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Well known for organizing the best Rwanda Gorilla tours  as well as Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali and congo gorilla safaris, Gorilla Adventure tours ensures all tour packages cover those willing to see gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo affordable budget rates. Only 8 people per group can trek these endangered apes.

Gorilla Adventure tours will not only guide you to a memorable gorilla trek, but  will craft you hilarious Rwanda Wildlife tours, Primate tracking tours, Rwanda Culture Tours as well as Bird watching tours, Nature & community safaris, Kigali city tours and Rwanda Cultural safaris that takes you to Ibyiwacu cultural village and to the genocide memorials centers.
Enjoy guided gorilla trekking tour with the best Gorilla trekking company `Gorilla Adventure tours`, with experience of over 10 years of organizing successful trips of mountain gorillas tracking in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo.

We combine Rwanda Gorilla trekking tours together with many more adventurous activities within and around the different national parks in east Africa that including Congo Nile trail and Coffee tours.

In the whole world, mountain gorillas are found in East Africa nationals parks that is to say Volcanoes National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Virunga National Park.

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Rwanda is a landlocked country located in east Africa bordered by Uganda, Tanzania and Congo. The country is covered by steep hills (that’s why its called the land of a thousand hills) and valleys with its highest point being Karisimbi in the Virunga mountains. Rwanda is a peaceful country with black history of Genocide against Tutsi 1994, with hospitable people rich with culture, mountain gorillas, amazing lakes, mountains and great climate with cool sunshine and rainfall. With Rwanda attractions opportunities to see wildlife, gorilla trekking and culture as well as hike and relax.

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Gorilla Adventure tours will tailor your gorilla trekking tours which is the most safari activity in Africa  alongside bird watching and wildlife safari packages to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Virunga national park in Congo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga in Uganda.

Choose from our list of well customized Rwanda gorilla safaris, Uganda gorilla safarisa and Congo gorilla tours  by our expert guides. We ensure we meet your idea of a memorable African adventure.

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done at Volcanoes National park, as you go for gorilla trek in Rwanda, there other activities including Golden Monkey trekking, Visiting the Musanze caves, a visit to the iby’lwacu cultural center, Dian fossey hike, Mount Bisoke hiking. You can also opt to visit other Rwanda parks including Akagera national park for wildlife and Nyugnwe forest national park for chimpanzees and other primates.

There are two parks in Uganda where you can go mountain gorilla trekking including Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. There are several other activities that can be done in Uganda since the country has several other game parks which you can visit before or after your gorilla trek. Some destinations you can visit if you have longer safari days in Uganda include the Murchison falls national park, Kibale forest national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mburo national Park, Rwenzori Mountains National park and many others.

The DR Congo has both the mountain gorillas and lowland gorillas which can be tracked in Virunga national park and Kahuzi- Biega national park respectively. While planning a congo gorilla trek, among additional activities to consider include hiking mountain Nyiragongo an active Volcano.

Where can I go for gorilla trekking tour?

Uganda gorilla trekking is in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and  Mgahinga gorilla National park, in Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is in the Volcanoes National park and Virunga National parks, Congo gorilla safaris done in the virunga National game park.

Each National park is different from the other in terms of location, access, and the number of habituated gorilla families.
Bwindi National Impenetrable park has the highest number of mountain gorillas with 17 gorilla families habituated for trekking, Volcanoes has 10 gorilla families, Mgahinga has one gorilla family while Virunga national park has 8 gorilla families habituated for trekking.

When is the best time for Rwanda gorilla tours?

The best time for Rwanda gorilla tours is June, July, August and September. Gorilla Adventure tours recommends, January and February as the best time, due to the climate in Rwanda. Uganda Gorilla tours too can be done in the same period, as the average temperatures of Uganda are at 21.5 C and 71 F, these also drop at night time to around 54 F which affects the altitude.

Rwanda gorilla tours permits, cost and availability

To qualify to go for Rwanda Gorilla trekking tour, you will need to secure a valid permit for trekking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park. During the peak seasons mentioned above, it is quite difficult to obtain a permit and therefore, we recommend that you plan ahead and book your permit at least 3 months earlier to avoid final-day frustrations.

