3 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking From Kigali to Bwindi & Lake Bunyonyi Safari
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking From Kigali to Bwindi Safari Tour is a 2 nights/3 days Uganda gorilla safari starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda, featuring Gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site having the biggest number of Mountain Gorillas to a tune of 461 gorillas out of the total 1063 existing gorillas in the whole world & Lake Bunyonyi Uganda community tour.
The 3-Day Uganda gorilla trekking safari from Kigali is most suitable for travelers that prefer driving for a shorter distance since the drive time from Kigali to Bwindi National Park is approximately 4 hours compared to the 9 hours drive from Entebbe to Bwindi National Park.
This tour gives tourists that are staying in Kigali an opportunity to track Gorillas at the Uganda Gorilla permit price of 700$ as opposed to the one in Rwanda that goes for 1500$ per permit.
Nineteen (19) gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which makes this park the ultimate Uganda gorilla trekking tour destination.
Uganda Gorilla trekking tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are carried out in any of its four (4) trekking regions Buhoma where the three gorilla families of Mubare, Habinyaja, and Rushegura thrive. Ruhija were the other three gorilla families of Oruzogo, Bitukura, and Kyagurliro.
Rushaga with its five gorilla families of Mishaya, Nshongi, Bweza, Busingye, and Kahungye, and lastly Nkuringo with one gorilla family named Nkuringo. All these gorilla families have successfully been habituated and two other gorilla families are currently being habituated in the south Rushaga sector namely Bikingi and Bushaho groups, which indicates that gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is on the move to prosperity.
We can further customize this 3 Day Uganda Gorilla Safari From Kigali to Bwindi Safari Tour to suit your personal interests, let us know what you want and we shall offer you more than you expect! Make an inquiry now!
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking From Kigali – SAFARI PRIME ACTIVITIES
- Gorilla Trekking in the Misty forests of Bwindi National Park
- Boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi
- Batwa Community Walk
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Safari From Kigali to Bwindi Safari Tour – FEATURED PARKS / DESTINATIONS
Day 1: Bwindi National Park
Day 2: Lake Bunyonyi
Day 3: Kigali Rwanda
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking From Kigali – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS
- Day1: Drive to Bwindi National Park & Enjoy a Batwa’s Village Community Walk
- Day 2: Gorilla Trekking & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
- Day 3: Transfer to Kigali From Lake Bunyony
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking From Kigali to Bwindi Safari Tour – SAFARI DETAIL
Day 1: Drive to Bwindi National Park & enjoy a Batwa’s village community walk
You will be picked up by your Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours guide from the Kigali International Airport or Hotel/place of previous stay and embark on a 140km or 3-4 hours’ drive to Bwindi National Park. During this scenic drive, you will enjoy views of incredible landscapes including the Virunga massif, which is composed of a chain of eight volcanic mountains straddling from Uganda through Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
You will catch sight of the native people in their villages as they go on with their day-to-day life activities including gardening, animal rearing, market vending, and children heading to school to mention but a few as you drive through the colorful towns and villages.
You will cross the Katuna or Chanika border post and proceed to your lodge in the afternoon. Upon arrival here, the lodge staff that will help you settle into your pre-booked room will welcome you. You will later enjoy your lunch after which in the afternoon, embark on a relaxed community walk where you will visit a Batwa pygmy’s village.
This walk provides you an opportunity to have an up close and personal encounter with these amazing local people belonging to one of Uganda’s endemic tribes that once resided in the forest over 1,000 years ago. From their cooking experiences, home setup, herbal medicine lifestyle dress code, etc. you will draw a comparison between the two different worlds i.e. your world and theirs.
After this exclusive encounter, you will return to your lodge for dinner and relaxation. We will ask the Hotel to set us a wake-up call and early breakfast. Tomorrow’s unforgettable adventure awaits us!
The highlight of the day: An encounter with the indigenous Batwa people
- Top Notch / Exclusive: Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge/ Gorilla Forest Camp
- Luxury/ Up market: Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Haven Lodge Buhoma
- Mid-range/ Moderate: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Cottage
- Budget/ Basic: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge – Standard Rooms/ Buhoma community rest camp/ Trekkers Tavern Lodge
Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner
Drive distance &time: Approx. 140- 220 or 4-5 hours
Activities & Services
- Transfer to Bwindi National Park
- Indigenous Batwa pygmies’ local community walk
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
This day of your 3 Day Uganda gorilla safari from Kigali will mark your reunion with your long-lost cousins – the mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi’s Impenetrable forest! You will wake up early for breakfast, have your African coffee and breakfast, carry your packed lunch, and then drive to the tracking point at the Bwindi Regional Park headquarters where your gorilla permit will take you.
Once you gather at the respective park headquarters with other tourists for briefing in the morning at 8 am, you will be entertained by the local tradition usually the Bakiga/Batwa people, and after the head, the ranger will carry out the much-needed 1-hour Gorilla trekking in Uganda Bwindi Forest briefing to prepare you for the Gorilla trek.
