5 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking safari

5 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari: Fly to eastern Africa for a chance to visit 2 of the national parks that are home to the mountain gorillas. Visit the Volcanoes national park and the Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park for a double gorilla trekking. Volcanoes national park is found in the northwest of Rwanda while Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is found in the south western part of Uganda. This tour can be booked any day and starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

5 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking safari

Trip highlights of the 5 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking safari

  • Mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda
  • Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest
  • Kigali city tour
  • Dian Fossey Fund museum
  • Cultural tours

Trip description

Day 1: Leave Kigali for Volcanoes national park

A driver guide from our office will get in touch at the time of arrival to pick you up to start your gorilla trekking safari. You will exchange pleasantries and head out to Musanze for your first stopover at the Dian Fossey fund museum for a visit. Spend some quality time at the site and head out to your hotel in Musanze before it gets dark in time for check-in and dinner. 

Hotel options in Musanze

  • 5 Volcanoes gorilla boutique hotel for luxury
  • Le Bambou gorilla lodge for midrange
  • Hotel Muhabura for budget

Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park.

The first mountain gorilla trek will be in the Volcanoes national park. After an early breakfast, you will connect to the park headquarters with your driver guide for the morning brief before the gorilla trekking. The ranger guides will give you guidelines on what to expect and the code of conduct while in the forest, hire your porters and connect into the forest.

The search for the mountain gorillas will take about 2 to 8 hours depending on how far into the forest the mountain gorillas maybe that day. Once you come across the gorilla family of the day, you will be allowed a magical one hour with the mountain gorillas as they go about their daily routine. After this experience, you will drive back to your hotel for a late lunch and relax as you wait for the day to cool off.

In the evening, you will connect to the iby’iwachu cultural center for the cultural tour of the Rwandan people’s culture. Enjoy the village and drive back to the hotel as the night before for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park

Wake up at leisure and pack your bags to leave the Volcanoes national park after having breakfast at your hotel. Your driver guide will be waiting to transfer you to cross into Uganda from Rwanda via the Cyanika border. You will have a 3 hour transfer arriving at your hotel in Bwindi in time for lunch. You may have an enroute twin lake; Burera and Ruhondo visit if you are interested. 

Spend the evening in the cold Bwindi forest relaxing as you await for dinner to be served.

Hotel options in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

  • Buhoma community rest camp for budget
  • Buhoma haven lodge for midrange
  • Buhoma lodge for luxury

Day 4: Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest

Wake up for your second chance with the mountain gorillas. The mountain gorillas you will be visiting will be the Bwindi forest mountain gorillas. Grab an early breakfast and head out to the park headquarters in time for the pre-trekking brief. The ranger guides will give you guidelines on what to expect and the code of conduct while in the forest, hire your porters and connect into the forest.

The search for the mountain gorillas will take about 2 to 8 hours depending on how far into the forest the mountain gorillas maybe that day. Once you come across the gorilla family of the day, you will be allowed a magical one hour with the mountain gorillas as they go about their daily routine. After this experience, you will drive back to your hotel for a late lunch and relax as you wait for the day to cool off.

5 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking safari
5 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Trekking safari

In the evening, you will connect to the Batwa cultural center for the cultural tour of the local people who stay around the park’s culture. Enjoy the village and drive back to the hotel as the night before for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Drive back to Kigali for flight out.

Wake up in the cold Bwindi forest as you enjoy your last minutes in the region shortly before you set out to the Kigali for a city tour visiting the Kigali genocide memorial grounds and the Kimironko market for souvenirs. You will after advice on your preferred drop off location in Kigali.

End of safari

Trip quote to include

  • Fully fueled safari vehicle
  • English speaking and knowledgeable driver guide
  • Accommodation as in the itinerary 
  • Mountain gorilla trekking permit x2
  • Kigali city tour
  • Transfers 
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Meals all trip (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Drinking water

Trip quote to exclude

  • International flights
  • Country visa fees
  • Personal needs like airtime, laundry, tips, alcoholic beverages.
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