The great, old volcanoes shared between Uganda, DRC and Rwanda form the northwest border of Rwanda, and have created a lush home for the mountain gorillas, one of the main reasons for visiting Rwanda.  The steep slopes are covered with rich bamboo forests, and evergreen glades with open grassland and heath.  The slopes are perfect terrain for the gentle giants of the primate world; the gorillas.  The park is small and covers an area 120 sq km and includes the peaks of Karisimbi(4,507m),Bisoke(3711m), Sabyinyo(3,534m).

Views on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes are magnificent in all directions, although one needs to dress warmly as it can be quite chilly on these lofty heights.  Habituated Golden Monkeys live in the same forests and this is one of the few places they can be seen for relatively long periods of time.

Buffalo and elephant do inhabit the area but are not easily seen.

Gorilla treks are run on a daily basis from the park headquarters although there is limited amount of gorilla permits available and these need to be booked well in advance.

The park is well run by the Rwanda Park authorities and the Gorilla Conservation Fund is well supported.  Around 380 mountain gorillas live on the slopes although the population changes as they keep moving from one country to another.
Gorillas in Rwanda

Diane Fossey's memorial, laboratory and grave are nearby with a full history of her life and works with the gorillas.  Although the park can be visited for the day from Kigali, it is a long drive along a curving, scenic roads and most visitors are advised to stay in one of the many lodges and hotels built around the park and Ruhengeri.

The town of Ruhengeri is a busy market centre with traders coming from far and wide and boda bodas (motorbike taxis) transporting shoppers about.  The stunning lakes of Bulera, Ruhondo and Karago are near the park but are rarely visited.

Rwanda Gorilla Groups

The groups and their locations will obviously vary; mountain gorillas often climb higher in the dry season and descend during the rains.
It's possible to request to visit a specific group once you are at the park headquarters, but this can never be guaranteed. Currently the eight accessible groups are:
The Sabyinyo Group has about 11 individuals, including one silverback gorilla, and is usually found relatively close to the edge of the forest (about 20–40-minutes' walk), between Sabyinyo and Gahinga.
Group Thirteen lives close to the Sabyinyo Group and is also a fairly easy walk. It has about 25 individual gorillas, and the silverback here is usually particularly relaxed. This gorilla group crossed the border into the DRC in 2007, but has thankfully returned to Rwanda!
Usually living between the Karisoke and Visoke peaks are the Amahoro Group, with about 16 individuals, and the Umubano Group, which currently has 10 members. Both are usually further away from the headquarters than the Sabyinyo and Thirteen groups, but easier to reach than the old Susa Group.

Originally studied by Dian Fossey, the Susa Group was the largest group – with about 42 individuals, including four silverbacks. However the big news in the gorilla population is that this group, that had split and joined back together again several times over the last year, has now definitely divided into two separate groups. 'Susa-A' has kept the name Susa Group and 'Susa-B' has been renamed the Karisimbi Group, as this family live in the Mt. Karisimbi area of the Volcanoes National Park.
The new Susa Group is now usually found relatively low down in the forest, however the 'new' Karisimbi Group is better suited to visits from more serious hikers. It appears that their home range is quite high up on the slopes of the Karisimbi caldera, consequently visiting this group can take the best part of a full days hike.

With the formation of this new gorilla family, the Park authorities have agreed to increase the number of gorilla permits available each day to 64.

The Hirwa Group is new; it has around 11 members including one silverback that came from the Susa Group.

The eighth group, the Kwitonda Group has 14 members which were habituated in the DRC. They crossed the border into Rwanda in 2005, and were carefully tracked' now they are also being visited on a regular basis.

Volcanoes Natioanl Park

Short Gorilla Trips

Looking for Short gorilla trips in Uganda & Rwanda? – We offer you great expeditions to the home of the mountain gorillas. Choose your gorilla trip here for that memorable Africa Safari.

Gorilla Trekking Experience

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an exciting Africa Adventure Holiday, the tour takes you to visit a home to half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. You will view the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Forest in their spectacular natural habitat, the tropical forests bordering the Virunga Volcanoes. This tour can be to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, an impenetrable Forest in East Africa or at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, one of Uganda's most scenic parks with its dramatic

Uganda Gorilla Trekking

A 4 Days Uganda gorilla trekking tour taking you to trek gorillas in Uganda's Bwindi Forest with a chance to trek gorillas 2 times - 2 gorilla permits on 2 different days to maximize your gorilla trekking expereince.

Gorilla Trek Rwanda-5 Days

Enjoy close encounters with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda Volcanoes Park. This gorilla Trek Rwanda Safari will leave you captivated by the spectacular natural beauty of mountain slopes enveloped in lush vegetation inhabited by beautiful gorilla families. A wonderful experience to see these great primates undisturbed in their natural habitat.

