The 2 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking safari from Kigali is a short Uganda gorilla tour that starts from Kigali in Rwanda and leads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda for the unforgettable mountain gorilla trek. Uganda boasts of the highest number of mountain gorillas (more than half the World’s population) as well as most gorilla families totaling to 36 families, but because of the 8-9 hours’ drive from Entebbe/Kampala to the gorilla trekking destinations, visitors find it discouraging. Rwanda on the other hand is only 3 hours’ drive from the Capital (Kigali) but more costly with permits going for $1500. Therefore this 2 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking safari from Kigali makes it exciting and easy to spend less time on the road and interestingly save more money during your gorilla safari, given gorilla permits in Uganda cost only $700.
Day 1: Kigali City tour and transfer to the stunning Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The first day of your 2 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking safari from Kigali starts with a pick-up from your place of residence in Kigali or the Airport by your safari driver. Undertake a City tour that will lead you to the City’s popular tourist sites such as the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site, craft markets that display purely African wear and souvenir as well as the local food markets where you will interact with some of the local community members in addition to purchasing fresh fruits. Settle for a hot meal in one of the classic restaurants. Later Embark on the 4-5 hours’ drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, that involves crossing the border through Katuna or Cyanika. The drive will be characterized by stunning views of the rolling hills of Rwanda as well as Kigezi highlands, arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner.
Drive time: 4-5 hours.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and drive to Kigali
After a sumptuous breakfast, dress-up in the appropriate gorilla trekking attire (long sleeved shirt, pants, hiking boots, gardening gloves and hat). Depending on the location of the Lodge, move or be transferred to the Park Headquarters for registration, briefing on the guidelines of trekking and allocation to gorilla families. You (together with 7 other visitors) will be allocated to one of the gorilla families in the sector you are trekking and allocation will be based on your personal interests, age and physical abilities.
At 8am start the invigorating trek to search for the mountain gorillas and this normally lasts 2-6 hours, and is inclusive of the one hour you spend in the presence of the giant apes. Watch them feed, play, groom, rest and sometimes mate while you take photos or record videos. Return to the Lodge for Lunch and check-out for a transfer to Kigali-Hotel or Airport if your flight is scheduled for that day.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch.
End of your 2 days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali