The world’s remaining 720 endangered mountain gorilla are scattered across just three countries – the DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, and Uganda is home to just over half. Tracking them through the mist-covered forests of Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks is without doubt one of the continent’s most spellbinding experiences. This critically endangered species shares 98-99% if its DNA with humans, and watching the gorillas interact, feed and nurse their young is a truly magical encounter.
Only eight tracking permits are issued per habituated gorilla group per day, so be sure to book yours as soon as possible. Gorilla tracking begins at 7am and the duration depends on the location of the gorillas. Visitors spend a maximum of one hour with the gorillas themselves to minimize disturbance.