Uganda being a home to half of the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas, gorilla tourism is developing at a very fast speed whereby, majority of the visitors to Uganda come for mountain gorilla tracking along side other activities like wildlife safaris, culture tours, chimpanzee tracking and mountain trekking among others. Gorilla tracking Uganda takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in south western Uganda. Bwindi National park can be accessed from Kampala and the journey takes 8-10hrs drive, also from Kigali (Rwanda capital) through Katuna and Cyanika boarders and this takes 3-4hrs drive.
Bwindi impenetrable National park has many accommodation lodges for all classes of travelers, ranging from camping, budget lodges to Mid range / deluxe and Luxury / Superior lodges. Before you book your lodge in Bwindi National park, you must first confirm the gorilla group you will be tracking by securing your gorilla permit from Uganda wildlife Authority. This is because different gorilla groups are located in different areas of the forest, for instance, we have gorilla groups in Buhoma area in the North of the Park, then Ruhija side and Rubuguri side in the South of the park.
There are different lodges found in different areas as below;
Gorilla groups and lodges in Bwindi National park
Buhoma area in the North.
Gorilla groups here include Mubare, Rushegura and Habinyanja. Lodges here include Gorilla Forest Camp, Silverback lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Gorilla resort, Mahogany springs lodge, Volcanoes Lodge, and Buhoma community rest camp among others.
In Ruhija area (Southern) we have gorilla families like Bitukura and Oruzogo among others. The lodges include Ruhija gorilla lodge, Gift of Nature lodge, Gorilla mist camp and others.
In Rubuguri / Rushaga side, we have Nkuringo gorilla group, Mishaya, Kahungye, Busingye and Nshongi among others. The lodges include Wagtail Eco safari camp, Gorilla safari lodge, Clouds gorilla lodge, Nkuringo gorilla camp and others.
There are also many accommodation lodges and hotels in nearby towns like Kabale and Kisoro in south western Uganda.
From the above information, you should choose a lodge depending on the gorilla permit you have.
For a life-time gorilla tracking adventure, you can choose to combine Uganda and Rwanda (2 gorilla treks). In Rwanda, Mountain gorilla tracking takes place in Volcanoes National Park and takes 3-4hrs drive from Bwindi Forest in Uganda to Volcanoes National Park. Book your trip through credible and reputable tour companies such as African Jungle Adventures Ltd, based in Uganda and Rwanda.