Uganda Gorilla Express through Kigali

Juvenile Mountain Gorillas Playing (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda)Rwanda)

This tour combines Rwanda and Uganda. Starting in Kigali where you have time for a city tour before travelling to Uganda. You will enter Uganda through Cyanika border and then continue to either Mgahinga Gorilla NP or Bwindi Impenetrable NP. On the last day, you have a scenic flight to Entebbe where you will catch your departure flight. The tour provides a perfect combination of the 2 countries for those who with limited time.



Parks & Places:
Discover Kigali
Discover Bwindi
Discover Gahinga

Special interest:
The Bwindi Gorilla Experience
Observation of the golden monkeys
Habituation of Primates: what does it mean?

BUDGET(**): Hotel Chez Lando &  Travellers Rest Hotel.
MIDRANGE(***): Hotel des Milles Collines & Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge.
HIGH-END(****): Kigali Serena Hotel & Mount Gahinga Lodge.

ROAD MAP (Estimates): 

Kigali – Musanze: 105Kms - 2h30
Musanze – Kisoro border: 00h30

  • Itinerary
    Uganda Gorilla Express through Kigali

    Day 01: Arrival in Kigali
    Day 02: Kigali visit and Transfer to Uganda (Kisoro)
    Day 03: Gorilla Trekking (Bwindi – Nkuringo/Rushaga or Mt Mgahinga NP)
    Day 04: Transfer to Entebbe and depart

  • Day 01
    Arrival in Kigali

    On your arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our our driver-guide who will transfer you to your hotel.

    Dinner & overnight at your accommodation

    Kigali is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It is near the nation's geographic centre in a region of rolling hills, with a series of valleys and ridges joined by steep slopes. It is a very clean and attractive city despite its dark past. A drive through the city is very refreshing and very well-lit at night.

  • Day 02
    Kigali city tour – Transfer to Uganda (Kisoro)

    Your driver-guide will pick you up from your accommodation and together you will go on a city tour. We have often noted that some visitors are intested in visiting the Genocide Memorial centre. Situated on the outskirts of the city, the centre commemorates the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. A visit to the genocide memorial is for most visitors an emotional event.
    You will continue your city tour at a local market or art centre depending on your interest. Thereafter, you will have a hot lunch at a local restaurant and then drive to Uganda via Cyanika border. Enjoy the views as you drive through the hills and valleys. If you would like, you may stop for photos.

    Dinner & overnight at your accommodation

  • Day 03
    Gorilla Trekking (Bwindi – Nkuringo/Rushaga or Mgahinga Gorilla NP)

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters for briefing. A packed lunch and mineral water will be provided. If you have any particular interests during the trekking, speak to your driver/guide who will help arrange this with the park rangers.  After briefing, you will be transferred to your starting point.
    Your trekking today may either be in the Bwindi Impenetrable NP where you trek either Rushaga or Nkuringo or it may be at Mgahinga Gorilla NP where you will trek Nyakagezi.

    We encourage you to hire a porter. Porters are members of the community whose main role during the hike is to help you carry your luggage and assist you during the hike whenever needed. By hiring a porter, you are making a valuable contribution to the community.

    Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 6 hours. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

    Bwindi Impenetrable NP has a unique rich and varied ecosystem and has lowland rainforest and afromontane forest. It's considered as one of the most unique and important forests of Africa. UNESCO declared it as a Natural World Heritage site for Humanity for his many values and because it is vital to the survival of many endangered species. 

    Trekking the gorillas of Mgahinga Gorilla NP will give you a different gorilla experience than in Bwindi. Mount Mgahinga is a volcano and belongs to the Virunga chain of volcanoes.  The gorillas of the Virunga ranges differ when it comes to external characteristics and way of life. The gorillas in the Virunga live at a higher altitude and have longer fur. The shape of the nose and the facial folds are also different. When looking for food, Bwindi gorillas tend to travel longer distances per day.

    Meals & overnight at your accommodation

  • Day 04
    Transfer to Entebbe and depart

    After an early breakfast, your driver/guide will transfer you to the airstrip for your domestic flight to Entebbe. On arrival in Entebbe, you will connect to your departure flight.

    This is the end of what we hope has been an amazing & memorable journey in Rwanda & Uganda! 

    View on the Virunga Volcanoes

Your lifetime experience

This safari idea can be tailor-made to create a unique holiday for you. With our intimate knowledge of both Rwanda and Uganda, we look forward to designing and organizing a personalised and memorable holiday.

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The Tour package includes: Return ticket for domestic flight, Airport transfers, accommodation, all meals, plenty of mineral water, the services of a driver-guide, all park and entry fees, all activities as per programme: Kigali city tour, 1 gorilla trek (Bwindi or Mt Gahinga). 

It Excludes: International airline ticket, beverages, tips, visas and personal expenses. 

What to bring with you? Money for your personal expenses, outfit with adapted colours for wildlife observation, good walking shoes, raingear, a few long-sleeve shirts, slippers, sweater for cool evenings, sun protection: hat, sunglasses, sun cream, video/photo camera, a 200 mm or longer telepholens is very usefull, reserve batteries, films and a torch.

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