Gorilla Adventure tours, as the leading tour company in Rwanda, will make all the necessary arrangements to buy your permits and will make sure a copy is sent to you within the shortest possible time, we will also go ahead and organize your transport and accommodation in line with the Rwanda Gorilla trekking Itinerary. Contact us today

Rwanda gorilla trekking tour permit costs US$ 1,500 per person, for a one-hour visit to a particular assigned gorilla family. However, there are special discounted gorilla permits for travelers spending a minimum of three nights in either Nyungwe Forest National Park or Akagera National Park during the months of November to May. The discount comes at a 30% discount – (US$ 1,050) per person.

How fit should I be for  a Rwanda gorilla trekking tour?

You may need to be physically fit to a certain level to go for gorilla trekking in Rwanda. However, being honest with your trekking abilities will help to enhance your overall enjoyment of the experience as you will be assigned a gorilla group basing on that fitness ability. The whole experience of gorilla trekking safari doesn’t generally require a fitness level since throughout the trek, you will be walking slowly, and in groups, with time for peculiar breaks if needed. Depending on which group you track, and the time of year you go, you might find yourself walking on some pretty steep slopes for several hours.

What to Expect on the Gorilla Trekking Day in Rwanda?

On a Rwanda gorilla tour, it is much recommended that trekkers book nearby hotels and lodges that are closer to the parks so that you can enjoy your sleep and wake up comfortably to set off for the early morning briefing by ranger guides at the Park.

At exactly 7:00 sharp, all those trekking the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda that day are expected to gather at the park offices for a guideline briefing on rules and regulations, Do, and Don’ts of Rwanda gorilla trekking safari.

In about just an hour, you will finish the briefing and you will eventually begin the hike into the jungle. Visitors are led through to the jungle by trained guides as they clear the bushes and thick forests to create a clear path till you finally come across the endangered mountain gorillas. Depending on your physical fitness levels and strength, you may find the hike strenuous and tiresome, this is why it is recommended to specify your hiking abilities at the time of booking the tour package.

Once you encounter  the Mountain gorillas, you will be more than thrilled to them and they will as well be acquitted to human presence. On a very close range, you will be able to see that a giant mature silverback male gorilla is huge and heavy, and may weigh about 200kg, or even 3 times the overall weight of an average man, however, the anxiety normally disappears once you set eyes on the group.

You are not allowed to move less than 7 meters close to gorillas to safeguard them from contagious human diseases.

The climate in Musanze ( 1,700m above sea level) is mostly cold. Please carry along with warm clothing.

Can I take photos during Rwanda Gorilla tours?

If you’re a keen at taking photos, taking your own pictures of mountain gorillas is one of the most magical photo moments you’ll ever experience with Rwanda gorilla tours. Do bear in mind that the light can be poor in the rain forest and that use of flash is not permitted. You might also need to protect your camera against heavy rain.

How many people are allowed to track the gorillas per day ?

8 people are allowed to visit a gorilla family each day. In Uganda, there are 10 habituated gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and therefore can host up to 80 people tacking the gorillas on a single day. This also applies to Rwanda.

What is the age limit for gorilla trekking?

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Uganda or Congo must be 15 years of age and above. Visitors below 15 years are not allowed to trek mountain gorillas despite his/her physical appearance and capabilities. Age limit is put to ensure the safety of travelers and mountain gorillas in the jungle. However, if a child is almost making 15 years, his/her parent can sign an agreement as fully responsible for anything that may happen to the child during the trekking time. The letter is written and signed by the parent and then submitted to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or Rwanda Development Board (RDB) for confirmation.

