While on a gorilla safari experience you will have to get differences in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC Congo and this gorilla trek in Africa there are things to keep in your mind when choosing which country to book a gorilla tour, one is the cost of the trekking permit as well as the overall cost of the safari, accessibility, and trekking experience. The permits cost $ 750 USD in Rwanda, $ 600 high season, $ 450 USD Low season in Uganda and $ 400 USD in DRC Congo and you find it that Rwanda which sales the permit high the safaris are low due to the short distance factor compared to Uganda and DRC Congo.
About 480 mountain gorillas inhabit an extinct volcanic region called the Virunga Range along the borders of Rwanda, Uganda band the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in East Africa. The other 400 mountain gorillas inhabit a nearby area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda, a thick tropical rain forest.
Accessibility and Location
In Uganda these endangered mountain gorillas are tracked in two national parks that’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Bwindi impenetrable National Park in Uganda
The park is located in the Southwestern part of Uganda and covers an area of about 331square kilometers. It takes 9-10 hours to reach the park through Mbarara, Kabale and Kanungu to Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo or Ruhija highways. However, there are domestic flight operations between Entebbe International Airport and Kajjansi Airfields to Kihihi and Ishasha Airstrips in Kanungu district. I recommend making Uganda full 8 Day Uganda Gorilla Safari with stops along the way instead of just a place to see gorillas whereas you could see gorillas in Rwanda in just a few days. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park offers gorilla habituation experience and this is done at Rushaga sector and visiting 2 gorilla families (Bushaho and Bikingi) and a permit cost $ 1500 USD per person.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest yet most scenic National Park which is situated in the extreme South-Western corner of the country, forming part of a large conservation area that straddles political boundaries to include Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga range, lie within the boundaries of the Ugandan portion of this biologically rich area, and provide a striking backdrop to Mgahinga’s gorgeous scenery. Mountain gorillas form the main attraction of the Park, and are the reason for its existence, thought the habituated group and permanently stable in Uganda and travelers can easily now experience gorilla tourism in the park. This park is also visit for the mount hike to the Mount Muhabura and the Batwa Cultural Trail from where you will experience the history and current lifestyle of the Batwa.
Volcanoes National Park
This park lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. Rwanda provides the easiest access to gorilla trekking so it is your best option if you are combining it with a safari to Kenya or Tanzania or if you only have tight program. The town of Ruhengeri, the jumping off point for trekking in Volcanoes National Park, is only a 2 hours’ drive on excellent roads from the capital (and its international airport) Kigali. This means that a 01 Day gorilla safari in Rwanda is possible, if you sleep in Kigali and you want to track gorillas, you have to drive very early in the morning and report to the park headquarters (Kinigi) before its 7:00 am then join other trackers to receive short briefing before you head into the jungle for the activity.
Virunga National Park
The park stretches from the Virunga Mountains in the South, to the Rwenzori Mountains in the North, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, bordering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. The Virunga National Park can be reached by a half-day road drive from Kigali, but you might encounter delays at the border securing a DRC tourist visa and therefore if you are take a tour to Virunga organize your Visa with your tour operator.