5-Day Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi via Kigali

  • 5 Days 4 Nights
  • Uganda, East Africa
  • Private
  • catherine@nkuringosafaris.com

Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari via Kigali

5 Day Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari via Kigali

Tour Overview

  • Price _
  • Duration 5 Days 4 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • LocationUganda
  • Departure CityKigali, Rwanda
  • End CityKigali, Rwanda
  • Contact nameCatherine
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 90 Days
  • Accommodation As in itinerary
  • Group TypeAnyone can join
  • Restriction No Children Bellow 15 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

The 5-Day Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi via Kigali is an adventure to see mountain gorillas in Uganda, accessing Bwindi Impenetrable National Park coming through Rwanda, at the nearest International Airport in Kigali. The safari trip offers uninterrupted quant moments with a family of Uganda’s habituated mountain gorillas.

The trip is an excellent choice for travelers who want to avoid the long 10-hour drive (or 1-hour domestic flight) between Entebbe International Airport (Uganda’s only International Airport) and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The 160-km drive from Kigali to Bwindi can take about 5-6 hours, including the Kyanika border crossing, saving you time to relax at the forest lodge.

The safari itinerary also allows visitors an immersive experience with both Rwanda and Uganda’s hidden cultures. Kigali is a melting cultural hotspot for emerging and traditional Rwandan cultures; spend a day with a local guide in Kigali and see what the city on a thousand hills has for you. The Batwa forest people in the outskirts of Bwindi and the park’s surrounding communities, depending highly on gorilla conservation tourism, are worth a visit on this incredible safari holiday.

The Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi via Kigali expedition is a private safari that can be tailor-made to suit your preferences based on our travel partnerships. The trip includes accommodation with Full-board meals, booking the gorilla permit, transfers between Kigali and Bwindi (4×4 Car + Driver), and everything ground handling.

Safari Highlights

  • Exploring Rwanda’s cultures & Genocide Memorial Center in Kigali
  • Scenic transfers through the undulating landscapes
  • Unequaled adventure experience with mountain gorillas in Bwindi
  • Stay in a quintessential forest lodge with incredible views of forest and mountains

Know before you go

  • This trip will involve crossing the border between Uganda & Rwanda at Cyanika,  which means you’ll have to pay visa fees and go through border crossing bureaucracy.
  • Trekking mountain gorillas is a strenuous activity at very high altitudes that requires moderate physical fitness. Although with the help of local porters everybody can reach the gorillas, we recommend that you hit the gym several weeks before your journey. Also, we highly advise travelers highly affected by altitude change to stay a day at the base lodge to allow acclimatization.
  • Our travel experts will update you on the latest travel restrictions before you embark on your trip and our flexible booking terms cater for the expected travel restrictions.
  • To confirm the tour, you’ll have to make a 30% deposit.
  • The trip fee per person gets cheaper with more people coming. Our safari vehicles can carry up to six people per vehicle, so bring your friends and family.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Fees & Permits
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in 4×4
  • Tour Excursions
  • English guide
  • Gratuities
  • All activities
  • Visa & travel insurance

General FAQs

  • You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
  • A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
  • Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
  • Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% of tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings cancelled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of tour price penalty charge.
  • Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the payment of the requested deposit. Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.
  • All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance as well as travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice, however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates we reserve the right to pass on these charges.

(different and separate from the tour cancellation policy)

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$750 for both permits in Jan to Jun 2020 and US$900 in Jul-Dec 2020) since we need to immediately pay Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:

  • More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
  • 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
  • 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
  • 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee

Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.

Chezlando Hotel in Kigali

Chezlando Hotel (Kigali, 1st & last day)

Chezlando Hotel is nestled in Remera business districts, a 3-hour drive out of Kigali. The rooms a serene with balcony views of the manicured gardens. You’ll spend a night here on your first and last days and also base here to explore Rwanda’s explosive cultures and history in Kigali.


Nkuringo Lodge in Bwindi

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Southern Bwindi, 2nd & 3rd nights)

NKuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge sits at a 7000-ft altitude on a magnificent ridge with stunning views across the rugged landscapes and beyond to the Virunga Volcanoes chain. Ten luxurious cottages sit above the Bwindi Forest canopy with distinctive elegance and startling luxury amid forest trees, flowers, and shrubs. Locally styled furnishings grace the spacious rooms, and light fills the space from private viewing decks over the forest swath and beyond the entire Virunga Volcanoes chain. You’ll spend the second and third nights here, base here to explore the area, and meet the mountain gorillas in Bwindi.

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Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: – Arrive at Kigali International Airport

Arrive at Kigali International Airport and transfer to accommodation in Kigali for an overnight stay. However, please note if your flight arrives before 1 pm Kigali time, it’s possible to proceed directly to Nkuringo.

Accommodation and meals:
Chez Lando Hote
Bed and Breakfast


Kigali – Cyanika- Nkuringo

You’ll be up and about by 8:30 am to take a short detour around Kigali city, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial before you proceed on a 3-hour drive to Cyanika Border.  After immigration clearing at Cyanika, you’ll proceed to Nkuringo via Kisoro Town for about a 1.5-2-hour drive.

Accommodation and meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Full Board


Day 3: Community tour, Nombe and Buniga Forests (encounter with the Batwa)

This morning after a hearty breakfast, you can join the birding guide in an exploring walk to Nombe Pocket Forest. Nombe Forest used was cut off from the larger Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as communities expanded for agricultural land. It is still quite impenetrable and offers a compelling forest walking adventure. You can reach Nombe on foot for about a 1-2-hour round walk. Or drive there and join the 2-hour birding experience.

You’ll be back at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, you can take another forest walk in Buniga Forest, about a 10-minute walk from the lodge. Buniga Forest Walk is an informative project run by USAID and the local Batwa community.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, forcing the Batwa native tribe to leave their native forest home to pave way for Conservation Programs. They had lived in the forest as nomadic hunter-gatherers for millennia, in perfect balance with the flora and fauna around. Moving out and suddenly living in communities with a completely different way of life has proven to be a huge challenge. They now survive as best as they can and earn a living explaining their previous life in the forest and their rich heritage.

The walk is a reenactment of their historical cultures in the forest. From the 2-hour walk in the woods, you’ll walk through the community to visit the traditional herbalist and the blacksmith. The Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi via Kigali day ends at back at the lodge.

Accommodation & Meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Full Board


Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

You be up early, have your breakfast, your lunch pack, drinking water, and your driver will have you at the visitor center by 7:30 am. At the visitor center (Nkuringo/Rushaga Sector in the south of Bwindi), the park warden will brief you on the trekking regulations, filling you in on what you should expect. They’ll also assign you to a gorilla group that suits your physical ability, two rangers, and an expert guide. You

The spectacular beauty of the area offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The duration to reach the gorillas varies based on the terrain and location of the great apes. The thrill of finally watching and spending time observing these gentle endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity.

Upon return, relax at the lodge and, for those who like, at 5.00 pm either stroll through the community center or drive up to the “Top of the World” – the name given to the football field, high up in Nkuringo which offers amazing views over the peaks and forests around Nkuringo. A great way to stretch your legs after the gorilla tracking and to enjoy a sundowner.

Accommodation & meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Full Board


Day 5: Bwindi – Cyanika – Kigali

Early in the morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Cyanika Border via Kisoro town and continue to Kigali for your departure flight. End of the Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi via Kigali.

Accommodation & meals:
No Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch