Gorilla trekking safari to Uganda or Rwanda gets you to Africa’s thickest and remnant pristine tropical forest. Every traveler wishes to quickly get a clue about what to do during gorilla trekking.
Every potential tourist must know that at least a minimum plan of 3 days on gorilla trekking safari is required. Some may however get a chance to do 2 days gorilla trekking but this comes with a lot of risks like departure flight time must be confirmed with no changes in time, book late night flight which may require you to reserve a day room and so much more.
For anyone who is limited by time but can spare some 3 days to go gorilla trekking in Uganda here is a quick itinerary to follow.
Day One Arrival Day for Gorilla trekking
Ready to get on the road, your driver guide picks you from your overnight hotel or from an early morning flight to head to Bwindi forest. Although the roads are quite bumpy they are also scenic.
Make a stop at the equator at Kayabwe where you can stand on both sides of the earth at the same time and even take photos for memories. Continue your journey passed lash vegetation cover of the countryside, stunning mountains and ridges, breathtaking rivers meandering through valleys and so much more.
Enjoy lunch enroute and arrive Bwindi Forest area late evening to relax and prepare to face the long awaited mountain gorillas. Put your gorilla trekking gears in one bag so as not to forget anything when you wake up.
Meeting the gorillas is the gist of your Africa holiday safari so get your light bag with its content and head to the ranger station. Do not forget to wear a mask and carry a hand sanitizer as Corona Virus can easily be transmitted to the mountain gorillas from humans.
After briefing, you will be subdivided into groups of 8 clients with an escorting ranger guide. Follow the guidelines from the ranger and try to keep with the rest of the group. The forest is vast with several trails constructed by regular visitors so try to stay abreast.
When in the forest keep looking out for the fun as a lot of nature is excited to see you. Different monkeys species perform free live acrobatic shows. Some monkeys include black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, grey checked mangabey, l’Hoest, bush babies the list is endless.
Different birds species also compete for space where to stage there concert. Vocal training is the order of the day for the birds. Others construct nests which they call home. Bwindi Forest in Uganda hosts the largest number of birds in Africa including those on the IUCN red list.
Finally as you draw closer to the feeding point of the mountain gorillas, try to change into a clean mask and hand sanitise. Follow the ranger guide’s guidance before facing the gorillas. Take photos, enjoy every minute in the presence of the gorillas because only 60 minutes are allowed with the gorillas.
After sinking into the reality of being close to the gorilla trekking family, slowly move back to the lodge to relax.
Day Three Departure Date after Gorilla trekking
Leaving Bwindi forest after gorilla trekking is like walking away from family but you need to catch up with your home return flight. It is best to book your Departure flight on the night schedule to allow you to freshen up.
Arrive Entebbe late evening with all your baggage to catch up with your flight back home.
If you have limited time in Africa but can spare 2 days to go gorilla trekking then this is the best plan to take advantage of.
Rwanda is the only country in Africa to offer you this Africa gorilla Safari package because of the proximity of Kigali International Airport.
Its possible to arrive on an early morning flight and catch up with gorilla trekking briefing at ORTPN.
Day One Arrive In Rwanda and Drive To Volcanoes National Park
On arrival your driver guide picks you from Kigali Airport and drive to Volcanoes National Park. In case you spent overnight in Rwanda then things become more interesting. Just head to the ranger station.
The guide ranger will take you through the forest rules and later escort to begin searching for the mountain gorillas. Time to get back is not known so do not forget to carry your packed lunch.
Enjoy the amazing forest dweller like monkeys, busy birds, butterflies to mention but a few.
When you finally find the gorillas, enjoy there amazing presence, watch the female do there mummy duties, the silverback may be watching from a distance so be careful not to misbehave. Take as many photos as you wish and later return to your lodge.
Having enjoyed your gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda, drive to Kigali Airport to catch up with your flight back home.
When you book a Two day gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda, reserve a late night flight back home since the time of returning from Gorilla trekking is not known.
Ensure you have booked a gorilla trekking permit and not wait for a no show at the ranger station.
Your driver guide must know about your program so that he or she can guide you on how to make it possible and practicable.
You need to be fit so that you can withstand the treks that involve hiking ridges within this volcanic area.
What to Pack For Two day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari
This being a crush program Rwanda safari experience you may not have ample time to buy and pack some gorilla trekking gears. At the Rwanda briefing center, you can hire some gadgets that you do not have.
Place in this request as soon as possible so that prior arrangements can be made
Some Items to hire from Rwanda briefing Center include
A rain proof gear
Walking support stick
Tracking boots but it depends on the size of your foot. A pair of garden gloves.