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Enjoy Uganda gorilla safari tours to Bwindi or a COVID19 safe gorilla tour from Kigali (or Kampala) with experienced and trusted Gorilla safari specialists. We organize affordable, truly rewarding and flexible gorilla safaris to satisfy your travel needs, whether you are in search of a luxury or budget gorilla tour in Uganda.

When Friendly Gorillas Safaris customizes your gorilla trekking experience, we pay great attention to your budget and expectations and deliver true journey of a life-time to the pearl of Africa.

During your safari tour in Uganda with us, you are accommodated in well selected secured and nature friendly lodges with unrivaled services that make your stay in Uganda undoubtedly amazing. Inquire today and we will send you the best offer for your preferred tour package.

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Our website has useful and updated information about gorilla safari costs, Uganda Gorilla families, what to pack for your Rwanda, Uganda or Congo gorilla trek, the Best time to visit the mountain Gorillas, Mountain Gorilla diet, and Booking Uganda gorilla tracking permit.

Book any of our luxury, mid-range & budget gorilla safari tours that take you to; Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, (Plus Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest, Kidepo National parks, among other destinations).

Check our Available: 2021/22 Uganda Gorilla tours, and Rwanda Gorilla safari packages.

Commonly booked Uganda gorilla safaris

3 Days Min: 2 people Any date

Uganda gorillas & Lake Bunyonyi tour

Visit Uganda Equator trip, meet the mountain gorillas and undertake a romantic evening boat ride at Lake Bunyonyi.

5 Days Min: 2 people Any date

Uganda gorilla & Wildlife safari

Visit the thrilling Uganda mountain gorillas, enjoy a romantic Lake Bunyonyi tour, meet Queen Elizabeth’s tree-climbing lions …

3 Days Min: 2 people Any date

3 Days Rwanda Gorilla safari

This 3 day gorilla adventure takes you to Volcanoes National Park for an impressive gorilla & primate encounter

6 Days Min: 2 people Any date

6 Days Uganda gorilla & wildlife safari

6 days Gorilla safari tour: Enjoy impressive gorilla safari tour with fascinating primate, wildlife & jungle encounters.

3 days Murchison falls National park safari
Uganda gorilla safari tours and relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi

2 Days Murchison Falls National Park Safari

The 2 Days Uganda wildlife safari to Murchison Falls NP takes you to the magical tour to the top of the Murchison Falls, Big 5 encounter…

2 Days Lake Mburo National Park

The 2 days safari to Lake Mburo Is a rewarding short safari to a serene lake, rolling hills and abundant wildlife makes Lake Mburo a gem of a national park.

8 Days Active Adventure Tour

This 8 Days Active Adventure Vacation features white water rafting & bungee jumping along the World’s longest river, River Nile.

9 Days Chimp & Wildlife safari in Uganda

This tour takes you to meet the amazing Uganda’s mountain gorillas in Bwindi and also exposes you to Chimpanzee trekking.

 

Uganda gorilla safaris: Remarkable African experience at the Pearl of Africa

Welcome to Uganda – The pearl of Africa.

Uganda safari toursIt is not surprising that Lonely Planet recognized Uganda as the number 1 African safari destination in the world. Uganda has not only more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, but also has vast and virtually virgin tracts of wilderness and culture that truly suits the adventure lovers. Uganda safari exposes you to dazzling destinations with remarkable encounters.

Crowned the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill, Uganda reveals the true uniqueness of Africa.

When in Uganda, you do not only have a ‘once in a life time’ opportunity to track the amazing endangered gorillas in Bwindi or Mhaghinga National Parks, but can also track chimps plus 12 other primates on Uganda’s National Parks safaris, pure BIG-5 safari experiences in lush savannah national parks, do mountain hiking, enjoy Grade-5 white-water rafting on the world’s longest river Nile, and authentic Ugandan cultural experiences as you meet theBatwa, Karimojong people among many others.

Located at the Equator, Uganda is therefore green and very fertile. The variety of landscape is stunning and allows you to do so much more than only safari.

You certainly can’t miss out on visiting the wonderful lakes like Lake Victoria, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda.

Our distinctively crafted gorilla, wildlife or cultural tour packages and safari experiences will give you remarkable and memorable encounters as you undertake your family safari, adventure holiday, private or group tour, one-on-one researcher tours, highly adventurous expeditions and cultural safari experiences in Uganda.

If you prefer an adventure holiday or a fun packed family safari in Uganda and want to visit specific destinations and encounter specific activities, our experienced and passionate Tour consultants shall prepare a suitable itinerary that beats your expectations.

Book your Uganda tour with Uganda Gorilla tours and enjoy the fascinating experience in the pearl of Africa!

