Adventure and explore whilst supporting development in the incredible country of Uganda

As a team, trek with your local guides around the crater lakes surrounded by extinct volcanoes, through forests with breath taking views, until you reach the jungle home of the worlds last wild silverback mountain gorillas. Spend time with the king of the jungle before relaxing on the banks of the River Nile. Then volunteer with East African Playgrounds in a local school to install a brand new playground for the children to enjoy for years to come. All this whilst making life long friends, memories and having the time of your life.

Project Costs

We pride ourselves on running the highest of quality and most ethical international volunteering projects, whilst also providing our volunteers with the best levels of support both in the UK and on the project in Uganda.

The Gorilla Trek was created and is still run by East African Playgrounds to give students a safe, supported, ethical life-changing experience. Whilst supporting the beneficiaries of East African Playgrounds, the work of a Ugandan social enterprise in developing the communities surrounding the Gorilla Home and to support the Uganda Wildlife authority in the preservation of the forest and protection of the Gorillas.

East African Playgrounds has won several awards for the sustainability and ethics of our volunteering program and most recently won the 2018 National Student Fundraising Award for Charity of the year.

The costs are kept to a minimum without compromising on quality. East African Playgrounds are able to do this as the whole progamme is hosted and managed in-house by our experienced and professional team.

Registration fee - £200

Your registration fee reserves your place on The Gorilla Trek. This registration fee can be refunded within the first 7 days if you change your mind, however is non-refundable beyond this.

Fundraising - £2,200

In order to confirm your place on the project you will need to raise a minimum of £2,200 which will cover the following:
  • Trek & in-country project costs (£500) - This covers the majority of your food, accommodation, transport and activities whilst in Uganda with East African Playgrounds as well as your support you receive in the UK and Uganda. We work with sustainable travel providers that protect local culture and promote. A social enterprise named Edrisa provides the four day trek through the gorilla highlands. Whilst being a trekking organisation that encourages visitors to experience all that the area has to offer, they also run many community projects and promote sustainable development in the region.
  • Gorilla Permit (£600) - The gorilla permit is provided by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, an organisation that seeks to protect Uganda's animals and habitats. By purchasing a gorilla permit, you are contributing to the amazing work that the UWA do to protect the endangered mountain gorillas.
  • Donation to East African Playgrounds (£1,100) - This money will be used for the running of our year round playground builds - anywhere from buying new playground materials, funding our building and welding apprenticeship schemes or support and resources in the UK.
Compared to similar international projects the Gorilla trek is more affordable, longer and gives you more variety. With our support, training and resources most students raise far beyond this target. Any money raised beyond the target helps East African Playgrounds expand the work we do.
We support you with your fundraising through fundraising training, one on one fundraising plans, online fundraising platforms, how to guides for every type of fundraising event, we organise team fundraisers and large events for you to raise funds at also. We are proud of our fundraiser support and have won awards for the support we give our Gorilla trek fundraisers. 

What's Included?

The Gorilla Trek includes:

  • All in country accommodation for the 21 days of the project

  • Your gorilla permit

  • 5 days expedition with expert guides

  • Cultural activities (crafts, herbalists, language lessons and more)

  • In-country travel & support vehicle

  • All expedition and project meals

  • 24/7 in person staff support in Uganda

  • Full fundraising support throughout the year

  • Comprehensive training sessions at your university

  • Full time support in both the UK and Uganda from trained EAP staff members

The Gorilla Trek  does not include:

  • Flights (approximately £500-£800, depending on when you book them - but through our partners you can pay a £99 deposit, giving you the whole academic year to save up. You are also able to fundraise for the cost of your flights, please contact us regarding this)
  • Vaccinations (approximately £0-£120 depending on how much you've travelled before)
  • Visa (£35)
  • Personal Travel insurance  (approximately £40-70)
  • Optional additional activities - all of which can be decided on the day 

Project dates

11th June - 1st July 2020 (extension 4th July)

13th July - 2nd August 2020 (extension 5th August)

14th August - 3rd September 2020 (extension 6th September)

Why choose the Gorilla Trek?

Finding the right international adventure and volunteering projects can be a bit of a minefield. With lots of 'Voluntourism' and 'Gap year' companies cashing in on young peoples desire to travel and experience new things whilst also making a difference. We started the Gorilla Trek to give people an alternative to these companies and have won several awards as a result. The Gorilla Trek gives you the chance to join a three week project that combines the best of adventure with the best of volunteering.

Ethical and sustainable volunteering for you and for the communities we work with is at the core of everything we do. From our high impact projects (which support thousands of people and the Gorilla themselves) to the huge amount of support we give you in both the UK and Uganda, we are able to keep costs low and transparent whilst giving you a true experience of a life time. Find out more about why hundreds of students and young people choose to join us in Uganda each year.

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Safety and support

We run ethical, safe and incredible international expeditions and volunteering projects.

We put our volunteers at the heart of our planning, and ensure that we run everything to the highest standards – we’re associated with the Duke of Edinburgh award and follow the British Standards for international expeditions as just two examples. We’re with you every step of the way – from the moment you sign up to the project to the moment you land back in the UK.


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