Thank you for your question regarding a Gorilla Safari in Rwanda or Uganda.
Seeing gorillas is the same experience in Rwanda and Uganda. However in Uganda compared to Rwanda it is hard, the forest is thicker, the terrain is steeper and generally takes longer but does not diminish the experience for the guests – roughly it takes 3 to 5 hours to see the Gorillas in Rwanda compared to 1 to 8 hours in Uganda – far more unpredictable I would say.
Gorilla tracking groups are allocated to guests at the time of buying the permits. One has little flexibility in choosing their preferred family of course depending on availability with any prior guarantee. Because Bwindi is bigger, gorilla tracking does not all start at the same place as in Rwanda – there are different start points in the South and in the North of Bwindi and one usually tracks the gorilla families resident in the area near the lodge they are staying.
For gorilla tracking from Uganda, we prefer to do the South of Bwindi as it is more accessible – the experience, North or South, is essentially the same, neither lesser nor better.
If you are a USA passport holder, you do not require a Visa to enter Rwanda. They require a Visa to enter Uganda and this can be obtained the port of entry
From 1st June 2012, gorilla permits in Rwanda will charged at US$750 each and non-refundable. But if we purchase before 1st June, we shall pay US$500.
We are more than happy to send you a quote once you've finalised your travel arrangements.
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On: 07 May 2012