- VIEWING MOUNTAIN GORILLAS IN; Rwanda, Uganda and DR of CongoWith only about 880 mountain gorillas left in the world, seeing them in the wild is a lifetime opportunity for people to experience. This section will tell you where you can see mountain gorillas, how much it costs, and help you have necessary preparations early.
Where Can I See Mountain Gorillas?
480 mountain gorillas live in the Virunga massif which comprises Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda), Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda) and Virunga National Park (DRC), and now 400 which have been confirmed in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is entirely in Uganda. For either gorillas parks, gorillas move in fairly same altitude ranging between 1000m to 3,400m above sea level
Gorillas can be viewed in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where you are able to go gorilla tracking.
Bwindi Park is another home to more than half of the remaining rare and critically endangered populations of the Mountain Gorillas. It is just 331Km2 in size, ranges between 1160 m –2607m above sea level. The park hosts about 300 species of birds.
Mgahinga is situated on the extreme southwest corner of Uganda on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains. It borders the DRC and Rwanda. The park only covers 27 square miles so it’s quite small, but besides gorillas you can also see and golden monkeys. However Gorillas of Mgahinga frequently cross border and go to Rwanda or Congo and get back (so one can be sure to track them a day before to the tracking date)
The Virunga National Park or Parc National des Volcans (PNV) in north of the country covers an area of about 46 square miles and encompasses six volcanoes. Despite the terrible genocide in the early 1990′s the country is fairly stable and the park permit system is running smoothly. The PNV was where Dian Fossey set up her base and research center.
Getting to PNV in Rwanda is a fairly easy 1 hour drive from the capital Kigali or from Cyanika Border with Uganda-(Kisoro side). The town of Ruhengeri is at the entrance just 14 km to the park.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo)
Chigo Tours is not operating in Eastern DRC at the moment. We do hope to do so in the near future. For further information please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org