Gorilla Tracking Destination & Mgahinga and Bwindi National Park

Gorilla Tracking destinations, in Uganda, are mostly done in two National Parks that is Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park, located in the southwestern region of Uganda on the edge of the Albertine rift valley near the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It is approximately 331 square kilometres gazetted in 1991 and declared a UNESCO natural world Heritage in 1994 under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park located in the southwestern region of Uganda, Kisoro district. Uganda’s smallest National park with 33.7 square kilometres. Gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and is managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Both National Parks are tropical rainforests making them a safe home for the Mountain Gorillas to climb, play and roam throughout the day. It’s a good experience tracking these gorillas as they have human behaviours on the other side of life. Bwindi National Park shelters over 400 Mountain Gorillas from 15 gorilla families while Mgahinga has one gorilla family.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Sectors

There are four sectors in Bwindi where gorilla tracking takes place namely; Rushaga located in the southern part of Bwindi. This sector has 5 gorilla groups, which makes it the best trekking sector. Buhoma is located in the northern part of Bwindi, Nkuringo sector home of the Nkuringo family and Ruhija sector.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sector

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has only one sector called Nyakagezi where one can track the Nyakagezi group.

Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park

  • Luxury: Buhoma Lodge
  • Midrange: Rushaga gorilla camp, Haven lodge and Silverback lodge
  • Budget: Gift of nature, Ruhija trekkers Tavern and Buhoma community rest

Accommodation in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

  • Luxury: Volcanoes Lodge
  • Midrange:  Mucha lodge
  • Budget: Travelers’ rest

Gears for Gorilla Tracking destinations / what to pack

  • Hiking boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Bottles of water
  • Pair of binoculars
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Cameras and extra battery
  • Porters for your gorilla trek
  • Gardening gloves
  • Insect repellent