Other top Uganda Wildlife & gorilla safari tours

3 Days Queen Elizabeth Safari

Visit to Uganda’s most visted park for a guided chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura, remarkable wildlife viewing & boat ride…

Uganda chimp tracking, Uganda Chimpanzee safari, Chimp safari Uganda

5 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda

This 5 days Uganda gorilla trekking tour takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in the west across the Albertine Rift Valley…

Murchison Falls safari

6 Days Primate & Big 5 Safari in Uganda

The highlights of this park include: the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park

Uganda chimp tracking, Uganda Chimpanzee safari, Chimp safari Uganda

3 Days Primate tour in Rwanda

Remarkable Gorilla & chimp safari encounter in Volcanoes & Nyungwe National park. This is the best short primate encounter…

Top selling Gorilla adventure tours in Uganda

Useful Gorilla trekking safaris info

Uganda gorilla tracking infos

Gorilla trekking is a safari activity where travelers hike through the thick tropical rain-forests of Bwindi, Volcanoes, Mgahinga or Virunga National parks in search of the endangered mountain gorillas.

In Africa, you can only do gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For you to be able to undertake gorilla tracking in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo, a Gorilla tracking permit is required. The said gorilla permit should be acquired a head of time to avoid late-booking challenges.

When looking for the best rate for a gorilla tour in Uganda or Rwanda, you need to think of three important aspects; gorilla permit, lodging and transport to and from the gorilla park.

A Uganda gorilla trekking price typically range from USD490 to USD620 per person sharing and this cost exclude gorilla permits. A gorilla tracking permit in Uganda currently costs USD700 and Rwanda it is USD.1500, the same amount of gorilla habituation in Uganda.

Accommodation costs may vary from USD50 for budget to up to USD1500 and more for Luxury hotels per person sharing. You may also choose to drive or fly to Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

So, depending on your budget, we can arrange an appropriate gorilla tour to a destination of your choice.

Friendly Gorillas Safaris is glad to explain Rwanda and Uganda costs or value if contacted through electronic mail or direct phone call.

In Uganda, Gorilla trekking begins early in the day with brief guidelines by the ranger guides about the Gorilla trekking rules (gorilla safari dos & don’ts), after which you are divided into trekking groupings of 8 before each group being assigned a specific mountain gorilla family.

At that point, you head into the thick forest guided by the park ranger guides, tracing the mountain gorilla family based on its last known location or where the gorilla group spent the night.

The whole activity of gorilla trek in Uganda or Rwanda can last from 30 minutes to 8 hours (3 fourth of the day) depending on how long it takes to find your allocated gorilla family, and you should in this way be prepared for mild adventure.

Upon meeting your mountain gorilla family, you are given a maximum of 1 hour with these gorgeous  gentle giants, in which you will take photographs, watch the mountain gorillas and furthermore ask the ranger guide any questions concerning the gorillas.

Whether in Rwanda or Uganda, Gorilla trekking has been portrayed by a few explorers as “an exceptional experience” and it should be on your bucket list of things to do in Africa.

Frequently, travelers ask “when is the best time for Uganda Gorilla trekking?”.

Well, the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda can be trekked throughout the year. However, given the cost of the Gorilla trekking permit (Rwanda Gorilla tracking permits at $1500 and Uganda Gorilla tracking permits at $700) everybody would need to travel during the time where they can get the best value for money and gorilla trekking experience.

It is in this way important to take note of that the drier months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February are the best for gorilla trekking. During this period the trek is exceptionally pleasant as it’s very easy to explore through the thick forests of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park and the Volcanoes National Park, the parks are not dump and wet, there is less mist, and it isn’t extremely cool.

However, it is additionally great to note of that since these are tropical rain forest, anytime, even in these dry months, there can be little rain.

Then again, in the event that you are hoping to go gorilla tracking in months where there are discounts, Rwanda offers their gorilla trekking permits at $1050 for low season months. As for Uganda, take note that the low season discounts were disallowed off as of late.

When is the best time to trek the Uganda or Rwanda Mountain Gorillas?

In order to see the mountain gorillas, you are required to acquire the gorilla trekking permit. Friendly Gorillas will obtain for you this Uganda or Rwanda Gorilla trekking permit after you book your trip, and we will additionally be able to disclose to you availability of the gorilla trekking permits before you book the excursion for your planned travel dates.

The Uganda Gorilla permit costs $700 for foreign travelers, $500 for foreign residents, and 250,000 shillings for East African residents. The Rwanda Gorilla trekking permit on the other hand costs $1500, and is accessible at a discounted fee of $1050 for low season months, and only in the event that you tour a few parks in Rwanda prior to your Rwanda Gorilla safari.

Each country has an issuing body, in Uganda it is the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) that issues the gorilla trekking permit, while in Rwanda it is the Rwanda Development Board. The Gorilla permits in Uganda authorizes you to trek the gorillas in Bwindi Forest National park or Maghinga Gorilla National park while for Rwanda permits, you trek the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Note that the gorilla trekking permit is valid only for the booked date.

When should I book my Congo, Rwanda or Uganda gorilla permit/tour?

In the event that you plan to tour the gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo, it’s vital to book your gorilla trekking tour or gorilla trekking permit not less than 3 months preceding the gorilla trekking date. This is because gorilla trekking permits tend to sell out to fast especially in the high season months.

Therefore, if you don’t book your gorilla trekking tour on time, it’s normal for you to find gorilla tracking permits for the desired dates unavailable. However, note that in case you end up in a position where you need to book a very late Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or Rwanda, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We usually have some reserved permits and still you can be fortunate to find some permits for your desired travel dates available.

