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3-Day Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Tour from Kigali in Rwanda

This 3-Day Bwindi gorilla trekking from Kigali tour will begin in Kigali, Rwanda, and take you to Bwindi National Park in Uganda, which is known to be the home of almost half of the remaining mountain gorillas, with over 20 habituated gorilla families.

The main activity on this tour is gorilla trekking, which involves visiting mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and spending an hour in their presence.

The overall experience can last for 2 to 8 hours, depending on the location of the gorilla family being trekked.

There will be an optional activity of visiting the Batwa community, and these short pygmies will entertain you with their amazing culture, music, and dances.

Additionally, this tour will allow you to explore the countryside of Uganda, which means you will enjoy the surrounding landscape and much more.

You will also have a short city tour of Kigali, where places like the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center will not be missed.

If this package is too short for you, you can alternatively book this 2-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 3-Day Bwindi Gorilla Tour from Kigali Itinerary

3-Day Bwindi Gorilla Tour from Kigali Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Kigali, Rwanda

On your first day of the 3-day gorilla tour, the assigned driver guide will pick you up from an agreed-upon point – either the airport in Kigali – and quickly provide you with a simple briefing about this amazing tour to Bwindi National Park.

This national park is one of the two national parks in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda – that offers a gorilla trekking experience, both located in the far southwestern part of Uganda.

Apart from the gorillas, this park is home to other wildlife, such as forest elephants, buffalos, different bird species, and other small primates.

While on the way to the park, you will meet local people carrying luggage, see cattle farms, pass through bustling towns, make different stopovers to relax, enjoy views of the Virunga ranges, and take memorable photos, as well as have lunch.

On arrival after a journey that can last for 4-5 hours, check in at the accommodation facility for your dinner and overnight stay as you prepare for the adventure the next morning.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in the morning and optional Batwa community experience

Start the second day with a hearty breakfast, and then your driver guide will take you to the briefing point at the park offices.

This exercise is crucial for your wildlife experience, as it involves guidelines to follow while in the forest, checking gorilla permits, grouping visitors for the trek, and allocating a gorilla family.

After all that, you will begin the trek under the guidance of a well-armed park ranger, along with porters who help carry extra luggage.

Trekking can last for 2 to 8 hours, depending on the location of the gorilla family visited, and this includes an hour spent in their presence.

In this forest, you can also spot other captivating attractions like small primates such as vervet monkeys, colobus monkeys, olive baboons, and more.

After the experience, return to the lodge with your trekking certificate and have lunch.

If you still have energy, you can take an optional activity of visiting the Batwa pygmies.

The Batwa are known as the ancestral inhabitants of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and due to conservation policies, they were resettled outside the park boundaries.

During this tour, you can explore their culture through storytelling, cultural music and dances, learn how to make fire using local materials, and more.

Support the local economy by purchasing their handcrafted items like baskets, wood carvings, and clothing.

Return to the lodge for dinner.

Day 3: Depart back to Kigali, Rwanda

Breakfast will be served in the morning, and then you can pack your luggage in the vehicle for the transfer back to Kigali.

The journey will take approximately 4 – 5 hours, and on arrival, you can take a short city tour of Kigali’s historical attractions, such as the local markets, presidential palace museum, art museum, the milk bar, Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, and others.

Later on, head to the airport where you will be dropped off, marking the end of the 3-day Bwindi gorilla trek from Kigali tour.

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