Gorilla Tracking Questions?
Where to go
Gorilla tracking is only done in 3 locations in EastAfrica in Bwindi impenetrable national park with approximately 500 mountain gorillas comprising of 13 habituated gorilla groups and 2 gorilla families for habituation experience, Mgahinga national park with 20 gorillas in one gorilla family is the Ugandan portion of the Virunga conservation region, Volcanoes national park home to 400 mountain gorillas distributed in 10 gorilla families is the Rwandan portion of the Virunga region and Virunga national park in Eastern Congo with about 150 gorillas distributed in 6 gorilla families is the Congo portion of the Virunga region.
Price of Gorilla Permits
- Currently the Rwanda Gorilla Permits costs USD1500 Per Person for all nationalities,
- USD 1050 for tourists spending more than 3 days in the country visiting other attraction
- USD 1275 for visitors on conference before or after your conference and want to trek gorillas before departure
- Uganda Gorilla Permits cost USD600 Per Person
- Gorilla Habituation experience in Bwindi costs $1500 Per Person
- NO more Low season discounted permits
- gorilla permits in Congo cost USD 450
- Lowland gorilla permit costs USD 450
Best time to go
All year round you can trek gorillas but the dry seasons are best for trekking through the jungle to find the gorillas. Dry seasons; December – March, June – October.
But with the recent climate changes, the seasons are changing too. rains are getting less and the seasons are becoming more unpredictable.
The traditional rainy seasons are becoming dryer than the traditional dry seasons. In conclusion, whenever you plan to go gorilla trekking, plan for rain as it can come any time of the year.
How Long do you spend with Gorillas
It’s strictly 1 hour once you meet your gorilla group. Gorilla Habituation experience takes 4 hours with your gorilla family
How large is a gorilla family?
A Gorilla family ranges from 10 members to 40 members of 1 family. Members can include more than one silverback, mothers, babies, blackbacks, juveniles.
Usually further gorilla families are characterized to have more family members than nearer gorilla groups.