3 DAY UGANDA GORILLA TOUR THROUGH KIGALI − GORILLA TREKKING IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK, LAKE BUNYONYI & COMMUNITY TOUR
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through Kigali – SAFARI OVERVIEW
Our 3 day Uganda gorilla tour through Kigali is 2 nights 3 day Uganda gorilla trekking safari that starts in Entebbe/Kampala Uganda and ends Kigali Rwanda. This 3 day Uganda gorilla trekking tour through Kigali brings you face to face with the famous mountain Gorillas in the misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Gorilla trekking is by far the most memorable ‘wow factor’ and most authentic highly sought out for wildlife experience on any African safari.
The tour takes you the magically beautiful Lake Bunyonyi literally translated as the place of little birds, which is positioned at 1,962m above sea level stretching for 25km in length and about 7km in width. Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest Lake in Africa. Amazing about Lake Bunyonyi is its count of 29 Islands, which do not exist in any other water body in the region making it a top Tourist spot. The main Islands include the Bushara, Kyahugye, Akampane, Bucuranuka and Njuyeera. The surrounding Kigezi Highlands present magical scenic views ideal for sightseeing. While here, you will engage in a fascinating boat ride touring these Islands and the local community
The 3-Day Uganda gorilla trekking safari through Kigali is most suitable for travelers that wish to experience the two countries i.e. Rwanda and Uganda. This tour also minimize on the time to be spent in the vehicle by not returning to Entebbe but instead utilizing the shorter route through Kigali at the end of the tour as Bwindi National Park is approximately 4 Hours compared to the 9Hours drive of Entebbe to Bwindi National Park.
The 3-day Uganda Gorilla trekking tour through Kigali is available all year round and can be customized to suit your travel expectations!
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through Kigali – SAFARI PRIME ACTIVITIES
Expect to be amazed by the incredible giants the mountain gorillas when you get to indulge a stunning gorilla trekking adventure
Experiencing two countries Uganda & Rwanda
Lake Bunyonyi Local Community Tour
Touring Rwanda’s Capital City- Kigali
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through Kigali –FEATURED SAFARI DESTINATIONS
Day : Bwindi National Park
Day 2: Lake Bunyonyi
Day 3: Kigali City
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through Kigali – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS
Day1: Drive to Bwindi National Park enjoy en’ route lunch at Igongo Cultural center
Day 2: Do Gorilla Trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 3: Drive to Kigali Rwanda and enjoy the Kigali City Tour
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through Kigali – SAFARI DETAILS
Day 1 of 3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through Kigali: Drive to Bwindi National Park Enjoy En’ Route Lunch at Igongo Cultural Center.
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You drive to the country’s southwest heading for 527km journey taking about 8 -10 hours’ drive. You drive through the traffic of Kampala and connect to Masaka road on smooth tarmac driving for 77km to make a stop at the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe where the world’s main latitude that partitions the world into the northern and the southern hemisphere can be encountered.
It is a unique geographical site where water experiments can be carried out to justify the geographical divide between the north and the southern hemispheres. You have an opportunity to take magical photos with one leg in the north hemisphere and another one in the southern hemisphere. Retreat from the break and continue on the drive to Bwindi National Park.
A traditional lunch stop will be made at Igongo Cultural Centre 12km from Mbarara for a local cuisine prepared in modern setting and served in standard utensils. The food is organically grown and freshly served. Continue on the drive welcomed by the fascinating Kigezi Highlands arriving in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Highlight of the day: – Scenic drive to Bwindi National Park
Luxury/Upmarket: – Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge/ Gorilla Forest Camp/Chameleon Hill Lodge
Mid-range/ Moderate: – Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge/Gorilla Mist Camp/Bakiga Lodge
Budget/ Basic: – Buhoma community rest camp
Meal Plan: – Lunch & Dinner
Drive distance &time: – Approx. 530 or 8 – 9hours
Activities & Services of the day:-
- Transfer to Bwindi National Park
- Traditional Lunch buffet at Igongo Cultural centre
Day 2 of 3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through Kigali: Do Gorilla Trekking & Transfer To Lake Bunyonyi.
On this day you will come face to face with the Mountain Gorillas! Dressed in appropriate Gorilla tracking attire and with your packed lunch, your guide will pick you put at the lodge at around 6.30 am and transfer you to the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. From here, you will head to the forest in the company of the armed ranger guides that will lead you up the gorillas. The walk is beyond the ordinary as it involves traversing the dense jungle whose thickness would at some points necessitate using a machete to make a path, 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 are treated to the impressive bird songs and beautiful flowers through the experience. The encounter tends to take 2 – 8 hours depending on the Gorilla movements and one hour is availed to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas. Upon approaching gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as it can include them giving you a courteous welcome, minding less about you and charging against you. However, as a result of habituation, Mountain gorillas are always welcoming with the Silverback beating a little of his chest to demonstrate his might and also welcoming to you to the group.
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 on 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.
After your one hour with the gorillas, return to the starting point and transfer to the starting point to embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through fascinating Kigezi Highlands which locals apply terracing method to cultivate their slopes deriving impressive scenic landscape. You arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon for relaxation and recreational boat ride on the lake, dinner and overnight
Highlight of the day: Gorilla trekking in the misty Bwindi Forest National Park
- Luxury/ Up market: Birdnest at Lake Bunyonyi
- Mid-range/ Moderate: Bunyonyi Rock Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner at the Hotel in Lake Bunyonyi
Drive distance & time: Approx. 52 km or 2and a half hours
Activities and Services: –
- Gorilla trekking
- Boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi
Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include
- Birding in Bwindi
- Visit Batwa people to learn about their hunter gatherer lifestyle
Day 3: Drive to Kigali Rwanda and enjoy the Kigali City Tour
After breakfast at around 7.00am, you will 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! You will have a Kigali City drive tour viewing the prominent buildings like the Amahoro sports stadium; the Kigali sports Arena, 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.
Highlight of the day: Kigali City Tour
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch
Drive distance & time: Approx. 140km or 4-5 hours
Activities and Services: –
- Kigali city Tour
End of 3Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through Kigali
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through 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
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through Kigali − SAFARI EXCLUSIONS
International & domestic flight fees
Items of personal nature
Gratuities and tips
Other extras not mentioned in the itinerary above
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour – PRICE PER PERSON
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3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour through Kigali − GORILLA TREKKING TIPS
Carry plenty of water and some quick calories. The trek can take 2-8 hours and relatively tiresome.
Wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots for the gorilla trek
Put on long sleeved shirt/t-shirt, thick trouser and strong gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants.
Bring a warm sweater/fleece as it is often cold at the outset
Carry a rain jacket or poncho since it can rain at any time in the tropical rainforest of Bwindi
It is also a good idea to have sunscreen and sunglasses
Follow this link to read more about gorilla trekking tips and advice.
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