Gorilla Trekking Uganda from Kigali in Rwanda
Uganda Gorilla Trekking from Kigali to Bwindi forest or Mgahinga gorilla national park is one of the tour options that are time saving and money-friendly. You can fly into Kigali and trek gorillas in either of the only two gorilla national parks in Uganda found in south western Uganda. Uganda Gorilla tours from Kigali save time and money as they are doable in the shortest time possible like 1, 2 or 3 days. The road transfer from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala to the gorilla parks, its an 8-9 hours’ drive. While from Kigali, it is very easy to access the southern sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park through Kisoro town. Bwindi gorilla trekking from Kigali is easily done with gorilla families in Rushaga and Nkuringo Sector in the south plus Ruhija sector in the eastern side of the park. However, it is not easy with Buhoma gorilla trekking sector in the north of the Bwindi as connection from Rwanda is far. On the other hand, Buhoma gorilla trekking is enjoyably possible when one is coming from or going for safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park on a tour to or from Kampala. From Kigali to southern Bwindi forest, it is possible also to do gorilla habituation experience in Uganda.
Why Kigali to Bwindi Gorilla Trekking?
One may ask, why fly into Kigali and do gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest or Mgahinga National Park? The answer is simple, it saves a lot of money and time. A gorilla permit in Rwanda is at $ 1500 and the same permit in Uganda is at $ 700 only. The difference between the two price rates is $ 900, which is what you save.
Driving from Kigali to Bwindi takes between 3-4 house depending on the region of the park one is to trek gorillas. While drive from Kampala to Bwindi take almost a full day. In this case, time is saved and there is always value in saving time and money. The distance from Kigali to the gorilla habitat is 115 kilometres which may increase or reduce slightly based on the exact location from where to visit gorillas. While the distance from Kampala to Bwindi forest is 457 km and covered averagely in 9 hours including an en route lunch stop.
Given the facts above, we always recommend to our clients to go through Rwanda and save money and time. When you come from Kigali to Bwindi in Uganda, you can do a gorilla trekking adventure and add on other activities in and around the two gorilla national parks. There are several nature walk tours, Community visits, hiking excursions around the Bwindi and Mgahinga. On the saved time and money, you may as well visit the magnificent Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda for boat cruises, relaxation and nature walks around. When you trek gorillas in Uganda from either Kigali or Entebbe, you will have the most thrilling safari experience in the wild.
Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safaris from Kigali
Fly into Rwanda and trek gorillas in Uganda by taking a 3 days gorilla safari to Bwindi. During the trip, you will have a Kigali City tour, gorilla adventure and nature and community walks in case time allows.
Visit gorillas in Uganda by going through Kigali. You will transfer to Bwindi forest, the home to mountain gorillas in Uganda. Stay an overnight, trek gorillas and drive back to Rwanda.
This trip is among the cheapest ways to see gorillas in Uganda. You only need one day to transfer from Kigali early morning and arrive at the park in time. Trek gorillas and back to Kigali.
This gorilla trip to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park may either begin from Kigali to Uganda or even Entebbe. The safari will take you Cyanika border to Kisoro town from where you will connect to the park.
How Uganda Gorilla Trekking from Kigali started?
In the previous years, many tourists preferred Rwanda gorilla trekking to that of Uganda. This partly due to a 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park as opposed to an 8-9 hour’s transfer from Kampala or Entebbe to Bwindi. When Rwanda increased a gorilla permit price in 2017 from $750 to $1500 each, it opened up gorilla trekking routes to Uganda. All guests looking to cheaper safari options started entering Uganda. With the 1 day and 2 days safari options to Uganda, gorilla safaris from Kigali became prominent. From 2017, people started to visit gorillas in Uganda from Kigali as a friendlier alternative in terms of time and enjoyment. Doing Uganda gorilla tours from Rwanda saves a guest $900 on just one gorilla permit he would have got in Rwanda at $1500. The Uganda gorilla permit is at $700.
Distance from Kigali to Bwindi or Mgahinga
Transferring from Kigali to Bwindi is approximately $176.8 kms, about four hours drive. This journey could have taken less time if it wasn’t for Rwanda’s low driving speed limit. Please note that there are no direct flights from Kigali to Bwindi. You can only travel by road.
Reasons for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda through Kigali
Uganda gorilla trek from Kigali to Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are time, energy and money saving. This is because there is a shorter driving distance from Rwanda to South western Uganda where the gorilla parks are found.
Driving Short Distance: It is 177 kms from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. At a moderate speed of 60 kms per hour, the 177 kms are covered in 4 hours. This distance vary accordingly depending on the sector of the park where one is doing gorilla trekking. Bwindi is divided into 4 regions including Rushaga, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Buhoma in the north of the park. Minus Buhoma sector, the remaining 3 region favor gorilla safaris from Rwanda. One cannot trek gorillas in Buhoma area if he only tracking to return to Rwanda.
