The 2 days gorilla trekking trip takes you to the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National park in southwestern Uganda to encounter the gorillas in their habitat. The tour is an adventure of lifetime that no one can afford to miss.
This gorilla trekking tour is designed for Uganda gorilla trekking and we will pick you up from your hotel in Kigali or from Kanombe international airport in Rwanda, we will travel through Katuna or Cyanika Border where we shall have overnight in Bwindi impenetrable National park and travel back to either Kanombe international airport or Kigali in Rwanda.
This 2 day Uganda gorilla trekking tour in Bwindi National Park through Kigali is meant for those people interested in trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park but are staying in Kigali-Rwanda. It is also meant to reduce on the distance travelled as well as drive times. Our 2 day bwindi gorilla safari through Kigali helps you to see mountain gorillas in Uganda in only two days at an affordable rate.
Highlights of 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi forest through Kigali
Day 01: Pickup from Kigali City/Airport and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 02: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and drive back to Kigali
Tour Summary of 2 days gorilla trekking tour to Bwindi forest through Kigali
- You’ll go to Uganda through Kigali Airport or Rwanda
- This tour starts and ends in Kigali/Rwanda
- You’ll visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Activities: gorilla tracking
- Getting around: open-sided 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
- A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
- Additional accommodation before the tour departs and on the last day can be arranged for extra cost
Things To Consider
- Accommodation is Inclusive
- Small Group Safari: Max 6 People per group
- Tour Can Depart any day
- Tour can be customized
- Solo travelers can join this tour
- Age Limit: 15 years and above
Detailed Itinerary of 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi forest through Kigali
Day one: Pick up from Kigali Airport/Lodge to start trip
You will be picked from Kigali International Airport/any hotel in Kigali to start your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The journey is very scenic and will take you through a country of a thousand hills to the Pearl of Africa. You cross over to Uganda at Katuna or Chanika boarder for a stop at Kabale town (Katuna) or Kisoro (Chanika) before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for overnight.
Drive time: Approximately 4-5 hours
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner
Lodging: Bakiga Lodge
Day 02: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After breakfast and with your packed lunch, you will walk to the park headquarters for briefing about gorilla trekking. Your guide will take you through all the dos and don’ts while with mountain gorillas and after that, you will be transferred to the starting point of your gorilla family. Please note that gorilla family allocation depends on your interests, fitness and age. Please inform your guide of your interests and he will try to request for the gorilla family of your choice before you start the trek into the forest. Gorilla trekking can be strenuous and a certain level of fitness is required. Gorilla trekking can take from 30 minutes to three quarters of the day so one needs to prepare for both. You guide will try to provide information about trees, birds and other wildlife in the forest until you reach a given gorilla family of gorillas. You will be allowed only one hour of photography and observing mountain gorillas as they go about with their daily day activities and then trek back to the park headquarters to pick your certificates. You will then drive back to Kigali Rwanda through Katuna or Chanika boarder for your overnight in Kigali town or your international departure flight. Please ensure that you book flights that depart late from Kigali International Airport if you intend to fly back after your 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi forest through Kigali
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
End of 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi forest through Kigali
Rates Per Person
|Single: 1 room||2 people: 1 room||3 people: 2 rooms||4 people: 2 rooms||5 people: 3 rooms||6 people: 3 rooms|
Inclusions on 2 days gorilla trekking tour to Bwindi forest
- Park fees(For non-residents)
- Gorilla permits(One per person, non-resident)
- All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
- International flights(From/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
WHY BOOK THIS 2 DAYS GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI WITH US
- Rated Excellent on Tripadvisor – Over 1,000 happy guests since 2009
- Gorilla permits guaranteed
- Local Tour Operator based in Uganda & Rwanda
- Highly trained & experienced tour leaders/guides
- Safety is our #1 Priority
- Affordable and unforgettable tours and excursions
- All our tours are available in budget & luxury versions
- Travelling in small groups (2-12 persons)
- Individual tailor-made safaris possible
- Drive around in the best 4WD Toyota LandCruisers
- English speaking Ugandan drivers and guides
- Group tours single friendly
Gorilla & Chimps Permits
It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla and chimpanzee permits. Therefore we can only buy them after your booking and down-payment and also here it all depends on availability.
Gorilla permits in Uganda cost: US$600.00
Chimpanzee permits in Uganda cost: US$150
Our tour guides/drivers
We understand that the bulk of our customers are keen on good guiding practices and as such we hire only the best on the market. The majority of our accredited safari guides, fixers, drivers and translators have undergone extensive training on the standard operating procedures of tours and excursions some with long standing experience as former Uganda Wildlife Authority park rangers with a wealth of Knowledge on Uganda’s flora and fauna as well as the history, culture and geography of Uganda. The company regularly takes the guides through refresher courses on emerging skills requirements as demanded by the ever changing global tourism market often facilitated by the Uganda Safari guides Association in partnership with other stakeholders such as the Uganda Bird Guides club and conservation societies.
The trekking for gorillas can be strenuous as the conditions may be muddy and steep. We have no real way of knowing how far away the gorilla families will be so there could be a hike of up to 4 hours until we come across the gorillas. So a good level of fitness is required and participants must be used to walking. Moderate walking / Strenuous walking / Walking safari / The chimpanzee full day habituation experience requires a good level of fitness as the walking will be through hot and humid dense rainforest. Chimps can move quickly through the forest and to follow them can mean marches for 30 mins or so until we catch up with them again. The experience can finish whenever you wish but we can be there for 12 hours if you wish, so be prepared for a long day walking through the forest. The gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park(Uganda) can be between 1 and 4 hours and the ridges here are very steep, the tracking in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda) can also be between 1 and 4 hours long and include steep climbs. Both places are dense with vegetation and the weather can be either cool and wet or hot and sunny. We require all guests to be aware of the physical effort needed to see wild chimps and gorillas and require everyone to have a good level of fitness and be used to hill walking.
