Gorillas are the largest living primates in the world and they are magnificent animals with incredible strength and acute intelligence. Central Sub-Saharan Africa is the only place on the planet to witness these incredible large apes on a planned gorilla trekking tour. Unfortunately, many species of gorilla are critically endangered. They are vulnerable to poaching, disease, and habitat loss. Although a huge amount of conservation work is being done to protect them, it’s worth considering that now is good time to see them before access is more restricted or, worst case scenario, they are completely gone.
For your own gorilla adventure, check out our list on where to see gorillas in Africa :-
Where to See Gorillas in Africa
Despite their endangered status, there are many places throughout central Sub-Saharan Africa to find wild gorillas. Although Uganda and Rwanda are the most famous gorilla destinations, they are not the only ones!
Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Rwanda is a well-known gorilla destination. As a result of its popularity, a gorilla permit can cost as much as $1500 in any season. However, the cost is well worth it if it means helping to protect these amazing animals. Tourists flock to Rwanda for its better-developed infrastructure. Volcanoes National Park, lying along the Virunga Mountains and home to five of the eight volcanoes in this mountain range, is the most popular destination for gorilla watching.
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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Uganda is not only a popular gorilla destination but also home to one of Africa’s best primate research centers. Again, tourists enjoy the developed infrastructure that makes their trek easier. In Uganda, you can visit both the Virunga Conservation Area and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a unique and authentic gorilla experience.
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Cross River Gorillas in Nigeria
The border of Cameroon and Nigeria is the only place in the world where you can observe Cross River gorillas in the wild. The Cross River National Park, Afi Mountain, and Mbe Mountain are where they reside. Sadly, there are only 200 or 300 Cross River gorillas left in the area. It makes sighting them difficult, but also so much more rewarding.
Different Types of Gorillas in Cameroon
Sharing a border with Nigeria means sharing their Cross River gorillas. They have the Limbe Wildlife Center where you can find captive Cross River gorillas, but there are no wild gorilla tours available yet. However, you can find another type of gorillas in Cameroon as well. There is also the western lowland gorilla in Campo-Ma’an National Park. There is a small eco-tourism development available.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Out of the 4 subspecies of mountain gorillas, 3 of them can be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. DR Congo shares the Virunga Conservation Area with both Rwanda and Uganda. Eastern lowland gorillas can be seen in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, mountain gorillas can be seen in Virunga National Park, and western lowland gorillas can be seen in the Madiakoko Mountains.
More Gorilla Trekking Resources
It’s not difficult to find gorillas in Africa, but it does take a bit of research and due diligence. A gorilla trek or tour often requires permits, restricted seasons, and strict rules. Luckily, we can provide you with all the information you need with our collection of Uganda gorilla safaris and Rwanda gorilla safaris. In addition, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
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