Where is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park located? (gorilla safari top destination)

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, making it an awesome goal for your gorilla trekking tour. Situated in South western Uganda, the Bwindi national park is sub divided into four sectors, each having several habituated gorilla families accessible for you to trek.

The four sectors of Bwindi are; Buhoma, situated in the north of Bwindi, the gorilla safari park (likewise, Buhoma is the first sector to be opened for gorilla trekking), the Ruhija sector in the east, the Rushaga division in the south, and the Nkuringo sector additionally found in the south.

The choice of sector to track the gorillas in Bwindi depends on several factors including availability of the gorilla trekking permits, choice of hotel, desired gorilla trekking experience and so on.

The Gorilla permit permits you trek the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Forest national park or Maghinga gorilla park or volcanoes national park. The trek in search for the mountain gorillas last from 1 to 8 hours depending on several factors like the location of the trek, altitude of the gorilla tracking sector, physical capacity of the trekkers, movement of the mountain gorillas and so on. However, after finding your specified mountain gorilla family, the gorilla trekking permit permits you spend a maximum of 1 hour with the mountain gorillas.

It is additionally imperative to take note that part of the gorilla trekking permit fee is utilized to do gorilla conservation work, some is used to build infrastructures around the parks, and other portion is used to develop the neighboring communities. In this way when booking your Uganda gorilla tour, you are directly taking part in the conservation of these endangered species!

The lowest age limit for gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda is 15 years. However, under extraordinary conditions, we can acquire for your kid(s) the gorilla trekking permit if their physical appearance can be mistaken for fit, regardless of whether they are beneath the allowed age for gorilla trekking.

There is no highest age limit for gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda. If you are a bit physically weak, note that gorilla families are allocated based on physical strength, age and more. Therefore, we can ask the team to allocate an appropriate and easy to track gorilla family.

Therefore, with Friendly Gorillas Ltd, you don’t need to worry about whether or not you will track the mountain gorillas. Simply get in touch with us and basing on the details you give us, we will design the best gorilla trekking trip for you!


The trek in the thick tropical rain Forest of Bwindi, Mgahinga or Volcanoes national park in search for the mountain gorillas can last from as short as 30 minutes up to 8 hours! The length of the gorilla trek depends on several factors including, though not limited to; the movement of the mountain gorillas, physical ability of the trekkers, the altitude and location of the trekking sector, the last known location of the famous mountain gorilla group being followed and so forth.

The pace of the grouping is dictated by the slowest member in the trekking party as nobody is supposed to be left out. It is additionally vital to let the Uganda gorilla tours expert help you design a perfect gorilla trekking tour by helping you pick the best gorilla trekking sector depending on your strength, desired length of trek and experience.

The cost of a Gorilla trekking tour in Uganda is determined by three fundamental factors – The choice of lodge, Means of transport, and the gorilla trekking permit fee.

At Friendly Gorilla Safaris Ltd, we offer several ready-made and tailor-made Gorilla trekking Packages running from Budget, mid-range to Luxury.

The cost of a budget gorilla safari in Uganda ranges from $490 US dollars to $950 US dollars per individual sharing (excluding the Gorilla Permit).

Check our ready-crafted Gorilla safari packages or get in touch with us to enable us customize a fascinating gorilla safari package just for you. You can contact us via Email or WhatsApp +256782195052 – for further details.

For a successful Gorilla trek, you require everything that can make your gorilla trekking experience charming and some of the stuff we recommend having in your packing list should include:

  • Trousers,
  • Hiking boots,
  • Insect repellents,
  • A hat if obtainable,
  • Sun glasses if available,
  • Garden gloves if accessible, and you may carry some energy giving foods (however take note of that you should not eat when with the mountain gorillas).

Many times, before embarking on a gorilla safari, you may ask about the chances of seeing the mountain gorillas during you gorilla trekking tour. Well, whether you choose to go gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda, there is around 99% chance of seeing these gentle and adorable wild giants, (the endangered mountain gorillas).

This is because the habituated gorilla families are closely observed, and the ranger guides are always in the know of the whereabouts of every gorilla family.

Therefore even before you go out for the gorilla trek in the morning, the ranger guides always track the gorillas beforehand and you track them based on their last known location.

Feel free to contact us at Friendly Uganda Gorilla Safaris if you are interested in finding out more information about the chances of seeing the gorillas.


It’s extremely possible to tour Uganda, or the Bwindi Impenetrable forest for gorilla trekking safari through Kigali. The driving time from Entebbe to Bwindi is 10 hours, while the drive from Kigali to Bwindi is just 4.5 hours. Therefore, numerous people from Rwanda safaris opt to tour the gorillas through Kigali. So, in the event that you are traveling to the Kigali international Airport in Rwanda, don’t hesitate to book your gorilla trekking tour from Kigali with us.

You can likewise begin your tour in Kigali and end in Entebbe and the other way round on the event that you have more activities you intend to undertake.(in case you need to visit something further than the gorillas).

It should likewise be noticed that the East African tourist visa can permit you get to these countries with ease. The East African tourist visa costs $100, and we encourage you to purchase in case you anticipate to visit two or three east Africa countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
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Indeed, there are discounted gorilla permits accessible to see the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National park. These discounted Rwanda gorilla trekking permits can be secured at $1050 for the low season months of May and November, however the main condition is that you spend three days in any other national parks in Rwanda (Nyungwe Forest national park or the Akagera National park). This is the only way you can earn discounted Rwanda gorilla trekking permit.

