Did you know that Uganda homes only mountain gorillas in all the four subspecies of gorillas?

Gorilla safaris in Uganda takes you to only two tourist destinations and these are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga gorilla National Park both located in south western part of the pearl of Africa-Uganda. We organise both gorilla trekking and Gorilla habitation Safaris and these can be combined with culture and nature. Gorilla trekking safaris offer an opportunity to spend an hour following the endangered mountain Gorillas in the jungle and on the other side, gorilla habitation offers an opportunity to spend four hours following the gorilla family visited.

Gorillas live in groups known as families and each group is headed by an alpha male called Silverback. It gets its name from the grey-silver hair at the back. The Silverback plays different roles in the family such as protecting the group through fighting enemies, mating all females and searching for food. The members in each group depends on different factors and they keep changing all the time due to death rates, birth rates and leaving a family to form another new family.

Each gorilla family has a name which is a sign of recognition. They are named according to their location or the Silverback that formed the family. For conservation purposes, anyone can pay to name a newborn gorilla baby a certain amount and we normally advise our clients or tourists to do so. Gorillas are like humans, sometimes reffered to as gentle giants or beautiful creatures and they share 98% of blood DNA.

This means that they even use tools, breastfeed young ones, live in families, protect their groups, and give birth to one offspring at ago and it is rare to give birth to twins for example, in 2004, the Nkuringo gorilla family gave birth to twins which was a first record, though one of the twins died since the mother could not manage taking care of them.

Gorilla destinations in Uganda

As mentioned earlier, mountain gorillas are rare primate species and can be found in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Bwindi has almost half of the gorilla population in the whole world (465 gorilla individuals). This park covers an area of 321 square kilometres consisting 4 gorilla sectors (Buhoma, Ruhija Nkuringo & Rushaga).

Buhoma sector is the oldest and Gorilla trekking started from this area, Gorilla habituation is only done in the Rushaga sector and recently the Uganda Wildlife Authority released notice that a new gorilla family in the Nkuringo sector that is Posho gorilla family will soon be open for habituation experience. Apart from the Gorillas, Bwindi is home to over 200 butterfly species and 350 bird species of which 23 are Albertine Rift Valley endemics.

Bwindi homes 20 habituated gorilla families as of 2023 records whereby 2 of them are reserved for gorilla habituation experience and the remaining for trekking. Other experiences in Bwindi are the Batwa community tour, nature walks, bird watching and many more others.

Mgahinga National Park is the smallest protected area in Uganda covering an area of 33.7 square kilometres with only two habituated gorilla families and these are Hirwa and Nyakagezi. This park has another adventure of golden monkey trekking which is rare African primate specie.

Our Uganda gorilla Safari is tailor made and this means that you can choose a Safari that suits your interests. We normally combine our Uganda gorilla safaris with wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the culture of the Batwa Pygmies and nature. These safaris take about 3 to 5 days but we can also organise fly-in safaris for trekkers who have a short time or are on a luxury Safari.

When to go for a gorilla Safari in Uganda?

Any time or day of the year can be good to take a Uganda gorilla Safari depending on your schedule. There are two seasons each year and that is the dry and wet seasons. The dry season occurs in January to February and June to September. During this period, the trails in the park and the road leading to the park are dry, passable making it easy for the experience. This is considered to be the best time for a gorilla safari.

In the wet or rainy season that occurs in March to May and September to October, the trails are muddy and slippery making it hard to traverse. However, this time the gorillas tend to stay at one location since there is plenty of food which means less distance walked. Therefore, for a great memorable gorilla Safari in Uganda, Naseeb safaris Uganda is ready to organize a Safari that suits your budget, talk to us today and let’s get moving.