Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking is the major adventure activity that attract tourists to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In this section find information on gorilla families, booking gorilla permits & trips, when to go gorilla trekking and more.

Gorilla Tracking is possible in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the continuous forests of the Virungas. Currently, there is only one habituated gorilla group in this tropical rain forest. This group is called Nyakagezi and it is the only one habituated gorilla group. This group roams across the international borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Though most travel guides and books report that Mgahinga National Park is not a reliable place to see the great apes, this is not true. Though the group normally cross borders, when the group is settled in the park, gorilla trekking is possible.

For the past three years, gorilla trekking has been a success in the park since the return of the habituated mountain gorilla family from Rwanda in 2012.

Gorilla tracking involves hiking in the jungles of Mgahinga looking out for the mountain gorillas.  This adventure is one of the most rewarding activity – a magical, emotional and unusual experience that one can get in a lifetime.

Gorilla permits for Nyakagezi are sold at the Uganda Wildlife Authority office in Kisoro, rather than the central booking office in Kampala.  You can also book a gorilla permit with a local tour operator listed on this website.