Kigali to Bwindi Gorilla Trips Save Money: Since you can do a one or two days gorilla tour, such packages are among the affordable ways to see gorillas in Uganda. If you arrive in Kigali latest 3 or 4:00 pm, you can straight away transfer to Uganda, trek gorillas the next day and return to the city for a flight. From Kampala to Bwindi, it must be a minimum of 3 days tour, whether by road or flying to Bwindi or Kisoro. This means you spend more on accommodation and transport.
Savings on Flight Ticket to Rwanda: With Rwanda having its own airline, you may get a good discount on some direct flights from certain destinations to Kigali. Some flight routes are direct with no stopovers, meaning flying for lesser time is possible.
Kigali City Tour: when you choose to fly into Rwanda and visit gorillas in Uganda, you have a chance for a Kigali City tour. Among the major attractions in the city is the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a commemoration site for about 250000 victims of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. There are other attractions in Kigali as well. Apart from a 1 day gorilla trek, the rest of the safari packages from Rwanda to Uganda favor a Kigali City tour.
Uganda Gorilla Tours
In a nutshell, if you wish to do a gorilla safaris in Uganda from Kigali, just book an air ticket and a gorilla permit in time. We shall organize for you a safari that will be enjoyable and memorable. Contact us today gorilla trekking tour in Uganda from Kigali.
The increment still put the Pearl of Africa in the number one position as the best and most affordable gorilla safari destination in Africa. So, fly into Rwanda and take up a safari to go and see Uganda gorillas in the wild. Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali also saves time on the ground transfer as its only 4 hours from Rwanda to Bwindi.
Gorilla Trekking Uganda are adventure tours to Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga National Park. To see mountain gorillas in Uganda, you have to Book gorilla permits to confirm your trip. Uganda gorilla safaris will give you the best holiday experience in the Pearl of Africa. At Gorilla Trekking Services, we offer budget gorilla trekking tours as the cheapest ways to visit gorillas in Uganda without compromising quality. Apart from gorilla trips, book tours to visit some of the best holiday destinations in Uganda.
Gorillas in Uganda
Mountain Gorillas in Uganda live in the dense Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south western side of the country. There are about 1000 mountain gorillas in existence in the whole world. The endangered apes also dwell in the Volcanoes National Park in the north of Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in the eastern side of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But Uganda and its Bwindi forest has the biggest number of Mountain gorillas in the wild. Bwindi boasts of around 19 gorilla families in Uganda whereas Mgahinga has one Nyakagezi gorilla group available for tracking. Gorilla trekking in Uganda offers a rare opportunity to visit and see the everyday interactions of these gentle primates.
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda from Kigali
Gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda from Kigali is another alternative tour option for travelers interested in the trip to see these endangered primates. All gorilla tours to the Volcanoes National Park mainly start from Kigali where visitors fly into the country and trek gorillas within the country without crossing boarders. From Kigali, one can take a 1 day gorilla safari and return in the evening. For fear of getting so tried with this short tour, 2 and 3 days are the best safari options where you can trek gorillas and get a rest or relax well near the park before visiting the primates. A Rwanda gorilla permit is at USD 1500 per person per day. Rwanda’s Volcanoes park is also a home to golden monkeys whereby tracking them on another day is possible. Hiking mount Bisoke and Karisimbi, enjoy a nature walk to Musanze caves or a tour of Iby’wachu Cultural Village are all possible activities before or after gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
More About Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
This is a collection of 3 day gorilla tours in Uganda including those starting from Kigali and others from Entebbe and Kampala. These safaris to Bwindi and Mgahinga are of budget, Midrange and Luxury tours categories. Look through the packages for both road transfers and flying from Entebbe or Kajjansi Airfield and make a choice based on your travel needs.
Find out the best time of the year you can go for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo. The best time to go to Uganda or Rwanda runs from June to September plus December to February. Even though other months are ideal for mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking. At times dry seasons begin early and this changes the climate patterns.
Get to know all about gorilla habituation experience, the habituation process, families for this adventure experience, the gorilla permit to enjoy it as well as the difference between gorilla habituation experience and gorilla trekking. This type of gorilla activity is only offer in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and unavailable in Rwanda and Congo.
Luxury gorilla safaris in Uganda largely include first class gorilla safari lodges and state-of-the-art strong 4X4 WD safari vehicles. The luxury tours also entail taking charter or scheduled flights from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi Airstrip or Kisoro Airfield from where ground transfers are made to the accommodation facilities around the gorilla parks.