Gorilla Tracking

Gorilla tracking is a very captivating and unforgettable experience; the thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting encounter long to be savoured.

Please note:  These videos are not characteristic of normal gorilla tracking experience. All trackers are advise to maintain a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas however on rare occassions like these close interaction is unavoidable.

Gorilla tracking involves walking in rugged rainforest terrain for many hours in search of these great apes and is therefore a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy it.

Eight people are permitted per group per day with a maximum time with the gorillas of one hour and whilst possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of tracking the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla tracking cannot be guaranteed, though it is very rare that they are not sighted. A total of eighty eight (88) people per day are taken in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, while eight (8) people are allowed for Mgahinga NP. 

In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP permits are sold by location, not by group.  On the morning of the track those tracking are allocated to visit different groups depending on the number of people tracking, the individual fitness of those tracking and the location of the different gorilla groups.  

For Gorilla Tracking, we strongly recommend a rain poncho, small backpack, long-sleeved shirt and trousers, sturdy hiking boots, leather gardening type gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and any necessary medications be brought with the clients from Kampala. Cameras and video cameras are allowed, however flash photography is not.

Mother and baby gorilla

Gorilla Families

The habituation of gorilla family is a long involved process taking up to 2 years. To date twelve families have been habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, eleven of which are available for tracking all year round and one in peak season when not dedicated to research.


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Uganda Wildlife Authority Booking Procedures

Gorilla tracking is Uganda's most sought after tourism activity. You should book well in advance to ensure that permits for your requested dates are available.
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP

Gorilla Tracking Locations

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP lies in south-western Uganda, about 530km from Kampala the capital city. The park can be reached by road from several directions depending on where you are tracking.
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Gorilla Tracking Map

A regional map of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP including its environs and access roads to each tracking locations.
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