Wondering which country offers the most excellent gorilla trek? Which gorilla permits are cheaper?
With this type of Tour you have got a chance to compare and contrast Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda.
In terms of Distance and accessibility Rwanda is far much better with only 2 hours’ drive From Kigali Airport to Musanze or Kinigi where to find Accommodation near the park where as Uganda its a whole day transfer From Entebbe Airport to Bwindi forest or Mgahinga national park more adventurous and cost effective.
Nevertheless, the trekking experience and the gorilla behaviors are equally the same.
Below is the Itinerary to follow;
Day 1 –Transfer to Bwindi gorilla forest
Our tour guide will meet you at your hotel in Kampala and drive west to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Have a journey break at the Equator and take some photos. Then continue to Mbarara town where you will stop for lunch prior to heading through the grasslands of Ankole. If you are trekking in the southern part of Bwindi where Nkuringo and Nshongi Families of gorillas are located, you will have a lunch stop in Kabale before you proceed to Kisoro.
Alongthe road you will enjoy the beauty of the wonderful long horned cattle before going on to the highlands of Kigezi referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa! You will arrive in Bwindi in the evening; freshen up as you wait for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp / Gorilla safari lodge/ bwindi lodge/ Buhoma Lodge(luxury), Nshongi gorilla resort /Gift of nature lodge/Silver back lodge/Nkuringo cottages (mid-range), Buhoma community/Bwindi view/ Gorilla valley lodge/Trekkers tervan/Bakiga campsite/Nshongi gorilla resort/Kisoro Guest house/ Nkuringo camp site (budget), wagtail campsite/Nshongi campsite (basic).
Day 2 –Gorilla trekking in bwindi forest
Take a hearty breakfast after which a ranger then move to the ranger station for briefing from ranger guides who will guide you through the impenetrable forest. Tracking the Gorillas through the thick forest is awe-Inspiring experience! In case you are lucky you can get to see the gorillas, spend 1 hour with them, and be back at the lodge in time for dinner. Remember to carry packed lunch, enough water as this activity is so tiring, its also important to wear good hiking boots of an ankle level and long trousers for protection against stinging nettles. Sometimes the slope may be steep so you must carry. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp / Gorilla safari lodge/ bwindi lodge/ Buhoma Lodge(luxury), Nshongi gorilla resort /Gift of nature lodge/Silver back lodge/Nkuringo cottages (mid-range), Buhoma community/Bwindi view/ Gorilla valley lodge/Trekkers tervan/Bakiga campsite/Nshongi gorilla resort/Kisoro Guest house/ Nkuringo camp site (budget), wagtail campsite/Nshongi campsite (basic).
Day 3 –Transfer to Rwanda
Take breakfast and depart for Rwanda. You will cross the border via Kisoro orKabale then clear at the boarder -Rwanda is 1 hour behind Uganda . Located in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans is home to the steep slopes of this wonderful mountain range – home of the rare mountain gorilla – and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which cuddles evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Dinner and overnight at Mountain gorilla view lodge (luxury), Le Bambou gorilla lodge/Snow hotel/Muhabura lodge (mid-range), Snow hotel budget rooms/Kinigi guest house (budget) La pailotte camp (basic).
Day 4 – Gorilla trekking in Pac des Volcanoes
Have breakfast and go to ORTPN offices in Kinigi for briefing after that set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display. Return for Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Mountain gorilla view lodge (luxury), Le Bambou gorilla lodge/Snow hotel/Muhabura lodge (mid-range), Snow hotel budget rooms/Kinigi guest house (budget) La pailotte camp (basic).
Day 5- Transfer to Kigali and visit the Genocide memorial
Take early breakfast and drive to Kigali to visit the genocide memorial and later drop off at a place of your interest.
This safari package includes:
* Transportation by a 4wheel drive vehicle
* Full board accommodations
* 2 Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for well in advance
* Park entry fees
*Kigali genocide memorial
* An English speaking Driver/guide.
* Meals en route
* Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour
The package excludes expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking
Gorilla trekking necessities/Tips
-Long sleeved shirts
-A rain coat
-A flash free camera
-Trekking stick (can be hired at the trekked point)