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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions Uganda Rwanda and DR Congo?

Mountain Gorilla Trekking FAQ Frequently Asked Questions, these are questions and answers about trekking/tracking photographing, and viewing Mountain Gorillas of Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. best times to trek/track Gorillas, get permits, and plan for Mountain Gorilla tours/safaris.
Trekking/tracking and photographing mountain gorillas is one of the world’s greatest natural history travel experiences, mountain gorilla trekking tours/safaris can be expensive, but also incomparably inspiring and emotional and always uniquely memorable. If you can get a gorilla trekking permit, nowadays you have a 100% chance of viewing/seeing a group/family of mountain gorillas in the wild, provided you are fit enough to do the necessary trekking, mountain gorillas range through thick forests on steep hillsides, mountain gorilla park Rangers and trackers always know generally where they can be found. Reaching them sometimes requires long hours of trekking/hiking in steep terrain in the forest, but sometimes mountain gorilla park rangers trackers and tourists reach their target gorilla group in just a few minutes of trekking/walking. Our guides consider the interests, ages, and abilities of our clients, and then do their best to get our clients assigned to habituated gorilla families/groups that are most rewarding, easiest to reach, and offer the best tracking experience. In Uganda and Rwanda, you will improve your chance of having your choice of gorilla family/group by getting your gorilla permit early up to 6 months before your visit,  and in DR Congo there is less emphasis on early gorilla permit reservations and more on early arrival for the day of trekking and the influence of your tour guide with park authorities.


Mountain Gorilla tracking in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo is done every day of the year. The habituated Mountain Gorilla families/groups for tourist tracking tours/safaris vary through the year depending on the location of the Mountain Gorilla families/groups, Other habituated Mountain Gorilla families/groups are dedicated to research and not open to tourist tracking.

Anyone over 15 years of age can buy a trekking permit to visit or trek mountain gorillas, all of the remaining mountain gorillas in the wild reside in the Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and volcano’s mountain ranges along the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo, most tourists visit the mountain gorillas with the assistance of tour operators like Kisoro Tours Uganda. we arrange the necessary trekking/tracking permits in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo, For other things like guides and lodging required for Mountain Gorilla tracking we will do all the bookings for you.

Mountain gorillas are a subspecies of the eastern lowland gorillas, live in mountain forests in only two locations in the world – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in south-western Uganda and the Virunga Mountain range of extinct volcanoes that border the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Rwanda.
According to the census report, there are more than 500 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, living in 38 distinct social groups/families, 20 of these social groups are accustomed to human presence for either tourism or research. A 2018 survey counted 604 individuals in Virunga Mountain Range this brings the total to 106 in the world.

You must purchase gorilla trekking permits in advance, current cost of gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda is $1500 per person, while in Uganda is $700 and in DR Congo is $500 per person for a one hour viewing in a gorilla group of eight visitors. However, we offer a discount on Uganda gorilla safaris during the months of March April, May, and November contact us for more information. We recommend you also hire a porter at an additional cost of $15 per trek, as they will help carry your day pack, assist you trekking when necessary, and it provide additional income to the local community.

Mountain Gorillas trekking is conducted similarly in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo, very few tourists choose to track mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo these days due to security concerns and services there are not as well organized as before. The mountain gorillas of all three countries inhabit similar rugged terrain and have similar habits. Individual mountain gorilla groups/families vary in their accessibility. The regulations and quality of local gorilla guides/trackers is similar in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo.

Mountain gorilla trekking viewing permit allows you to spend one hour with a habituated gorilla group/family,  Sometimes your guide may allow you a few more minutes, especially if you have had a long trek to reach them and the tourist group is not disturbing to the gorillas, our clients who reach the mountain gorillas are thrilled with the experience, even with the one-hour limit, all our clients are thrilled and report that the effort was worth it.

Officially you are required to keep a 10 mts distance from the gorillas, in practice, the mountain gorillas often violate this rule by coming closer to you as you stand quietly observing or photographing them, It is still helpful to have a telephoto capability on your camera since some animals are shy, and the Silverback may be very protective of the young one. You are not allowed to touch the gorillas.

