1 Day Gorilla Trek Uganda from Kigali in Rwanda
A 1 Day Gorilla Trek in Uganda from Kigali is the shortest gorilla trip in the region as its done in the time frame of about 10 hours. This Gorilla Tracking Safari starts very early from Kigali and is accomplished in the evening in at the same starting point. A one day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda entails being picked up from Rwanda, cross over to Uganda for the endangered primate encounter in either Bwindi Impenetrable forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The two parks are the only places where one can visit gorillas in Uganda. While at the park, you will hike to see gorillas, have lunch later and end with a transfer back to Kigali. The gorilla trip is also one of the Uganda gorilla trekking safaris from Kigali that many visitors now opt for.
This single day trip is among the short budget gorilla trekking tours in Uganda that one can afford even when on a very tight budget. Other gorilla tours under the same category include the 2 days and 3 days safaris from Kigali to any of the two gorilla parks in Uganda. The 1 day trip is among the affordable budget packages for seeing gorillas in Uganda. What you have to do is to book a gorilla permit and be sure of trekking. Then when your travel date approaches, fly into Rwanda and trek gorillas in Uganda.
Mountain gorilla trekking is the major activity in Bwindi forest but guests have a chance to spot numerous primates, mammals, reptiles as well as butterflies in the thick jungle. The forest is among the prime bird watching destinations in Uganda. Though, birding cannot compare to gorilla watching, the amazing wildlife experience.
About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is found in South Western corner of Uganda at the end of the East African Rift Valley. Bwindi forest covered by a large and diverse rain forest and assumed to be over 25,000 years old, attained a full national park status in 1994. Out of the 324 tree species, 10 are only found in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is habitat to over 120 mammals encompassing forest baboons, antelopes, elephants, chimpanzees, giant forest hogs plus buffaloes. The park too has around 350 documented bird species and 200 species of butterflies. Mountain gorillas are the chief attraction in the park with roughly half of the world’s remaining numbers of them being found in Bwindi. There are habituated gorilla groups in Bwindi and open for both trekking and habituation experience. A number of worldwide trekkers come to the park to participate in one of the world’s outstandingly captivating wildlife experiences. Bwindi is divided into four sectors including, Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga gorilla trekking sector. Each gorilla region habituated gorilla families, a management office, a warden who is the head, plus staffs including guides and rangers. Bwindi is the perfect place for gorilla trekking because the park has more gorilla families for tracking than Mgahinga in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo. You can always find the perfect group to trek based on your interests and a gorilla permit goes for USD 700 per person.
Kigali to Uganda Gorilla Trekking Itinerary
To begin this day Gorilla Trekking Safari, your driver guide will pick you up from a hotel in Kigali. Since the trip starts so early in Kigali, you need to be in the city on the even of the tour. You will wake up at 3:00 am, take an early breakfast and then after start the journey at 3:30 am. The road trip to Uganda takes about 4 hours to the mountain gorilla national parks. You will get to the park in time and immediately take briefing about the gorilla trekking rules and regulations in the forest.
After the briefing, you will start the hike into the forest in search of the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. Gorilla trekking is a delightful experience in the wild. Trekking in hilly green landscape to reach the gorillas in the jungle is an exercise worth the energy. When you finally come across the gorillas, there will be a sigh of relief followed by excitement.
You will be allowed to stay for one hour with the gorillas as you observe them play, jump and eat the vegetation to your admiration. It is exceptionally remarkable to see a young ones jump on and off from the elder gorillas. You are allowed to take photos but not with a flash camera so that you do not disorganize them. When done with the adventure, you will transfer back to the park offices for a gorilla trekking certificate. After receiving your certificate, you will then commence the journey back to Kigali to where you will arrive in the evening. The driver guide will either transfer you to your hotel or the airport in case of an impending flight. This marks the end of 1 Day Uganda Gorilla Trek.
- A Gorilla permit (at US$700 each)
- Transport in a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle
- Lunch and bottled drinking water
- A professional English-speaking tour driver guide
- Park entry fees and guiding fees
- Ground transport and Flights to Kabale or Kisoro and these would be prepared on request
- Personal expenses such as beverages and tips given to staff
- 1 Day Gorilla Tour Cost
- Per Person (Based on 5 People in a group)