Mountain Gorilla tracking countries in Africa are found in East Africa. These countries are known to be three and they are only ones taking part in Gorilla tracking experience in this region. The countries are; Uganda, Rwanda situated in the Eastern part of Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the central part of the Africa. In Uganda, Gorillas have occupied the dense tropical forest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks both located in southwestern Uganda. Bwindi Forest is known for Gorilla tracking due to the highest concentration of Mountain Gorillas living in its forest. In Rwanda you will visit the Volcanoes National Park for Gorilla tracking and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Gorillas are found in the Virunga National Park shared by the three countries where the Mountain Gorillas reside Virunga boarders Volcanoes National Park and also Mgahinga Gorilla National Park altogether forming the Virunga conservation area.Read more about gorilla tracking guide
When it comes to Mountain Gorilla tracking, we look closely at the tree East African countries known for taking part in tracking the Mountain Gorillas.
The first country known for Gorillas is Uganda and is also referred as the Pearl of Africa due to her magnificent tourist attractions like abundant biodiversity, color, brilliant life and its serene beauty, the country has a lot to offer to the travelers who come to Africa for tourist activities. Uganda is known to be a home to half of the total population of the surviving Mountain Gorillas occupying Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has about 18 habituated Gorilla families. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has got one Gorilla family and others are still under habituation process. Travelers who would like to take part in Gorilla habituation experience will only do it in Rushaga the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. During Gorilla habituation experience, travelers are given 4 hours to be with the Gorillas which start counting when you find the fresh trails of the Gorillas and the fee of the Gorilla habituation permit costs USD1500 per person per trek. The normal Gorilla tracking experience permit costs USD700 per person per trek and this allows you one hour with the Gorillas when you meet them. Uganda is a rich country with a lot of attraction to be viewed not only Gorillas, but there are other attractions that make Uganda a popular tourist destination including; visit to Kibale Forest National Park, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park, Kalinzu Forest reserve Chimpanzee trekking experience.Read more about the best sector for gorilla trekking in Uganda
Travelers can also take time and visit one of the old biggest National Parks in Uganda the mighty Murchison Falls and enjoy other Wildlife viewing and boat on the River Nile. Uganda also has got a boat excursion on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park. Uganda is a home away from home depending on your budget and time on your safari in Uganda you can combine wildlife safaris and community visits, Uganda has to offer as well as culture with different types of cultures and traditional.
Rwanda the country of a thousand hills is also the best country for Gorilla tracking. Gorillas in Rwanda are seen in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda was the first country where Gorilla tracking started and conservation of Gorillas. The forest harbors a lot of Gorilla families but only 10 Gorilla families have been habituated for Gorilla tracking, given the fact that Rwanda is the first country where Gorilla tracking started from the country receives a lot of visitors throughout the year who come for Gorilla tracking experience. Even when Gorilla permit price is much expensive than that of Uganda, Rwanda still leads in Gorilla tourism destination. Although Rwanda is not rich is bio diversity as Uganda, Rwanda too has a lot to offer for example travelers visiting Gorillas, can also take visit to Akagera National Park famous for wild life safaris or you can choose to do a boat cruise on Lake Kivu these will expose you to many water animals. Nyungwe Forest National Park prominent for Chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk, many travelers also love to visit the local communities in Rwanda and enjoy the Rwandan culture which is so amazing and it will expose you to a lot of activities like show casing their traditional dances, traditional foods and many others.Read more about securing Rwanda gorilla permits
Democratic Republic of Congo is also among the three East African Gorilla countries with Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga National Park in Congo. Democratic Republic of Congo tourism industry has dropped down due to the constant civil wars and political instability that had hit the country and this has reduced on the number of travelers who visit the country for Gorilla tracking experience compared to Uganda and Rwanda. Democratic Republic of Congo Gorilla permits are much cheaper at a cost USD400 per person per trek compared to Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla permits.
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