The 5 day Uganda Rwanda combined gorilla safari is a great opportunity to track gorillas twice in Bwindi National Park and Volcanoes National Park respectively. The trip is available for budget, mid-range, and luxury travelers, singles, couples, and groups. We can start and end in Kampala or Kigali, or start in Kampala Uganda and end in Kigali Rwanda. Below is a day by day detailed itinerary;
Day One: Transfer to Bwindi National Park, home of Mountain Gorillas
Breakfast at the hotel in Kampala or Entebbe and hit the road to western Uganda via Masaka road, en-route stopover at the equator for photographs, lunch at Igongo cultural center or Agip motel in Mbarara town. Continue to Bwindi impenetrable forest via amazing stunning banana plantations, Ankole long-horned cattle, and other vegetation with a view of panoramic scenery that beautifies the Kigezi region into the “Switzerland of Africa”. Check-in your lodge for your dinner and overnight; Clouds gorilla lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Gorilla Valley Camp, cuckoo land wilderness camp.
Day Two: Gorilla trekking adventure
Heavy breakfast and after, prepare for a briefing from the park officials. After, enter into the jungle to search the shy mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, when you encounter the great apes, relax and experience them for one hour entitled to spend viewing their lifestyle.
The trek can take half or full days depending on the primates movement in this tropical forest. Carry yourself the hiking shoes, hut, insect repellent, sun-screen, rain gears, gloves, packed lunch, mineral water, snacks, and other requirements that may be needed once in the tropical rain forest. Return to the lodge for lunch and time permitting, we take a community walk or forest walk in Bwindi Forest, dinner, and overnight as on Day 1.
Day Three: Cross to Rwanda – Volcanoes National Park
Breakfast and if you missed a community tour the previous day, we shall visit the local communities around the park- that is to the typical homestead of Bakiga, local breweries, traditional healers. Early lunch and drive to volcanoes national park in Rwanda via Cyanika border, dinner and overnight at Kinigi guest house, Muhabura hotel, Hotel la Palme, Gorilla nest Lodge, Mountain gorilla view lodge, Virunga Lodge or Le Bambou gorilla lodge.
Day Four: Second Gorilla Trek, Volcanoes National Park
Heavy breakfast and after drive to Kinigi park headquarters for a briefing from park officials, after, enter into the jungle in search for the shy mountain gorillas. You are ideally advised to come with requirements like hiking shoes, hut, sunscreen, rain gears, packed lunch and bottled water, insect repellent, standard cameras. When you meet these apes relax and enjoy your one-hour permitted close-up. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight, or if interested, you can take another community walk, or visit Musanze local market.
Day Five: Kigali city tour, departure
Today after breakfast embark on our safari vehicle and transfer to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital for a tour to Gisozi genocide museum, local art and craft shops as well as markets, lunch, and later proceed to Kigali international airport for your scheduled departure flight back home. This marks the end of our 5 days Uganda Rwanda combined gorilla adventure.