Safari vacation and travel services is your pioneer safari operator specializing in east African safaris in Uganda for primate and Wildlife safaris, Kenya for spectacular big 5 safari holidays, Tanzania for wildebeest migration safari, Rwanda for gorilla and historical adventures, and DR Congo for lowland gorillas and hiking the active Nyiragongo volcanoes
Many travelers may wonder why they must travel to Rwanda in order to trek gorillas in Uganda, but the key reason is the location of southwestern Uganda closer to the Rwandan capital Kigali compared to Kampala in Uganda.
The second reason is the difference in prices of gorilla permits, Uganda gorilla permits are currently sold at 700$ while Rwanda gorilla permits are sold at 1500$ making it a bit cheaper in Uganda than in Rwanda.
Uganda has 5 areas where you can trek mountain gorillas but depending on the drive time and availability of gorilla permits other areas may be more favorable than others below are your choices for where to trek Uganda gorillas from Kigali.
Mgahinga gorilla national park
Mgahinga gorilla national park borders Rwanda’s volcanoes national park and the drive from Kigali to Mgahinga can take 5 hours including the border crossing at Cyanika border.
Mgahinga currently has one gorilla family which comprises 9 gorillas including 4 massive silverbacks and there are budget accommodation options in the nearby Kisoro town.
Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park
Rushaga is the lower southern part of Bwindi and it has the largest number of gorilla families in the whole of Bwindi and it can be accessible in 4-5 hours from Kigali via Katuna border and there is budget accommodation available.
Ruhija gorilla sector of Bwindi
Ruhija is close to Lake Bunyonyi which is the deepest volcanic lake in Uganda and it’s one of the best places to enjoy a boat cruise on the MV Bunyonyi and this can be booked through our office in Kabale.
Upon arrival in Kigali, you will be received by our guide and transfer to the hotel overnight.
After morning breakfast you will head out to explore Kigali city and later drive to Uganda where you will spend a night near the Bwindi forest as you get ready for your gorilla trekking safari.
This is one of the best days you have been dreaming about and here it comes, after morning breakfast our guide will transfer you to the park headquarters where you will receive a briefing from the park rangers before embarking on a journey of a lifetime, the gorilla trekking usually takes from 2 hours to 8 hours upon return you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for leisure.
After lazily breakfast you will head out for a boat cruise on MV Bunyonyi after return to lodge for lunch and after lunch transfer to Kigali for your outbound flight.
For more inquiries contact our safari experts today to tailor your safari to see the gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda with the best safari prices you will ever find.