Gorilla Tracking

They are like us and yet so different….. Tracking Gorillas is a unique experience!

The Mountain Gorilla is the world's most endangered great ape, found only in protected forests in south western Uganda, north western Rwanda and eastern Congo (DRC). To see them up close in their natural habitat is every safari lover’s dream!

Kazinga Tours offers short trips to the Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda and also as part of a complete roundtrip to one of these countries. In the short trips to the gorillas we drive or fly to the gorilla parks. The easiest way to get to the gorillas is from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park (about 2 hours driving). See our TOURS to the gorillas below:

Tours

Tours Gorilla Tracking

Photography Workshop - Rwanda & Uganda Photography Workshop - Rwanda & Uganda Photography Workshop - Rwanda & Uganda
 Group Tour Uganda Rwanda

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - RWANDA & UGANDA

Enjoy the exclusive experience of photographing Mountain Gorillas from up close. This trip is guided by BBC presenter and professional photographer Trai Anfield

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Highlights of Uganda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda (15 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS OF UGANDA (15 DAYS)

Our 15-day trip brings you the highlights of Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 13 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Uganda (21 days) Best of Uganda (21 days) Best of Uganda (21 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

BEST OF UGANDA (21 DAYS)

Our 21-day trip brings you the best of Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Western Uganda (10 days) Western Uganda (10 days) Western Uganda (10 days)
 Uganda

WESTERN UGANDA (10 DAYS)

Our 10-day trip brings you the highlights of Western Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi (4 days)
 Group Tour Uganda

GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI (4 DAYS)

Our 4-day trip brings you the highlight of Uganda: Tracking the Mountain Gorillas!
Spend one hour with our very close relatives in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Birding through Uganda (22 days) Birding through Uganda (22 days) Birding through Uganda (22 days)
 Uganda

BIRDING THROUGH UGANDA (22 DAYS)

Our 22-day trip brings you the best of the birdlife in Uganda.
Uganda has a variety of landscapes and over 1000 bird species! This trip brings you to the most important birding sites in Uganda. Habitats to be seen: Forest, Lowland jungle, Swamps, Canals and Lakes, Mountains and Savannahs.

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Gorillas in the Mist (3 days) Gorillas in the Mist (3 days) Gorillas in the Mist (3 days)
 Rwanda

GORILLAS IN THE MIST (3 DAYS)

Our 3 day trip brings you the Gorillas in the Mist, the Mountain Gorillas of the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This is where Dian Fossey (16/12/1932 - 26/12/1985) studied her gorillas. The movie Gorilla`s in the mist (1988) with Sigourney Weaver was also filmed here.

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Primates of Rwanda (8 days) Primates of Rwanda (8 days) Primates of Rwanda (8 days)
 Rwanda

PRIMATES OF RWANDA (8 DAYS)

Our 8 day trip brings you the Primates of Rwanda: Expect to see up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!
This trip specifically includes the most important and well known Forested national parks of Rwanda: Nyungwe Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park

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Best of Rwanda (14 days) Best of Rwanda (14 days) Best of Rwanda (14 days)
 Group Tour Rwanda

BEST OF RWANDA (14 DAYS)

Our 14-day trip brings you the best of Rwanda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days) Highlights of Uganda & Rwanda (15 days)
 Uganda Rwanda

HIGHLIGHTS OF UGANDA & RWANDA (15 DAYS)

Our 15-day trip brings you the best of Uganda and Rwanda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days) Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days) Best of Uganda & Rwanda (21 days)
 Group Tour Uganda Rwanda

BEST OF UGANDA & RWANDA (21 DAYS)

This trip specifically includes the most important and well known national parks of Uganda and Rwanda: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

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Primates of East Africa (18  days) Primates of East Africa (18  days) Primates of East Africa (18  days)
 Uganda Rwanda

PRIMATES OF EAST AFRICA (18  DAYS)

Our 18-day trip brings you the primates of Uganda and Rwanda: You can see up to 20 primate species, including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, the rare golden monkeys, dent`s monkeys, black and white colobus, red colobus, mona monkey, and Angolan colobus monkeys.

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Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days) Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days) Best of Uganda & Tanzania (17 days)
 Uganda Tanzania

BEST OF UGANDA & TANZANIA (17 DAYS)

Our 17 days trip brings you the best of Uganda and Tanzania;
where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the
big 5 and the other big game on the savannahs and up to 15
primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

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Best of Rwanda & Tanzania (14 days) Best of Rwanda & Tanzania (14 days) Best of Rwanda & Tanzania (14 days)
 Rwanda Tanzania

BEST OF RWANDA & TANZANIA (14 DAYS)

Our 14 days trip brings you the best of Rwanda and Tanzania;
where the savannah meet the rainforest. Expect to see the big 5
and the other big game on the savannahs and up to 14 primate species, including gorillas and chimpanzees!!!

