Gorilla Tracking Rwanda for 2 Days

2 Day gorilla tracking in Rwanda is the shortest gorilla tracking safari you can take. it starts in Kigali and the nest day do gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National park Rwanda

Trip Highlights

Day 1 Drive to Volcanoes National Park

Day 2 Gorilla trekking and Departure

Note Late night flights are more suitable for this 2 day gorilla trekking safari.

Rwanda safari Package Inclusions

  • 4×4 vehicle
  • full time Safari guide driver
  • Accommodation during the safari
  • Gas
  • Airport Pick Up and drop off

Safari Package Exclusions

  • Flights both Arrival and Departure
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Any other items of personal nature
  • Gorilla trekking permit costing $ 1500
  • Drinks while at the lodge

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endangered mountain gorillas

DAY 1 – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park


Rise up early in the morning for breakfast then start on the journey to Bwindi Forest. The drive may take about 8 to 9 hours. The sweetness of this journey starts as you drive through the amazing countryside, feel the change is in air freshness and cool breeze from the swamps. Spot some wonderful scenery such as incredible rivers, highlands, funny rock shapes, meandering rivers on the valley of highlands and so much more enroute.

This prehistoric Bwindi Forest National park is an ancient forest situated in southwestern part of Uganda. It has a breathtaking canopy rare to find as several natural forest have been destroyed. Bwindi Forest is a primate haven and home to giant Mountain gorillas which are some of the few survivors of the ice age period. Breakoff for lunch enroute but later get back on the road driving through meandering hills of Kisoro. Arrive late in the evening and enjoy your dinner and overnight at:

Gorilla forest camp/ Gorilla Resort/lake Kitandara camp/Buhoma community Bandas

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DAY 2 – Gorilla Tracking Day


Rise up for breakfast and get your gorilla tracking gears on your back ready for briefing. Do not forget to wear a mask and carry some extra in case it gets dirty.

Enjoy the drama in the forest as you may get to listen to the hymns from whistling birds, enchanting monkeys, adorable butterflies flies and so much more.

Follow the trails created by visitors but use the route that goes to where the gorillas were see the previous day. It is best to be close to the ranger guide and follow his instructions so that you are not lost in the vast forest.

The ranger guide normally follows the pace of the slowest trekker but try to move and not delay the entire team as the more you delay the more you loose out on the fun.

It is also tiring and wearing out the entire group if one keeps lagging behind. The time of meeting the gorillas is actually not known because they keep moving while feeding on grass.

Finally the golden moment to meet the gorillas comes but to exhaust every minute responsibly. This is because anything that irritates the gorilla that you do may send them into hiding. This will deny the entire group chance to experience the full attention of the mountain gorillas.

You have one precious hour to watch, take photos and observe the gorillas. You may have the chance to witness mother gorillas feed there infants, grooming of the young, plating juveniles. The silverback is always keenly watching over the family.

On return, walk slowly back to the ranger station for your gorilla tracking certificate.

Drive to Kigali Air Port to catch up with your return home flight.

Rwanda safari Package Inclusions

  • 4×4 vehicle
  • full time Safari guide driver
  • Accommodation during the safari
  • Gas
  • Airport Pick Up and drop off

Safari Package Exclusions

  • Flights both Arrival and Departure
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Any other items of personal nature
  • Gorilla trekking permit costing $ 1500
  • Drinks while at the lodge

What To Note about a 2 Day Gorilla Tracking safari

It is best to overnight in Rwanda pre-tour.

Usually clients that do gorilla tracking have limited time in Rwanda so it is a crash gorilla program

Gorilla tracking permits normally get sold out so checking availability may be quite a hassle.

You departure flight must be late night as you are not sure about the return time after gorillas tracking.

What To Pack For Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

A poncho or rain coat will protect you from getting wet when it rains while in the forest.

Garden gloves protect your palm from getting injured while you grip onto creeping plants.

Tracking boots are great to wear as you go passed the boggy ground in the jungle.

A flashless sound proof camera is recommended while you take photos for memories.

Energy bites to give you extra power while you move in the forest.

A water proof bag to secure your gorilla tracking gears

Large brim hat to protect your head from getting wet from the water that drips off the leaves.

Camouflaged long trouser and shirt or top that is jungle friendly.

Another battery just in case one blacks out.

Travel insurance for any foreseen occurrences.

Some Hard cash to change into local currency as credit cards are not commonly used in Rwanda.

How To Book Gorilla Tracking Permit In Rwanda

Rwanda gorilla permits are sold at Rwanda Development board so you need to secure one to confirm your chance of seeing mountain gorillas

Each Rwanda gorilla permit is sold at $1500 but sometimes discounted Rwanda gorilla permits are availed

Every gorilla permit is per person per trek and expires on the date for which it is scheduled however when you advise us in advance, you may have chance of rescheduling it.

This is however not a guarantee as rescheduling to a new date require to have availability of gorilla permits on that desired date.

What else to combine with Gorilla tracking In Rwanda

The mighty chimpanzee tracking safari in Nyungwe National park gives you a chance to follow the human closet cousins in the jungle.

Golden monkey trek in Giswati National park Rwanda gives you an opportunity to search for the rare golden monkeys and also enjoy more company of primates like olive baboons, blue monkeys,

Dianne Fossey trek is a historical trek that takes you up to the place where an American philanthropist called Dianne fossey was laid to rest. She was brutally murdered by locals. Her work is the basis for most of the gorilla research and the institute she set up still exists.

A game drive in Akagera Nations Park gives you the chance to enjoy wild anima like herds of buffaloes, lions,  elephants, bush bucks, water bucks, kobs, Impalas, warthogs, lots of birds. Enjoy the unlimited number of birds that grace the grasslands of the park.

Cross borders to Uganda for a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National park. This however requires you to have extra time in Africa as a variety of activities happen in Queen Elizabeth Park like Game drives, boat ride with lots of wild game that quench thirst from the shows.

Watch the wild game migration in Tanzania after gorilla tracking but you need to know the time when it occurs. Lots of fun can also be included on your Africa safari package like a cruise on Indian ocean, walk on the beaches of the cost line, a visit to the Masaai who have conservatively protected there culture.

Note this As you book a gorilla trekking safari In Uganda

A waterproofed backpack is vital for your camera because it may rain at any time without warning, water bottle to quench your thirst as you trek to see the mountain gorillas and snacks.

If not sure of your fitness, you may hire a porter for a small fee to carry your backpack and help you up the steeper slopes.

As you plan your gorilla tracking tour, ensure you contact your travel insurance about whether they cover your gorilla trekking permit because you may be required to pay an additional premium.

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