Photo of the Day: Mountain Gorilla in Uganda 10

mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Park in uganda

Taken in the Bwindi Impenetrable Park in Uganda

As far as I know, there are two places that you can view mountain gorillas, a national park in northern Rwanda and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in southwest Uganda. I made a mad, mad dash from the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro to go check these magnificent beasts out there, while on my round-the-world trip.

It is an expensive endeavor. When I did it, the permit fee was $500 U.S. A friend told me that it has gone up to $750 this year, but I can´t verify that. It is worth it.

One quick side note. One of my concerns, especially after seeing how things “work” in Africa was that the money would simply go to graft, but I was amazingly impressed and relieved at how professional this whole experience was. There are very limited permits sold per day (my mad dash was as a result of hearing that a couple permits might be open for one day). The time with the gorillas is limited. You go in with multiple park rangers — and they seemed very, very well trained and informed.

My friend Cailin wrote a great post about seeing the gorillas in Rwanda as well… go check it out!

All in all, I couldn’t recommend a wildlife experience much higher than this one. When you see their eyes or their hands or their feet, you are so clearly looking at a close relative. It is eerie.

Mountain Gorilla information.

About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

10 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: Mountain Gorilla in Uganda

  • Dina VagabondQuest

    Awesome photo. Never been too close to a gorilla, but have been with orangutans. It was in a safari park in Indonesia, and I was sitting with what looked like a family of orangutan, for a short photo session. They comfortably climbed around me, sat on my lap, held my hands and arms. It felt like family to me, heh 🙂

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      Wow. That sounds great. I’d be a little worried about getting them sick, if they touched me. That not a problem with them?

  • Connelly Maura

    My awes and vows……………… I felt grandeur in viewing this gorilla photo very close. And I marvel of seeing them if in direct.. Aweeeee J Will plan for next vacation for sure here in AfricaJ

  • Africa Adventure Consultants

    Permits in Uganda are actually currently on special for only $350/person/day through May 31, 2013. After that, they go back up to $500. Rwanda is indeed at $750/person/day. No doubt it is worth every penny – as you mention – it’s the wildlife experience of a lifetime!

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