Planning Gorilla Tours From South Africa: Planning Gorilla Tours From South Africa to Uganda or Rwanda involves flying from any of the major Airports in South  Africa to either Kigali International Rwanda or Entebbe International Airport Uganda. South Africa is one of the leading destinations on the African continent. It offers a myriad of wildlife and wine-tasting experiences. Undertaking gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda is by far the wisest decision one can make.

Where to go to enjoy gorilla trekking?

The must-visit gorilla trekking destinations in Africa include Uganda and Rwanda. Visiting any of these two countries guarantees you up close with the massive and endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. A trek through African jungles and finally coming to a family of these apes is what many describe as a mind-blowing experience. The others term it as a lifetime experience.

Safari Vacations and Travel Services organizes the most memorable gorilla safaris in Uganda. We organize these safaris to Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. We also arrange them in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, and Kahuzi-Biega National Park in DR Congo. With about only 1080 mountain gorillas left in the wild, half of these large apes survive in Uganda. Besides, Uganda is an affordable destination to explore mountain gorillas. Each gorilla permit costs only USD 800 per person per trek. This is cheap compared to Rwanda’s $1500 per permit per trek.

Crossing to Rwanda, you will be visiting Volcanoes National Park where over 30% of mountain gorillas live. Volcanoes NP is on the Northwestern side of Rwanda. You can easily access it from Kigali or Kabale/Kisoro in Uganda. Considering its proximity to Southwestern Uganda, tourists on the Rwanda gorilla safari can cross to Bwindi or Mgahinga to track gorillas. Double gorilla trekking is possible and it is a great chance for visitors to make comparisons between the two destinations.

Rwanda gorilla trekking permits per day cost USD 1500 per person. Safari Vacations and Travel Services is available 24/7 to assist you in obtaining the Rwanda gorilla permit. We also help you to obtain a Uganda gorilla trekking permit at ease.

How to get there

Traveling from South Africa to Uganda is easier. There is an easier way to connect to Uganda or Rwanda where you can visit mountain gorillas. It is by flying into Kigali International Airport Rwanda or Entebbe International Airport Uganda. From Entebbe, you may take a small flight connecting to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip to avoid the long hours of driving by road(9hrs). The drive from Kigali to Bwindi is utmost 6 hours.

When to visit Uganda/Rwanda for gorilla trekking from South Africa?

Gorilla trekking is an open adventure for visitors. Rwanda and Uganda enjoy favorable weather and climatic conditions all year round. But there is the most ideal time to book or travel for your gorilla trekking experience. It is during the dry season –that is during the long or short phase. The long dry season is recorded around June, July, August, and September. Meanwhile, short dry months begin from December, January to February. These are also most popularly known as the peak months of the year.

What you should pack?

A successful gorilla Safari in Uganda /Rwanda involves adequate planning. Part of this includes considering what to pack for your adventure. The list of items to carry is endless but here is a must-pack for your memorable gorilla trek. A daypack, long-sleeved shirts, trousers, insect repellents, rain jacket, and bottled water. You can also pack energy-giving snacks, valid visas, passports, gorilla permits, a sweater, and others.

How long is a normal gorilla trek?

A normal day trek through the forest to get up close and personal with a gorilla family takes between 2 and 6 hours. Additionally, the length of a gorilla trek with mountain gorillas varies. Variations in the length of the trek depend on the visitor’s speed of walking and the nature of the habitat. Also, it depends on the location of these primates in the course of the day. But you will be guaranteed of one hour for photography and close interaction with mountain gorillas.

Where to stay during your safari

All accommodation categories exist in Uganda and Rwanda for gorilla trekking holidaymakers. We can book them for you, hence you need to just come worry-free of bookings. The available gorilla safari lodges include Buhoma Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Bweza Gorilla Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, & Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge. In Volcanoes NP, they include Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Hotel Muhabura, and many others.

Mgahinga NP gorilla safari lodges: Mount Gahinga Lodge, Mount Gahinga Rest Camp, Kisoro Traveler’s Rest Camp, Mucha Hotel, Virunga Hotel, Kisoro Tourist Hotel, and others.