Is gorilla trekking in Uganda better than DR Congo?

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Is gorilla trekking in Uganda better than DR Congo?

Is gorilla trekking in Uganda better than DR Congo?

It is really difficult to compare gorilla trekking in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, these two countries are different in many aspects and they both offer Mountain gorilla trekking experience, Virunga national park forms part of the great Virunga transfrontier national parks of Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Bwindi impenetrable national park is an independent national park.

  • Safety Uganda v DRC

Uganda has been safe for over 25 years and gorilla tourism has been open for that period of time DR Congo’s Virunga national park is situated in the Kivu region which has seen serious rebel attacks leading to the closure of the park time and again, due the safety precautions, Uganda offers much safer gorilla trekking experience compared to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Access Uganda v DRC

There are no easy direct flights to the Eastern democratic republic of Congo most trips to the DRC have to connect via Rwanda making it expensive compared to Uganda which receives a series of direct flights from Europe and the United Arab Emirates making it easy and cost-effective to travel to Uganda for gorilla trekking experience.

  • Accommodation Uganda v DRC

DRC’s Virunga national park has limited accommodation and an extremely advance booking is required, unlike Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park which has a lot of lodges dotted all over its trekking areas making it possible to try and book last minute Mountain gorilla trekking safaris.

  • Actual trek Uganda v DRC

In terms of Gorilla trekking, DRC offers easy and more exclusive gorilla trekking as there are very few people who travel to Virunga national park and Uganda has more physical gorilla treks and receives more tourists than Congo.

  • Gorilla trekking permits Uganda v DRC

DRC has the cheapest gorilla trekking permits of the 3 countries, their gorilla permits go for $400 per person per trek and Uganda has the second most expensive gorilla permits which cost $700 compared to Rwanda’s $1500 per person per trek.


Due to the security concerns in DRC Uganda still offers a much safer gorilla trekking experience in East Africa.


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