Gorilla trekking safaris and everything you need to know

Under guidance from the best, most highly trained people for the job, you find yourself face-to-face with something that seems so unequivocally human, it takes your breath away. An early start and a trek through dense rainforest is totally worth it for the privilege of spending an hour with these fascinating mammals. Youngsters may show off and huge silverbacks may beat their chests, but nothing beats just witnessing a gorilla family as they go about their daily business, chomp on bamboo, and watch you in return. It is no wonder that a gorilla trekking safari is often referred to as ‘the most memorable in the world’.


Our expert knowledge means we can put you in the right place at the right time to meet these wonderful animals in their natural environment. Having started as World Primate Safaris back in 2005, you know you are in the best hands, whatever your needs and wants. Make sure you become one of the special few who get to meet the gorillas in their own homes within Uganda or Rwanda.


As face-to-face encounters go (which only take place in very select locations in East Africa, involving animals quite literally on the brink of extinction) gorilla trekking is a life-changing and once-in-a-lifetime experience. 


No other wildlife encounter can match the awe-inspiring experience that is a mountain gorilla trekking safari. 

Experts view: Oliver Greenfield

Emotional and humbling are the first two words to explain my first ever face-to-face encounter with the ultimate king of the jungle. To have tracked and sweated for over five hours in deep jungle and finally stumble upon a family of mountain gorillas is for sure an awe inspiring and life-changing experience.

Humbling, awe-inspiring and life-changing.

the mountain gorilla

With just 840 left in the wild after severe poaching and dwindling habitat, witnessing the few reachable groups in these areas is, for most, a once in a lifetime experience. Predominantly ground dwelling, mountain gorillas prefer open canopy forests that allow light to reach the forest floor; their diet consists of bamboo, roots, stems, leaves and vines. Female gorillas actively choose their breeding partners as the male protection is essential to a successful reproductive cycle. Communication varies between barks, screeches, pant grunts and chest beating. Movement is usually on all fours via "knuckle walking". Group size varies from 2-30 individuals but a common average is 9. Mountain gorillas have a fairly limited home range, making them easier to track and habituate for tourism and research possibilities.


Similar to a human fingerprint, mountain gorillas can be identified by their completely unique nose print.. They have large jaws and teeth and long black hair that is often thicker and longer than the other species so they can survive in the colder, mountainous temperatures. Adult males can weigh up to 200kg and be up to 6ft tall, females can be half the size with an average weight of 100kgs and height of 4 foot 11 inches when standing upright


Mountain gorillas are a subspecies of the Eastern gorilla living in the Virunga Mountains across Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC, as well as the Bwindi Forest of Uganda.

Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

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