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Are you looking forward to visiting the Gorilla Families in Rwanda? Trekking Mountain Gorillas is probably one of the most captivating activities in Africa. In Rwanda, the gorilla adventure tour can only be done in one place and that’s Volcanoes National park. There are currently 10 habituated Mountain Gorilla families in Rwanda and these are visited by 8 visitors to each gorilla family every day, meaning there are over 80 gorilla permits issued out on a daily basis in Rwanda. Each gorilla family among these 10 habituated gorilla groups has something unique to offer which may be in terms of character, size, dominance and more. Some groups are led by Silverbacks that are very peaceful and if you indeed portray the same then it would be recommended to bond with a peaceful family. Rwanda is very popular for gorilla trekking and conservation due to the works of Diana Fossey who spent many years studying the behaviors of Mountain gorillas and how to conserve these endangered great apes. Let’s now take a look at the gorilla families that are available for gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

Susa Gorilla Family

Susa group also known as Susa A group is the biggest of all Gorilla families in Rwanda with over 33 members. The most exciting things about Susa A are the twins in this group and of course the size. It’s also the first group that Dian Fossey first studied during her years in Rwanda. The group is apparently the hardest to track but turns out to be the most preferred by most gorilla trekkers. Susa A inhabits the lower base of Mount Karisimbi. This gorilla family derives its name or was named after River Susa which runs through the area where the Susa gorilla group normally call home.

Susa is one of the hardest gorilla families to trek in Volcanoes National Park due to the fact that it is normally found in high altitudes. There days when it climbs so high that tourists are not allowed to trek it. Susa gorilla group had the highest number of individuals in Volcanoes National Park numbering up to 42 members but because of gorilla family dynamics, in fights and group separations, Susa now had twenty-eight members with three silverbacks, as well as two twins of Impano and Byishimo.

Sabyinyo Gorilla Family

Sabyinyo Mountain Gorilla Family derives its name from Mountain Sabyinyo which is shared between Uganda and Rwanda although these gorillas are on the Rwandan side of Sabinyo mountain. This family currently has 13 members and 2 Silverbacks. Sabyinyo gorilla family came into existence shortly after the death of a dominant silverback that led group thirteen. After his death, a few females left teaming up with other females from group eleven to form a total of 4 females and two Silverbacks and also have their name changed to Sabyinyo gorilla group. One of the Silverbacks that leads this group at the moment is the largest in Volcanoes National Park. This group usually roams on the slopes of Mountain Sabinyo and this makes it relatively easy to track.

This gorilla group has two wonders or advantages. It has the biggest silverback called Guhonda and is normally the easiest to trek among all gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park. This is because it is normally found in the gentle slopes of Sabinyo and Mgahinga making it easy to trek. For all those that are looking for an easier gorilla family to trek should consider Sabinyo gorilla family.

Amahoro Gorilla Family

Amahoro is a Rwandese word meaning peace is one of the gorilla families in Rwanda. Amahoro is thus a peacefull family and those that have managed to track this gorilla family will testify that indeed all members are very peaceful. This group is led by the dominant silverback called Ubumwe which means togetherness. If one is looking for gorilla families in Rwanda that is more concentrated about peace and togetherness, then it has to be Amahoro mountain, gorilla family. More often Amahoro gorilla group has been observed roaming on the slopes of Mountain Visoke and those trekking it should expect a medium to a harder but awesome experience.

Amahoro gorilla family currently has seventeen individuals including Ubumwe the dominant silverback, two black backs, five juvenile gorillas, five adult females, and four young gorillas. Mountain gorilla families keep on changing in terms of members so feel free to contact Gorila Adventure Tours for details about gorilla families in Rwanda.

Agasha Gorilla Family

The Agashya family formerly known as group 13 was initially led by a dominant silverback called Nyakarima who was later on overthrown by another dominant leader – Agashya who leads till today. The name Agashya means ‘News’ and surprisingly the family was named after him. It apparently has way more members than it did previously! The tally is about 27 members with just one Silverback. They also roam on the slopes of Mountain Sabyinyo just like the Sabyinyo family. Please feel free to Contact Gorilla Adventure  Tours for more information on this group as well as the availability of gorilla permits.

Umubano Gorilla Family

The Umubano group was formed by members of the Amahoro family after Charles, one of the other males, broke off and is now the leader of his own group. With 13 members including 2 Silverbacks, Umubano gorilla group was formed by members of the Amahoro family after one of its Silverbacks called Charles, broke off to form his own group. Despite the peace in the Amahoro group, Charles and Ubumwe have endless battles till Charles could not take it anymore hence, the birth of Umubano Group. Apparently, this group lives in the same territory the Amahoro Group.

