It’s just 3 hours’ drive from Kigali to PNV which makes it very accessible. With Bwindi, it’s a different story as it may take you up to 9 hours from Entebbe to Bwindi by road or otherwise charter a flight at a cost not less than USD250 and be there in just 35 minutes.
It’s about 3 hours from Volcanoes national park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. That’s probably why people choose to track in both park and compare the experiences on at time do other activities in PNV and track gorillas in Bwindi since the permit is cheaper in Uganda at just $600 compare to the $1500 in Rwanda.
Accommodation facilities around the parks
There is a wide range of accommodation facilities in Bwindi given the fact that the park can be accessed at more than 4 points with each having gorilla families to track and several types and levels of accommodation from mid-range to luxury and budget.
In Rwanda there are also good accommodation facilities for example, Sabyinyo silverback lodge, Virunga lodge, Gorilla Mountain View but most tourists prefer staying in Virunga lodges.
The tracking experience In Both Park
Uganda has 12 groups that are habituated although only 11 can be tracked as one was left for research purposes. These groups are not static and sometimes they are near and tracking May even last 30 minutes yet at times it may take up to 6 hours trying to locate them.
Tracking through the impenetrable forest and hilly topography may be difficult and tourists who cannot carry their luggage for long are advised to hire porters. Some gorilla groups are social and tourists easily take their photos as they pose in the thick vegetation. The thick forest vegetation however sometimes makes it hard to take photographs especially of the gorillas that are not so social and still shy.
Rwanda has ten gorilla groups that can be tracked. A tourist tracking gorillas in volcanoes national park Rwanda has high chances of seeing them as well as easily taking photographs because volcanoes national park is on a higher elevation (2500 meters and above) compared to Bwindi’s elevation which ranges from 1000-2000 meters.
The vegetation in PNV is also not as thick as in Bwindi and so easy to take photos of the gorillas.