For most travellers, gorilla tracking ranks among one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Africa, and the spine-tingling feeling that you get being so near to one of our closest relatives is hard to describe. Mountain Gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered apes and it is estimated that there are only some 880 left in the world.
There are 13 Habituated gorilla groups that can be trekked in Uganda; 12 in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and 1 in Mgahinga Nation Park. There are over 400 gorillas in total coming from over 36 gorilla families or social groups. There are also 16 solitary males that roam the ancient forest. In Mgahinga Gorilla Park there are 80 plus gorillas.
The 13 habituated gorilla groups that can be trekked in Uganda translate into 104 gorilla permits per day. Habituated gorilla groups are used to human beings, a process that is about two years and longer. During that time the gorillas become used to human presence and simply go about their daily business while you are visiting them.
There are four areas within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you can track the various habituated gorilla families from. These are Buhoma (3 groups), Ruhija (2 groups), Nkuringo (2 groups) and Rushaga (5 groups). Mgahinga NP is 1,5 hour driving from Mutanda Lake Resort and there is 1 habituated gorilla group.
Gorilla habituation experience
There are two gorilla groups that are being habituated in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You can be part of that habituation program! Under a pilot program, both groups can be tracked and you can spend 4 hours with a gorilla family. The costing is 1500 USD per permit instead of 600 USD for a normal permit The habituation experience is only offered in Uganda! The gorilla habituation tracking is only available in Rushaga and Mutanda Lake Resort makes a perfect base for that.
Rushaga is known for being the best area in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla trekking and the only area for the gorilla habituation experience.
The starting point of these gorilla groups are nearby Mutanda Lake Resort:
- The 2 Nkuringo groups in Southern Bwindi (1 hour drive)
- The 5 Rushaga groups in Southern Bwindi (1 hour drive)
- The Nyakagezi group in Mgahinga NP (1,5 hour drive)
+ the gorilla habituation tracking in Rushaga (1 hour drive).
Mutanda Lake Resort can organize both your transfers to and from the starting point of the gorilla tracking, as well as your gorilla tracking permit. Read more