3 Days Uganda Double Gorilla Trek Safari

3 Days Uganda Double Gorilla Trek in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga National Park from Kigali Rwanda


Embark on a thrilling 3 Days Uganda Double Gorilla Trek adventure from Kigali, Rwanda, to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park, two of the world’s premier destinations for gorilla trekking. Your journey begins with a scenic drive through the lush landscapes of Rwanda, crossing into Uganda, where the dense forests and mist-covered mountains of Bwindi await. Here, you’ll undertake your first gorilla trek, guided by experienced rangers who will lead you through the thick undergrowth to encounter one of the habituated gorilla families. The sight of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, interacting and going about their daily lives, is a profoundly moving experience that few are privileged to witness.

On the second day, you travel to Mgahinga National Park, part of the larger Virunga Conservation Area, which spans Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mgahinga offers a different gorilla trekking experience, often characterized by more open bamboo forests and the stunning backdrop of the Virunga Volcanoes. This trek not only provides another opportunity to observe gorillas but also allows for encounters with other wildlife, such as golden monkeys, and a rich array of bird species. Throughout the journey, you will stay in comfortable lodges, ensuring that after your rigorous treks, you can relax and reflect on the day’s awe-inspiring encounters. This carefully curated itinerary guarantees an intimate, immersive experience with one of the world’s most endangered species, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

3 Days Uganda Double Gorilla Trek Safari Highlights

 

Detailed 3 Days Uganda Double Gorilla Trek Safari

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali City, Have Short Kigali City Tour, and Transfer from Kigali City to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park at Ease


Your 3 Days Uganda Double Gorilla Trek Safari adventure begins with your arrival in Kigali, Rwanda’s vibrant capital city. Upon landing, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel, where you can freshen up and prepare for a short but insightful Kigali City tour. This tour includes visits to key historical and cultural sites such as the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where you’ll learn about Rwanda’s poignant history, and the bustling Kimironko Market, offering a glimpse into local life and a chance to purchase unique Rwandan crafts. After this enriching experience, enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of Kigali’s renowned restaurants before embarking on your journey to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

The drive from Kigali to Mgahinga takes you through Rwanda’s scenic countryside, often referred to as the “Land of a Thousand Hills,” with its stunning terraced landscapes and picturesque villages. After crossing the border into Uganda, you will continue to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, situated in the southwestern corner of the country. This park is part of the larger Virunga Conservation Area, known for its dramatic volcanic landscapes. Upon arrival at your lodge, you can settle in and enjoy the serene surroundings, preparing for the exciting gorilla trek that awaits you the next day. The evening is free for you to relax, enjoy a hearty dinner, and get a good night’s rest in anticipation of the adventures ahead.

  • Destination: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Accommodation: Kisoro Transit Hotel (Mid-Range), Trackers Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Drinking Water

 

Day 2: Go Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Afternoon Batwa Cultural Visit and Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


On the second day of your 3 Days Uganda Double Gorilla Trek Safari adventure, you’ll rise early for a hearty breakfast before heading to the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park headquarters for a pre-trek briefing. Here, experienced rangers will provide essential information on trekking procedures and gorilla behavior, ensuring you are well-prepared for the experience. With anticipation building, you’ll set off into the park’s dense bamboo forests and volcanic slopes, guided by rangers who will lead you to one of the habituated mountain gorilla families. The trek can be challenging, but the reward is unparalleled: encountering these magnificent creatures up close in their natural habitat. You’ll have a precious hour to observe and photograph the gorillas as they interact, play, and forage, creating unforgettable memories of this rare wildlife encounter.

After the exhilarating trek, you’ll return to the lodge for a well-deserved rest and lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a cultural visit to the Batwa community. The Batwa, also known as the “Keepers of the Forest,” are indigenous to the region and offer a unique perspective on the forest’s history and their traditional way of life. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with the Batwa, learn about their customs, listen to their music, and even participate in traditional dances. This enriching cultural experience provides a deeper understanding of the human history intertwined with these forests. Following the Batwa visit, you’ll proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a short drive that takes you through stunning landscapes. Arriving at your lodge in Bwindi, you’ll have the evening to relax, enjoy a delicious dinner, and prepare for the next day’s adventure in another of Uganda’s remarkable gorilla habitats.

  • Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Accommodation: Rushaga Broadbill Gorilla Camp (Mid-Range), Kiho Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Drinking Water

 

Day 3: Go Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Transfer Back to Kigali for Departure


The final day of your remarkable 3 Days Uganda Double Gorilla Trek Safari journey begins with another early start as you prepare for a second gorilla trekking adventure, this time in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. After breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters for a briefing by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The rangers will assign you to a gorilla group and provide important information on the park’s terrain and what to expect during the trek.

Bwindi’s dense, mist-covered forest offers a different experience compared to Mgahinga, with its thick undergrowth and ancient trees creating a truly magical atmosphere. As you trek through the forest, guided by experienced trackers, the anticipation builds until you finally encounter another family of mountain gorillas. Spending an hour observing these gentle giants in their natural habitat, you’ll witness their social interactions, grooming rituals, and playful antics, adding another layer of awe to your wildlife adventure.

  • Destination: Kigali City
  • Accommodation: No Accommodation
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Drinking Water

 

End of 3 Days Uganda Double Gorilla Trek Safari

Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Included

  • Uganda Gorilla Permit to Bwindi ($800pp)
  • Uganda Gorilla Permits to Mgahinga ($800pp)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
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