Virunga Mountains, along with Bwindi Forest in Uganda, are the two prime locations in Africa for tracking mountain gorillas.

The protected area that contains the gorillas straddles Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo, with around 300 individuals present ... around a third of the world population.

Take a look at the slideshows on this page for a full presentation on gorilla tracking and other activities in the area.

Only 56 gorilla tracking permits are issued each day, so you need to book extremely early and pay up front to secure a spot.

Most people base themselves at a lodge in this area for 3 or 4 nights in order to give themselves plenty of time to do one or preferably two visits to the gorillas, whilst also exploring the greater locality.

For accommodation the pricey Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is undoubtedly the most upmarket and reliable option in the area. Virunga Lodge is another high price alternative, in a dramatic location an hour from the reserve. Gorilla Mountain View Lodge is the best of a relatively poor selection of mid-priced options.
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