4 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda Rwanda

Overview

The 4 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda Rwanda is a short break holiday that allows you to explore mountain gorillas both in Uganda and Rwanda. The 4 Days Gorilla Safari takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which has 400 out of the 880 mountain gorillas that are currently thriving in the world.  Its challenging hilly landscapes with deep saddles make the trekking beyond gorillas. The Safari proceeds to explore the mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda which is part of the Virunga massif where the 480 mountain gorillas are known to be thriving. The recreational relaxation on Lake Bunyonyi dubbed the lake of a thousand Islands adds spice to the tourist experience.

Safari Highlight

Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a stop at Equator crossing Kayabwe and Igongo Cultural Center for traditional Lunch

Day 2: Undertake Gorilla trekking & drive to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

Day 3: Undertake gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and drive back to Uganda (Lake Bunyonyi)

Day 4: Undertake a sun rise boat cruise and drive back to Kampala

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a stop at Equator crossing Kayabwe and Igongo Cultural Center for traditional Lunch 

Embark on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south west of Uganda 57km about 10 hours dive. You make a stop at Equator line crossing Kayabwe 77km from Kampala for amazing photo shots and water experiments that justifies the geographical divide between the northern and southern hemispheres. You will proceed on the journey driving through impressive country side landscapes including the traditional rangelands of Ankole before making a stop at Igongo Cultural Center for traditional lunch at its famous Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant. From here, you drive past Mbarara town and proceed to arrive in Bwindi in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Undertake Gorilla trekking & drive to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

gorilla-trekking-in-bwindi

After breakfast, gather at the respective park headquarters for a rewarding gorilla trekking encounter in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi dubbed the impenetrable. You attend to the briefing at 8am after which you head to the mist following your respective gorilla family trails in the company of the ranger guide and a group of 8 gorilla trekkers walking through their challenging hilly landscapes marked with dense undergrowth and mature trees. You eventually come across the critically endangered mountain gorillas thriving in their natural habitat. The one hour is available for you to maximize the experience where you can photo as well. The trekking encounter tend to last 2 – 8 hours after which you retreat from the activity and get back to starting point and embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park in  Rwanda crossing via Cyanika boarder post. You enjoy the magnificent views of the Virunga ranges before arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Lapalme Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/basic)

Day 3: Undertake gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and drive back to Uganda (Lake Bunyonyi)

Gather at Volcanoes National Park headquarters Kinigi after breakfast at your place of stay to catch up with briefing at 8am local time. If you arrive early before, you have an opportunity to attend to the impressive Kinyarwanda dance performance and drinking a hot cup of Rwandan coffee till the briefing time. You attend to briefing our respective gorilla groups allocated to you on spot and then embark on the drive to trail heads of each gorilla family. You head to the slopes of the volcanoes in search of these critically endangered apes. You have one hour with them gain at them as they forage, socialize and the silverback demonstrating its manhood. The encounter tends to last 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and the gorilla family allocated to you. Retreat from the activity and cross to Uganda where you will drive along the scenic Kisoro Kabale road before branching off at Muko to connect to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Undertake a sun rise boat cruise and drive back to Kampala

boat-cruise-bunyonyi

Undertake a recreational boat cruise after a relaxed breakfast to explore the lake of a thousand Islands. You cruise amidst the scenic Kigezi Highlands and the views of a range of Islands that are within the lake. Lake Bunyonyi has 29 Islands. You retreat from 2 – 3 hour activity and embark on the transfer back to Kampala. You make a stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km past Mbarara for traditional lunch and then continue on the drive to Kampala arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

End of safari