Kwitonda Gorilla Family

The Kwitonda family is named after the dominant silverback of this group and means “humble one”. The Kwitonda gorilla group tallies a huge number of 23 including 4 Silverbacks. It inhabits on the slopes of Mountain Muhabura and it got its name from the late dominant silverback called Kwitonda, a leader who was popularly known for his humble character. This group originally lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo but migrated to Volcanoes National Park. For this same reason, it inhabits on the slopes of Mountain Muhabura.

Hirwa Gorilla Family

Hirwa family is a new group and has 16 members with one Silverback. It was formed by members from the Sabyinyo family and group 13 but later on more members joined to increase the tally to 16. It roams between the mountains of Mount Gahinga and Sabyinyo. This is one of the luckiest groups in the park and slots among the few that managed to get twins. Their twins were born in the year 2011. The word ‘Hirwa’ means ‘Lucky One’. Need some luck or rather are you lucky? You might need to trek to see this family. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the provided information is accurate and up-to-date, the statistics may change any time.

Karisimbi family

Just like the name, this group resides on the slopes of Mountain Karisimbi. It has 16 members with one silverback. It’s a breakaway faction of Susa family reason why they also call it Susa B. Karisimbi gorilla family is currently the hardest to trek because it resides on the upper slopes of Mount Karisimbi that sits on an altitude of 4507m. The Silverback of this group took his group to a very far place that is hard to reach so as to stay away from trouble. If you need a real physical challenge or rather some serious hiking then you ought to reserve your permits for this group.

Titus Family

Titus Family was named after the Silverback – Titus, a primate that was born during the time Dian Fossey was still carrying out her research at Karisoke Research Center. Titus’ family got murdered by poachers leaving him as the only survivor. He went through a lot of hardships growing up but managed to overcome all those obstacles and emerge as one of the most successful Silverbacks to ever inhabit Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This group apparently inhabits the slopes of Karisimbi and Visoke volcanoes.

Ugenda family

It is made up of 11 members including 2 Silverbacks. Ugenda means mobile which partly relates to this group’s mobility. Ugenda gorilla group is always on the move and hardly settles in one place. This group apparently inhabits Mount Bisoke and the hike is relatively not very difficult. If you feel like you might find a hard time trek because of your physical status then you ought to reserve your permits for this group.

Bwenge Family

Bwenge means “wisdom”. This group comprises of 11 members with one silverback. It usually roams on the slopes of Mount Visoke and the hike is relatively easy. For lazy trekkers, this group is advisable for you. Bwenge family was in the year 2007 by Bwenge who had the group named after him. Bwenge initially left his native group and was joined by a few female members from other families. Bwenge witnessed a very dark time 6 of its infants died.

There are many more Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda and this number keeps on increasing based on the great conservation success in Rwanda. However, above are the only habituated gorilla families in Rwanda that inhabit Volcanoes National Park.

As of (2014), there is a total of 36 Uganda gorilla families available in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, however, only 14 of these Gorilla Families are habituated and can be visited for trekking. The other migratory group, the Nyakagezi gorilla family in Mgahinga Gorilla Park frequently moves between Uganda and the DRC is very unpredictable and therefore rarely visited by trekkers. The Gorilla habituation experience is a unique experience from the usual gorilla trekking and takes not less than 2 years. During this time gorillas are trained to get used human presence which has greatly enhanced and promoted the gorilla adventure tours in the country. As the habituation takes place, the gorillas still remain in their gorilla families as they to do their routine activities in the wilderness even when human beings are present. According to the UWA conservation rules, only 8 adult visitors can be allowed to track each of the habituated gorilla groups each day. That avails over 120 gorilla tracking permits each day for Bwindi Impenetrable along with 8 for the Mgahinga gorilla family.

Uganda Gorilla families move to new places every day and never stay in one place twice. There is nothing like closest or furthest gorilla family, trek terrain may be different but the time taken is unpredictable. A 2 or 3-hour trek today could be tomorrow’s 6 or 7 hours. Booking your preferred gorilla family is possible but has to be done through your preferred tour agency/operator ahead of time.

