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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda

Come face to face with the mountain Gorilla in Uganda

Uganda, often referred to as the 'Pearl of Africa', is a country of striking beauty and home to the deepest crater lake in all of Africa, Lake Bunyoni. Its national parks and wildlife reserves boast over 300 species of mammal and more than 1000 species of birds, though Uganda's major attraction is the approximate 600 remaining mountain gorilla. You will need a gorilla permit to do the trek to see the gorillas, which we organise for you. The permits are vital in helping finance patrols that are responsible for protecting the gorillas from poachers.

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Upcoming Uganda Trips

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Absolute Africa - 50 days Johannesburg 10 Sep 2016 USD $5,399 Absolute Africa - 50 days Map
Great African Expedition - 57 days Nairobi 17 Sep 2016 USD $5,399 Great African Expedition - 57 days Map
Big Five Safari Explorer - 36 days Nairobi 17 Sep 2016 USD $3,799 Big Five Safari Explorer - 36 days Map
Gorilla and Game Trek - 15 days Nairobi 17 Sep 2016 USD $1,799 Gorilla and Game Trek - 15 days Map
Gorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days Nairobi 17 Sep 2016 USD $2,999 Gorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days Map
Gorillas in the Mist
A bucket list wildlife adventure

With a population of just 700 inhabiting the volcanic mountain ranges and dense forests of the Uganda - DRC - Rwanda border triangle, trekking to see the mountain gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With our range of overland camping safaris to Uganda, you can come face-to-face with these mighty apes and see the best of East Africa and beyond from Nairobi all the way south to Cape Town.

Uganda Overland Safari Tours

With an excellent visitor infrastructure and slowly increasing population, Uganda is one of the best places on the planet to visit the mountain gorillas and we include Uganda on a number of our overland safari expeditions. Camp beside Lake Bunyoni and trek picturesque jungle in small groups for the chance to spend a few hours with these incredible creatures. Combine your visit to Uganda with neighbouring Kenya for the Masai Mara or consider a two month-long adventure heading as far south as Cape Town.

Active Days, Rustic Nights

Gorilla and Game Trek

15 days | FROM USD $1,799

Trek through lush jungle in search of mountain gorillas. Experience of...

Gorillas | Uganda | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Gorilla Trek and Tanzania

25 days | FROM USD $2,999

From the wilds of the Masai Mara, to gorillas in Uganda, safari in the...

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Big Five Safari Explorer

36 days | FROM USD $3,799

Adventure overdrive. Trekking for gorilla, game-spotting, kicking back...

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The Big Overlander

47 days | FROM USD $4,699

Experience the contrasts and raw appeal of this majestic continent up...

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Absolute Africa

50 days | FROM USD $5,399

From Johannesburg to Nairobi, travel through nine of Africa's most in...

Giraffe | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Great African Expedition

57 days | FROM USD $5,399

An epic expedition that heads south from Kenya via Uganda to Cape trek...

Uganda tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.38 out of 5 based on 8 recent reviews — See All Uganda Reviews

I fell in love with Africa the minute I arrived. I thought the tour was fantastic but the reason I rate it 4/5 is because it is too fast paced. Some days I felt like all I experienced was the truck. If the long drives were broken up with a few extra nights here and there so we arrive at our camp in the day light and can go for a walk or relax it'd be 5/5.

Chris my guide was exceptional. He gave us so much information about Africa and its culure. And he answered all our questions even though he must get asked them all the time. He was also a friend to us by playing uno on the truck or just chatting with us.”  

Sarah Beck • Submitted 23 Jun 2016

Tour was amazing. The truck could have been more comfortable, & we had some really long driving days in heat but I would not have missed it. We had a really good, accommodating chef who we called John. The food that he produced no matter what time we arrived at our destination was very good, very healthy, fresh & substantial. My Husband has coeliac disease, & is therefore gluten intolerant & he tried hard to accommodate this. We had so many experiences, saw so many animals including a cheetah, leopard, black & white rhino, it was quite unforgettable. The holiday was a lot more expensive than I originally thought as there are so many add-ons which in my opinion can't be missed & I feel that this hides the true cost of the holiday. The Guide was helpful & knowledgeable.”  

Patricia Long • Submitted 17 May 2016

We loved our tour and all the different sights of beautiful East Africa! The Masai game drive was AMAZING! But by far the best part of the experience was meeting and having the assistance of our brilliant guide, Kevin. He was not only extremely knowledgable and organised, but very friendly, lots of fun and super helpful! Due to his expertise and demeanour, we would definitely have faith in On The Go and be likely to book again! ”  

Lauren and Kyong Khabbaz-Duncan • Submitted 7 Aug 2015

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Overland budget accommodation upgrade

If you’re interested in our adventurous Overland Safaris in Uganda but don’t fancy camping, there is the option to upgrade to budget accommodation. You will be travelling with our overland camping passengers, sharing the truck, equipment and the chores with them and enjoying your meals together as a group. Accommodation is in basic twin share rooms, with a single supplement applicable if you require your own room. Where a budget accommodation upgrade is available it has been noted on each itinerary page.

Uganda Travel Guide

Prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda with our handy travel guide resources from visas to weather.

Gorilla Trekking

Close encounters with these gentle giants of the jungle

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Uganda

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Uganda and info on getting your visa

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Overland Safaris

What to expect on an overland camping expedition

Get to know Uganda

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Facts about Uganda

  • One of the most popular snacks in Uganda is a plate of pan fried Nsenene grasshoppers.
  • Uganda is one of the youngest nations in the world with around half of the population being under 14.
  • When using the bathroom in Uganda, people excuse themselves by saying "I need to make a short call".

Uganda Travel Advice:

We closely monitor current travel guidance for Uganda and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online Travel Resources for Uganda:

REFER TO: Fodors, Bradt, Footprints and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Uganda Tourist Organisation site and the latest Uganda Weather Updates from the BBC.

UGANDA TRAVEL BLOGS: Learn more about Uganda's star attraction with the Gorilla Doctors.

Uganda Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

Our winners have been announced! View the winners gallery..

Feelgood Competition Entry 'Totally in awe'
When I travelled to Uganda I felt
Totally in awe

“My trip to Uganda was perfect. I felt totally in awe of these endangered animals, so peaceful in their own environment. On The Go made sure I, as a up...”

by Helen Hayhoe

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Active Days, Rustic Nights

Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

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