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I understand that you can see gorillas in the wild in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. In planning a trip to Africa to see gorillas, why might I choose one country over another considering factors such as safety, price, conservation practices and likelihood of seeing gorillas?

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I've never been to those countries, but been nearby. Uganda and Rwanda are more or less safe. Congo less so. – Rory Aug 6 '11 at 23:34
That doesn't really answer the question of which country he should visit to see any gorilla's – Ivo Flipse Aug 7 '11 at 0:35
@Rory: Ivo is right, you should move your answer to a comment where it will remain helpful without risking downvoting. – hippietrail Aug 7 '11 at 8:38
I recently went to Tanzania, and bought Lonely Planet's East Africa book - it had some information on this, so it might be worth looking into. – Vetle Aug 8 '11 at 9:17
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When I did my research a few years ago I read that the biggest likelihood of seeing gorillas is in Uganda, I haven't tried it myself though.

I was traveling around other parts of Uganda and it felt reasonably safe - we were using public transport and cheap accommodation. It was a few years ago though, you should check the current situation (usually foreign ministries have travel advice service - e.g. from UK's foreign office).

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Thanks for the reply. I'm going to leave this question open for a while and see if there are any other answers. – g . Aug 23 '11 at 22:21

I am Billy Ssali (freelance local Tour guide in Uganda). I would say that Rwanda has an added advantage over Uganda compared to the distance to be driven in the car, in Rwanda it takes 2 hours drive from Kanombe International Airport to get to Kinigi (Parc De National) while in Uganda it needs a minimum of 11 hours to drive from Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi impenetrable forest depending on which gorilla family you want to visit. But Uganda has the large number of mountain gorillas so if your to consider that and the good medical facilities and good terrain, then you can give Uganda an thought. Roads are not always good though.

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Can you merge your answers? – VMAtm Sep 13 '11 at 5:23

Mountain Gorillas, which are said to be man's closest relatives are living in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Parc Nationale Des Volcans in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in Eastern DR Congo. But Uganda has the biggest numbers and Rwanda is also good.
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I can't advise you to go to Congo since their security is unreliable, anything can happen at any time! Not only that but even getting a Congo visa is not easy whether online or at any of their border checkpoint. Roads are impassable, visa goes up to $135 single entry for Congo, Rwanda visa fee was reduced to $30 (but you need to apply online in advance). Uganda visa fee is $50 single entry. For more info you can contact: ssalibilly +256774819223

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