4-day Uganda Gorilla Trekking Experience

This gorilla trekking safari gives you an opportunity to experience two East African countries cultures with arrival in Rwanda and crossing over to Uganda for the primate’s experience.  A city tour through the capital Kigali narrates the tales of yester years while depicting a tranquil present, revealing an incredible recovery from the turbulent era’s in-between.  From here, enjoy a scenic drive across the border to the world-famous Bwindi Impenetrable in Uganda, visiting the Batwa people route for a cultural experience. The tour culminates with an exciting gorilla trekking experience and leisurely drive back to Kigali for your departure.

Highlights

  • Kigali
  • Uganda
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Rwanda

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Kigali

On arrival at the Kigali International Airport you will be met and transferred to the Ubumwe Grande Hotel in Kigali city. Overnight at the hotel on bed and breakfast basis (Dinner is on own arrangement)

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Day 2 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, we make our way to the Rwanda/Uganda border to complete border formalities before continuing to Bwindi impenetrable park Uganda.  Take the Batwa Trail, which runs across the lower slopes of the Muhavura and Gahinga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Safari Park. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife but the Batwa Trail is far from being a conventional nature walk. With the help of Batwa guides, you will see the forest as a larder, pharmacy, builder’s yard, tool kit and above all, a home. Along the Trail, you will fire a bow and arrow, check hives for wild honey, help repair a Batwa shelter, harvest plants for medicine and food, light a fire without matches, listen to legends and learn about Batwa traditions.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils.  Overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge OR Chameleon Hill Lodge (either lodge can be used).  Distance/drive time: 170km / 3.5hours

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Day 3 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast and briefing from the guides, set off for the mountains gorilla tracking inside the Bwindi forest. You need to carry drinking water, rain jacket and jungle boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy while photographing and observing the gorillas. After tracking, come back to the lodge and relax.  Overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge OR Chameleon Hill Lodge (either lodge can be used)

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Day 4 : Departure

Have breakfast at the lodge and later drive to Kigali to be transferred to the airport in time for onwards international flight.  Distance/drive time: 170km / 3.5hours

Included

Airport transfers
All meals as specified in the itinerary
One litre of mineral while trekking
Kigali City tour and Genocide Museum
English-speaking driver guide

Excluded

Gorilla Permit – US$ 600 per permit/trek
All meals and beverages other than specified
International or regional flights
Airport taxes, passport and visa fees
Items of personal nature

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