4 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari

This exciting four-day gorilla safari in Uganda and Rwanda begins and ends in Kigali. Gorilla trekking will take place during the safari in two national parks: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in northwest Rwanda. You will have the chance to spend one hour learning more about the way of life of the endangered mountain gorillas of each park during your gorilla trekking experience.

4 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park – Uganda

On the first day of your four-day Uganda Rwanda gorilla safari, you will be picked up by our driver guide, who will give you an overview of the safari before you depart for the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This depends on your arrival time. It takes roughly three to four hours to complete the drive, which passes through the borders of Kisoro district’s Cyanika border or Kabale district’s Katuna border. En route, you’ll enjoy lunch and be treated to breathtaking views of Rwanda’s rolling hills, as well as stunning scenery, landscapes, traditional homesteads, terraced farmlands, and roadside markets. You will check into the lodge, have dinner, and spend the night there after arriving in the park.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

On the second day of your four-day Uganda Rwanda gorilla safari, you will pack a lunch and meet your driver guide at the park headquarters to receive an orientation regarding the guidelines and policies for gorilla trekking. This will happen after an early breakfast. Each party of eight people goes gorilla trekking in the park, and they are accompanied by a park guide who is knowledgeable about the routes through the bush and a gorilla family to hike with. Individuals are grouped based on a variety of criteria, including age, level of physical fitness, and personal preferences. If you are not physically fit, it is advisable that you let your guide know so they can assign you to a gorilla family that is close to your trekking route.

Depending on the gorillas’ location, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park can take anywhere from 1 to 7 hours. During the trek, you can see a variety of colorful bird species, including the African green pigeon, black bee-eater, black billed turaco, handsome francolin, rwenzori apalis, and purple breasted sunbird, as well as plant and tree species, mammals, and other primates like chimpanzees, hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, and olive baboons. You will be able to spend an hour in the natural habitat of the mountain gorillas after they are located, during which you can snap pictures, film movies, and learn about their lifestyle.

Following your hour-long encounter with the gentle giants, you will hike back to the park headquarters, where you will receive a certificate acknowledging your involvement in the gorilla trekking experience.

Afterward, you will meet your driving guide and return to the resort in time for a late lunch. Following lunch, you will check out of the lodge and be picked up by your driver guide to begin your journey to Volcanoes National Park, which will take you through the Kisoro district and the Cyanika border. You will arrive, check into the lodge, enjoy supper, and spend the night there.

Day 3: Trekking gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

The third day of your four-day Uganda Rwanda gorilla safari will involve gorilla trekking in Rwanda. You’ll have an early breakfast, pack a lunch, and meet your driver guide at Kinigi Park Headquarters for a lecture on the guidelines and expectations for gorilla trekking. Following the briefing, you’ll be divided into eight groups and assigned to a gorilla family to travel with. A park guide will be there to provide information about the mountain gorillas and will also be familiar with the gorilla pathways.

In addition to seeing many wildlife species like birds, mammals, primates, and plant species, hiking with the mountain gorillas at Volcanoes National Park takes between three and six hours. You will have an hour to spend with the gorillas in their natural habitat after they are located. During this time, you will be able to compare your experiences with theirs, learn about their way of life, observe them going about their daily lives, snap pictures, and document the moments to share with family and friends back home. After spending an hour with the critically endangered mountain gorillas, you will hike back to the park headquarters, where you will meet your driver guide and return to the resort for supper, leisure, and overnight stay.

 

 

Day 4: Cultural Tour and travel to Kigali

On the final day of your four-day Uganda Rwanda gorilla safari, after breakfast, you will meet your driver guide to proceed on a cultural trip to Ibyi’wacu Cultural Village, one of the nearby settlements surrounding the park. You will have the chance to interact with the locals during the cultural tour, which will provide you with more information about their way of life, culture, and traditions.

You will also get to sample a variety of cuisine, hear fascinating tales about traditional medicine from local healers, discover how local beer is made from bananas, and take in traditional dances, songs, and drama performed by women, among other forms of entertainment. Following the cultural trip, you will have lunch at the lodge after meeting your driver guide.

Arrival in Kigali:

After lunch, you will check out of the lodge and be picked up by your driver guide to take you to the international airport in Kigali for your next flight, or he will drop you off at a convenient location.