The briefing among other issues tackles the history of Gorillas and gorilla trekking in Bwindi Uganda, Gorilla behavior, Gorilla tracking rules and regulations, Gorilla conservation, and the benefits of gorilla tracking to the communities around Bwindi and to the Gorilla conservation efforts.
Once the briefing is done, you will be divided into groups of 8 people per gorilla family by a group of UWA (Uganda Wildlife Association) rangers depending on your physical fitness, interests, and age, which your guide will assist, ensure you get into the rightful group.
Under the guidance of a lead ranger guide, you will be ushered deep into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as you trek in search of the largest Great Apes Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.
Your Gorilla trek walk is beyond the ordinary as it involves traversing the dense jungles of Bwindi forest whose thickness would at some points necessitate using a machete to make a path by the rangers, hiking the challenging landscapes some of which are steep and slippery at times under the canopy of the mature forest which forms darkness even during the day.
You will see amazing gigantic tropical equatorial tree species, beautiful flowers, impressive birds, other primates like the L`ohest Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkey, Black Faced Vervet Monkeys, Patas Monkeys, hundreds of Butterflies, amazing landscapes, etc.
The Bwindi Gorilla trekking exercise takes 2 – 8 hours depending on the Gorilla movements and once you find them, you will spend one (1) hour interacting with them, observing, photographing, and enjoying their presence, usually from a 3-meter distance away from them.
Upon approaching gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as they may give you a courteous welcome, minding less about you, move away and keep moving or even charge at you when irritated.
However, because of habituation, Mountain gorillas in Bwindi are always welcoming with the Silverback hitting his chest a little to demonstrate his might but also welcoming to you to their home. The young gorillas are very playful and are at times not aware of the 7m rule thus can try to draw closer to even touching your body – save it by taking some steps away to observe the distance.
You are not limited in any way to ask as many questions about gorillas and their habitats along with taking pictures so long as you have the opportunity to do so but remember to keep your camera flash off!
After your one hour with the gorillas, you will be led back by the rangers to return to the starting point for the graduation ceremony where you will receive a certificate for those who successfully track the Gorillas, then drive back to the lodge for relaxation.
You will settle for a picnic lunch and later transfer to the amazingly beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is locally translated as “place of many small birds” and has become yet another tourist hotspot due to its stunning beauty.
It is the second deepest lake in Africa and is dotted with 29 islands that make its beauty breathtaking. We opt for you to spend the night after the Gorilla tracking at this spot so that you get an opportunity to explore another attraction and relax after the unforgettable Gorilla trekking experience.
Highlight of the day: Coming face to face with the beautiful Mountain gorillas
- Luxury/ Up market: Bird nest at Lake Bunyonyi
- Mid-range/ Moderate: Bunyonyi Rock Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch
Drive distance & time: Approx. 52km or 2 hours
Activities and Services: –
- Gorilla trekking
- Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 3: Enjoy the boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi and transfer to Kigali
After breakfast, you will enjoy a boat ride across the lake on a community tour of the prominent Islands. You will be shown the upside-down Island, Sharp’s Island, and Punishment Island, and also visit some of the local schools here where you get to meet the local students.
If it is fine with you, you can donate a few scholastic items to the school to enable these students to have a comfortable stay in school. After the school visit, you will return to the lodge for checkout.
Transfer to Kigali driving through the fascinating landscapes of Kigezi Highlands dubbed the Switzerland of Africa and Rwanda hills that have earned her a dub as the land of a thousand hills! If time allows, you can have an optional Kigali City drive tour viewing the prominent buildings like the Amahoro sports stadium, the Kigali Sports Arena, and the parliament, and if time allows you can visit the Kimironko market as well as the Inema Art Gallery.
After the Kigali city tour, you will transfer to your hotel or Kigali Airport depending on your travel plans.
The highlight of the day: Boat ride and Lake Bunyonyi community tour
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch
Drive distance & time: Approx. 140km or 4-5 hours
Activities and Services: –
- Transfer and tour of Kigali city
- Meeting the local people
- Lake Bunyonyi Community Tour
End of the 3 Day Gorilla Trekking From Kigali to Bwindi Safari Tour
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking From Kigali – SAFARI INCLUSIONS
- Full-time English professional registered safari driver guide
- 4×4 safari van/4×4 Safari land cruiser with poop up roof for game viewing with functional A/C
- Full board accommodation
- Gorilla trekking permit fees
- Wi-Fi Internet on board the safari vehicle
- Bottled water
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Safari From Kigali to Bwindi Safari Tour – SAFARI EXCLUSIONS
- International & domestic flight fees
- Visa fees
- Laundry services
- Items of personal nature
- Gratuities and tips
- Other beverages/ drinks
Other extras are not mentioned in the itinerary above.
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