Best Gorilla Safari Parks in Africa – Pack for amazing Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Africa, Gorilla Tours in Uganda, Rwanda & DR Congo
Gorillas are a unique and special species to visit and these apes are only found in the African Continent, they are mostly found in the Western, Eastern and Central forests of the African Continent. Gorillas are ground dwelling herbivorous apes feeding on young Bamboo shoots, stem, foliage, tree leaves and some fruits, gorillas are black in color and tailless.
Gorillas are divided into species named Mountain and Lowland Gorillas which are further divided into sub species like Eastern Lowland gorillas, Western Lowland gorillas and more, these gorillas live in groups named “Troop” which are led by old dominant male silver backs. Below are the most dominant Safari parks in Africa where the shy endangered mountain gorillas and Lowland gorillas are found.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
This is one of the best destinations in Africa popularly known for the shy endangered mountain gorillas; it is located in the Western part of Uganda in Kabale. It’s about 8-9 hours to drive from Kampala up to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, this park although its popularly known for the shy endangered mountain gorillas it is also a good haven for bird watching with different bird species recorded sightable.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is characterized with thick and strong Impenetrable forest where these shy endangered mountain gorillas are residents and its ranked to be hosting most part of Uganda’s Gorilla population with over thirteen habituated gorilla families for trekking and research which are grouped in four sectors named Ruhija, Rushaga, Buhoma and Nkuringo sector with each sector having more than two gorilla families apart from Nkuringo sector which has only one gorilla family.
The mostly done activities in Bwindi impenetrable National Park while on your Ugandan tour, are gorilla trekking tours, gorilla habituation experience, birding and visiting of the Batwa people, out of the thirteen gorilla families one is used for habituation experience and the others are used for trekking activities.
Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park costs $600 USD per person and the habituation experience costs $1500 USD per person, after all this a certificate is awarded to represent your experience.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
This is Uganda’s second gorilla hosting destination if not Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park; it is located in the Western part of Uganda near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and also bordering Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo.
This park is characterized with both tropical rain forest and Bamboo forests where these great Golden Monkeys are residents; Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has only one habituated gorilla family for trekking named “Nyakagezi Gorilla Family”.
This Park can only be accessed via foot and it’s also known to be good for birders because of its different bird species recorded sightable while on Forest walks, while in Mgahinga National Park the mostly done activity is gorilla trekking and Batwa Cultural experience.
Virunga National Park
This is the oldest national park in Africa formerly named Albert National Park; it is strategically located in the Eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo bordering Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda, it is also popularly known for the shy endangered mountain gorillas with over six habituated gorilla families for trekking.
Virunga National Park is characterized with tropical rain forests where these shy endangered Mountain gorillas are residents and some parts covered with bamboo forests, this park is also rated to be among the best bird watching site in Africa depending on different bird species recorded sightable in this park.
How to reach Virunga? This park is located in Democratic Republic of Congo and this country is have a poor air transport system therefore its better you land in Rwanda at Kigali airport since these countries are bordering each other and transfer up to Goma border after clearing with the customs but you must apply for a Congo entry visa in advance such that it’s processed in time of about one week.
After crossing borders, you will be transferred from border up to Virunga National Park by the Virunga Safari Jeeps but all this is done after booking with them through use of their local tour operator “Eco Tours Rwanda”. Trekking Mountain Gorillas in Democratic Republic of Congo you must buy a permit which costs $400 USD per person.
Volcanoes National Park
This is Rwanda’s most popular destination to visit in Rwanda and is popularly known for the shy endangered Mountain Gorillas. This Park is located in the North western part of Uganda bordering Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo.
This park is inclusive of the Virunga Massif with over twelve habituated gorilla families for trekking and it’s characterized with both tropical rain forest and Bamboo forests where Golden Monkeys are residents.
Traveling to Rwanda you will arrive in at Kigali airport and transferring from Kigali airport to Volcanoes National Park it is about 2-3 hours of time.
Although this park is mostly known for the shy endangered Mountain Gorillas plus the Golden Monkeys it’s also rated to be among the top bird watching sites in Rwanda with different bird species recorded sightable while in the Jungle.
Kahuzi Biega National Park
It’s a protected area near Bukavu town in Eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo and it’s also near the western bank of Lake Kivu & Rwanda border, it covers about 6000km2 of Area and rated to be one of the biggest National Parks in Democratic Republic of Congo.
This Park popularly found in Democratic Republic of Congo is known for the Eastern Lowland Gorillas which are found in the tropical rain forest of this park, Lowland Gorillas are big and huge when compared to Mountain Gorillas.
While in Kahuzi Biega National Park the only activity done is Lowland Gorilla trekking plus visiting the Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary.