Best Country for Gorilla Trekking Rwanda or Uganda?

Gorilla Safaris.

Gorilla trekking is one of the most thrilling adventures you can have on an African safari, and is one of the most unforgettable life time experiences you can have on the African continent. Because the respective government of Rwanda and Uganda value the great apes for the income and employment opportunities which come with them, effort to conserve the gorillas, and bring forth the privilege to view them are extremely very good, and the security for tourist travelling to these areas is superb. 

Gorillas are perhaps the most charming of all animals, and a close encounter with a free-ranging family in their forest home will never be forgotten for years to come. A typical encounter involves a hard, uphill labor through thick vegetation in the company of two guides, potters, and armed ranger. Habituated family are located, and you’ll then sit quietly and watch as they feed and go about their business.

Due to the threat of their contracting potentially fatal human diseases, visitors are advices to keep a safe distance from them, while the group size is limited to 8 guest. Given the condition and labor required, gorilla trekking is only recommended only for people with good hiking condition. However, a large and growing number of people have been inspired to visit these peaceful relative of mankind.

Gorilla Trekking in


  1. Most of the terrain during gorilla trekking is open therefore offering good views of the surrounding
  2. In Rwanda, the views of the volcanoes around you are breathtaking while trekking the gorillas
  3. In Rwanda, the road network is generally good and the distance to the national park are shorter
  4. In Rwanda, more guest are being attracted by the luxury accommodation which is on set like the new Gorilla’s Nest lodge
  5. Rwanda is less difficult in terms of terrain
  6. Rwanda is a land of entreat beauty with each bend on the road exposing more county beautifulness.
  7. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is more sustainable benefiting more local communities


Best time for Gorilla Trekking.

The best time to visit the gorillas in Rwanda is during the dry season which occur in,

June-October or December-March

Gorilla Trekking in


  1. One benefit of Uganda gorilla trekking is that the gorilla permits are more affordable
  2. Uganda offers a wide range of accommodation from mid-range to luxury
  3. Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be more challenging as it rains in Bwindi even during the dry season.
  4. The vegetation in Uganda can be thick, steep slopes, and there are no trails  
  5. Uganda has a very good safari circuit to see other animals, apart from the gorilla
  6. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is sustainable which has changed the local Bwata community
  7. Include your gorilla trekking in Uganda, with a visit to the Bwata community which will make your experience unforgettable

Best time for Gorilla Trekking.

      Although it rains throughout the year the best time for gorilla trekking in Uganda is the drier months of December- February / June-August

Our verdict.

If cost is your concern then Uganda will be the choice, but if all factors are equal then both countries will offer guest unforgettable African gorilla trekking experience.

Note: Gorilla permits need to be booked way in advance to avoid any inconvenience.

What to know before going on your gorilla trekking?

  1. Never make eye contact with the Silverback, if a Silverback begins to get aggressive, look down immediately and take a submissive posture by sitting.
  2. Your guide will instruct you not to touch gorillas because they are susceptible to catching human colds or diseases.
  3. Bring a camera that does not have a flashlight or you can turn it off, as a flash photograph is not allowed.
  4. Please note that children under the age of 15 years are not allowed, or anyone with flu or other sicknesses that might be transmitted to the gorillas.
  5. Each gorilla visit will be limited to a maximum of only 1 hour, once a day.
  6. Bring plenty of water
  7. Be prepared for hiking from 1-6 hours each way
  8. Make sure you have rain-protecting gear and wear good hiking boots.
  9. An extra set of cloth left in the car might be helpful.
  10. Gloves are recommended as protection from the stinging nettles in a bush which can cause swelling, for the same reason wear long pants and long sleeve shirt for the hikes.
  11. Please use waterproof bags {NO PLASTIC} to keep your equipment dry, and make sure your camera is protected in a waterproof container.

What are the rules for observing the gorillas?

  1. Total silence should be observed all the time
  2. No smoking, eating, or pointing at the gorillas
  3. Do not stand above the guide so if he kneels, you also kneel
  4. Follow the guide’s action all the time 
  5. Move slowly and be calm at all times
  6. If a Silverback charges DON’T run
  7. Keep behind the guide all the time 

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