Gorilla Trekking Safari

Reviews of Gorilla Trekking Safari

Excellent(98%) From 39 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 39 of our travellers who have done this activity and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr J & Mrs S from UK
Date: 21-Aug-2019 Based at: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Gorilla Trekking

This a once in a lifetime experience - we did it three times and each time i have never known an hour pass so quickly. Extremely well organised and the guides/trackers really inspire confidence while making sure you get the best out of your hour.

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Ms. K from Laramie
Date: 8-Aug-2019 Based at: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

WONDERFUL Gorilla Trekking Safari review

TRIP OF A LIFETIME! This was such an amazing experience! My family visited the Igisha group and it was ABSOLUTELY wonderful! The family just became the largest group the week we were there, with 34 members. During the hour we were able to spend with the mountain gorillas we saw around 20 of them. The drive was one of the longer drives, but the views were stunning and gave us a great opportunity to see the countryside and the villages far out of the cities.

Once the trek started, the adventure continued. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable, the trackers were excellent and skilled, and the porters were incredibly helpful. Although I did not hire a porter, one stayed very close to me on the way down as the path was extremely slippery, and any time anyone needed an extra boost through the tight bamboo forest, a porter was right there to help!

The anticipation during the hike was an experience all on its own, and once we got close to the gorillas and heard them, the trip was 100% worth it, even without yet seeing the gorillas. The hour with these beautiful creatures flew by, and we could have spent the entire day with them! We watched the mountain gorillas eat, and were lucky enough for them to move into a clearing where we could watch the juveniles play and the adults nap the afternoon away. I don't think words can even begin to describe how amazing this experience was, and was worth every. single. penny.

SUCH A GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!!!

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Rusty Hudak from Stow
Date: 23-Jul-2019 Based at: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Gorilla Trekking with Jolie

We had to hike extra long because the gorillas were moving uphill and away from us. But in a way that made the experience that much better. But people should be aware the hike may not be all that easy. There was no real path in some areas and it took close to 2 1/2 hours.

But Jolie, the Porters, Rangers -> all good!

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ERinSTL from Saint Louis
Date: 3-Jul-2019 Based at: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Our gorilla trek

Nothing short of wonderful. For a second day in a row (previously with golden monkeys), we hit the jackpot for short trek. The troop of gorillas was literally on the National Park boundary. There was plentiful mud, though. Be aware of that likelihood, even if you plan your visit for the dry season, as we did.

The gorilla encounters were nothing short of amazing. Mothers and babies in poses that couldn’t be more human. Juveniles playing, swinging on vines, engaging in dominance practice, could be a school playground with a bit of extra foliage. The silverback keeping an eye on things with a stern, watchful glare – that was my fifth-grade teacher during recess. The 7-meter offset was only marginally enforced. Juvenile gorillas, unaware of that rule, approach closely, and grabbed the pants leg of a fellow trekker.

Having read reviews on various travel boards, we decided to book two gorilla treks back to back (on Day 3 and Day 4 of our stay at Volcanoes National Park). But after the first trek, as rewarding as it was, the idea of getting up at 4:30 again and trekking through the mud again caused us to reluctantly skip the second trek. Financially, it was a significant mistake in our planning. (We’re both in our 70s, though fit; maybe younger trekkers would not be deterred from a second go.)

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Ms & Mr P from USA
Date: 20-May-2019 Based at: Bisate Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Gorilla Trekking Safari review

See prior comment

[ Ed: "Truly a bucket list experience!

Our gorilla trekking experience was simply magical!" ]

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Ms & Mr P from USA
Date: 19-May-2019 Based at: Bisate Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Gorilla Trekking Safari review

Truly a bucket list experience!

Our gorilla trekking experience was simply magical!

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Mr F & family from Belgium
Date: 6-Feb-2019 Based at: Bisate Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Magical encounters

This wildlife experience is completely worth it. Meeting 'our cousins' is a magical moment.

The hike through the forest can be challenging and tough-going (your guides will often have to machete a path through the ferns and nettles), but it’s within reach for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.One should definitely hire a local porter, if only it were to support the local community.

Guides and rangers prepare you for what to expect, and you get very close to the animals (the gorillas don't respect the 7m distance...)

It's a cliché, but you'll never forget this experience...

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Mr P. from Stanmore
Date: 30-Jan-2019 Based at: Bisate Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Gorilla Trekking Safari review

Visited a family of 20 gorillas. Unlike the previous ones these had us chasing thru the undergrowth to keep up with them but they wanted us to find them. A silverback came within 2 feet of me and stopped to pose

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Mr P. from Stanmore
Date: 29-Jan-2019 Based at: Bisate Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Gorilla Trekking Safari review

It was way beyond description. The gorillas were so friendly and willing to share their life style with adults. Visited a pack of 24 gorillas including two silverbacks and one bad boy aged 12 years.

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Mrs Winnie from Geneva
Date: 17-Jan-2019 Based at: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

what an expérience

We went twice to see the gorillas both day were totally different, the fist day we walked 30 Minutes and there they were, the guide was interesting and very very funny we had a wonderful time.

The second was more difficult we walked much longer deep in the forest it was slippery and steep, we were helped by the porters, they were very kind, when we reached the gorillas it was still speed so it was sportive.

And when it is difficult to approach them it’s more fun

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