The Mubare Gorilla Group

Family size: 9 members including 1 silverback, Location: Buhoma

Mubare is the oldest habituated gorilla group in Uganda. It was found in the Mubare hills, deep in Bwindi forest, and was fully habituated in 1998. The group started with 12 family members, led by the dominant silverback “Ruhondeza”. In a few years, the group grew to 18 individuals. Unfortunately, due to fights with other wild gorilla groups, it lost several members including the one Ruhondeza who used to take care of everyone else in the party. The group remained 5 members for several years until March 2013 when 4 other members including a new dominant silverback joined and it is now an interesting group to visit. Due to its convenient location with the Queen Elizabeth Park and with limited tracking hike, Mubare gorilla permits are now a priority for many tour operators and tourist.

Habinyanja Gorilla Family

Family size: 18 members including 2 silverbacks, Location: Buhoma

The Habinyanja group was first visited by tourists in 1999. The name comes from a local word “Nyanja” which means ‘body of water’. It refers to the swamp in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where the group was first sighted. Habinyanja is a fascinating family with a lot of drama and commotion. This is caused by the power struggles between the dominant silverbacks and fights for family leadership.

It’s not strange for such large families to split. – the split forms a new gorilla family and sometimes can be joined by members rejected by other families or other solitary gorillas and even when they do, gorillas retain the brotherhood and don’t fight against former family members if they meet. Visitors tracking this family need about 3 – 8 hours and it makes sense if they stay at a lodging in the Buhoma area of Bwindi. The adult females are led by the shrewd alpha female called Kisho.

Rushegura Gorilla Family

Family size: 19 members including 1 silverback, Location: Buhoma

The Rushegura gorilla family was brought together in 2002 after one of the silverbacks from the Habinyanja group decided to break away. They started with 12 individuals including 5 females. This “Habinyanya 2 group” quickly received a new name, that derives from “Ebishegura” – a tree species that was abundant in the home area of the new family. The Rushegura group is a calm family. In the past, they used to cross the border and venture in the neighboring DRC every now and then but returned and have always been in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. They are usually not far from Buhoma village and sometimes even wander through the gardens Gorilla Forest Camp.

Bitukura Gorilla Family

Family size: 14 members including 4 silverbacks, Location: Ruhija 

The Bitukura group was named after a river where the family members were first sighted. The habituation that started in July 2007 was a relatively easy process as the gorillas were already frequently encountered by the UWA rangers. Although the habituation process normally takes a minimum of two years, this group could already be visited by tourists within 15 months after the start. Bitukura is a peaceful family including 4 silverbacks and some playful juveniles. They share a close bond and often have “group meetings” or get-togethers.

Originally, the group was 24 members but due to disputes within the family, some gorillas simply chose to leave the group and were probably recruited. The group has a newborn that arrived in early 2013. To visit this family, it is advisable to stay in the Ruhija area of Bwindi park but you can also stay in Buhoma though you have to leave very early to catch the pre-track orientation.

Oruzogo Gorilla Family

Family size: 23 members including 1 silverback, Location: Ruhija 

The Oruzogo group one of the recent gorilla families opened for visitor access in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This family is situated between Ruhija area and is led by a dominant Silverback “Tibirikwata”. It’s the latest habituated gorilla family and was opened for tourism on 20th June 2011. This increased the great opportunity for more visitors to track the gorillas in Bwindi national park. It’s one of the most popular families with tourists not just because of the size but the playful and energetic juveniles and toddlers in the group.

The only problem in the Ruhija area of Bwindi where the group is found is that there are just a few lodging options especially budget ones. Yet it’s possible but not advisable for visitors to sleep in Buhoma area which is over an hour drive away then drive to Ruhija area for a pre-tracking orientation. – You have to be on the road at 6:30 am latest.

Nkuringo Gorilla Family

Family size: 19 members including 2 silverbacks, Location: Nkuringo 

Another section of the Uganda Gorilla Families can be found in the Nkuringo Sector. Nkuringo is a local word meaning “round hill” It’s a word from the Rukiga language, referring to the hill where the group was first sighted Nkuringo group was launched in 2004 after the 2-year habituation process. One of the reasons for their habituation was their continued venture into the local communities’ gardens feeding on bananas, sweet potatoes, and other crops.