It’s additionally essential to take note that currently, Uganda has cancelled the discounted gorilla trekking permits and thus, in order to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda, you need to part with a fixed fee of $600 for the Uganda Gorilla permit.


On the event that you are planning to travel in the low season months of May and November when the Rwanda discounted gorilla permits are at USD1050, we encourage that you book your excursion no less than two months ahead of time. This is because numerous people currently book their trip to Volcanoes National Park during this period. If you don’t mind get in touch with us at Friendly Gorillas to book your Rwanda low season gorilla trekking tour.

Yes, it’s now possible to trek Uganda or Bwindi gorillas via Rwanda. You can start a Uganda gorilla trek from Kigali International Airport. Transfer from Kigali airport via the Rwanda-Uganda Katuna boarder to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to 5-6 hours compared to if one uses Entebbe International Airport the place the drive time is 8-9 and now and again 10 hours from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

With the introduction of the East African traveler visa, one can now go to each Uganda and Rwanda with minimal hassle. The great news is that; you can now apply for Rwanda Visa upon arrival. This has made acquiring Rwanda visa pretty easy. East African vacationer visa costs USD100 and permits you to go to three east African international locations of Uganda, Rwanda and Uganda. Contact Friendly Gorillas for details about Bwindi gorilla safaris via Kigali Airport.

Democratic Republic of Congo is another destination in the world that’s home to the remaining endangered and rare mountain gorillas. The other nations with mountain gorillas are Uganda and Rwanda. A typical gorilla permit to trek mountain gorillas in Congo’s Virunga National Park is USD400.00 and includes park entry fees, one hour with gorillas and services of a ranger guide throughout your trek.

Congo provides discounted gorilla approves at USD200 only and can be booked for you if you book with us an all-inclusive tour. For further information regarding Congo discounted gorilla permits and budget Congo gorilla safaris, please contact Friendly Gorillas Safaris via cellphone or email.

The predetermined number of people to trek/tour a mountain gorilla family for each day is 8. The Bwindi National park has 14 habituated Gorilla families which you can trek depending on the allocated gorilla trekking sector, Mgahinga Gorilla national park has 1 gorilla family open to trek, while Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park has 10 habituated gorilla families available to be trekked. On occasion, a group may have more than 8 people appointed, the gorilla safari park warden explains this in case it happens.

Then again, the highest number of people assigned to a gorilla family during the Gorilla habituation encounter is four. This is because the gorilla family groups being habituated are not used to seeing many people and may become aggressive if they feel threatened.

So, if you want to spend more time or want to avoid interference from the many people when encountering gorillas, you definitely need to book a Rwanda or Uganda gorilla habituation experience.

Before gorillas families are made accessible for gorilla trekking, they are habituated by specialists and researchers at the gorilla parks.

The term gorilla habituation implies that gorillas are gradually acquainted with human nearness, to such an extent that they end up used to human presence. This makes them less shy, and less aggressive therefore enabling all gorilla family groups to be tracked.

Therefore, whether you are trekking gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, a Gorilla habituation encounter is a longer version of the gorilla trek where you spend a maximum of 4 hours with the gorillas rather than only 1. The Gorilla habituation encounter was introduced in 2014 for gorilla enthusiasts to experience the procedure in which wild mountain gorillas are habituated (acquainted with human presence) to such an extent that they can be available for gorilla trekking. The gorilla habituation permit in Uganda costs $1500 USD, and just 4 people per day are permitted per gorilla family being habituated.


Gorilla trekking is one of the outstanding activities among others that you can undertake while on your tour to East Africa. For this reason, the Uganda or Rwanda gorilla trekking permits tend to sell out extremely fast. We therefore strongly encourage you to book your gorilla trekking tour 3-4 months early or even earlier prior to guarantee that your permits for the preferred travel dates are secured before they run out.

It’s likewise imperative to take note that for the peak season months of June, July, August, September, December January and February, the permits typically get sold out and therefore just in case you are planning a gorilla trekking tour in Uganda or Rwanda during these months, you need to book the trip early.

On the event that you have some other inquiries concerning the mountain gorillas that you require replied, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can design the best Uganda gorilla trekking experience. We reply to your messages within the shortest time possible, and furthermore have a WhatsApp hotline +256782195052 in the event that you need quicker answers/talks.

WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT FOR TREKKING GORILLAS?
The age restriction for gorilla tracking (Uganda and Rwanda) and golden monkey trekking (Uganda) is 15 years. The authorities are very strict on this, so kindly make sure all purchasers and teens are 15 or older in order to keep away from any sad incidents like guest(s) kids being refused to track. We make sure that before you book our Gorilla tracking holidays, you have clear age details.
The age restriction for trekking chimpanzees in Uganda is 12 years ancient and youngsters 10 years and older are allowed to trek golden monkeys in Rwanda as long as they are accompanied with an adult.