All wild animals are best considered potentially dangerous and treated as wild animal, but mountain gorillas are not aggressive or prone to be angered by tourists, many people are surprised that the mountain gorillas seem to ignore the tourists in their midst completely, you should not get between a mother and a baby.

There is a minimum age of 15 years for anyone buy a trekking permit to track mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo, park Authorities will check the age of all trekking permit holders against the birth date in your passport.

There are many lodges in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo offering a range of accommodations, airport transfers and other safari services. Journeys uses a variety of accommodations in the higher comfort ranges, we will help to arrange all your accommodations and transfers. contact us in case you need more information about Mountain Gorilla Trekking FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Gorilla tracking can be done any day of the year but some people are comfortable doing it in the dry seasons in June, July, August, September and December, January, February. It can and does rain every month and the effects of climate change are quite evident in this area of East Africa with seasonal rains being much less predictable and sometimes more intense, all gorilla tracking parties leave around 8:00 am when there is the least likelihood of heavy rain, if you happen to be assigned a distant gorilla group/families requiring four or more hours of trekking your chances of returning in the rain increase.

Rwanda is a beautiful, green thriving country known as the land of a thousand hills,  the volcanic soil is very rich and subsistence agriculture produces food year around. The genocide of 1994 is powerfully memorialized in a museum in Kigali and at other sites around the country, visitors are encouraged to partake in these experiences and learn from them. Currently, there is no apparent ethnic conflict or significant insurgent or militant activity. There is a dynamic rebuilding of the social fabric and a commitment to the youth of the country. You might wish to hike to Karisoke where Diane Fossey conducted her pioneering research or take a trek to see Golden Monkeys Volcanoes National Park, this park has the greatest diversity, other wildlife parks of Rwanda generally do not compare in diversity of species or quality of management with the parks and reserves of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Travel to Uganda for wonderful cultures, large wildlife parks with few other tourists, and spectacular birding. Uganda may be the best tour/safari country in Africa for a large variety of bird species and great birding tour/safari habitats. Determined birders often see more than 400 species on a 10-12 day Uganda birding safari,  There are also many other species of primates you are likely to see on a mountain gorilla trekking tour or a pure birding watching safari trip, the Rwenzori mountains, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo National Park Kibale Forest National Park, Lake Mburo National Park invite more extended primates game viewing natural walks and hiking. Wetland habitats and Lake Victoria also hold cultural and natural history tour/safari attractions.

There are more chimpanzees than mountain gorillas left in the wild and they survive over a much broader range, The parks authorities of Uganda and Rwanda also monitor Chimpanzee populations and the groups which have been habituated for tourist visitors require advance purchased tracking permits to visit, two main sites for trekking/viewing chimpanzees in Uganda is Kibale Forest and Kyambura Gorge. You will hike in groups of 8-12 tourists visitors accompanied by a park guide. Close encounters with Chimpanzees seem to be less predictable than with mountain gorillas, though less hiking may be involved visits to the Chimps of Kibale Forest have been more successful than visits to Kyambura Gorge.

1. Purchase your gorilla trekking permits as far in advance as possible for you to be sure and avoid disappointment
2. You will trek with a group of 8 people and guide/trackers, also consider hiring a local person as a porter assistant, even if you are very fit. This adds a great cultural dimension to the experience and is not expensive it’s only $15.
3. Prepare for the possibility of rain at any time of year because trekking is done in forests.
4. Wear long sleeves and slacks and bring gloves to protect against thistles nettles and thorns.
5. Wear durable hiking shoes, you will be off-trail in rough terrain.
6. Expect you might have a long hike, and be in the best physical shape you can be.
7. Understand your camera well, Cameras with built-in video are very good, and telephoto ability helps.
8. Consider traveling with a companion or friend with whom you will share the lifelong memory of the encounter.
9. Listen to the advice of your guide. Trust that he or she wants you to get great photos and have the best possible experience.

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