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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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Gorillas in the Mist
Trekking to see the mountain gorilla

Trekking safaris are a wonderful experience, allowing you the opportunity to have a close encounter with these gentle giants of the jungle in their natural habitat. From a base at Lake Bunyoni the trekking takes place in Uganda, Rwanda or Democratic Republic of Congo, dependent on local conditions and the availability of the gorilla permits.

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.

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Uganda tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 6 recent reviews — See All Uganda Reviews

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! ”  

• Submitted 7 Aug 2015

Our tour guide, Hesbon, was amazing. He always kept us updated on the itinerary and options coming up. He also had a wealth of information to share with us, which made the trip even better. I loved that he would put up notes about the schedule, as well as daily vocabulary lessons, so we could learn some Swahili as we travelled on the truck. On top of this, Hesbon was also lovely to spend time with it and showed genuine interest in us as individuals. I feel that he went above and beyond what his role requires and will be trying to tag onto a tour of his again in the future.

The tour was a perfect "taster" of East Africa, and I only wished I could have stayed longer. It was brilliant to be able to see both gorillas and the "Big 5" in one tour. Though it would be good if the tour was perhaps extended by 2 days, so to reduce the travelling days. It was quite hard spending entire days travelling, so would be better to cover the distance over a slightly longer period of time and allow more time exploring towns/cities.”  

• Submitted 16 Jun 2015

Grace was superb throughout. She gave good information about each place we visited and had lots of interesting facts about the animals and plants we saw. She was always ready with a hug if you needed one and always happy to listen should you need an ear. She was also always ready to have a laugh and a joke.

The trip ran efficiently, we always got to our destinations on time and never felt unsafe. ”  

• Submitted 6 Mar 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.

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

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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.

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When I travelled to Uganda I felt
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“This photo was from trekking the mountains of Uganda in search of the endangered silverback gorilla. One of the babies came out for a wander and I to...”

by Benjamin Hargreaves
Posted on 30 Oct 2015

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