Mountain Gorilla Trekking Countries in the World
Mountain Gorilla Trekking Countries in the World: Mountain gorillas can only be found within Africa in the whole world. Gorilla trekking in Africa allows you to move around the jungle looking for these endangered apes and being around them for a maximum of 1 hour. Mountain gorillas are subspecies of eastern gorillas and according to IUCN, it’s among the endangered animals in the world. There are over 1070 mountain gorilla species left in the world and more than half of these are found in the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park of Uganda. Countries in Africa where one can trek mountain gorillas are Uganda, DR Congo, and Rwanda. Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda is carried out in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, and Mgahinga national park both located in southwestern Uganda, Rwanda it’s done in volcanoes national park and in DR Congo it is done in Virunga national park.
World Endangered Mountain Gorilla Destinations?
Mountain gorilla trekking in Africa is done in three different countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo, and where to trek depends on the choice and budget of the traveler. The trekking experiences in all the national parks – Mgahinga, Bwindi impenetrable forest, Virunga, and volcanoes are the same with 99% chances of seeing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. What differs these national parks in the trekking permit prices and the type of vegetation because Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is comprised of the tropical forest while Mgahinga, Virunga, and volcanoes national park are made of bamboo vegetation. Looking at the permit prices, Virunga national park would be the best choice but there are still issues of insecurity on that side so Uganda becomes the best place to trek mountain gorillas in Africa because her permits are not as expensive as that of volcanoes national park.
The cost of seeing the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the above destinations
Mountain gorilla trekking in each country has its own gorilla trekking permits but these trekking permits allow travelers to be around mountain gorillas for a maximum of 1 hour and are sold to persons above the age of 15 years.
In Uganda gorilla trekking permits according to Uganda Wildlife Authority cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $60 for foreign residents, and shs250,00 East African citizens. The gorilla trekking permits allow travelers to be around mountain gorillas for a maximum of 1 hour in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Uganda is lucky to have mountain gorilla habituation an activity that makes you be around mountain gorillas for up to 4 hours while making them used to human presence and the permits cost $1500 throughout the year.
In volcanoes national park of Rwanda, to trek mountain gorilla you need a valid gorilla trekking permit issued out by the Rwanda Development Board and this is costs $1500.
In DR Congo, mountain gorilla trekking is done in Virunga national park and a gorilla trekking permit costs $450 in the high season (June to September and December to February) while during the low season (March to May and October to November) the permit costs $200
Steps for booking a gorilla safari to any of the Gorilla countries
People who want to visit Africa for mountain gorilla trekking can book their permits themselves online with those wanting to visit Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park using Uganda wildlife authority, DR Congo’s Virunga national park using the park website, and lastly Rwanda development board for volcanoes national park.
Travelers can also use trusted local tour operators in different countries to book for them the permits as well as accommodation and transport. To use the operator, you must use one who is not a scammer or fraudster and by this, it’s good to check if they are members of any tourism organizations in the country or if they are licensed. Africa adventure vacations are here to book for you a gorilla trekking permit to any of the countries in Africa all we need is to tell us your travel dates. When you tell us about the dates you want to travel, we shall check for the availability of the permits with different national parks, book and purchase them for you after you have sent us money. Travelers intending to visit these parks most especially in the high season are advised to book their trekking permits in advance of 3-4 months to avoid inconveniences.
Lodges and Hotels in Africa where you can stay when seeing gorillas
Each gorilla national park in Africa has got accommodation facilities that range from luxury to mid-range to budget options as listed below.
Mgahinga national park – Lake Chahafi Lodge, Muhabura Motel, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Gahinga Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Travellers Rest Hotel, Lake Mulehe Lodge, Muhabura Climbers Rest Camp, Sabyinyo Guest House, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Air-Land Hotel, Lake Chahafi Resort, Mondi Lodge Kisoro, Virunga Campsite and Backpackers, Kisoro Tourist Hotel, and Gorilla Hills Eco-Lodge among others.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park – Gorilla Safari Lodge, Bwindi Backpackers Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Four Gorilla Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Bakiga Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Cuckooland Tented Camp, Rushaga Gorilla havens lodge, Broadbill Forest Camp, Ruhija Safari Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Safari Lodge, Bwindi Back Packer’s Lodge, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Safari Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Trekkers Tavern, Engagi lodge, Jungle View Lodge, Bwindi View Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp, Jungle View Lodge, and Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge among others.
Volcanoes national park – One $ Only Gorilla’s Nest Lodge, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge, Virunga Lodge, Le Bamboo Gorilla lodge, Bisate lodge, Mountain Gorilla view, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Gorilla Volcanoes Lodge, Amakoro Songa Lodge, and Kinigi guest house.
Virunga national park – Bukima Tented Camp, Lulimbi Tented Camp, Tchegera Island Camp, Kibumba Tented Camp, Mikeno Lodge, Nyiragongo Summit Shelters, and many others.
What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, birding, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking mountain gorilla trekking in these countries in the World can be done at any time of the year.