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Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days) Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days) Best of Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania (18  days)
 Uganda Rwanda Tanzania

BEST OF UGANDA, RWANDA & TANZANIA (18  DAYS)

Our 18 days trip brings the best of Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania;
where savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the big 5 and
the other big game on the savannahs and up to 17 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!

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Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi - Fly In (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi - Fly In (4 days) Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi - Fly In (4 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI - FLY IN (4 DAYS)

Our 4 day Fly In brings you the highlight of Uganda: Tracking the Mountain Gorillas! Spend one hour with our very close relatives in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (6 days) Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (6 days) Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park - Fly In (6 days)
 Fly In Safaris Uganda

BWINDI & QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK - FLY IN (6 DAYS)

Our 6 day Fly In safari brings you the highlights of Uganda: Gorilla tracking, Chimp tracking, the tree climbing lions of Ishasha and a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
This trip specifically includes 2 of the most well known national parks of Uganda: Bwindi National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Detailed information about  (Mountain) Gorilla tracking

About 30 years ago it was estimated there were about 600 Mountain Gorillas in the world. Thanks to Dian Fossey, who studied the Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda in the 1970’s, the gorillas are now well protected. The movie about the life of Dian Fossey is called ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

 

2015 figures estimate the total population to be about 800 Mountain Gorillas. One population of about 400 is found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda and the other 400 in the Virunga Volcano Range, covering 3 National Parks in 3 countries: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo (DRC). The chances of seeing gorillas are very good, > 99%.

Gorilla tracking (gorilla trekking) is an intense experience that can take up to 5 hours. The guide leads you through the gorilla's world, explaining aspects of their ecology and behavior along the way. When you reach the gorillas the time spent is strictly 1 hour.

It is possible to hire a porter (a person who will carry your bag) for about 10 dollar. This will make the tracking easier and more convenient for you. By doing this you also support the local community.

The gorilla group is always led by a Silverback, an adult male with a silver instead of black back.

The forests are also home to many wonderful birds, primates, large mammals, reptiles, insects and plants.

 

What to bring:

Gorilla tracking can be a long walk, so go prepared. We suggest you to wear shoes with good traction, suitable for steep muddy slopes. It is important to carry rain gear, sunscreen and a hat, as the weather is unpredictable. During the trekking it is also important to carry enough water and food. Our specialized guides will make sure you start the tracking very well prepared!

When taking photos, please note your subjects are black animals in dim light and flash is not allowed. So you need to use 400-1200 ISO settings on your digital camera. A bright lens and/or monopod can also be very helpful. Please go to the photography part of our website for detailed information about wildlife photography or ask Vincent our own wildlife photographer for free personal advise: vincent@kazingatours.com

 

 

Gorilla Groups in Uganda

Uganda has 11 gorilla groups which are habituated for trekking, including one for research. Below is an overview:

 National Park

 Location

 Name of the  Group

 Number of  individuals

 Information

 Bwindi

 Buhoma

 Mubare

9

 Including 1 Silverback

 Bwindi

 Buhoma

 Habinyanja

17

 Including 2 Silverbacks

 Bwindi

 Buhoma

 Rushegura

18

 Including 1 Silverback. This is the group who visited a  lodge and touched one client.

 Bwindi

 Ruhija

 Bitukura

14

 Including 4 Silverbacks

 Bwindi

 Ruhija

 Oruzogo

25

 Including 2 Silverbacks

 Bwindi

 Nkuringo

 Nkuringo

19

 Including 2 Silverbacks

 Bwindi

 Nkuringo

 Nshongi

26

 Including 4 Silverbacks

 Bwindi

 Rushaga

 Mishaya

12

 Including 1 Silverback

 Bwindi 

 Rushaga

 Kahungye

13

 Including 3 Silverbacks

 Bwindi

 Rushaga

 Bweza

9

 Including 1 Silverback

 Bwindi

 Rushaga

 Busingye

9

 Including 1 Silverback

 Mgahinga *

 Mgahinga

 Nyakagezi

10

 Including 3 Silverbacks.

 Bwindi

 Ruhija

 Kyaguriro

 

 Research Group. Cannot be tracked by tourists

*: The Gorilla group in Mgahinga likes to travel a lot and is sometimes in Rwanda or Congo, when they cannot be visited. This group is in Mgahinga National Park since November 2012, but not 100% reliable. Permits for this group can only be bought at the park headquarters of Uganda Wildlife Authority in Mgahinga because it is not 100% sure they are in Uganda.

 

Photos

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