Mountain Gorilla trekking in Africa is only possible in Uganda, Rwanda and D.R.Congo but the most outstanding is Uganda and Rwanda. Uganda and Rwanda share a common border on the south western corner of Uganda and North eastern side of Rwanda.
Two entry border points provide access to either Volcanoes National Park or Bwindi impenetrable National Park that is to say Gatuna border or Cyanika Border. From Kigali airport to Bwindi impenetrable forest in Uganda one may take about 6 to 7 hours on the road.
Ensure to book the East African Visa in advance to give you easy entry to either countries with little disturbance. Sometimes the immigration procedures at the borders are lengthy prolonging your journey time but you can cut this short with advance visa purchase.
Game Drive and Launch trip In Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
Kigali City tour
Day 1 Drive To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Rwanda
Early in the morning your driver guide picks you from your overnight hotel in Rwanda or Kigali Airport and take you to Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Enjoy the unbelievable view of the mountainous Rwanda country side from which it acquires its name land of a thousand hills.
Cross into Uganda driving through the rich vegetation cover that cements the huge rocks looking over incredible winding roads.
Arrive late afternoon and check into your accommodation.
After breakfast, head to the ranger guide station for briefing carrying your gorilla tracking gears. Do not forget your handsanitiser and masks as these are currently essentials for anyone to participate in gorilla trekking.
The ranger guide accompanies you into the forest with other trekkers following some of the hidden trail points. Each day a group of rangers has to visit and asses the condition of the gorilla families to be trekked and report to headquarters.
This is because just like any other wild animals although the gorillas are serene creatures and habituated to be in the presence of humans, the prevailing conditions in the forest may change there mood.
Look out for other interesting forest occupants like troupes of enchanting monkeys, excited busy birds, numerous butterflies, huge ancient trees with trunks that have witnessed decades.
The forest is the water catchment center for this area so expect to cross numerous rivers and walk over walking boards. There are spectacular water falls that your eyes must not miss out on because of there unique splash water display.
Finally when you get face to face with the mountain gorillas stand 8 meters apart from them and watch. Take photos but try not to surround the gorillas because this makes them feel ambushed.
After an hour, return to the lodge to relax or you may opt for a community walk to the Batwa pygmies. These are some of the former occupants of the Bwindi forest and it was there sole provider. They have interesting local activities including folk songs, dances, storytelling and a lot of there former life is demonstrated to visitors.
Having had the gorilla trekking adventure in the ancient Bwindi forest, drive to queen Elizabeth national park the haven for tree climbing lions. Enjoy a game drive as you enter the park but going through Ishasha gate depends on the condition of the bridge.
Day 4 Game Drive And Launch Trip
Get ready for a game drive on the northern side of the park. Going through the crater lakes region gives you a spectacular view of numerous wet and dry crater lakes.
Continue to the Kasenyi where you have chances of spotting lions sneaking out on numerous Uganda Kobs that spend the biggest part of day grazing here. Look out for leopards, herds of buffaloes, elephants, Topis, water bucks, bush bucks, hyenas and so much more.
Later in the afternoon, head to the pier for a lovely launch trip on Kazinga channel. This 40 km long channel connects Lake Edward to Lake George. Its banks are often graced with numerous birds like greater and lesser flamingos, Egyptian geese, skimmers, kingfisher, the swamps host the shoe bill and so much more.
Numerous wild animals also enjoy cooling off the day’s heat from the banks of the channel and others like schools of granting hippos and crocodiles swim in the water.
From the boat, you get a clearer view of the rift valley floor and most of its content. The elevated Rwenzori ranges provide a lovely view and on a clear day you can see the snowcapped Margheritah peak.
Day 5 Return to Rwanda
Following your experience on a gorilla trekking safari and game tour in Uganda, drive back to Rwanda. This road trip may take about 7 hours. Check into your hotel to relax
Day 6 Kigali City tour and Departure
Enjoy the incredible history of Rwanda that is still nursing the scars of the genocide of 1994. This has not actually hindered Rwanda from developing into an admirable African country.
Visit the genocide memorial, the incredible shopping center, the Rwanda museums. Later get to Kigali airport to catch up with your flight back home.
A Uganda gorilla trekking permits currently sold at $700
East African Visa
Gorilla trekking gears including tracking boots, garden gloves, a camera, camouflaged long sleeved wear Browse for more details
Accommodation for gorilla trekking in the area where your permit was booked but for the game park, you can make any choice of your preference.
Book 4×4 vehicle that can withstand the marram roads in the country side. Sometimes when it rains that roads become slippery and impassable
Park entry tickets for the time in the game park
Hire a guide driver who is experienced with both Uganda and Rwanda routes so that they he can trace the roads with roads easily and avoid delay.
Travel insurance to cover you up in case of any uncertainties while on an Africa safari.
Pack your travel documents for easy identification during your Africa holiday.