Uganda Gorilla trekking tour from Kigali
Uganda Gorilla trekking tour from Kigali: Gorilla trekking is the major activity carried out in Uganda that attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. Uganda is the most visited gorilla destination in Africa in that it harbors half of the world’s mountain gorillas which are found in two national parks that is Bwindi impenetrable national park which harbors the highest number of mountain gorillas and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Bwindi impenetrable national park is a home of about 19 habituated gorilla families which are found in four sectors namely Buhoma sector in the north, Nkuringo sector in the south, Ruhija sector in the east and Rushaga sector in the south. Mgahinga gorilla national park on the other hand is a home of two habituated gorilla families namely Nyakagezi and Hirwa family. All the 21 habituated gorilla families in Uganda are available for trekking on a daily basis.
Uganda gorilla trekking tour from Kigali is the best safari where visitors will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to Uganda through Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale to visit the endangered mountain gorillas in either Mgahinga gorilla national park or Bwindi impenetrable national park. This however favors the budget travellers who have limited time and yet want to visit the mountain gorillas.
Reasons for trekking gorillas in Uganda from Kigali
There are various reasons for visiting the mountain gorillas in either Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park from Kigali and they include
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in southwestern Uganda which takes about 8 to 10hours drive from Entebbe airport or Kampala. When travelling from Kigali it takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive to reach the gorilla destinations therefore visitors who prefer a short distance drive to view the mountain gorillas in Uganda are advised to book a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda from Kigali.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda from Kigali helps you to save money in that a gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs $1500 per person for all nationalities which is double the amount of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda which costs $600 for foreign non-residents and $500 for foreign residents. Therefore trekking the mountain gorillas in Uganda from Kigali will help you to save money on the gorilla trekking permit and accommodation because the minimum number of day on a gorilla trekking safari from Entebbe is 3days while from Kigali the minimum number of days is 2 and sometimes one if you have an early flight to Kigali airport or if you are to sleep in Kigali before the trekking day and travel at 4:00am in the morning to Uganda for the briefing which starts at 7:00 am at the park headquarters.
Short gorilla trekking safari
Due to the short distance from Kigali to Uganda visitors can book a 2 days gorilla trekking safari where by on the first day you will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park and on the second day carry out gorilla trekking and return back to Kigali for your next flight. This is however not possible if you are coming from Entebbe airport in that you need a minimum number of 3 days where by on the first day you will travel to the national park which takes 8 to 10 hours drive, second day carry out gorilla trekking and on the third day travel back to Entebbe. Visitors book a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda from Kigali will therefore save on transportation, length of the safari and accommodation.
Visit two countries
Booking a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda from Kigali gives you an opportunity to visit two countries that is Uganda where you will trek the mountain gorillas in either Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park and Rwanda where you will have spectacular views of the rolling hills as you travel to Uganda and also have a city tour after your gorilla trekking safari.
Uganda gorilla trekking tour from Kigali also gives you an opportunity to participate in gorilla habituation experience which is only carried out in Rushaga sector in Bwindi impenetrable national park. Gorilla habituation is an activity where the wild gorillas are trained to get used to human presence therefore visitors who engage in the activity will be allowed to spend four hours with the gorillas in their natural habitat compared to the one hour given during trekking.
On your Uganda gorilla trekking tour from Kigali you will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to Uganda through Cyanika border in Kisoro where you will be able to access Mgahinga gorilla national park, Rushaga sector and Nkuringo sector in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park or connect via Katuna border in Kabale to access Ruhija sector or Buhoma sector.
There are other ways of trekking the mountain gorillas in Uganda where by you can use air transport means in case you don’t like travelling long distances. When using air transport there are domestic airlines in Uganda such as Aerolink which offer scheduled and chartered flights daily from Entebbe international airport or Kajansi airfield to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip. You can also drive 8 to 10 hours from Kampala to the gorilla destinations with spectacular views of landscapes, Kigezi hills, homesteads, roadside markets, Equator, local people among others.
Visitors who want to book a gorilla trekking tour in Uganda from Kigali should however have a valid passport and an East African tourist visa which will allow you to visit both Uganda and Rwanda. The East African tourist visa can be acquired upon arrival at Kigali international airport or online through Rwanda immigration website.
Gorilla trekking experience in Uganda from Kigali
Booking a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda from Kigali implies that your safari will start and end in Kigali. Gorilla trekking is an incredible activity where you move into the dense tropical rainforests in search of the habituated gorilla families and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Trekking of the mountain gorillas in Uganda is done in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park and the activity starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulation at the park headquarters. After the briefing you will be grouped into 8 people allocated a gorilla family to trek and a park guide who is well conversant with the trails in the jungle.
Gorilla trekking starts at around 8:00am and takes 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on the location of the mountain gorillas and once found you will be allowed to spend one hour with the gorillas in their natural habitat taking photos, recording videos, learning about their habits, behaviors among others which gives you unforgettable experiences on your safari.
Visitors interested in breathtaking and lifetime gorilla trekking memories should book a 2 days Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali, 3 days Bwindi gorilla trekking from Kigali among others at an affordable price with Achieve Global Safaris.