East Africa

Gorilla trekking in Africa

Gorilla trekking in Africa

Meet the mountain gorillas

Trekking through the jungle-clad mountains for a face-to-face encounter with a troop of gorillas is one of the most incredible wildlife experiences on earth. Spending an hour with these magnificent animals – so like ourselves – as they play and feed is as humbling as it is and unforgettable.

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It was mesmerising to just sit and observe them – and see all their human-like characteristics. What an absolute privilege it is to see mountain gorillas interacting with each other in the wild, just as they should be.

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Rebecca Cook
Travel Researcher
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Where to see gorillas in Africa

There are four national parks in central Africa where the world's 1000 or so mountain gorillas call home - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The protection of gorilla populations is one of tourism's great conservation success stories. In the 1980s, it was estimated that there were only 250 mountain gorillas left globally, but thanks to investment in rangers and park patrols, the population has been steadily rising ever since. The income from strictly limited permits makes this investment possible, so gorilla trekking is a direct way to invest in much-needed conservation efforts and community development around the parks.

Our Travel Researchers will always match a gorilla experience to your exact requirements, considering fitness, priorities, budget, and what else you would like to do on your trip. From the big cats of Akagera National Park in Rwanda, hiking in Uganda's remote Rwenzori Mountains National Park, or combining it with a safari in the Serengeti, East Africa has much more to explore while you are there.

Where to see gorillas in the wild

Where do you want to explore?

We currently specialise in Rwanda and Uganda. If you'd like to explore the DRC or Republic of the Congo, please get in touch.

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Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

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    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

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    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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