Gorillas Trekking in Uganda

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Gorillas Trekking in Uganda

Duration: 2 weeks
Countries: Uganda
Get up, close and personal with one of the world’s most iconic apes - the endangered mountain gorilla - in the lush rainforests of Uganda’s stunning Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Gorillas Trekking in Uganda

This award-winning project gives volunteers the chance to get up close and personal with captivating and endangered mountain gorillas in the lush greenery of their natural, Ugandan habitat.

Volunteers will not only be able to actively contribute to the on-going protection of these incredible creatures, but will be able to experience them roaming freely in their natural habitat. Such gorilla tours will take place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - a sanctuary that is home to half of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas. Here, volunteers will collaborate with the local communities on reforestation efforts and will work towards educating these communities on the importance of the gorilla.

As well as two permit-inclusive gorilla treks, this project also includes a four-day excursion to Uganda's renowned Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here volunteers will have the opportunity to track wild chimpanzees, join an unforgettable boat trip on the Kazinga Channel and accompany game-drives searching for elephants, lions and other species.


Day 1 

Arrival at Kigali International Airport. Transfer to guesthouse and meet fellow volunteers.

Day 2

Cross the border of Rwanda and into Uganda during a transfer to Kisoro, transfer time around 3 hours.

Day 3

The first of two gorilla tours in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest led by local park guides who will impart their local knowledge and wisdom about endangered mountain gorillas.

Day 4

Spend the day with 'Gorilla Organization', where you will visit the local schools and help to teach the kids about the importance of mountain gorilla conservation.

Day 5

Trek through Mgahinga National Park with the children of the local school.

Day 6

Today will be spent with the charity, Gorilla Organization, visiting multiple grass roots programmes.

Day 7

Second gorilla tour at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Experience the different behaviours of the endangered mountain gorilla groups. 

Day 8-10

Partake in projects including education of school children and reforestation work, assigned on a rotational basis. 

Day 11

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 12

Start with a game-drive, in search of various African wildlife. Spend the afternoon aboard a boat on the Kazinga channel to spot hippos and occasional elephants and lions coming to drink.

Day 13

Today will be a chimpanzee trek, this is a very different experience to your previous gorilla treks.

Day 14

Transfer back to Kigali. Transfer to airport for return flight or continue with independent travel plans. Please book evening flights for your departure.

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Further Details

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Price details:


What's included?

•Two gorilla-tracking permits and one chimpanzee-tracking permit
• A monetary contribution to the project itself
• Transfers to and from the airport
• Full orientation and support from the project managers
• Accommodation and meals as indicated

What's not included?

• Any flights
• Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
• Visas if required
• Use of internet and telephone
• Wines and spirits
• Trips undertaken other than in the planned itinerary


All volunteers are required to obtain a tourist visa to enter the country, which can be obtained from Ugandan high commissions or embassies prior to departure, or upon arrival (but on arrival is more expensive).

About The Great Projects

Here at The Great Projects we believe that there is a better way to holiday. Our award winning wildlife volunteer projects and signature tours present you with a truly life changing experience alongside the chance help animal conservation efforts all around the world. Whether you want to work with Orangutans in Borneo, Cheetahs in Namibia, or Tigers in India, we have the perfect project for everyone, and with donations made for each trip, your travel with have a lasting impact on local wildlife and the communities living alongside it.

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