overview:
This trip can be tailored for guests with numerous accessible needs and can also be organised with your own driver/guide.
Limited mobility:
A throne chair is available at an additional cost, porters are able to carry the guests with disabilities to see the primates. Accommodation and rooms on the ground level; Door to door transfers if privately guided.
A throne chair is available at an additional cost, porters are able to carry the guests with disabilities to see the primates. Wheelchair accessible rooms can be booked, wheelchair accessible attractions and restaurants suggested for clients.
blind or limited vision:
This trip can be tailored for guests with limited vision, particularly trips with private/driver guides.
'free from' food:
All dietary requirements catered for; our providers are very well versed in handling a variety of dietary requirements.

Responsible tourism

Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


The camps and lodges are small establishments catering for a maximum of 20 guests and with an ecological footprint as small as possible whilst at the same time ensuring that international standards and visitor expectations are met.

Construction is from local materials, for example commercially farmed wood, with designs that do not require huge foundations and thick brick walls or use canvas tents that can be easily removed at the end of the term of occupation.

Power sources are predominately solar which are used for lighting and limited power supply for charging of computers and cameras. We do not generally offer facilities for hair dryers and other items needing large amounts of power.

Water heating is done with efficient refuse burners or wood fired stoves that use shavings and off cuts from the local saw mills. No indigenous trees or supplies from within National Park areas are used.

Water supplies are rainfall and gravity fed whenever possible, but where pumps are used they are small independent ones that are linked to storage facilities where it can be efficiently monitored. Use of water is strictly controlled with “bush showers” being used as opposed to piped in water in our tented camps.

Low flush toilet systems are installed where possible at the camps /lodges and all the linen, towels and other washing is done by hand and sun dried rather than commercial washing machines and dryers.

Guests are encouraged to not have fresh linen / towels each and every day as an added way to also saving on water usage.

Waste disposal systems are designed and implemented in line with Ugandan environmental laws and international practices.


We support local industry by buying as many products manufactured within Uganda as possible when designing and building the lodge or camp – woven bed spreads, local furniture, matting, baskets and local art for décor.

We employ local Ugandan staff in our lodges and camps including in management positions. We also actively encourage their growth and advancement within the organisation often with internal training to assist in this process. Our first source of staff is always from the local communities around the area where the lodge / camp is based and only if skills required are not available do we search elsewhere.

Supplies of fresh food are done locally whenever possible. Menus are tailored to utilise the best of the fresh fruit and vegetables currently available – this is generally a seasonal thing as within Uganda there is a large range of suitable fresh produce available. Local community projects such as Amagara vegetable project in Bwindi are used for the regular supply of fresh items.

Dry goods and manufactured goods are also purchased locally with the emphasis on Ugandan products – tea, coffee, honey, flour, and sugar to name a few. We avoid using products of manufacturing companies known to not be eco-friendly, e.g. recently there was a sugar company involved in a dispute over use of primary forest land and we no longer purchase their brand of sugar.

1 Reviews of Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing elephants swim, watching lions in trees, observing a leopard with its kill, and mingling with the gorillas.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be is good physical shape.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a fantastic. Our guide/driver Patrick was outstanding!!!!!

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