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5 Day Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari via Kigali

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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 Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari via Kigali adventure takes us to Bwindi ‘The Impenetrable Forest’, Uganda’s mountainous far southwestern tip where you will have the opportunity to track Mountain Gorillas. This action filled excursion will provide you with the opportunity to get up close with the endangered species. The climax of this safari is an encounter with a Silverback!

This Africa Safari starts and ends in the beautiful Rwanda capital, Kigali where you get a chance to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial center before you cross the border into Uganda to trek Bwindi Impenetrable forest’s gentle giants, the mountain gorillas.

Safari Highlights

  • Kigali Genocide Memorial Center
  • Mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrabel Forest
  • Breath taking scenery
  • Unforgettable experience with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest

Know before you go

  • You’ll be visiting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and entering Uganda via Kigali, the shortest route to Bwindi.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle, and 30% deposit on confirmation.

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.

UGANDA GORILLA PERMIT CANCELLATION POLICY
(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.

All accommodation has been specifically selected and all in strategic locations for the start of most of the activities in the Itinerary.

Papyrus Guesthouse – Entebbe

Located 10 minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport in the residential area of Upper Kiwafu. The fifteen bedroomed Guesthouse is like staying with friends. The rooms are comfortable and simple – they are all en-suite and fully supplied with high-quality mosquito nets, beds, cooling fans, safes and guest amenities.

There is a TV lounge, WiFi in the main areas and extends to most of the rooms, complimentary airport transfer.

Rwakobo Rock Lodge

Rwakobo is nestled on a scenic outcrop with breathtaking views. Animals such as zebra, warthog, impala and bushbuck abound around the lodge and often congregate at the water hole beneath the dining area. At night the sounds of the bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild.

This idyllic spot is situated just over 1Km from the Nshara Gate of Lake Mburo National Park. Guided walks can be organized from the Lodge to include easy and challenging walks offering the chance to get close to nature.

Every night (weather permitting) the friendly Rwakobo staff stoke up a campfire so you can watch the sunset explode into a brilliant starlit sky

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

The lodge – is situated on the Southwest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with stunning views over the Bwindi Forest, the Magnificent Virunga Volcanoes and the Great Albertine Rift Valley. There are 12 hand-crafted cottages and 6  Virunga Terrace rooms, each offering all modern comforts, the tranquillity of the Rain forest, the atmosphere of a mountain chalet and the warm hospitality Ugandans are known for.

The lodge facilities include a cozy restaurant serving homemade meals and freshly baked loaves of bread, a bar and lounge with an amazing view, massage room and Complimentary WiFi.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge prides itself on its green Credentials and through its various initiatives including solar energy and rainwater harvesting, proudly operates with Carbon Neutral footprint.

The lodge is an ideal starting point for Gorilla tracking as well as many other interesting activities the area has to offer.

Kasenyi Safari Camp

Kasenyi Safari Camp is strategically located on the rim of lake Bunyampaka in the Kasenyi savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The camp has an elevated dining structure that is meticulously thatched. The tents are on platforms with a thatched canopy roof. There are four tents all with en-suite bathrooms, spacious living areas and private decks. Many animals frequent the camp during the day & at night. Lion prides, hippo, leopard, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, kob, hyena and warthog are frequently seen. The night comes alive with sounds of hyenas howling and lions roaring.

Game Viewing in the Kasenyi Savannah – The most visited park in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park hosts cats in the Kasenyi savannah. Here the cats feed on the large numbers of Uganda kob. Some lions have learned to hunt buffalo and also climb trees.

Primate Lodge – Kibale

Primate Lodge is located in the heart of Kibale Rainforest National park, Uganda’s Primate Paradise and home to over 13 species of Primates, Mammals, butterflies and birds.

The location of the lodge is a perfect start point for chimpanzee tracking activity as well as the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, the briefing point is 5 minutes walking distance.

Features: 9 Luxury Cottages each secluded deep in the Forest with maximum Privacy.  7 Standard Cottages are private with en-suite facilities.

Amenities include, Spacious dinning and well stocked Bar, complementary room service, Free WiFi in Public areas.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: – Arrival Kigali International Airport

Arrival at Kigali International Airport and transfer to accommodation in Kigali to overnight. However please note if your flight is with Qatar Airlines and arrives before 1pm Kigali time, its possible to proceed directly to Nkuringo.

Accommodation and meals:
Chez lando Hotel
Dinner

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Community tour and Buniga Forests (encounter with the Batwa)

After breakfast, at 9:00 am departure to Buniga Forest Trail Walk, an informative project run by USAID and the local Batwa community. The Batwa tribe was forced to leave their home in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in 1991 when it was declared a UNESCO Heritage site for gorillas only. They had been living 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.

Continuation of the walk through the community to visit the traditional herbalist and the black smith.

Accommodation and meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Virunga Terrace Room)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 3: Nombe Forest Walk, Batwa Villages in Bwindi

This morning after a hearty breakfast, enjoy birding in Nombe Pocket Forest – it was part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and it is still quite impenetrable, however it was cut off from it as people needed more land to live on and cultivate. It can be reached on foot (approx. 1 hour to go and 2 hours to come back) or by vehicle and the visit lasts approx. 2 hours, depending on the interest of guests.

The Batwa tribe was forced to leave their home in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in 1991 when it was declared a UNESCO Heritage site for gorillas only. They had been living 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. The drive takes about 5-7 hours.

Accommodation & Meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Private Cottage) or similar
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, at around 7:45 am, with packed lunch and drinking water you will be transferred to the National Park Head Quarters for the briefing on the dos and the don’ts while with the gorillas. You then continue to the forest for the start of the actual gorilla tracking.

The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain varies as per the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity. The tracking can take place at Nkuringo or at Rushaga (1 hr drive from Nkuringo), as per the gorilla permits obtained.

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 (private cottage) or similar
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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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.

Accommodation & meals:
No Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch

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