3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking safari from Kigali Rwanda

Gorilla trekking safari from Kigali takes you to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park with optional tracking tour in Mgahinga gorilla national park.

3 Days Uganda gorilla trekking safari from Kigali takes you to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park with optional tracking tour in Mgahinga gorilla national park. The trip starts and ends from Kigali Rwanda and mountain gorilla tracking can be done in either Rushaga, Nkuringo, Mgahinga, Ruhija or Buhoma regions because they are closer to Rwanda

This safari is highly recommended to visitors who don’t want to travel long distances because it is just 4 hours drive from Kigali to Bwindi as compared to the 9 hours’ drive with pick up from Entebbe international airport in Uganda.

3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali Rwanda Highlight

Day 1: Pick up from Kigali & Transfer to Uganda’s Bwindi Forest

Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Uganda- Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 3: Cultural Tour- Transfer to Kigali international airport

Detailed itinerary for Uganda gorilla tour safari from Kigali

Are you looking for a Uganda gorilla tracking package starting from Rwanda? Here is a sample detailed itinerary that can be customized be customed on request to best suite your travel desires, budget and time.

Day 1: Pick up from Kigali & Transfer to Uganda’s Bwindi Forest

Upon your arrival at Kigali international Airport Rwanda for your Uganda Gorilla trekking tour from Kigali, meet and greet our company representative together with your driver guide for a quick briefing and take Kigali city to visit the Crafts village, the local market and the Genocide memorial site.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda; driving northwest of Kigali and cross into Uganda through Katuna boarder and proceed to Bwindi forest, check in your booked lodge, relax, have dinner and prepare yourself for amazing gorilla trekking experiences the following day.

Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation options Mahogany Springs Lodge (Luxury), Bakiga Lodge (Mid-range) and Ride4awoman (Budget)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Uganda- Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Today is the main highlight of your 3 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari from Kigali Rwanda! Wake up and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee, grab your packed lunch and head out to the pack headquarters for briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking in Bwindi, you will also be allocated to a particular gorilla family and later set off with your head guide to the forest in search for mountain gorillas.

Upon finding them, you will be allowed to spend full hour with them, watch them play and feed their young ones. After descend to the starting point to pick your certificates and later drive back to your lodge for lunch and check out before heading to lake Bunyonyi for canoeing experiences. You will tour and explore different islands with a help of a local guide.  the trek, meet your driver / guide and transfer back to the lodge where you will relax.

Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation options Bird Nest (Luxury), Arcadia Lodge Lake Bunyonyi (Mid-range) and Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Budget)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Cultural Tour- Transfer to Kigali international airport

Have breakfast and go for a community tour around lake Bunyonyi to explore more cultural practices of the surrounding communities. Later start on your journey back to Kigali to end your 3 Days Uganda gorilla trekking safari from Kigali Rwanda. On a clear day, you will catch great scenic sights of beautiful terraced hills of Kabale and rice gardens in Rwanda. Arrive Kigali in the afternoon and proceed to the airport to catch up with your flight to your next destination

Main destination: Kigali International Airport

Meals & drinks: Breakfast and Lunch

Uganda gorilla trekking safari package includes;

Gorilla tracking permit

Ground transport

Bottled water in the safari vehicle

Full board accommodation for two nights

Service of an English-speaking driver guide

All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Uganda gorilla trekking safari excludes;

Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.

Tips to porters and driver/ guide

Insurance

Visa

Flights

What to pack for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris and tours from Kigali

Just like any other adventure African travel safari, you have to prepare yourself for mountain gorilla tracking experiences in Bwindi Uganda. Therefore; below is a list of things you need to pack before starting your primate tour;

Water: Gorilla trekking is a very tedious activity; therefore, you need to carry some bottles of mineral water before staring a trail into the deep jungles of the forest

Boots: Guests need to put on waterproof comfortable hiking shoes just in case of any rains, your movement in the forest is not affected so much by slippery surface among others

Rain jacket: Any time any day it may rain in Bwindi! Therefore, pack your rain jacket to be ready for any climatic change during your gorilla trekking safari and tour in Uganda.

Snacks: You are advised to carry light snacks to give you some energy during trekking

Long trousers and long-sleeved shirts: Since the forest is characterized by thick undergrowth and trails are not clear, we advise you to put on long trousers and long-sleeved shirts during this adventurous encounter

Socks: Guests tuck in their trousers into the socks to avoid insect crawling inside

Gloves: Visitors need gardening gloves because they always grab tree branches, leaves among others. Some trees are thorny!

Camera: You are advised to carry a nice non flash camera to capture al the good moments during your gorilla trekking safari

Bwindi Uganda Gorilla Trekking safari and tour information from Kigali Rwanda

Many visitors ask if it is possible to fly into Kigali and go gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Uganda. Well the answer is YES; Bwindi Uganda gorilla trekking tours from Kigali Rwanda are now popular and easily done.

Travelers book flights to Kigali international airport and cross over to Uganda to trek mountain gorillas in either Mgahinga gorilla national park or Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Mountain gorilla trekking safaris gorillas in Uganda have surely been challenging due to a full day driving distance from Entebbe/Kampala to Bwindi or Mgahinga gorilla national park. This factor had made gorilla holidays in Rwanda more popular than Uganda due to easy access to Volcanoes national park from Kigali international airport. However, the recent increase in the price of the gorilla trekking permits from $750 to $1500 in Rwanda diverted most travelers’ attention to explore Uganda for gorilla safaris and journeys.

The short distance to volcanoes national park from Kigali airport has also been a reason for high demand for gorilla tours in Rwanda unlike the long driving distance of about 9hours from Entebbe to either Bwindi or Mgahinga in Uganda for the same tours.

The good news is that short gorilla safaris and tours are now possible in Uganda through Kigali Rwanda. Visitors arrive in Kigali and drive to Uganda through Katuna boarder and either connect to Bwindi forest or Mgahiga gorilla national parks for gorilla trekking adventures.

Its good news for Uganda as a travel destination that Kigali international airport has become a doorway to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park- homes to endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. It was after an increase in the gorilla permits in Rwanda that tour operators realized Uganda’s potential to offer mountain gorilla safaris from Kigali Rwanda.

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