Welcome to Mushra Travel Agency! Mushra Travel Agency is an East Africa based Tours and Safari Operator company headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. We organize and execute gorilla trekking safaris, wildlife tours, mountaineering, rafting on river Nile, cultural tours and birding tours to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Malawi. Whether this is your very first trip to Africa or you have been here so many times, when you need unsurpassed experience in organizing your ideal African Safari holiday. Travel with us the experts.
We organize hundreds of Gorilla Trekking Safaris to Uganda and Rwanda. We are glad to share with you everything that you must know to prepare for a Gorilla Trekking Safari.
No African Safari tour is complete without seeing the Mountain Gorillas! There are only 700 – 880 Mountain gorillas remaining on earth. The majority live in the Virunga Mountains that straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of the gorillas live a wild existence, far from human reach. However, a handful of groups have been habituated and can be tracked and observed by small numbers of visitors under the watchful eyes of park rangers.
Going on gorilla trekking safari takes more effort, both time and money. It’s more expense than a traditional safari but ranked highly by travellers around the world. Every year, thousands of travellers go for Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The first thing to appreciate is that visiting mountain gorillas on a group tour can be quite expensive (going solo is often even more so). Gorillas exist in extremely remote mountainous locations, which means the logistics of a gorillas safari are a challenge. In fact the cost of a Gorilla Trekking permit can cover a wildlife-viewing safari in a top wilderness park in many parts of the world. The good news is, the gorilla trekking experience is completely worth it, it lasts a lifetime. Are you planning to go trekking? Here’s everything you need to know about gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda.
WHERE TO SEE GORILLAS IN UGANDA
Uganda is a larger country to explore than Rwanda, and it takes one day of driving to reach the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Entebbe. You can break this road trip with an overnight stay halfway at Lake Mburo for a wildlife viewing tour. Bwindi, the home of the Mountain Gorillas
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is best known for its Mountain Gorilla populations and gorilla trekking although, it also offers some of the finest montane forest birding in Africa and is a key destination for any birder doing a Safari to Uganda. Bwindi is one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age and it is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas.
GORILLA TREKKING IN RWANDA
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing”. It’s pretty costly though! Gorillas make their homes in and amongst the bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. You’ll be introduced by expert trackers and guides to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas and you can stay with them for an hour as they go about their daily lives.
Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours + depending on the family allocated to your group and their location. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel at seeing the gorillas! There are ten Gorilla families living in the Volcanoes National Park that are fully habituated and available for visits by the public (whilst others are habituated for scientific research purposes only) . Each family consists of at least one Silverback (but sometimes as many and four), along with several females and a group of youngsters.
COST OF GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI IN UGANDA AND RWANDA
A Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda is cheaper compared to Rwanda. You need $600 for a Gorilla trekking permit and $450 in the months of April, May and November (2016-2017). Uganda will not increase its gorilla trekking permits during the 2018/2019 period.