4 Day Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour

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This 4-day Gorilla Trekking Safari takes you mountain gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganda and the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda! You get to spend time with these endangered primates in the wild, experiencing one of the most incredible and unforgettable wildlife encounters on earth – twice! 

This 4-day safari starts in Uganda – Entebbe and ends in Kigali – Rwanda with 2 gorilla permits (for Parc Nationale des Volcanoes and Bwindi in Uganda) included. Leaving Entebbe and Kampala behind we drive southwest via Masaka to Mbarara, about 283 km from Kampala. Our drive takes us across the equator, where we stop for snacks and photos.

Then we visit Igongo Cultural Village Centre and the interesting Ankole Museum, before having lunch at a motel in Mbarara.  After lunch, we travel into the scenic highlands of Uganda, nearing the dense rainforests of Bwindi.

These are some of the oldest, most lush, and most diverse forests in Africa, hosting a spectacular array of flora and fauna. The overnight lodge is located on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

On day two, we embark on our first exhilarating mountain gorilla trek – an experience to be treasured! After a short talk at the headquarters, briefing you about the gorilla trekking procedures. Briefing complete, the UWA rangers guide you into the lush Bwindi Forest where almost half of the world’s remaining wild mountain gorillas are found.

The trek through the jungle itself is a remarkable wilderness experience! All kinds of exotic birds, insects, mammals, and reptiles can be spotted as you walk through the thick undergrowth and tangled vines. Once we find our designated gorilla group, we stop and spend an hour watching them.

In the afternoon when we return from our unforgettable gorilla encounter we visit Buhoma Village. Setting off from the Buhoma Community Rest Camp, your guide leads you to the village to explore on foot. Walking around the village gives you the chance to meet the local people living near Bwindi, see how they live, and support the community directly.

On day three we leave Bwindi and its majestic gorillas behind, traveling from Uganda into neighboring Rwanda. Our destination for the day is the city of Ruhengeri, now called Musanze, which serves as the base for exploring Volcanoes National Park.

Arriving in this beautiful area at the foot of the Virunga Mountains, we visit the Twin Lakes; Lake Ruhondo, and Lake Burera. After soaking up the scenes of the tranquil lakes surrounded by verdant hills to the backdrop of the Virunga Massif, we relax and have dinner at our accommodation.

On day four we have an early breakfast before heading to the nearby Volcanoes National Park, one of the best places in the world for mountain gorilla trekking! Reaching the park headquarters our driver/guide takes care of the formalities while the park rangers brief you on the gorilla trek. Then it is time for your second gorilla trekking experience in the rainforests of central Africa!

Once we find our gorillas we get to spend an hour with them in the forest. We watch these massive primates go about their day – grooming, playing, sleeping, and feeding. It is an extraordinary experience to see how gentle and social the gorillas are, and how much their behavior resembles that of humans.

After our trek, we have lunch in Ruhengeri and drive southeast to the capital of Rwanda, Kigali. We stop several times to admire the spectacular views of the verdant hills, en route to the clean and modern city. Arriving in the city we take a sightseeing tour, visiting the Genocide Memorial and an arts and crafts market.

Then you are transferred to the Kigali International Airport for your onward flight.

4 Day Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour Highlights

* Community Visit to the Batwa
* Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial
* Canoe Excursion on Lake Mutanda
* Gorilla Tracking in both Bwindi (Uganda) and Volcanoes National park (Rwanda)

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Entebbe, Uganda – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest National Park
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest National Park Gorilla Tracking
Day 3: Bwindi National Park – Drive to Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans)
Day 4: Volcanoes National Park Gorilla Tracking – Drive to Kigali and enjoy a City Tour

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Entebbe, Uganda – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest National Park

After a cup of coffee embark on an early morning drive from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest National Park. Relax at your lodge/ camp or take a sightseeing visit to the local community Batwa and enjoy the local traditional dance.

Travel time from Entebbe to Bwindi Forest Park is about 9 to 11 Hours.

Accommodation Option:

Mid-range Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp or Silver Back Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas
Luxury Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp, or Mahogany Springs or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest National Park (Gorilla Tracking)

There is an early morning entry into a gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested, and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for tourists.

Recorded mammals here include the endangered mountain gorilla, the rare golden monkeys, buffaloes, elephants, black-fronted duikers, bushbucks, leopards, giant forest hogs as well as other animals.

This park is best known for its fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure.

The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other.

Accommodation Option:

Mid-range Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp or Silver Back Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas

Luxury Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp, Mahogany Springs, or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Meal Plan: {Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Bwindi National Park – Drive to Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park

Take breakfast before making a scenic journey to Rwanda through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape. Drive through the winding road and terraced landscape and reach Kisoro for lunch and then drive to Uganda/ Rwanda border and cross to Rwanda.

You will cross the border via Kisoro and then clear customs and immigration at the border – Rwanda is 1 hour behind Uganda. Continue to travel to Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) for an overnight.

Travel time from Bwindi Uganda to Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park is about: 4 to 5 hours.

Accommodation Option:

Budget Accommodation: Kinigi Guest House
Mid-range Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: High-end Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ La Palme

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4: Volcanoes National Park Gorilla Tracking – Drive to Kigali & Kigali City Tour

Wake up very early in the morning. You will be early for the briefing before the gorilla tracking. Volcanoes National Park offers another different  Family of gorillas from that seen in Bwindi.

Relax, have lunch and return to Kigali. Time permitting you could visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum. The memorial is very moving – the tour takes a couple of hours – and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country.

It is in memory of the multitudes murdered in Rwanda´s genocide in 1994. The Memorial sites and centres are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, both in Rwanda and internationally.

Afterward, you will be transferred to the airport.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast & Lunch}

4 Day Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour Prices

4 Day Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour Includes:

Cultural Tour + Park Ranger Fees + 2 Gorilla Permits per person + Relevant Government Taxes + Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle + Services of our Professional English speaking Driver/ Guide + Airport transfers, provided you are departing on the day your safari ends & Full Board Accommodation (3 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary

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* This 4-day safari could also start in and end in Kigali  Rwanda
* Remember to take a rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, and your packed lunch from the lodge. Also, make sure that you bring sturdy trekking boots for walking in the swamps and jungles.

4 Day Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour Excludes:

* Airfares
* Visa Fees
* Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary, and optional activities

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