Sitting a few feet from a mountain gorilla is an experience any wildlife lover could not fail to find utterly thrilling and exhilarating.
We can arrange for you to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda. The experience itself doesn't really differ from country to country, however it's quicker to get to the Rwanda gorillas from the main city so if you're short of time, that could be a consideration.
A gorilla trek is not an easy thing to do on the whole. You're trekking through dense rainforest, usually muddy and slippery, often very hilly and steep. Depending on the gorilla group, you might trek for 1 hour, but it could equally be 3 hours before you find them.The local wildlife authority decides on the day which group you will be allocated to, and they tend to give older and more infirm people the chance to see the family which is closest. We have no say over this, though we will always request places on the easier group for our less able clients.
Once you get there, you are allowed 1 magical hour with the group. You get surprisingly close, will get some wonderful photo opportunities, and they will mainly ignore your presence and simply allow you to watch them! You might find them in lazy mood lounging around on the forest floor, they could be feeding in the trees, they might be having a family argument ... you take them as you find them, but the experience is never less than wonderful.
Both Tribes directors, Amanda & Guy Marks, have trekked for gorillas in various places, and can therefore give you first-hand advice about what to expect and how to plan such a trip.
You can do this at any time of the year but often travellers avoid the rainiest months as it makes trekking more difficult. April, May and November are usually the rainiest times.When to visit Rwanda
In Rwanda we can tailor made a trip exactly as you like. The Gorilla Safari (below) gives you a good idea of the shortest time it would take to do this.
In Uganda, we can either tailor make a trip for you, or you could join a group departure.
Gorillas and other primates, plus little-visited Akagera and Rwandan culture.
From Murchison Falls, to wildlife in Queen Elizabeth NP, chimps in Kibale and gorillas in Bwindi.
Spend a magical hour with the gorillas in Bwindi, go for nature and bird watching walks in the forest and stay at a small, homely lodge, all in just 4 days.
A gorilla express safari! With one gorilla trek and one golden monkey trek.
A group lodge-based trip with gorilla trekking at Bwindi, a chimp sanctuary, & game at Lake Mburo.
Gorillas, chimps and game on a group lodge-based safari in Uganda.
Highlights of Ugandan wildlife including gorilla and chimp trekking.