Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park are located just few kilometers from the border of Rwanda and Uganda. The approximate location of these national parks to this border has made gorilla trekking in Uganda from Kigali easier.
Tourists can fly in to Kigali international airport in Rwanda and then travel by road to Uganda within 4 hours for gorilla trekking and you can save on money and travelling time by trekking gorillas in Uganda from Kigali.
The reason why most tourists fly to Rwanda and trek gorillas in Uganda is because Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500 per person which is expensive compared to Uganda where gorilla trekking permits cost $600 per person hence budget travelers find it convenient to trek gorillas in Uganda.
Budget travellers who do not want to travel for 10-11 hours to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga national park but can also not afford air fares to these respective national parks can still fly to Rwanda and drive to Uganda for gorilla trekking because this takes about 4 hours drive to the Ugandan border from Kigali and less than an hour from the border to the parks.
Mountain gorilla permits cost $600 in Uganda, $1500 in Rwanda and $400 in Congo during the peak season and $200 during low season. Uganda is the only country offering gorilla habituation experience at $1500 compared to the price of trekking gorillas in Rwanda. All tourists planning to trek gorillas in Uganda must book permits in advance of three months through Uganda wildlife authority or a trusted tour operator.
All mountain gorilla trekking national parks are situated in the same climatic zone. The best time for trekking mountain gorillas is during the dry seasons of June to September and December to February. The rest of the months can make your trek hectic with muddy and slippery trails.