This Combined Gorilla Experience highlights mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. It is recommended for trekkers who would love to combine both experiences. You can decide to make it a 5 Day Gorilla Safari from Kigali and back to Kigali.
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Ruhengeri
You will be welcomed by your driver/guide from Kigali international airport and transfer to Ruhengeri in the northern province of Rwanda as you enjoy the scenic views of the green countryside in the land of a thousand hills! Dinner and overnight stay at a lodge of your own choice.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park
Wake up for an early breakfast and depart with your lunch packs to the park headquarters for briefing about the dos and don’ts of Gorilla trekking. Later head into the bamboo slopes and hills of Volcanoes National park in search of the gentle giants. Gorilla trekking can take between 2 to 6 hours in Rwanda depending on the movement of the gorillas.
You will be allowed up to a maximum of 1 hour to view and photograph the gorillas as they go about their jungle business not minding who is watching! After the trek, return to the starting point or another point of assembly where you will be awarded your certificate. Meet your guide and transfer back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at a lodge of your choice.
Day 3: Transfer to Kisoro in Uganda (Southern Bwindi)
Enjoy breakfast and make your journey to Uganda. Cross over to Uganda via Cyanika boarder and reach Kisoro town well in time for lunch. Have lunch and later explore the beautiful Lake Mutanda and visit the little known undiscovered Sagitwe hill; a hill with a “basket” inside it where you will get 360 degrees view of Kisoro town, Lake Mutanda, the Virunga mountains and a distant view of Bunagana town in Congo! Proceed to the lodge for dinner and overnight of your choice.
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi
Have an early morning breakfast and head to the park headquarters for briefing by the ranger guides before embarking on your gorilla trek. Head into the forest and trek until you find the gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi can take 2 to 8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. After finding the gorillas in Bwindi, you will be allowed only 1 hour and then return. Your driver / guide will drive you back to your hotel to relax and spend another night.
Day 5: Transfer Kigali and Departure
Enjoy breakfast at leisure and transfer back to Kigali and drop-off at the airport for your flight back home ending your 5 Days Combined Gorilla Experience.