Children underneath 15 years are allowed to Dian Fosse’s tomb – although the latter hike is a stiff one so we do now not propose that either to youngsters underneath 12-13 years. For more facts about Gorilla monitoring Uganda age limit, contact Friendly Gorillas safaris.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY GORILLA PERMIT/TOUR?
For a successful gorilla tracking in Uganda, you are advised to book your gorilla permit at least three months before the tracking date because gorilla permits tend to sell off, especially during peak/high seasons, especially in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February each year.

Please contact us with the date when you intend to book your gorilla tracking trip and we will advise on the availability of permits on that day.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A GORILLA PERMIT?
A Uganda gorilla permit grants you one hour with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park.

Included in the cost are; park entry fees for the respective parks, services of National Park guides/rangers who will escort you to the forest.

Rwanda & Uganda travel information


An incredibly small country, Uganda is 241 136 sq. km. Purely blessed to the extent of which 440 sq. km. is glittering water. Situated across the Equator, typical day time temperatures vary between 24-28oC. An annual rainfall of 125 mm over two periods – April /May and November to early December. But with the sun still shining during wet season, and it often rains even during dry season. This offers favorable weather for Uganda safari undertakers.

The main language spoken in Uganda is English. The ecology varies from savanna to wooded area to snow-capped mountains, a fantastic range which indicates in its recorded hen list of over one thousand species.

Official Language: English and currency: Uganda Shilling Approximately 3680 Uganda Shilling = 1US Dollar (as at January 2020)

Rwanda is a very small, land locked country found in Central Africa with approximately 26,340 sq. km. during your Rwanda tours, you will find five prominent volcanoes and 23 lakes as well as quite a few rivers. A massive phase of the country has an altitude of between 1,500 and 2,500 meters above sea level.

In prehistoric instances, one third of Rwanda used to be covered with woodland rainforest. Today the only large tract of forest left in Rwanda is Nyungwe in the southwestern part of the country; it covers almost 1000 square kilometres. Some areas of forest run up to the Volcanoes National Park in the northeast, but most of the natural vegetation here is bamboo woodland and open moorland.

Rwanda highlands in large parts of the country are now dominated by the terraced agriculture that gives the Rwandan geographical region its beautiful and exceptional views. The eastern part of Rwanda has totally special vegetation, the standard African bush, a combination of savannah and grassland dominated with acacia trees.

Average temperatures are between 24 – 27 degrees with the Coolest months from August – September.

Official languages; Kinyarwanda, French, English & Kiswahili.
Local Currency; Rwanda Franc Approximately 580 Rwandan Franc = 1US Dollar (as at January 2020)


All foreign nationalities require entry visas when entering in to Uganda. Simply put, no visa, there’s no way you can tour Uganda. But, not to worry, when planning a safari to Uganda, Visas can be purchased on arrival at the airport for USD 50, or can be issued by representative of Ugandan High Commissions in countries where you are coming from.

Planning to visit Uganda and you are an East African national?, You will be issued with a 6 months local visa (renewable) at the boarder with no fee.
All other nationalities will be required to purchase visas at minimal costs and the price depends on the nationality, up to USD60 for a single entry.

IMPORTANT: The visa certification / permission MUST BE processed in advance of your arrival irrespective whether or not you fly or drive to Rwanda/Uganda – through their closest Rwandan High Commission.


All visitors to Rwanda (both by road and air) who are no longer eligible for the free ninety days entry into Rwanda or qualified to get their visa upon arrival are required to make an “entry facility application” on the Rwandan immigration Authority’s internet site – www.migration.gov.rw – below the Menu “Public service” click on “entry facility” and on the form, you will fill in the basic important details like name, passport number, arrival date and port of arrival – and submit it over the internet.

It is really important for travelers planning to visit Rwanda to follow this and do it as quickly as possible to enable enough time for the visa application to be approved. It’s appropriate for Rwanda visitors to print out a copy of their submission so that they avoid inconveniences when they arrive in Rwanda.

Upon re-entry in to Uganda, e.g. from Rwanda via road, a transit visa for USD15 may be conceivable, depending on your itinerary and the safari destination you are heading to, and for how long you plan to take. Many times, a full new single entry visa at USD50 will be charged.

It is YOUR responsibility to make sure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months and has various clear pages for visas prior to departure. If you are visiting Uganda on a British Passport new policies require that your passport is valid for 12 months for entry into Uganda.


Yellow Fever vaccination is required. For anyone touring the East African safari destinations of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania or Rwanda, you must have yellow fever vaccination. This should to be acquired no later than 10 days prior to your gorilla safari departure.

If you have a records of liver problems (hepatitis, etc) you should consult your doctor first before departing for your gorilla safari tour.

Typhoid can also be requested from the authorities when crossing into Rwanda, even though it is uncommon for it to be requested. This can be completed by way of your local group or through a journey clinic.

Tetanus is also recommended, as is Cholera, but are not compulsory.
Hepatitis vaccination is at the discretion of the traveller.

Malaria tablets are necessary and can be purchased from your neighbourhood pharmacy or anywhere during your tour to Uganda. Get in touch with your pharmacist/doctor if you need better prescription.

It is also a good idea to carry along some insect repellent (mosquitoes repellent) with you to spray on yourself in the evenings and early morning.


