GORILLA SAFARIS IN UGANDA

These tours are to either Bwindi, Mgahinga, Nkuringo, Nshongi, Ruhija, Buhoma or a combination of them - that is, a tour to all of the gorilla groups. Please follow any of the links below or browse furtheron ahead for details of the gorilla safaris to Uganda.

Book your gorilla permit in advance to avoid disappointment. Gorilla permits are in high demand, because of the stiff competition for them, and therefore are booked with payment on the basis of first come first served. To track gorillas each person must have the day's gorilla permit which needs to be arranged and paid for in advance, preferrably at least 10 months for the high seasons - June-September and December-February; or latest 4-6 months in advance for the low seasons - October-November and March-May. Contact us for the latest status of availability, even for last-minute bookings. Each gorilla park (Bwindi, Nkuringo, Nshongi and Mgahinga in Uganda, Parc National des Volcans [PNV] in Rwanda and Virungas Gorilla Park Congo) has different numbers of permits per day (Bwindi and Ruhija 32, Nkuringo 8, Nshongi 8, and Mgahinga 8, in Uganda; in Parc National des Volcans [PNV] of Rwanda's seven Gorilla Groups 56, and Virungas Gorilla Park Congo 32 respectively).

Gorilla Tours and Safaris to Uganda - Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

 

Only-Gorillas Safari

UGANDA GORILLAS TOUR UG2: GORILLAS EXPRESS GORILLAS IN BWINDI OR CONGO (4 Days)

Gorillas and Game Safaris

UGANDA GORILLAS TOUR UG1: GORILLAS AND GAME BWINDI, QUEEN ELIZABETH AND LAKE MBURO PARK (7 Days)

UGANDA GORILLAS TOUR UG3: GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE - BWINDI AND LAKE MBURO (6 Days)

GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE TOUR UG16: - BWINDI SOUTH/CONGO GORILLA TRACKING AND WILDLIFE IN LAKE MBURO (7 Days)

Gorillas, Game, Chimps & Birds

GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES & BIRDS OF UGANDA TOUR UG10: JEWELS OF UGANDA (14 Days)

UGANDA TOUR UG15: THE BEST OF UGANDA, WITH GORILLAS (IN UGANDA OR CONGO (11 Days)

GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE TOUR UG16: - BWINDI SOUTH/CONGO GORILLA TRACKING AND WILDLIFE IN LAKE MBURO (7 Days)

Eco Tourism and Gorilla Tracking

UGANDA ECO-TOURISM TOUR UG13:  ECO TOURISM IN UGANDA, THE PEARL OF AFRICA (16 DAYS)

Birding Safaris with Gorillas

BIRDS OF UGANDA & AFRICA TOUR UG9: BIRDING IN UGANDA WITH GORILLAS (14 Days)

BIRDS IN UGANDAN FORESTS UG 19: BEST FOREST BIRDING WITH GORILLAS- 20 DAYS


Culture and Gorillas

CULTURAL TOUR TO UGANDA UG14: CULTURE IN UGANDA WITH GORILLAS (15 Days)

Other Gorilla Safaris

Gorilla Safaris to Bwindi | Gorilla Safaris to Nkuringo, or Nshongi | Gorilla Safaris to Bwindi & Mgahinga, Nkuringo, or Ishongi Combined

Click for a list of gorilla safaris in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo

Gorilla Groups: Bwindi, Mgahinga, Nkuringo, Nshongi, Congo, Rwanda

Gorilla rules and etiquette: If gorilla tracking is a component of your Pinnacle Safaris tour, Click for information on what to wear, what to carry, and recommended acceptable behaviour while tracking gorillas.

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Our gorilla permits and gorilla tracking policy

1. Gorilla permits are booked with payment on the basis of first come first served. It would therefore be very helpful if all travellers could confirm their safari with us as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Availability of gorilla permits for a required date is not guaranteed. Permits can be difficult to obtain, because of the high competition for them; and can be sold out at short notice. If your safari with us includes going gorilla tracking, we would like to stress that confirmation needs to be received from you as soon as possible and payment instructions for gorilla permits should be confirmed at the time of confirmation. Any delay in confirmation and/or payment may mean that we are unable to obtain them and in these circumstances Pinnacle Africa Safaris would not have any liability.

2. Once you book and send your money for permits, the date cannot change (changing a tracking date means a cancellation fee is charged). Rwanda charges $100 for each permit date changed. Uganda on the other hand does not allow changing/rescheduling the tracking date and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) will only refund 70% of tracking fee if the tracker falls sick prior to tracking. Any other change in tracking dates is treated as a cancellation for which the following terms are applied by UWA.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
UWA will retain the following percentages upon cancellation;

0-8 days to tracking date - no refund
9-45 days to tracking date - 75% (25% refund to client)
90 days to tracking date - 50%
91 days and above to tracking date - 25% (75% refund to client)

The above percentages are calculated on the full value of the permit.

3. It is essential that you inform us of your proposed dates of travel so that we check gorilla permits availability. Once we know that permits for the date we want (having finalised the type/duration of tour you want) are available, then we advise our clients of the availability. In lieu of points 2 & 3 above, it is up to the clients to decide which dates they are planning to come, and then confirm their tour as soon as possible so that permits can then be purchased. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda and Uganda requires that travelers firm up their dates latest 4-6 months in advance. This is, as already said, because permits needed at short notice are really difficult to obtain because of the high competition for them.

For more on this, please read our Gorilla Rules and how to behave with gorillas document.

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ChimpanzeeThese are mountain gorillas, staying in high up in the mounatins of Bwindi, up to 4000metres ASL. Therefore to track them one may traverse dense growth in this impenetrable forest, through swamps and wet undergrowth, and climb cliffs and high areas in search of them. Tracking can take as little as one hour up to as many as 8 hours when one returns to base camp. But the tracking is made easy by the rangers who would have known prior to your tracking, where the gorillas are. For environmental reasons, you are allowed a maximum of one hour with the gorillas.