1 Day Gorilla Trek Uganda from Kigali in Rwanda
The 1 day gorilla trek in Uganda safari from Kigali one of the budget safaris that we offer. The package is among the gorilla tours in Uganda from Kigali. This tour is for people with very little time and looking at saving money as well. The short budget gorilla safari involves shorter driving from Rwanda, trek gorillas and return in the evening. This gives you a room for relaxation up return or take your next flight out of Rwanda. This trip is one of our 1 day tours in Uganda but not from Kampala. A 1-day gorilla trekking tour to Uganda takes you to Bwindi impenetrable national park a home to half of the mountain gorillas in the whole world. The rest of the gorillas live in Mgahinga gorilla national park, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the DR Congo. Bwindi National Park together with Rwenzori Mountain National Park and Kasubi Tombs are UNESCO world heritage sites in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is found in South Western Uganda at the edge of the East African Rift Valley. Bwindi, covered by a large and diverse rainforest believed to be over 25,000 years old, earned a full national park status in 1994. The forest has over 324 tree species and 10 of which are only found in Uganda. Bwindi forest is a home to 120 mammal species including forest antelopes, elephants, baboons, giant forest hog, chimpanzees and buffaloes among others. The impenetrable park also boasts of about 350 recorded bird species and 200 species of butterflies. Mountain gorillas are the major attraction in the dense forest. At the moment, 19 out of 20 habituated gorilla families in Uganda are found in Bwindi. Global travelers in dozens flock the park daily in a bid to see the one of the world’s most amazing endangered primates. Bwindi is dissected into four gorilla trekking sectors which include Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Rushaga Sector where each a given number of habituated gorilla groups. Bwindi is a perfect place for gorilla trekking safaris as it more gorilla families than than Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda or Virunga National Park in Congo. A gorilla trekking permit for Bwindi or Mgahinga is at USD 700.
The 1 day gorilla trip begins from Kigali in Rwanda and crosses to Uganda straight to the eastern or southern sectors of Bwindi forest forest national park.
Highlights of the Gorilla Trip
- Pickup early morning from Kigali
- Transfer to Uganda via either Katuna or Cyanika Border Posts
- Arrive at the park, get briefing about gorilla trekking
- Go for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest
- After trekking, have lunch and return to Kigali
Detailed Gorilla Safari Plan
This one day gorilla safari in Uganda starts from Kigali in Rwanda with a pickup in early morning and a drop in the evening. From Kigali, you drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a gorilla adventure. This safari is among the budget gorilla trekking tours in Uganda as it’s done in just 12 hours. From Kigali, one goes through Kabale or Kisoro towns to reach the park’s gorilla groups found in the southern section of Bwindi. This safari includes a gorilla permit per person. This trip is among the best gorilla safaris or cheap Uganda tours since it is time-saving and less costly. And the best time for this tour is any period of the year since one can prepare for unfriendly weather conditions. Refer to the gorilla trekking packing list as you come for the visit.
Detailed 1 Day Gorilla Trek in Uganda
Your driver guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kigali by 5:00 am after your breakfast. You will then drive to the vast Bwindi impenetrable National park and arrive early to the park headquarters at the moments of briefing. You will then be allocated a group of 8 visitors maximum to start your hiking in search of the primates. The number per group may be lower based on the season or travelers of the day.
In the company of the park rangers, you will then begin the search for mountain gorillas in the thick forest of Bwindi. Hiking might be tough at times in that you need a walking stick and a porter to help you on the extra weight. Gorilla Trekking needs someone physically strong to walk for longer even though weaker ones may as well be allocated nearby gorilla groups that demand less energy. Once you come face to face with the gorillas, you will be guided on how to conduct yourself while with the giant peaceful primates. Among the gorilla trekking rules include keeping a 6 meter distance from them, no use of flash cameras, low noise and remaining calm once the gorilla comes to you. How long the trekking process is unpredictable since the exercise is depend upon their location and movement on that day.
After spending one hour officially granted to visitors, you will walk back to your waiting driver, transfer to a nearby lodge for lunch and then get on the road back to Kigali where the trip ends. On the other hand, you can do a related 1 day Rwanda gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, the home to gorillas in Rwanda. The same tour would also begin and end in Kigali.
End of the Trip
What is included in the Gorilla Trip?
- A Gorilla permit
- Ground Transport in a strong safari vehicle plus fuel
- A warm Lunch plus bottled drinking water
- A professional English-speaking tour driver/guide
- Park entry fees and Guiding
- Border crossing fees
- Everything as mentioned in the itinerary
What is Excluded on the Tour?
- Visa (Though you are advised to apply for an East African Tourist Visa to allow you multiple entries from and to Rwanda from Uganda)
- Accommodation since it’s a one-day trip
- Personal expenses like drinks and tips given to anyone