Mountain gorillas and Chimpanzees are pretty prone to human diseases like flu and colds. If you are embarking on a Uganda gorilla / chimp trekking, then you need to be free of any visibly contagious.

For trouble free gorilla encounter, it should be noted that sick persons are not allowed to visit gorillas in Uganda. Should you have cold, flu or related sickness, you are not allowed to embark on a Uganda gorilla trek.

Friendly Gorillas safaris’ recommendation is that if you sense you are involved in this aspect, do inform your safari guide as soon as possible, and he will seek advice as to the exceptional way(s) to deal with the situation.

Whenever on Uganda tracking gorillas or chimpanzees, you are advised to strictly follow the tracking guidelines so as to avoid conflict with the Gorilla tracking authorities.


While touring Uganda/Rwanda, you will likely be on un-smooth roads and they are in fairly right condition in comparison to African standards. There may additionally be some VERY LONG days in the vehicle, but the interesting and various scenery encountered during your safari makes this another exciting experience!

There are however, some simply terrible sections of filthy road, especially in the more mountainous areas. In these areas journey will be slower, quite bumpy and there ought to be a lot of dust experienced en-route. This is one of those safari experiences you need to encounter J. There are alternatives for scheduled or charter flights for the longer routes – please enquire for fees and possibilities of this.

Your safari vehicles is typically used to transfer between destinations as well as National park game drives and other relaxing activities at the hotels and inside the National Parks.


Due to space barriers in the planes, it is imperative that luggage be saved to a minimum. Also to avoid inconveniences during gorilla tracking, we only recommend you carry the most important items.

We advise a barrel or smooth bag (15 kg maximum) for your essential gear, plus a digital camera bag or smaller ‘day pack ‘ for interior the vehicle. Samsonite / difficult luggage / suitcases, etc. are not appropriate as it makes packing very difficult.

Charters bags allowance – If you are travelling on a mild aircraft inside Uganda, then the baggage restriction is based on other customers and bags weights and varies from plane to airplane and routing however normally only up to 10kg per man or woman in soft baggage and this is strictly adhered to for safety reasons.

On a Gorilla safari trip to Uganda/Rwanda you can explore through our the four seasons. It will also be vital to take some heavy wears for rain as it can rain anytime.

We recommend light wears and sneakers for the hike to see the gorillas in Uganda.
During your safari in Uganda, depending on the safari activities, destination and weather, the kind of clothes you wear may vary.

Women are recommended to cover knees and shoulders when in a rural village or market however, it should be noted that none of the lodges/hotels insist on any formal kind of dress – ties, jackets and so forth – so the norm would be casual.

Jungle attires like hiking boots, no white colors, e.g. greens, khaki and comparable neutral clothes are recommended. During day time on safari, typically shorts or lightweight trousers, t-shirts, hat, sunblock and many others are encouraged as it is usually pretty warm (25-35 degrees C average).

As you enjoy your gorilla tour in Uganda, avoid wearing blue shades in areas the place you highly attracted to tsetse flies, as they are often attracted to these colours.

We recommend you take something warm like tracksuit, fleece or sweater for the mountainous areas i.e. Bwindi or Virungas. It is at a higher altitude and will therefore be colder in the evenings. – a rain jacket/anorak is also advised as it rains, commonly in the in the rain forest areas, even in the drier months.

Long trousers and long sleeved shirts are also advised for typical night-time use to assist in the prevention of mosquito bites and also as it’s normally cooler than at some stage in the day.

For a ready-made or custom made gorilla safaris to Uganda, please do contact us for full list of your gorilla tracking packing list.


There is no charge for personal filming of gorillas and other scenes with non-public video cameras, like digital, phones and so forth in Uganda or Rwanda.
Professional photographers, film makers or media personalities are advised to seek for advice at the time of booking as one of a kind procedures are required and all necessary costs to be incurred for photographing and filming.

Since most safari lodges in Uganda operate on solar power, During your gorilla safari in Uganda, you are strongly advised to make perfect use of your camera power and charge whenever you have the chance to. This will ensure you have a memorable Gorilla trek.

Gorilla filming tips;

  • Do not shoot photos of any authorities buildings, police or military posts.
  • Ask permission before photographing local people.
  • For gorilla photography a 35 – 70 mm zoom, or 50 mm fixed is typically sufficient.
  • Take speedy film if using movie (200-400 ASA plus), as you are now not allowed to use a flash.
  • Please take a look at your digital camera before to make sure you comprehend how to turn it off manually.
  • Game & bird photography obviously longer lens would be encouraged 80-300mm ideally.
  • Do not spend all your time with the gorillas trying for the classic photograph, look around you and observe and enjoy these gentle animals.

During your gorilla safari in Uganda, it is possible to have your laundry done at a small extra cost. Mostly it is achieved through hand and dried naturally outside. There are a few safari lodges with machine laundry.

Please check the system upon arrival at each lodge to ensure you are not caught short with wet washing – especially in high rainfall areas like Bwindi.

Electricity spec Uganda: 240 volts British Standard, generally through 3 pin square plugs.

Rwanda: 240 volts but using the 2 pin European style plugs.

Some lodges and camps have power only at certain times of the day, and in some charging facilities are public. You will need your own charger.

