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This 3 days gorilla trekking safari from Kigali is meant for those people interested in trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park but are staying in Kigali – Rwanda. It’s also meant for those that would love to trek Uganda gorillas but want to drive less by flying into Kigali Instead of Entebbe International Airport. With this 3 days Gorilla trekking trip from Kigali, one gets to drive for only 4-5 hours from Kigali to Bwindi National Park instead of the 8-9 hours from Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi National Park. 

Tour Summary of 3 days gorilla trekking trip

  • You’ll go to Rwanda & Uganda 
  • You’ll visit Bwindi NP
  • This tour starts and ends in Kigali

Tour Features

Mid-range tour

This mid-range tour uses lodges.

Small group tour

This tour will be shared with other interested travelers. Max 4 people per group.

Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

Cannot be customized

The contents of this tour cannot be changed.

Suitable for single travelers

Single travelers can join this group tour.

15

Minimum age of 15 years

The minimum for this tour is 15 years.

Activities & Transportation

  • Activities: gorilla trekking

  • Getting around: minivan & normal 4×4 vehicle

  • transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) can be arranged for an extra cost

Detailed Itinerary of 3 days gorilla trekking trip through Kigali

Day 1: Pick up from Kigali Airport/Lodge to start your 3 days gorilla trekking safari from Kigali

You will be picked from Kigali International Airport/Any Hotel in Kigali to start your ‘Uganda Gorilla Safari From Kigali’ 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: Mutanda Lake Resort

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 and then dinner and overnight at your Lodge.

Lodging: Mutanda Lake Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 03: Drive to Kigali Airport

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kigali Airport for your flight out of Uganda marking the end of your 3 days gorilla trekking tour through Kigali.

 

End of the 3 days gorilla trekking trip through Kigali

Rates Per Person

 Solo: 1 room2 people: 1 room3 people: 2 rooms4 people: 2 rooms5 people: 3 rooms6 people: 3 rooms 
 $1,938$1,350$1,300$1,285$1,190$1,105 

Inclusion on 3 days gorilla trekking tour to Bwindi forest through Kigali

Included

  • 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
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • 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
  • Drinks

WHY BOOK TRIP 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.

Fitness Level:

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.

Seasons: 

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.

Equipment:

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

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’.

Currency

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

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

Uganda

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.

Emergency Fund
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
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
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.

International Flights
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.

 

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