Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is found in the south-western part of Uganda next to the DR Congo. The park is a UNESCO world heritage site because of its rich flora and fauna. The park contains several species of mammals, chameleons, butterflies and frogs among many others. However, the forest is best known as a sanctuary for the half of the worlds remaining mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is the predominant tourist activity in the park.
This 2 days gorilla tour to Bwindi from Rwanda is designed for visitors who prefer to use the shorter route to Bwindi from Kigali Rwanda instead of the 9 hours journey from Entebbe international airport in Uganda. The journey begins from Kigali in Rwanda to Bwindi though the Katuna border then to the beautiful Kigezi highlands in Uganda and finally to Ruhija in Bwindi.
Day 1: Kigali Rwanda to Bwindi Uganda
A guide from Mission Africa Safaris will pick you up from Kigali international airport or your hotel and brief you about your tour. Before your journey to Uganda, you will have an opportunity to tour the city of Kigali and important sites like the genocide war memorial centers. After touring the city, you will embark on a 4 hours drive to Bwindi through the Katuna (Uganda – Rwanda border). After Katuna you will head to Ruhija in Bwindi. This journey will give you an opportunity to see the beautiful countryside and landscapes in Rwanda and Uganda. Rwanda has eye-catching rolling hills and plantations while Uganda has dense green forest around the Bwindi area. Dinner and overnight will be at the Gorilla Mist Camp.
Day 2: Gorilla Watching and Departure
You will wake up very early to take breakfast. Our guide will pick you and take you to the park offices where you will be briefed and given information regarding tracking gorillas. You will be assigned a gorilla group and given an opportunity to hire a porter at a cost of 10USD. Your lodge should arrange for you packed lunch and drinking water. Tracking mountain gorillas takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours depending on the location of your assigned gorilla family that particular day. Once you spot the gorillas, take as many photos as you can and try to follow instructions from the wardens/guides. After completing the trek, come back to your hotel, freshen up, eat/drink something and checkout. Thereafter, our guide will take you back to Kigali international airport or your hotel.
End of Tour
- Gorilla permit (600USD)
- Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Accommodation as specified in the itinerary
- Bottled drinking water
- An experienced English speaking tour driver/guide
- Park entry fees
- Park ranger and guiding
- Personal expenses such as beverages, crafts, cigars, souvenirs and tips.