Day 1 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

On arrival into Kigali enjoy a privately guided city tour with optional visit to the genocide memorial.  Longer city tours are available and we would be happy to discuss and plan your city sightseeing to suit your interests.

Your private driver guide will transfer you around 5 hrs to Bwindi National Park, crossing the border into Uganda where you stay for two nights.

Overnight: NKURINGO BWINDI GORILLA LODGE. (Private cottage room with balcony & mountain view).

On arrival at the lodge (time permitting), you will be taken on a guided walk through the community to a scenic viewpoint where you can see all six volcanoes on a clear day.   

Please note we recommend departure from Kigali early morning in order to allow sufficient time to transfer to the lodge and enjoy the views therefore it is usually necessary to overnight in Kigali first depending on your flight arrival time.

Kigali Skyline

Included

  • Private transfers
  • City tour and genocide memorial entrance fee
  • Bottled water in vehicle
  • Community walking tour
  • Accommodation and all meals at lodge

Excluded

  • International flight
  • Visas
  • Lunch if taken in Kigali
  • Drinks
  • Massage treatments
  • Laundry service
  • Tipping
  • Any additional services or activities not listed

Day 2 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Enjoy the wildlife encounter of a lifetime as you trek the majestic Mountain Gorillas.  Treks vary in duration and difficulty and our design team would be happy to discuss appropriate options to suit your requirements.

Optional afternoon activities may be discussed with the lodge and booked direct.

Overnight at NKURINGO BWINDI GORILLA LODGE.

Uganda Gorilla Trekking

Early in the morning, transfer with your guide to the gorilla trekking headquarters for the gorilla briefing and allocation before setting off to trek the mountain gorillas.  Easy treks cannot be guaranteed but please make any special requirements known to your driver/guide.

You will join a group of no more than 8 people in total and, once located, will spend one hour observing the gorillas as you marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male: the Silverback.  It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas.  It is amazing to think there are only around 1000 of these beautiful creatures left but numbers are growing! 

We strongly recommend that you engage the services of a porter at the headquarters regardless of your physical abilities or strength. Porters are not paid a wage and your support (tips) is an essential income for them. They will also help you with the trek if you require and carry your bag or water for you.  It is generally expected that all tourists will hire a porter and considered not supporting the community if you do not.

For the trek you will need:

** Comfortable hiking boots.

** Your passport - required for the permit issue but can be given back to your guide before the trek.

**Lightweight back pack

**Waterproof camera bag & gaiters / or tuck your trousers into your long socks

** Some people find lightweight gardening gloves useful as there are sharp branches and nettles in the forest

** Walking stick (provided by the lodge and recommended).

** Hat or cap & Lightweight rain jacket

** Lunch & at least 2 bottles of water each (provided by the lodge)

** Cash for tipping and Porter hire

Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Packed lunch for trekking
  • 1 x Gorilla trekking permit per person
  • Park fees for gorilla trekking only
  • Walking stick and trekking certificate
  • Private transfers

Excluded

  • Tipping for the trek
  • Porter hire fee
  • Drinks
  • Massage treatments
  • Any additional activities or services not listed

Day 3 : End of Itinerary

At your leisure you will be transferred back to Kigali (5 hour drive).   A packed lunch is included for your journey.   We will drop off at the airport or a city hotel.  (Flight departing after 2:00pm is required).

Those with a late flight departure  may require a hotel dayroom in Kigali since it is not possible to wait at the airport more than 2 hours before your flight departs.   An optional canoe excursion at Lake Mutanda on the way back to Kigali is also available at extra cost (time permitting / pre booking required).  

Optional

Included

  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer

Excluded

  • Lunch and evening meal
  • Optional canoe trip or hike at Lake Mutanda.
  • Dayroom in Kigali if required
  • International flights or onward arrangements in Kigali
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