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Uganda Gorilla Tracking Safari

Updated on October 14, 2008

Gorilla Safari in Bwindi, My Tracking Experience

The magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest - one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age - is home to roughly half of the world's mountain gorillas.

Gorilla Tour

Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Uganda has to offer - but we should not let it distract from Bwindi's broader biodiversity, a result of its immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1,160 to 2,607m.

The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics present.

Gorilla Safari

Activities -gorilla trekking in Bwindi is captivating and unforgettable experience that you shouldn't miss out. -several nature walks can also be organized to explore the dense forest and other physical features. -the park hosts 350 species of birds, 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including10 primates of which the black-and-white Colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail, is prominent. -community walks operated by local people which takes you to the traditional homesteads, the traditional healer and the banana beer brewery.

Where to Stay?

Buhoma homestead, Gorilla forest camp, Lake Kitandara camp, Volcanoes Camp and Gorilla resort offer up market accommodation whereas Buhoma community camp, Bwindi view camp offer Budget accommodations.


The annual average temperature of bwindi range between 17-20oc with the coldest period being June and July. The place is cold especially in the morning and at night. What to bring. Carry warm clothing, rain gear, solid walking shoes, sunscreen, insect/mosquito repellants and binoculars.

Gorilla rules. You should book well in advance to ensure that permits for your requested dates are available.

No one with a communicable disease such as flu or diarrhea is allowed to visit the gorillas. Do not surround the gorillas but remain in one group. Children of 15 years and below are not permitted to view the chimps for safety reasons. If you need to ease yourself, please do so but off the trail and bury waste in a hole of 30cm deep. Do not scare or attempt to provoke the gorillas. Flash photography is strictly forbidden. Follow your guide's instructions. Contact time with the gorillas is strictly limited to one hour. When with the gorillas avoid making loud noises or sudden movements. Do not spit on vegetation or soil while in the park Do not eat or smoke with in 200m from the gorillas.


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      Safari Clothing Wear 9 years ago

      Gorilla trekking requires heavy gear. Carry with you rain boots and jacket. There is often some rain while on the trek. You need to protect yourself from wildlife plants, thorns and crawling insects.