In gorilla safari lodges/ camps using solar electricity, the amount of power available for charging often depends on how sunny the weather has been and how busy the lodge is with charging equipment, so whilst they will always try to assist, continuous charging cannot be guaranteed at all times to be available.

Use of specialized electronics, hair dryers, curling tongs, shavers and other electrical equipment is possible at hotels in towns and at lodges with large generator power back-up systems but generally not possible at solar powered lodges – please check your Gorilla tracking Uganda detailed itinerary to ensure you are aware of where you can utilize these items and advise your agent in advance if special arrangements need to be made like for breathing machines.

The safari vehicles you will use through out your Gorilla tracking tour may also have invertor systems for charging items but this facility is not guaranteed.

WHICH CURRENCY SHOULD I CARRY

US Dollars currency is the preferred option to bring when traveling to Uganda/Rwanda.
Once in Uganda/Rwanda, we advise guests to change some dollars into local currency for use as spending money on the road like for drinks, etc. Gorilla tracking Uganda advices that you keep small notes (USD 1, 5, 10, 50) as well as USD 100 bills – make sure you only carry dollar bills newer than 2009. Please ensure that all USD bills are in good condition, i.e. without rips, tears and any mark.

Note that whilst more convenient in terms of changing currency and not having to carry around huge amounts of local money, there is normally a surcharge on the smaller notes when changing them. Keep your slips, you are able to change surplus local money back to cash if you have proof of purchase when leaving the country.

Unfortunately, during your safari, you can not use travellers cheques to change as they are often VERY difficult to cash, even in large towns and especially over weekends and after hours. Throughout the rest of the country, changing TC’s is almost impossible. Ask Gorilla Tracking Uganda for details.

There are only a few banks in Kampala (to our knowledge) that are authorised to give cash advances on credit cards. Visa cards are generally fine BUT Mastercard are NOT guaranteed and will only be cashed IF they clear certain internal security checks. There is a limit on amounts that may be drawn, and only during banking hours.

Exchange rates will be poor, and they may also charge extra service fees.

Payment for services by credit card can only be done by VISA card or MASTERCARD in some places. Only large hotels generally accept this means of payment and they will also levy a fee of at least 5% on top of any bills. So, the long and short is keep your credit card for EMERGENCIES ONLY. Gorilla Tracking Uganda accepts payment with Credit Cards.

ATM Machines – they are often not working although there are now some in Entebbe, Kampala and also some in larger up country towns. They pay LOCAL MONEY only and the client needs an international use PIN code to draw money and it can only be done with certain cards. Maximum Ush5 million per day (about USD1200 equivalent) but also depends on the clients own individual bank set up so may well be less. Contact Friendly Gorilla Tracking Uganda for more details.

Please also be aware that the traffic in & out of Kampala is terrible and so going to the bank can take up to one hour just standing in traffic in the city.

You will generally be expected to purchase your own drinks on safari. Most camps/lodges have a reasonable selection of wines and spirits – with the more upmarket ones generally offering more choice. Beer, cool drinks (sodas), bottled water, local gin, etc. are readily available everywhere. Prices vary depending upon where purchased.
Please be aware that you should only drink bottled water, not from the taps for health safety reasons. Bottled water is available for purchase everywhere en route and some lodges also supply limited courtesy bottles in the rooms.

Please bring your own supply of water purifying tablets, or your own water bottle if you prefer. Contact Gorilla tracking Uganda

It is a strong recommendation that you are covered by some type of medical insurance. Should
you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Minimum cover should be
$50 000 for medical and related expenses.

AIRPORT DUTY FREE SHOPPING

The Entebbe airport has a reasonable duty free section – with an array of curios, t-shirts and books, maps etc – for last minute shopping. Certain of the more up-market lodges also have curio shops. There is also a limited choice at the curio markets around the country and in Kampala. Speak to your guide for advice if you are looking for something in particular.

Duty free allowance is 2 bottles of wine/spirit, and 200 cigarettes.

Your non-public protection and well-being is our prime concern. Please take care of all your private possessions at all times – do not tempt petty theft, pickpockets, and many others with showing large quantities of money, specifically when close to markets or in the center of Kampala / Entebbe / Kigali. Valuables, especially cash, travelers’ cheques and deposit playing cards ought to be kept on your individual at all times.

A “moon bag” or “body belt” is a beneficial object for storing cash and other valuable small items. When leaving the car in towns, please make sure all the windows are shut and that you take your valuables and cameras with you for protected keeping.

When at inns / hotels we advocate you both hold your cash and valuables with you or utilize the secure preserving facilities furnished at the quite a number establishments.

Please additionally be positive to check your room and ensure you have the entirety packed before moving on to a new place.

TIPPING GUIDELINES
It is at your discretion as the guest, however not compulsory, and based on your Uganda gorilla experience. Friendly Gorillas suggests that in order to inspire and appreciate your tour guide, potters, etc you offer a token of appreciation to them.

Gorilla & Chimpanzee Guides: Tips ought to be positioned in the central tip container if furnished or given to the major information who will distribute among all the trackers and game guards – area of USD15 for the major guide (per guest)
Porters: This is an non-obligatory greater and they are generally employed for around USD15 per porter per day and the tip will differ depending on the work load – between USD15-20 per guest for each porter.