The tracking of gorillas and chimpanzees is available all year around. However due to two wet seasons we recommend the between early June and mid October and then again from early December to late February.
As the rain forests and montane forests where these primates live are tropical the weather is pretty constant year around, the only significant climatic factor are the two wet season. So we recommend the dry seasons of early June to mid October and then again from early December to late February. However it can certainly rain heavily at any time of the year.
When you book onto the tour we will send you a comprehensive pre-departure pack which will include a full packing list of recommended equipment; but as a rule of thumb we recommend you bring along your own binoculars or spotting scope(although this is not always very useful in the forests) as well as appropriate clothing; which should be hard wearing clothing which you do not mind getting muddy. Long trousers and long sleeved shirts are a good idea as the vegetation in the forests can be spiny and there are some stinging nettles, for the days travelling shorts and short sleeves are recommended. The nights can be chilly so a fleece is not a bad idea. Water proofs are essential and ponchos not a bad idea either. Comfortable and broken in, water proof walking boots with ankle support are a must. Insect repellent is needed. Any medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be very strong here during the day.
Minimum Age: 15 Years old
Uganda, or the ‘Pearl of Africa’, as it was famously dubbed by Winston Churchill, is characterised by relatively dry and flat savanna in the north, with verdant mountains in the West, and vast dense and remarkably lush forests in the central region. The nation is home to an astonishingly diverse range of African wildlife including the highly endangered mountain gorilla which can be found in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. A popular spot for wildlife watching is Queen Elizabeth National Park, which hosts four of the Big Five, a flock of flamboyant flamingos and the rare tree-climbing lions of Ishasha. Outdoor enthusiasts can get their adrenaline fix with plenty of whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, quad biking and horse riding facilities on offer. Add to this some friendly locals, a burgeoning cultural scene, and a capital city full of lively bars, clubs and restaurants, and it is easy to see why Uganda has gained itself a reputation as ‘Africa’s friendliest country’.
The local currency is the Uganda Shilling (UGX). Notes are in denominations of UGX50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000. Coins are in denominations of UGX500, 200, 100, 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1. However, UGX1,000 notes are soon to be replaced by coins. Try not to accept very old or damaged notes where possible, as some places may refuse to take them.
The US dollar, euro and pound sterling are all recognised currencies in Uganda, and both euros and dollars are now widely accepted for cash payments. Other international currencies may also be accepted in some places in the major cities, although visitors may struggle with other currencies in
The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Import of foreign currency is unlimited if declared upon arrival. Export of foreign currency must not exceed the amount declared upon arrival.
Foreign currency may be exchanged at the Central Bank, commercial banks and foreign exchange bureaux. Be aware that dollar notes from before 2006 will not be accepted for exchange.smaller towns.
Banking hours: Generally Mon-Fri 0830-1400, Sat 0900-1200. Forex bureaux are open until 1700 and able to do electronic transfers to and from overseas.
American Express, Diners, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are sometimes accepted but not widely used. Some large hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and shops in urban areas accept credit cards.
ATMs are available in the larger cities but ATM services in smaller towns and rural areas are limited. It is advisable to check with your bank to see if your card is compatible with Ugandan ATMs.
Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. It is advised that travellers bring sufficient US dollars in cash in case of emergencies. Higher denomination bills usually give a better exchange rate than smaller notes.
Visas and Entry Requirements
Visas for Uganda for most nationalities must be obtained through an Electronic Visa application online in advance, and a payment of $50 USD cash will have to be made upon arrival to the border.
** Please be advised that a valid yellow fever vaccination card is mandatory for entry into Uganda.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of your tour program. The gesture serves as an expression of appreciation for exceptional service, and amounts given are up to your discretion.
Tipping is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the African community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. Giving a tip should be a seen as a formal ‘thank you’, and the action should in no way be awkward.
The best method of tipping someone that has served the whole group is to plan in advance, and not rush when it comes to saying goodbye. A suggestion would be for each group member to contribute anonymously by putting their tip into an envelope. This often works the best and the group should gather to present the gift to the recipient(s), offering their thanks and showing their appreciation. This method brings the action out into the open, allowing for a friendly and appreciative interaction between the group and the recipient(s).
You may use the following as a guideline, all given in a per person format:
Local guides: $2-3 USD (per day).
Safari Guide/Driver: $2-3 USD (per day).
Restaurant Staff: 10-15% of cost of bill.
Gorilla trekking guides: $2-4 (per day).
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.
Safety of our clients
Your personal safety and well-being is our prime concern. Please take care of all your personal possessions at all times – do not tempt petty theft, pickpockets, etc with displaying large amounts of money, especially when near markets or in the centre of Kampala / Entebbe / Kigali.
Valuables, especially cash, travellers cheques and credit cards should be kept on your person at all times. A “moon bag” or “body belt” is a useful item for storing cash and other valuable small items.
When leaving the vehicle in towns, please ensure all the windows are shut and that you take your valuables and cameras with you for safe keeping.
When at lodges / hotels we recommend you either keep your money and valuables with you or utilise the safe keeping facilities provided at the various establishments.
Please also be sure to check your room and ensure you have everything packed before moving on to a new place.