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If you’re looking for a quick Uganda Gorilla tour starting from Rwanda, it is possible to arrange a 2 or 3 Day gorilla trek in Uganda from Kigali. Here’s a suggested itinerary for your gorilla trekking adventure:
Day 1: Travel from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
- Start your day early and depart from Kigali, Rwanda. The drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda takes around 4-5 hours, depending on the border crossing and road conditions.
- Enjoy the scenic drive through the beautiful landscapes of Rwanda and Uganda.
- Arrive at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and check-in at your accommodation.
- Spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for your gorilla trek the next day.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
- After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for a briefing by the park rangers about gorilla trekking rules and regulations.
- Once briefed, you’ll be assigned a gorilla group to track based on your fitness level and preferences.
- Begin your gorilla trekking adventure, led by experienced guides and trackers. The duration of the trek can vary depending on the location of the gorilla group you are assigned to, but it usually takes between 2 to 6 hours.
- Once you find the gorilla group, you’ll spend a maximum of one hour in their presence, observing and taking photos while respecting their natural habitat.
- After the trek, return to your accommodation and spend the evening relaxing.
Day 3: Return to Kigali
- Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and take some time to explore the surroundings of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
- Check out from your accommodation and start your journey back to Kigali.
- Arrive in Kigali and depending on your schedule, you can explore the city, visit cultural sites like the Kigali Genocide Memorial, or simply relax before your departure.
How to book Uganda Gorilla tour starting from Rwanda?
A budget gorilla tour can be inclusive of various tourism destinations and activities and sometimes can only have gorilla trekking or gorilla habituation. Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book all permits and services and make it as cheap as possible to meet your expectations. Booking a gorilla safari can be done via email to keep records and also through WhatsApp for quick communication.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has four gorilla trekking regions namely Ruhija, Buhoma and Rushaga gorilla regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Gorilla trekking means visiting the gorillas in their natural habitat in the forest, the trek in Uganda starts at 7:00am with a briefing on the dos and don’ts while moving in the forest and with the gorillas. After briefing, the park guides, rangers, and trackers lead you to the forest to find the gorillas. You are allowed one hour of viewing the gorillas when found and later you return to the starting point to receive a certificate for the successful gorilla trekking in Uganda.
The gorillas are amazing to watch as they have 95% of the human DNA. Only eight visitors allowed to see gorillas per habituated family per day according to Uganda wildlife Authority policy so as to conserve the gorillas. To be allowed to do gorilla trekking, you must be aged 15 years and above as per the policy and minors are not allowed to trek since they may not easy be controlled in the forest and may easily transmit diseases to the gorillas. Uganda is good for gorilla trekking, policies and guidelines are in place for trekking and conservation which as Eco Adventure Safaris we always share with you while planning your 3 day gorilla tour to Bwindi National Park with a fair price.
What is the cost of gorilla permits in Bwindi?
The gorilla permits are very essential when planning 3 Day Bwindi gorilla tour starting from Kigali to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. The Bwindi gorilla permit costs USD700 per person for Non-Foreign Residents, USD600 for Foreign Residents and Shs.250, 000 for East African Citizens. The gorilla habituation permits costs USD1500 per person for Non- Foreign Residents, USD1000 for Foreign Residents and Uganda Shs. 750,000 per person for East African Citizens. This habituation permits allows you to view the gorillas for four hours once you find them as you see the way they move, feed, rest and live in families.
Even though Uganda has more gorilla permits, they tend to sell out so very quickly during the high season (January, February, July, August, September, and December every year. Once you contact us about your planned trek and desired dates, we shall check availability of permits online system for Uganda Wildlife Authority and if permits are available, we shall send you an invoice to make payment for the permits as they are top priority and if they are not available, you will choose other dates that have availability of permits. Once we receive payment, we shall book and secure your permits and send you copy of the receipt with booking ID to confirm your trek. Knowing the cost of the Uganda Gorilla permits is one of the things to consider when determining the approximate cost/ fair price of the 3 Day quick gorilla trek in Uganda from Kigali.
What is the cost of transportation for 3 Day Bwindi gorilla tour starting from Kigali?
Transportation costs always helps you to determine the approximate cost of 3 day gorilla safari from to Bwindi. Transportation costs is inclusive of Fuel for the round trip, Vehicle hire, Driver guide fees. The cost can reduce per person when you are more than two persons going on the trip, it ranges from USD150per day and fuel can cost USD280 for the round trip, Guide allowance ranges from USD50 per day and it also depends on what other destinations you are visiting after Bwindi. We do use 4X4 Safari Vehicle for transport with our experienced driver guide who are professional and knowledgeable about the fauna and flora as you drive to Bwindi and on your stay there.
What is the cost of accommodation in Bwindi?
On a 3 Day Bwindi gorilla tour starting from Kigali to Bwindi National Park, you will spend two nights in one of the regions in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and this determines the fair price of the safari.
In Bwindi, depending on the sector where you are going to trek the gorillas, it is recommended to stay in lodges within that selected sector for ease to access the park headquarters in time. In Rushaga, you can stay at, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge Rushaga gorilla camp, Gorilla safari lodge, four gorillas lodge, in Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge, Gorilla Heights lodge. In Buhoma sector you can stay at Buhoma havens, Buhoma lodge, Bwindi lodge, Buhoma community rest camp. In Ruhija sector you can stay at Trekkers tavern Lodge, Bakiga lodge and Ruhija community Rest camp. The lodges are very many in Bwindi but they require to be booked in advance as they can be fully booked during high season. The Luxury lodges range from USD400 -1000per person per night, the midrange lodges range from USD150-300 per person per night and Budget lodges range from USD70-100 per person per night
Why book the Uganda Gorilla tour starting from Rwanda Through Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris offers amazing gorilla safari experiences to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. Contact us on here for our discounted packages and also tailor made Gorilla trips from Kampala/Entebbe to Bwindi, Cultural experiences. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have overtime assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well-experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on Trip Advisor to help you learn on the experiences of the other travelers who have traveled. Contact us about booking Uganda Gorilla tour starting from Rwanda.