By opening up the group for visitors, the community could directly benefit from tourism and it formed a protection for the gorillas as well. The family was led by one Silverback Nkuringo who died on April 2008, leaving behind 2 Silverbacks Safari and Rafiki. Safari took over the leadership and same year in November, newborn twin baby gorillas Katungi and Muhozi arrived and expanded the family further. Unfortunately, Katungi died at the age of 1½ years due to illness

Tracking the Nkuringo Group takes a bit more energy and stamina. This is probably the toughest trek in Uganda. Yet there is not many complaining about being exhausted. A better word would be exhilarated after the experience of a lifetime. Nkuringo Family is a large group in the southern, scenic area of Nkuringo and not to be forgotten experience.

Nshongi Gorilla Family

Family size: 18 members, Location: Rushaga sector

Nshongi was the largest group ever habituated with about 36 gorilla members and was officially introduced in September 2009. It was named after the river Nshongi, where the gorilla family was first found. Although most gorilla families usually consisting of about 25 members have one or two Silverbacks, this was a strange one with 4 Silverbacks. Another remarkable fact is that the group is led by Nshongi, who is not even the oldest Silverback in the family and that the three silverbacks and seven blackbacks lived in harmony with each other and did not make an attempt for leadership.

In July 2010 however, the group split and remained 26 members with the other split forming the present Mishaya Gorilla Group. In 2013 the family further split and reduced to 18, with the new split forming the present Bweza Gorilla Group with 10 members. The Nsongi Gorilla Group is in a large forested area where you can also see other primates, birds and butterflies.

Mishaya Gorilla Family

Family size: 7 members including 1 Silverback, Location: Rushaga 

In July 2010, Silverback Mishaya decided to leave the Nshongi Gorilla Group with some females and started his own family. He is a typical fighter and was able to gather more females from other non-habituated groups in the area, reaching a total group size of 12 gorillas, including three infants. Mishaya is the only adult in the group and is known for being a fighter who often starts interactions with other gorilla families. By the end of 2013, the group was having only 7 gorillas but as we noticed earlier, gorilla families sometimes are joined by friends or even acquire more member in successful battles.

Kahungye Gorilla Family

Family Size: 13 members, Location: Rushaga area 

The size of this group is 13 members with 3 silverbacks which are the only ones named. The dominant Silverback is called Rumansi followed by the other two old male gorillas named Rwigi and Ruhamuka. The group was opened for visitors and gorilla tracking in 2011 but in less than a year the group split, creating the new Busingye Gorilla Family. Before the separation, the family consisted of 27 individuals including 3 silverbacks.

Busingye is one of the newest groups in the park found in the Rushaga sector close to the Nshongi and Mishaya gorilla groups.

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UGANDA GORILLA SAFARIS FROM KIGALI

The famous Uganda gorilla safaris from Kigali is the best for tourists interested in trekking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park but are staying in Rwanda or those that would love to trek Uganda gorillas through Kigali directly to Ugannda Instead of the long drive from Entebbe International Airport. The Uganda Gorilla safari from Kigali will mean one drives for only 4-5 hours from Kigali to Ruhija instead of the 8-9 hours from Entebbe International Airport to Ruhija. By tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you will be saving a lot.

We have driver guides that pick you from Kigali International Airport or a Hotel in Kigali to start your journey From Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is a very scenic journey and will take you  through a country of a thousand hills (Rwanda) to the Pearl of Africa (Uganda).

Booking Uganda gorilla safari from Kigali will save you a lot. Most Clients/travelers prefer this experience because  of the short 2 hour drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park compared to the eight hour long drive from Entebbe to Bwindi. This saves time, money as you travel short distance and book short tours to Bwindi Forest like 2 days/3days

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When you dream of touring Uganda, send us an email on when you want to undertake your Uganda tour, how many people you will be in your group, the number of days you want to spend, your specific interests in undertaking this Uganda Tour plus any other details on rooming among others. Your Uganda Gorilla safari inquiry will be assigned to one of our safari consultants who will then send you a quote based on your interests, budget and time. We provide luxury, moderate gorilla trekking tours and other safari activities in Uganda. We also offer car hire and rental services to Uganda, hotel bookings in & outside Kampala on your Gorilla Safari.

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