Rwanda Gorilla Safari

The 4 days Rwanda Gorilla safari takes you to Volcanoes national park a home to 10 gorilla families. On this safari you also have a chance to hike to the graveyard of Dian Fossey an American primatologist who lost her life to save mountain gorillas, trek the golden monkeys. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda will through steep and slippery Virunga slopes

Gorilla and Wildlife Safari

The Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari in Uganda offers you everything you would expect of a top class African Holiday. You will experience game drives, jungle walks and will enjoy the boat cruise on the Kazinga channel where you will view plenty of hippos and the journey on this Uganda Trip also provides a unique and spectacular showcase of the enormous diversity of Uganda's wildlife, birds and landscape.

Rwanda Gorilla Trip - 3 Days

The 3 days Rwanda gorilla tour is an excellent gorilla trekking all incluive package taking you close to the world’s endangered mountain gorillas in the volcanoes national park. You will enjoy an exhilarating tour with great opportunities to encounter other primates such as Colubus monkeys, vervet and the endangered golden monkeys and many bird species among others.

Fly-in Gorilla Tours

Take a scheduled flight to Uganda Safari parks making it very easy and convenient for gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris in Uganda

Uganda Luxury Holiday - by air

On this Uganda Luxury Holiday - by air, Uganda Fly-in Safari you get the opportunity to go gorilla trekking - twice! A rare chance to see...

Fly to Gorilla Trekking - 2 treks

Fly to Gorilla Trekking - 2 treks in Uganda to Bwindi Forest

Fly to Gorilla Trekking - 2 treks is perfect as an extension for your Kenyan, Tanzanian or South African Wildlife Safari. On this fly to gorilla trekking Gorilla ...

Gorillas and Wildlife Flying trip

On Gorillas and Wildlife Flying trip you will visit two of Ugandas Magical National Parks, Murchison Falls and the...

Gorilla Adventure by Air

With the introduction of scheduled flights to Bwindi the home of the mighty Mountain Gorillas, Gorilla adventure by air has been made more easily accessible.  There is a choice of flights between morning (8:30 hrs) and afternoon (12:30 hrs).


Kidepo Valley Safari by air

Kidepo valley national park is one of the most beautiful savanah National parks in North Eastern Uganda. It’s characterized by Savanah, riverine Borusus forest on the seasonal ...


Take advantage of Gorilla Trekking Special offers with All Gorilla Trips tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga park. You can choose to either fly or drive there the choice is yours. Please contact us for more details

 Ultimate Uganda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari

Ultimate Uganda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari(14 Days - 13 nights)

Ultimate Uganda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari takes you through all the major safari destinations in Uganda making it the ultimate Uganda Wildlife and gorilla Safari one can dream of: Visitng Kibale chimpanzee forest, Queen elizabeth national park, Lake Bunyonyi... Continue Reading

Big Game Safari - Uganda

Big Game Safari - Uganda

Best Big Game Safari in Uganda takes you to Kidepo Valley National Park, the Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls from which the park derives and the climax of the Best Game safari will be trekking the... Continue Reading

Gorilla Safari only

Gorilla Safari only

Gorilla Safari only nothing else but a gorilla safari only is a 3 Day Gorilla Tour - gorilla trekking in uganda

Gorilla Safari only itinerary:

Day 1 - Road Gorilla Safari drive to Bwindi

Following an early breakfast you will drive to Bwindi... Continue Reading

Mountain Gorillas and Lake Mburo

Mountain Gorillas and Lake Mburo

Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest and Lake Mburo Safari - 4 Days


Day 1: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Drive from Kampala and head southwest to... Continue Reading

Trek Gorillas Twice

Trek Gorillas Twice

Trek Gorrillas Twice - 4 Day Uganda Private Mountain Gorilla tracking Safari to trek gorillas twice in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

This 4 day safari to trek gorillas twice includes two gorilla tracking safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable... Continue Reading

Primates Tour and Wildlife Uganda

Primates Tour and Wildlife Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest  and Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife along with Chimpanzee Tracking

Taking this safari will offer you an opportunity to see various animals including leopards, hippos, elephants, crocodiles, lions,... Continue Reading

Gorillas of Bwindi & Kibale Chimpanzees

Gorillas of Bwindi & Kibale Chimpanzees

Gorillas of Bwindi and Kibale Chimpanzees tracking chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and tracking gorillas in Bwindi Forest.

Gorillas of Bwindi and Kibale chimpanzees tour itinerary:

Day 1: Kibale national Park

Start your Gorillas of... Continue Reading

Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trek

Uganda Rwanda Gorilla trek (7 days, 6 nights)

A once-in-a-lifetime journey into the lush hills of Uganda and Rwanda to encounter mountain gorillas in the wild forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Game drive  in Lake Mburo game park and enjoy a boat cruise on the lake to view plenty of hippos and... Continue Reading

Gorilla Safari, Wildlife Holiday

Gorilla Safari, Wildlife Holiday

This gorilla safari, wildlife holiday takes you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to more than half the population of the World’s remaining 1004 Mountain Gorillas.  The Uganda wildife safari will take you on a trail to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s... Continue Reading