Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Via Kigali – Rwanda | 3 Days

3 Day Gorilla trekking in Uganda Via Kigali - Rwanda

From $1,046
2pax: per person sharing

Destinations: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/ Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Uganda

What to Expect

  • Pick up & drop off in Kigali City-Rwanda
  • Spectacular landscapes
  • Trek to see Mountain gorillas in the mist!
  • Gorilla tracking one-hour experience
  • Overwhelming Impressive landscapes
    Amazing natural diversity
  • Gorilla trekking on this trip can either take place in Uganda’s Bwindi or Mgahinga national park. All depends on gorilla permits available at time of booking

Route Map

Gorilla trekking in Uganda Via Kigali – Rwanda – 3 Days

Overview:

Experience a once in lifetime Mountain Gorilla encounter in Bwindi Impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. On this tour, you will have a magical hour with mountain gorillas face to face. Uganda is much more than gorillas. You could explore the community life on a village tour (optional).

On this trip, it is possible to view and encounter gorillas of either Bwindi or Mgahinga National Parks. The choice of location will depend on the availability of gorilla permits for your preferred dates at the time of booking.

Tour Highlights

  • Gorilla tracking one-hour experience
  • Observe the legendary Gorillas-in-the mist
  • Overwhelming Impressive landscapes
  • Amazing natural diversity

Important things to know:

To go on a gorilla trek, it is a requirement to have a gorilla permit which we arrange for you.  Gorilla permits are competitive daily, advance booking is always preferred. Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Bwindi and or Mgahinga national parks. We can only purchase your Gorilla permit after you have made a down payment to us.

  • Gorilla trekking can be a strenuous activity and the Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years.
  • What to bring: Hiking shoes/ walking shoes, long socks to tuck in long pants, rainwear, warm clothing, evenings can be cold/chilly, gloves preferably gardening type are very helpful and insect repellant.
  • Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.
  • While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and
  • Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour, you are kindly requested to practice different modes of using your camera in different light situations. Gorillas can sometimes be moving, Forest vegetation can at times obstruct visibility, and hence taking photos of these creatures can be very challenging!

Transport: Our standard offering is a 4WD safari vehicle.  All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions.

Difficulty: Gorilla trekking takes place at altitudes 1160 to 2607m (3806 to 8553ft) above sea level. This means that moderate/average physical fitness is required. The slowest member will determine the group’s speed. The pace will be moderate, with plenty of stops to rest, ask questions, re-hydrate, and enjoy the forest and views.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Via Kigali Rwanda.

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda

Early morning,  our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kigali City, and transfer you to Rwanda/ Uganda border.  After border immigration clearance – allow one hour for these protocols, transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Enjoy this scenic route, with impressive landscapes.

Please note the choice of lodging will be determined by the location of the Gorilla family available at the time of booking!

Bwindi Gorilla impenetrable forest National Park is about 330sq km, with spectacular scenery, and impressive forest views. The whole geographical scenery is basically hilly and mountainous. At an elevation between 1160 to 2607m (3806 to 8553ft) rains can shower anytime in the Bwindi forest, it is recommended that visitors pack rainwear, waterproof clothing, and appropriate hiking shoes to wear during gorilla tracking or forest walks. Daytime temperatures range from 23C/73F at times dropping to as low as 11C/52F.

There are 23 gorilla families which have been habituated for gorilla viewing, all of which can be accessed from specific locations/sectors of the forest. Eight people are permitted to view a single family per day.  There are 4 starting gates namely; in the North at BUHOMA, in the East at RUHIJA, in the South at RUSHAGA & South West at NKURINGO.

Approximate Transfer Time: +/- 5 hours,

Day 2: In Bwindi Impenetrable forest – Gorilla trekking

Today our guide will pick you up from your lodge, at 7.30 am and transfer you to the park gate (5-10 minutes) Pre-tracking orientation starts at 8:00 AM. Trekking through the thick jungle, and traversing canopies of thick undergrowth can be tough, wet, and strenuous but not impossible – the tracking can last from as little as 45 minutes to as much as 10 hours. The activity depends on the location of the gorillas the previous day. Visitors, therefore, are supposed to move along with a packed/ picnic lunch and water, should be equipped with strong water-proof clothing, and must be averagely healthy.

Day 3: Transfer back to Kigali

Our driver/ guide will transfer you back to Kigali City. Allow one hour at Uganda/Rwanda border for immigration and customs protocols. You could transfer directly to the airport for your outbound flight. Approximate Driving Time: +/- 5 hours,

Meal plan: Breakfast only

Price Includes

  • Return transfers to Kigali City
  • Accommodation on tour on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Reference Maps, Bottled water in vehicles
  • Professional and knowledgeable English-speaking driver/guides in Rwanda & Uganda.
  • x1 Gorilla trekking permit per person at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (US$700 per permit)
  • All. activities as stipulated in the itinerary,
  • All National Park entrance fees & ranger fees
  • Travel information pack

Price Excludes

  • Visa for Rwanda/ Uganda
  • International flights.
  • Yellow fever inoculation certificate or an exemption letter from your doctor
  • Laundry services
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Activities not specified
  • Any Optional activities (village tour, pigmy visit)
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gratuities to the driver/guide, trackers, hotel staff, and porters

COMPULSORY!

  • Malaria preventive medication.
  • Arrival/ Departure covid19 tests and Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
DayDestinationMidrangeComfort
1Bwindi NPK – South
  • Ichumbi Gorilla lodge
  • 4 Gorillas Lodge
2Bwindi NPK – North
  • Ride4woman
  • Mahogany Springs
3Kigali, RwandaDeparture

Lodging mentioned in the itinerary depends on the availability of rooms available at the time of booking.  At the time of your booking, in the event that listed hotels are fully booked, we will do our best to inform you and book a different hotel in the same class.


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