This 2 days Gorilla Trekking safari starting from Kigali Rwanda is perfect for travellers with limited time, staying in Rwanda but who would like to save money and trek gorillas in Uganda. A gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs 1,500 US dollars while the same costs 600 US dollars.
One will come face to face with Uganda’s Mountain gorillas either in Bwindi Impenetrable National park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Gorilla trekking is one of the highlights of Uganda safaris and will offer a memorable once in a lifetime experience.
- Gorilla Trekking
Day 1: Pick up from Kigali and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today you will be met by a representative of Peak Cruise Safaris who will pick you up from your hotel in Kigali or from Kigali International airport, depending on what time you arrive at the airport. He will brief you about your safari and then transfer you to Bwindi impenetrable national Park or Mgahinga national park depending on availability of Gorilla trekking permits. You will travel through a beautiful country side often referred to as the Switzerland of Africa due to its beautiful rolling hills. You will get to your lodge in time for lunch.
Dinner and overnight
Journey Time: 3 hours
Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Meal Plan: All meals
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Transfer to Kigali
Today is the day you have been waiting for. After early breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to the starting point for briefing about the gorilla trekking adventure you are about to take. You will be briefed by experienced ranger guides and trackers from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Coming face to face with Mountain gorillas depends on where they nested the previous night and can take 2-7 hours before you meet the.
Gorilla tracking can be physically demanding but the whole experience is amazing and worth it. You will track a habituated family which is comfortable with human presence. Once you meet these beautiful gentle giant gorillas, you will be allowed one hour with them, watching how they interact with their young ones, vocalize and feed.
You will then have your lunch away from them in the forest and returning to the park offices for a small ceremony.
You will then be transferred back to your hotel in Kigali or to the airport for your outbound flight.
Accommodation for tonight is not included but can be added at an extra cost.
Journey Time: 3 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Not included
This is a private tour; departure can be organized for anytime throughout the year subject to the availability of accommodation and transport.
The bookings with the hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.
In case the mentioned hotels are not available during the requested period, we will do our utmost best to book a hotel in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).
Gorilla and chimp tracking permit
It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla and chimpanzee permits. Therefore, we can only buy them after your booking and down-payment and also it all depends on availability.
Our standard offering for mid-range tours is a 4wd minibus with pop-up roof for easy safari viewing. All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your professional and courteous driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions or translations.
Tour Package Including:
- Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof for excellent safari view;
- All fuel for the tour;
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
- Accommodation as listed in the program;
- All meals as per itinerary
- Packed lunch for the gorilla tracking;
- Park-entrance fees according to the program;
- All activities described in the itinerary;
- 1 chimpanzee permit per person (a US$ 150 value);
- 1 gorilla permit per person (a US$ 600 value).
- Effective 1st July 2020 the gorilla permit will cost $700.
- International air fares and entry visa Uganda
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
- A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);
- Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc;
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)
Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well or in the other sectors on Bwindi or Mgahinga
Gorilla tracking is dependent on the permit’s availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.
Important to Note
The deposit is fully refunded if the booking is canceled up to 45 days before arrival.
Balance should be paid 60 days before arrival.