Combined Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Tour – 3 Days
For the thrill of gorilla trekking and visiting these amazing mountain gorillas, visit with both the countries in this 3 Day Combined Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Tour. The trip starts from Kigali and takes you to two of the most famous gorilla habitats in the world, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, located not far apart from each other, and the trip will bring you back to Kigali for a quick city excursion and your flight back.
The 3 Day Combined Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Tour is a very short safari but the excitement of meeting with the mountain gorillas is immeasurable. Your heart will start beating faster as you trek across fields, hills and slushy narrow paths to reach the thick of the jungle. As you walk with bated breath, cutting a narrow path in the almost impenetrable and thick vegetation, the excitement builds to a crescendo. The climax is when you are face to face with a huge but gentle silverback Gorilla or see a female gorilla nursing a baby just an arm’s distance away. That moment is bound to be frozen in your mind for life.
- The thrill of trekking Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat and the humbling experience of coming face to face with them as they feed, play, rest and bond with their young
- Viewing the awesome scenic features of the volcanic mountains
- Listening to heartrending accounts of the astonishing genocide that occurred in Rwanda in the late 1990s.
Day 1: City Tour & Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Upon arrival in Rwanda you will start this Combined Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Tour by touring the city of Kigali during which you will visit the Genocide memorial sites where more than one million people lost their lives during the genocide of the mid 1990s in Rwanda. You will later transfer to Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda and check in at the Hotel booked for you in Ruhengeri near the park for Dinner and overnight.
Luxury lodge (Up-market): Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorillas Nest Lodge
Moderate: La Palme Hotel or Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge
Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House or Muhavura Lodge.
Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Gorilla trekking & crossing to Uganda
You will have an early breakfast and assemble at the Kinigi Park Headquarters at 08:00am for briefing by the park rangers about the conduct of gorilla trekking activity. You will set off following the set trails to the lush volcanic forest full of birds, abundant flora, fauna including golden monkeys, elusive elephants and buffaloes and scenic sights of the volcanic peaks seen through the forest gaps. The trek involves great hiking through the varying terrain which makes it an attraction in its self.
You will spend one hour with the Gorillas after which you will have a picnic lunch and later drive through the Virunga Volcanoes into Uganda.
You will spend the night at the lodge of your booking.
Lower Budget : Buhoma community Rest camp /Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp /Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Moderate : Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge /Silver Back Lodge /Lake Kitandara Camp /Chameleon Hill Lodge /Lake Mutanda Resort.
Up market : Mahogany Springs Lodge /Buhoma Lodge /Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and transfer to Kigali
You will have an early breakfast and be driven to the Park Headquarters for a briefing about what to do and not do while on a Gorilla trek. After the briefing, you will set for the trekking in very thick vegetation. Trekking gorillas in Bwindi- Uganda is quite challenging as it involves moving over rugged terrain of steep slopes and valleys. The jungle is very lively with rich forest sounds.
The trek ranges between 2 – 8 hours and you have one hour to stay with the Gorillas once sited.
In the afternoon you will drive to Kigali to catch your departure flight.
End of the Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Tour.
Requirements for this Safari:
- Uganda & Rwanda Visas which can be got on arrival at the Airports
- Gorilla trekking permit (paid for in advance through our company)
- Travel & Health insurance arranged for from your home country
- Proof of Yellow fever vaccination (certificate)
- Physical fitness
- Airport transfers
- Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Services of an English speaking driver guide
- Fuel for the whole trip
- Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
- All park entrance fees
- Drinking water while in the vehicle
- Gorilla trekking permit
- Pre and post tour accommodation in Uganda or Rwanda
- International airfares
- Uganda & Rwanda Visa
- Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry