Looking for a short, yet exclusive gorilla trekking safari in Africa? Here is our all – inclusive 4 days gorilla tour that allows one to trek 2 different gorilla families in 2 different national parks, Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga gorilla national parks. The trek also includes a cultural tour to the Batwa communities in Bwindi’s Rushaga sector and a city tour in Kigali to explore the magic of Africa’s cleanest city and the land of a thousand hills, all in only 4 days.
4 Days Bwindi & Mgahinga Gorilla Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Morning pick up from the airport or your hotel by our company guide. Depending on arrival time, take a Kigali city tour. Spots to look out for include the Kigali Genocide Memorial center located in Gisozi – a suburb in Kigali city, the museum was built in commemoration of the Rwandan genocide that claimed over 1,000,000 lives in 1994, proceed to the Presidential Palace museum, Kigali craft market and so much more. After this brief excursion, take a cup of coffee at Radisson Blu or Marriot’s Hotel Des Mille Colline in preparation for the long journey to Uganda.
The trip to Mgahinga National Park is a long one though very rewarding. The park is located in the south western corner of Uganda, within the Virunga region, bordering Rwanda in its south, and D.R. Congo on its south west. The journey offers unequalled views of Virunga’s 8 volcanoes and a myriad of rolling, typical of the land of a thousand hills. Passing via Musanze – home of Volcanoes National Park in north –western Rwanda, cross into Uganda via the Cyanika Border, Kisoro district. Arrive in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking & Transfer to Bwindi
The days starts with an early breakfast at the lodge. The guide will then drive you to Ntebeko park headquarters and get ready for the mighty adventure. Attend the briefing with other trekkers and the head ranger will tell you about the trekking etiquette crucial to observe before and during your meeting with gorillas. Gorilla tracking in Mgahinga national park is a once in a life time experience and you should be ready for it.
Start off your trek, escorted by a ranger, trackers and a porter in you need one for the heavy luggage. Duration for the trek is unpredictable, but can take from a mere hike of 1 hour to a full day hike within the forest. Upon meeting the mountain gorillas, you have up to one hour to watch them in the wild, mix and mingle, take selfies and learn more about the history, conservation, family composition and so much more. After trekking, return to the lodge with your guide. In the evening, drive to Bwindi’s southern sector, Rushaga ahead of yet another gorilla adventure that awaits the following morning.
Day 3: Bwindi Gorilla Trekking & Community Walk
This morning, take a warm cup of coffee to shake off the morning coldness, typical of Rushaga region. After breakfast, transfer to the briefing Banda near Rushaga ranger station. The head ranger will tell you briefly about what to expect, the gorilla trekking etiquette and will guide you on the behaviors to observe while in the forest searching for the gorillas. After the briefing you will enter into the impenetrable forest in search for these endangered mountain Gorillas. This is a once a life adventure and an opportunity one should never miss while on their safari in Africa.
The terrain can be rough and muddy especially during rainy days, and initially the trek seems to be arduous, tiresome and require average physical fitness, but soon you’ll meet the gorillas and the joy of seeing a giant silverback with in a close distance is worth all the effort. The trek normally takes 1-2 hours but can be 6 hours or more depending on the movement of gorillas. You are therefore advised to go with packed lunch, bottled water and some snacks. Retreat back to your lodge for relaxation, and in the afternoon, undertake a community walk to the local Batwa pygmies who are historical inhabitants of Bwindi impenetrable forest; learn about their culture, way of life, traditional dances and more.
Day 4: Transfer to Kigali
After breakfast, you will depart Rushaga for Kigali. Cross via Cyanika boarder, Kisoro via Rwanda’s Northern Province. Upon arrival in the city, have lunch and undertake a short city tour (in case you didn’t do it on the first day) and visit places like the Genocide Memorial sites, Nyamirambo women’s group, shopping malls, and many more. Later you will be driven to your accommodation place for an overnight or Kigali airport for your flight back home.