Top 5 Gorilla Trekking Destinations In Africa

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Gorilla Trekking Africa

There are a lot of myths that surround the African continent. Sometimes it’s hard for people to differentiate between Papua New Guinea and many other South American countries and tribes from those Africa.

Others are still stuck with the assumption of Africa as a country but this is too far from reality. There are 54 countries that actually make up the African continent. It should also be noted that not all Africans are black or chocolate; North Africa is mainly occupied by Arabic African countries that are not necessarily black.

The black African countries are mainly known for their jungles, and savannah vegetation fit for game drives, bird watching, game hunting, nature walks, and primate tracking in some of the thickest forests of Africa.

Amongst the primate tracking activities, gorilla trekking is at the forefront with mountain gorillas as the most trekked sub-species of the gorillas. There are mainly two categories of gorillas; Eastern gorillas and western gorillas. It is the Eastern gorilla species where we find the most trekked gorilla sub-species; the mountain gorillas.

However, besides the mountain gorillas, western lowland gorillas are the second most trekked species of gorillas on the African continent. Below are the top five countries on the African continent to go gorilla trekking.

Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the only three countries in the whole world where you can trek the mountain gorillas. It is also considered the luxury gorilla trekking destination of Africa offering gorilla trekking permits at US$1500 per permit.

The roads in Rwanda are in good condition, passable throughout the whole year. The security in the country is also non-debatable. Besides the rebel stories that have marred its neighbor the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda is one of the most recommended gorilla trekking destinations in the whole world.

 

The population of the mountain gorillas is over 1000 now; it is the only gorilla species at the moment that isn’t critically endangered. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda ensures that these mountain gorillas habitat is sustained as well as improving the livelihood of the people who live around volcanoes national park.

It is very possible to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda by booking your gorilla trekking trip with a tour operator of your choice or a self-catered gorilla trekking trip in Rwanda. The information and the conditions in Rwanda make it very possible for a self-catered trip. All you need is to hire a car in Rwanda for your self-catered trip

Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C)

The democratic republic of Congo would be the leading gorilla trekking destination in the whole world if it was for the rebel stories and the road conditions that make some parts of the country inaccessible.

The country hosts three gorilla species; mountain gorillas in Virunga national park, Eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega national park, and the western lowland gorillas. Of these three species in D.R.C, the mountain gorillas are still the most trekked because they are easier to access compared to the Eastern lowland gorillas.

 

Although the Democratic Republic of Congo hosts western lowland gorillas, they are not open for trekking due to their remote location and several other security issues. You can only trek mountain gorillas and eastern lowland gorillas in the same country.

All gorilla permits in the Democratic Republic of Congo cost US$400 each. Whether you are considering Virunga national park or Kahuzi Biega national park, the permit rates remain the same.

You can consider some of the following tour operators for your gorilla trekking safari in the Democratic Republic of Congo; African Jungle Adventures, African Gorilla Safari, Go Gorilla Trekking among several other gorilla trekking specialists.

Republic Of Congo

Republic of Congo, also known as Congo Brazzaville, is often mistaken for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Republic of Congo which is precisely known as Congo is Africa’s leading lowland gorilla trekking destination.

Western lowland gorillas can be found in the Central African Republic, Gabon, and Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and Congo Brazzaville. Their population is currently not known because they are mostly dispersed in the remotest forests of the African continent.

Among all the African countries that host the western lowland gorillas, the Central African Republic, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo are the only countries popular for the trekking of western lowland gorillas.  Other locations have these western lowland gorillas unfortunately they are not as popular as these three locations.

Most of the western lowland gorillas have never been habituated. Trekking non-habituated western lowland gorillas mean they are not used to any human presence. They are likely to run away if you get into their presence. Worst of all they can attack if they feel threatened. It is for such reasons that the Republic of Congo is one of the most recommended African countries for trekking western lowland gorillas on the African continent.

Unlike Uganda and Rwanda, it is impossible to do a self-catered western lowland gorilla safari in the Republic of Congo.

Uganda

Uganda is also one of the three countries that host the endangered mountain gorillas. It is the only country with two mountain gorilla national parks; Mgahinga gorilla national park which is the Ugandan extension of the Virunga ranges and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which has totally unique vegetation from all the others.

A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs US$700 for foreign non-residents and US$600 for foreign residents. The roads that lead to the gorilla trekking locations in Uganda are fairly good. It is very possible to go gorilla trekking at any time of the year.

Uganda has branded itself as a mid-range gorilla trekking destination. It is also very possible to organize a self-catered gorilla safari in Uganda. All it takes is securing a gorilla permit from Uganda wildlife Authority by directly contacting them or through the tour operators.

Unlike other gorilla trekking locations on the African continent, Uganda and Rwanda are becoming very popular self-catered tour destinations. It is very easy to secure a car for your self-catered gorilla safari in either Uganda or Rwanda.

Hotel bookings are also very easy. You can consider a trip advisor review to identify the best lodges for your gorilla safari. “Gorillasafarilodges.com” is also a good portal to meet all your accommodation needs during your gorilla safari to Africa.

Gabon

Gabon is one of the many African countries that are facing a lot of environmental degradation due to human activity. The country is one of the few places on the African continent where you can trek the western lowland gorillas. The experience is quite different from that of Uganda and Rwanda partly because of the road conditions and the fact that Gabon is an emerging destination.

Gabon is known for the legendary Tarzan story. A young boy who was raised by gorillas in the wild. It is also commonly known as the garden of Eden.