Four Day Gorillas and Culture Safari from Kigali
For those wishing to take advantage of Uganda's more affordable gorilla trekking permits while still flying in and out of Kigali, this three day itinerary is the perfect fit.
This four day itinerary takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southern Uganda for gorilla trekking, as well as visits to a local community and to the beautiful town of Musanze.
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- DAY 1 - KIGALI - BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 2 - BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 3 - BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK - MUSANZE - KIGALI
- DAY 4 - KIGALI
DAY 1 - KIGALI - BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Upon arrival in Kigali, you'll be met by your Shadows of Africa driver and begin the six hour drive north to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southern Uganda.
Don't let the length of the drive put you off: this is one of the most spectacular drives you'll ever undertake.
Your drive will take you through quiet mountain valleys and quaint terraced farms, along the shores of glistening lakes, and deep into the steaming jungles of southern Uganda.
Crossing the border at Katuna, you'll then overnight close to the park.
DAY 2 - BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you'll proceed directly to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park's headquarters to meet your guides. After completing the briefing, you'll embark on the once in a lifetime experience of tracking the enigmatic mountain gorillas.
There is no guarantee how long or difficult your tracking experience will be as it depends on where the family of gorillas is and on weather conditions, It can take anywhere from two up to six hours of trekking through the mountain forest at relatively high altitudes. Fitness is definitely recommended for those wishing to undertake the excursion.
One of the most memorable experiences you're likely to ever have, you'll be allowed an hour of close contact with the gorillas once you've found them. You'll be privileged enough to come within mere metres of a family of these rare and beautiful animals, observing their family dynamics and getting to learn a bit about each gorilla's distinct personality in serene silence.
After your hike is complete, you'll have lunch at your lodge before heading out to visit a local community to learn more about Ugandan culture.
DAY 3 - BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK - MUSANZE - KIGALI
You'll set off after breakfast for the drive south into Rwanda, where you'll stop in the town of Musanze for a hot lunch.
Musanze is Rwanda's second largest city and the gateway to Volcanoes National Park, and is a gorgeous stop on your drive back to Kigali.
You'll arrive in the Rwandan capital in time for dinner.