Safari Driver/guides: USD 5 to 50 per day – per guest, averaging 4-6 visitors in a vehicle. If you are travelling privately, i.e. just two of you, please tip at your discretion.

Lodges /camp staff: We advocate USD3-10 per visitor per stay. Many of the smaller hotels have central tip boxes. At motels and large companies it is commonly given at your discretion to persons who have performed well.

National Parks Guides (cruises / bird walks): For every guide USD 3 to 5.00 per visitor in local currency.

Porters at inns : Around USD1-2.00 in neighborhood currency

Waiters / Bar Staff : 10% of bill, or say Uganda Shillings 2000-3000 as a tip for service.

Depending on the category or style of your safari, your lodging may range from luxurious to moderate or budget. There are many one-of-a-kind types of accommodation in Uganda/Rwanda ranging from large hotels to smaller more intimate accommodations and tented camps.

Do get in touch for a personalised itinerary with details of each vicinity you will be staying on your safari.
Should you stay in the extra modest local hotels/guest houses during your Uganda tour, you will have the use of showers and toilets; hot water cannot usually be guaranteed. The hotels/guest houses themselves are very primary and normally clean, the staff are pleasant and helpful.

Uganda safari lodges are relaxing and less noisy, in particular on weekends but the neighbourhood is pleasant and tolerant. Food is usually decent, hearty African fare, every so often there are European/Western devices available.

If you believe that everything south of the Sahara is parched, yellow and dry, you are incorrect! Uganda is blessed with lavish rich forest and wildernesses whose encounters can’t be exchanged for anything. Experience a Uganda safari and discover for yourself.

The rich and luxurious wilderness which for the most part contain the rain forest is superseded by banana, tea and coffee plantation around the village making the lengthy drives energizing and truly remarkable. These rain Forest like Bwindi Impenetrable forest features more than 1,000 blossoming plant species and right around 200 unique sorts of trees, many of which are endemic.

This valuable ecosystem is home to a mind blowing range of birds, butterflies and mammal species including some of the rarest creatures on the planet.

Uganda has the friendliest people in Africa. The sight of a guest accelerates a smile on everyone’s face. During your safari, these locals will show this by making proper acquaintance with you as they say hello and keep calling out Muzungu wherever you pass.

This warm perspective about Ugandans can make any kind of visitor feel at home while in the country. That is one incredible reason why you should plan to take a safari to Uganda.

Each traveler who visits Uganda realizes that interfacing with the local people will ensure an extremely extraordinary travel experience as they will train you and give you a more extensive experience into their way of life and culture. You can undertake a Cultural safari in Uganda to further discover the fascinating culture of Uganda.

Uganda has a fairly cheaper gorilla tracking permit prices as compared to Rwanda. Far from that Uganda has over 9 gorilla tracking families in the different regions of Rushaga, Buhoma, Ruhija and Nkuringo in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and one family in Mgahinga Gorilla park. This makes it easier to find gorillas in Uganda as compared to other destinations.

The Gorilla permits in Uganda allow you trek the gorillas in Bwindi Forest national park or Mghahinga gorilla national park while for Rwanda allows you trek the gorillas in volcanoes national park. Note that the gorilla trekking permit is valid for the booked date only

GREEN AND RESPONSIBLE GORILLA TOURSIM
Friendly Gorilla Safaris offers dependable and green tourism and If you are interested in this choice you should advice Gorilla tracking Uganda earlier than tour as we can set up times/days on safari where you can visit an orphanage, or school, assist or give a donation for “something specific”. Or Gorilla tracking Uganda can refer you to a number of businesses that we work in conjunction with for a number of neighborhoods help and uplift programs we can display and make sure that the appropriate dollars are received by means of the right people!

Handouts of cash (except as real tips) sweets, pens etc. is to please be avoided. It creates a gadget of begging and continuously motives fights amongst the kids when there is now not adequate to go around. Contact Friendly Gorilla tracking Uganda for details.

Chances of seeing mountain gorillas
One of the most asked question about gorilla trekking is the possibilities of seeing mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda.

We can gladly verify that possibilities of seeing gorillas either in Bwindi National Park or Volcanoes is 98%. Many tourists have a tendency to book two or extra gorilla treks in fear that they might also fail to see gorillas on the first trek and therefore may additionally be lucky with the 2nd trek.

The bottom line is that gorilla trekking in Bwindi, Mgahinga and Volcanoes in Rwanda is so prepared in a way that there is a team of trackers who wake up each and every morning to locate the place these gorillas are before you embark on the Gorilla trekking encounter. Once they locate them, they will then return details to the park headquarters and your ranger guide of the day.

You will then begin your trek from where the gorillas would have slept the preceding night up to when you locate them.

HELP ME UNDERSTAND BWINDI NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi Impenetrable National park, a renowned gorilla tracking destination is positioned in south western Uganda and is divided into four regions. Buhoma region in the North, Ruhija vicinity in the east, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south.

Each area has given habituated gorillas families for gorilla tracking. If you are to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, then you need to think about a specific region where you are going as this will have an effect on the Lodge to be booked, gorilla permit as well as your transport.

Contact Friendly Gorillas for more info about Bwindi gorilla treks and holidays.

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