Go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda from Nairobi?

Have you wondered if it is possible for you to track mountain gorillas in Uganda from Nairobi? Well, perhaps this is what has always puzzled you a lot but the truth of the matter is that you can track Uganda’s mountain gorillas from Nairobi.

Kenya is a neighboring country to Uganda in the east and stands on added advantage due to its coastline in Mombasa. Majority of visitors pay a visit to Kenya via water and usually find it ideal to add a Uganda gorilla safari after their visit in the magical Kenya. Whereas Kenya is popular for its incredible wildlife experiences especially game drives, there are no mountain gorillas here.

To see mountain gorillas, you have only three options and that is for you to pay a visit to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park which lies in the extreme southwestern part of the country, Rwanda Volcanoes National Park-northwest and the Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

However, DR Congo is still recovering from the political instabilities and for this case; most tourists prefer visiting Uganda and Rwanda. To be part of gorilla tour in Uganda, you need $600 for you to secure a permit and you can obtain one through a local tour operator or Uganda Wildlife Authority (DRC). Note that only persons above 15 years are allowed to track mountain gorillas whether in Uganda, Rwanda or the DR Congo.

How you can fly and track mountain gorillas in Uganda from Nairobi?

For any plans to track mountain gorillas, you can take a flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and then land into Entebbe International Airport. From here, you will be driven to Bwindi National Park or Mgahinga National Park where gorilla treks are conducted. The journey is about 8hrs drive. You can as well reserve a flight to Uganda from Nairobi with Kenya Airways that conducts approximately five daily flights from Entebbe to and fro Jomo Kenyatta Airport.

Others include RwandAir which also takes flights into Uganda from Nairobi. And with revival of the Uganda airlines, things will even become easier and affordable for you to fly from Nairobi to see Uganda mountain gorillas. At Entebbe airport, we shall arrange your airport transfer to your preferred hotel or area of residence in Kampala or Entebbe and then the next day you embark on a 8-10 hours’ drive to Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park for gorilla trekking or take a direct flight from Entebbe airport/Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro or Kihihi airstrips.

The 3, 5 or more days gorilla tour is the best package you can take if you are to have a complete gorilla adventure in this magical country.

The other option is for you to drive to Uganda and you can start your journey from Nairobi to Kampala. There are many bus companies that offer road transportation services between the two cities each day and you can achieve your dream. In Kampala, you will be picked by our driver guide who then will transfer you to Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park for gorilla trekking. Besides, you can take direct flights from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi or Kisoro airfield where you can easily connect to the park by road. After your breathtaking experiences, you can be driven back to Entebbe Airport or to Kigali airport for your return journey.

Conclusively, if gorilla trekking is your dream adventure and you are in Nairobi still you can be part of this life changing experience. What matters is how long you intend to be in Uganda but it is very possible for you to track mountain gorillas in the pearl of Africa from Nairobi.