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2-Day Bwindi Gorilla Trekking from Kigali in Rwanda

The 2-Day Bwindi gorilla trekking from Kigali is one of the remarkable short gorilla trips, perfect for those of you with limited time.

It offers a better alternative for you to connect to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park rather than starting your journey from Kampala/Entebbe.

This trip is special in that you will only spend about 4-5 hours driving from Kigali, and you can connect to the park via the Katuna border to Kabale or the Chanika border to Kisoro town.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganda is a renowned mountain gorilla highland, located in the Albertine rift, Southwestern Uganda.

This UNESCO Site shelters 459 mountain gorillas, and more than 20 habituated gorilla families are all open for gorilla trekking.

Within Bwindi alone, there are 4 trailheads/sectors to consider exploring on a gorilla tour: Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga, and Nkuringo.

If this package is too short for you, you can alternatively book this 3-day tour.

Please note that you can combine this package with Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, a Tanzania Serengeti Safari, a Tanzania Ngorongoro Safari or a Masai Mara Safari.

Detailed 2-Day Kigali to Bwindi Gorilla Tour Itinerary

2-Day Kigali to Bwindi Gorilla Tour

Day 1: Depart Kigali for Bwindi via Katuna/Chanika border

After your tasty cup of tea/coffee, meet with your trip leader for a briefing and pick up at one of the classic hotels.

Depending on the time, you may head off to Kigali/Gisozi genocide memorial centre for a short tour.

This memorial is the final resting place for over 250,000 Rwandan genocide victims.

Depart Kigali for Katuna border for clearing before you connect to Bwindi or Chanika border and cross over to Kisoro.

The Chanika border is ideal if you are heading to the Southern gorilla trekking sectors (Rushaga and Nkuringo), and Katuna leads you to Buhoma or Ruhija sectors.

Driving time from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP takes 4 to 5 hours, and when you arrive, check in at the lodge for relaxation.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking & departure

First, enjoy a delicious breakfast at the comfort of your lodge, and after, connect to the briefing area by walking or by car.

The park official takes you through the gorilla trekking guidelines, and each sub-group of 8 guests will have an armed park ranger guide escorting them for an actual gorilla trek.

Starting at 8:00 am, expect to spend at least 2-6 hours in the jungles searching for a family of gorillas, and upon locating these apes, you will have 1 hour.

Maximize the one-hour for taking pictures, observing the daily behaviors, and body gestures of the massive mountain gorillas.

Afterward, begin the trek back to the lodge for a short relaxation, lunch, and check-out.

Before heading to the lodge, report to the park offices where the briefing was done to pick up your gorilla trekking certificates.

Meet the driver guide to be returned to Kigali in Rwanda.

In Kigali, you will have two options – get dropped off at the airport for departure or a hotel for a night stay.

End of 2-Day Kigali to Bwindi gorilla tour.


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