20 Years Of Gorilla Tourism in Uganda

A family in southwest Uganda have celebrated a very special anniversary this week. And they are no ordinary family. The Mubare gorilla family was the first gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to be habituated for tourism, in what was then a pioneering new ecotourism concept. On 13th October 1993, Mubare received their first official human visitors, and gorilla tourism was born, In what has become a vital factor in the fight to protect the species, gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda raises significant funds for both conservation and communities. Today there are eleven gorilla families available for tracking in Uganda, and ten in Rwanda. Strict rules exist to ensure the safety of the gorillas, carefully supervised by the wildlife authorities working in tandem with international conservation groups. Gorilla tourism has become a conservation success story - in recent years mountain gorillas have shown a significant increase in their population. The Far Horizons was one of the first DMCs to offer high end gorilla safaris to Uganda and Rwanda, and we would like to raise our proverbial glasses to the gorillas of Bwindi and wish them many more years of being at the forefront of sustainable wildlife tourism!