The 1 day Uganda Gorilla Tour From Kigali involves tourists exploring the Bwindi Impenetrable or Mgahinga National Park. Unlike other safaris that start from Uganda, this one is exceptional because it begins and ends from Kigali Town in Rwanda. This trip is the most interesting, cost effective and very convenient for tourists within Rwanda but have limited time for a longer trip and are travelling on budget.
This excursion is definitely the ideal replacement for the 1 day Rwanda gorilla trekking tour because you will use less time when you travel from Kigali to the National Park (Bwindi or Mgahinga) but most importantly spend less money on gorilla permits ($600 instead of the $1500 charged for the same activity in Rwanda).
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kigali International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
Booking Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali will save you a lot. If you are visiting Bwindi or any other Southern Uganda destination then booking your safari this way will still help you a lot. Its much easier to transfer from Kigali to Southern Uganda then from Entebbe. Below i list down some of the majoy benefits of starting your gorilla tours from Rwanda.
Save Money: Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali is way much cheaper than starting from Entebbe or Kampala. You can arrive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on the same day just like you can trek gorillas in Bwindi and transfer to Kigali for departure on the same day. If you choose to start from Kampala, you will have to spend money on accommodation for the first and last night of your safari. The Uganda gorilla trek cost is also friendly. Instead of blowing $1500 on Rwandan permits, you will spend $700 on each Ugandan permit.
Short Drive: It is about a four to five hours drive from Kigali in Rwanda to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. If it wasn’t for the fact that Rwanda limits driving speed form 40km to 60 kms, it would have been a three hours drive. The journey is approximately $176.8 kms, almost thrice shorter the distance from Entebbe to Bwindi. Please also note that the border does not close. You can even arrive at 6PM and transfer to Bwindi on the same day.
Because the journey lasts from 3 to 4 hours to travel to the National Park, you will be required to wake up and get prepared to be picked up as early as 3:00am by the driver-guide. You will then be transferred from Kigali City to Kisoro Town via the Cyanika border or to Kabale via the Katuna border. By 7am you will be at the Park Headquarters for the pre-tracking briefing on the gorilla trekking guidelines. Hiking into the jungles in search of the gorilla family you were allocated to starts at 8am. You will trek from half an hour to 6 hours depending on the location of the gorilla family but you are allowed to spend only one hour with these Giant Apes. After one hour of interacting, taking photographs and excitement, you will then ascend to the starting point then transfer to Kigali-to your hotel or for the return flight.
End of the memorable trip