The 2 days Bwindi gorilla tour starts from Kigali to Bwindi. One can access Bwindi either through Gatuna or Cyanika border posts. Bwindi impenetrable national park protects the highest number of mountain gorillas with over 20 habituated gorilla groups.
Day 1: Kigali city to Bwindi
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking
Fly to Kigali and drive to Uganda
Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest
Drive back to Kigali for departure flight
Detailed 2 days gorilla safari excursion to Bwindi from Kigali
Day 1: Kigali city to Bwindi – Uganda
Your safari Guide from Africa Adventure Safaris will pick you up from the airport on arrival or from your Kigali Hotel. Start with a Kigali City tour visiting the genocide museum and other places of interest. You will then depart Kigali for Bwindi in southwestern Uganda with an en route stop over for a lunch break and photography. Arrive in Bwindi in the afternoon or evening for meals and overnight at Bakiga Lodge/ Ichumbi Lodge
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking
After an early morning breakfast transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing and then proceed for the gorilla trek. The gorilla trek takes 1 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas and once you get to them you will stay in their presence for an hour. You will see other wildlife species in the park especially birds. You will later return for Hot lunch at your lodge and later transfer back to Kigali.After the Gorilla trek return to the lodge, enjoy some food and refreshments and immediately transfer back to Kigali.
End of the tour
- Mountain gorilla permit
- Full Time english speaking guide
- Ground transport
- Bottled drinking water
- Government taxes
- All activities in the itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages
- Extra activities not in the itinerary
Upon arrival at Kigali International airport, you will have to drive via Kigali city and cross over to Uganda. Cyanika border in Kisoro district or Katuna border in Kabale
- Distance from Kigali to Cyanika - 119 km (roughly 3 hours drive)
- Distance from Kigali to Katuna - 80 km (Roughly 2 hours)
However, the driving time from the land border to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park depends on the gorilla region one is visiting. Cyanika bore is close to Rushaga sector in the southern region of Bwindi while Katuna border is near Ruhija & Buhoma regions.
Altgehre, you need roughly 5-6 hours to reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park from Kigali Rwanda.
Nature of the Roads
Travelers are reminded that road in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park are maram, bumpy and slippery during rain season. The tarmac road are only in the city centres afters, Kigali, Kisoro and Kabale. However despite the bad roads, our 4x4 wheel drive vehicles offer you comfortable and safe travel to all regions of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park.
Details about the 2 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tour
The 2 Days trip entails flying into Kigali International Airport and crossing over to Uganda to visit gorillas in Bwindi Forest. You can either cross via Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna/Gatuna border in Kabale district and the connect to any respective sector of Bwindi Forest. Connecting to Bwindi Forest Via Kigali is the easiest way to access this gorilla park. The drive time from Kigali to Bwindi Forest is roughly 5 hours compared to a full day drive from Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.
Alternatively, you can book a chartered flight from kajjansi airstrip in Entebbe to Kihihi/kisoro aitrsip in south western Uganda for easy connection to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. The large primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is shared by Kabale, Kanungu and Rubanda districts. The gorilla park was established in 1991 and is one of the two destination where gorilla trekking
The other population of mountain gorillas live in the Virunga Conservation Area shared between Mgahinga Gorilla park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park
in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bwindi is also home to 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species
Bwindi Forest is believed to host over 450 mountain gorillas which is half of the world's total population. Gorilla trekking was officially opened in 1993 when Mubare gorilla family received the first set of travelers. There other gorilla families in Bwindi Forest include Habinyanja, Nkuringo, Mishaya, Bweza, Nshongi, Rushegura, Katwe, Christmas, Busingye, Muyambi, Bitukura, Oruzogo, Kyaguliro, Mukiza, Rwigi and Mucunguzi gorilla families. The park spreads over 321 square kilometers comprised of montane and lowland forest.
Putting gorillas aside, Bwindi Forest shelters over 350 bird species 14 of which are not found anywhere else in Uganda. Some of the notable birds in Bwindi Forest
include Crowned Hornbill, African Green pigeon, Giant Kingfisher, African Harrier Hawk, Cinnamon Chested Bee eater, African Broadbill, Black Billed turaco and Ruwenzori Apalis among others. This makes Bwindi an Important Birding Area worth visiting by a birder.
The other wild animals in Bwindi Forest include Colobus monkeys, African Elephants, Chimpanzees and Forest Buffalos among others. The park is a world heritage site listed by the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Regarding people, Bwindi Forest National Park is majorly occupied by Bakiga. There are also batwa pygmies who initially lived in the forest before gorilla tourism was introduced.
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