Trekking Tours in Uganda, Rwanda - Gorilla Tracking, Chimp Trekking, Mountain Climbing

Rwenzori Mountains

Below are our trekking tours - including gorilla tracking, chimpanzee viewing tours, mountain climbing of the Rwenzoris and Mount Elgon. Gorilla and chimpnzee tracking requires payment of permits to be made and received well in advance, to secure them. Mountain climbing fees include 2 porters per person, guide, park fees, rescue and accommodation, mattresses, food, and gas cooker. One cook is assigned to each group of 4 people, porters take a maximum of 25kg per climber (12.5kg per porter), transport to and from the Rwenzoris.

Trekking Tours - Uganda, Rwanda

Trekking in Uganda is a wonderful experience. In the Rwenzori in addition to the 'Central Circuit Trail' visitors can with prior arrangement make a assent of the major peak/s, on Mount Elgon, and the on the volcanoes of the Virunga chain that make up Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and PNV in Rwanda there are fixed trails where you will be guided throughout by a Ranger Guide. 

The Rwenzoris, or the “Mountains of the Moon”, have a legendary beauty. Shrouded almost perpetually in mist, they have a seducing, quality that has led to many visits from discerning travelers. The mountains - about 120 km long – have six peaks with permanent snow, three with glaciers. This is a beauty in itself as early explorers were astounded to find snow on any land feature, at the equator! The highest mountain in the range, Mount Stanley, with its peak, Margherita, the third highest in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, rises to 5,109m above sea level. 

Mount Elgon came into existence as a result of a volcanic eruption. For hundreds of years, the mountain has never erupted since its formation. With its highest peak, ‘Wagagai’, at 4,321m high, Mount Elgon’s major features are: plethora of waterfalls, hot springs and the extraordinary caldera, which is about 8 kilometers in diameter. 

In addition to trekking in the Rwenzori and Mount Elgon consider time spent on the Virunga trekking on what must be some of the most chanlleging and rewarding days treks to be enjoyed on the continent. Trek your way through thick jungle on any of the dormant volcanoes of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. The active volcano Mount Nyiragongo towering over the town of Goma in the DR Congo can also be visited by tourists. For details of our programmes in the Virunga plaese contact us.

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Departure dates: Any day

Itineraries that include a visit to the gorillas are subject to availability of permits at time of booking. Unless otherwise stated, only one gorilla permit is included in the safari cost; the other trackings require a supplement to be paid at time of booking.

For all categories of accommodation, ALL drinks (except bottled water) are excluded in the safari cost and clients are to pay for them directly to the hotels/Camps or Lodges. Clients could choose to fly out the following day in case there are no flights for their destination on the last day of the itinerary. A supplement for the extra night will be required.


Pinnacle Africa Safaris will advise the most appropriate airlines to use to fly to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. We could book your flights; alternatively you can contact your Africa tour operator or travel agent.

Safaris start may start in Kigali in Rwanda, or Entebbe or Kampala in Uganda.

Read our Mountain Climbing List document

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Rwenzori MountainsSafaris that include a visit to the chimps or gorillas are subject to availability of permits at time of booking. Please check with us for availability before you travel. Book your chimp or gorilla permit in advance to avoid disappointment. Gorilla and chimp permits, are in high demand, because of the stiff competition for them, and therefore are booked with payment on the basis of first come first served. To track gorillas or chimps each person must have the day's permit which needs to be arranged and paid for in advance. Contact us for the latest status of availability, even for last-minute bookings.