5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali Rwanda (Bwindi & Queen): This 5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali is one of the best combined wildlife safari with Gorilla safari that takes you to 2 beautiful national parks in Uganda including Bwindi Impenetrable national park as well as Queen Elizabeth national park. Ever thought of spending more than one hour with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitats in Bwindi impenetrable national park and then spend time with the rare tree-climbing lions in the wilderness of Queen Elizabeth national park, look no further than grabbing this adventurous 5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali that will take you on unforgettable trip to explore two most visited national parks in Uganda the pearl of Africa. This safari includes 5 days and 4 nights starting from Kigali the capital city of Rwanda and ending in Kampala the capital city of Uganda. This therefore, give you an opportunity to explore 2 cities in East Africa that is Kigali and Kampala. This 5 days Uganda wildlife & gorilla trekking safari from Kigali is enjoyed by tourists who wish to land into Kigali Rwanda and then cross over into Uganda for gorilla trekking and wildlife safari then proceed to depart through Entebbe international airport in Uganda. This safari has lots of advantages including exploring 2 countries of Uganda and Rwanda, reducing travel distance from Kampala to Bwindi which is almost a full day drive to Bwindi yet from Kigali it takes about 4-5 hours’ drive to get to Bwindi which is less tiresome and finally travelers get to trek cheap gorillas in Uganda as compared to those in Rwanda. However, it is as well possible to start this safari from Kampala Uganda and depart through Kigali Rwanda. Let’s know how best you will to have it and the itinerary will be adjusted and tailored to suit your dream safari.
Highlights of 5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali Rwanda
- Day 1: Transfer from Kigali Rwanda to Bwindi impenetrable national park
- Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park
- Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park – Ishasha Sector
- Day 4: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park
- Day 5: Drive to Kampala
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali Rwanda to Bwindi impenetrable national park
Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable national park: Be ready to be picked up from your hotel in Kigali or direct from Kigali international airport early in the morning on day 1 of 5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali (Bwindi & Queen) and set off on a Kigali city tour exploring the best of attractions in Kigali including the Kimironko market, Genocide Memorial sites, Craft shops and many more. After this, enjoy your lunch and head to Bwindi impenetrable national park situated in far south western part of Uganda the pearl of Africa where you are expected to arrive late in the evening, connect to your lodge for check in, dinner and night sleep at Buhoma community Rest camp (Budget)/ Buhoma Haven Lodge (Midrange) and Buhoma lodge (Luxury) or any other equivalent accommodations.
Meal plan: Lunch and dinner
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Uganda gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park: After enjoying your early breakfast on day 2 of 5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali Rwanda, you are expected to meet with your safari driver (remember to pack enough drinking water, snacks and wear the best attire for the trek), your driver will then take you the park headquarters for a briefing about gorilla trekking, the don’ts and dos during the trek and many more. After briefing, you will be divided into different groups depending on the available gorilla families and then set off amidst armed rangers and local guides to search for these gorillas in the forest.
Gorilla trekking is always considered a full day adventure since no one is aware of how long the entire trek lasts since it always depends on the movement of these gorillas in the forest. So be ready to endure the hikes up and down following the mountain gorillas as they roam the forest. The entire trekking time as mentioned earlier depends on the movement of Gorillas, the speed of the trekkers in favor of the slowest person in the group and well as the nature of terrains. Bwindi National Park has a lot of other attractions that you will likely see while on your trek including other primates, some mammals, birds, butterflies and many more.
Once you find the gorilla family, the maximum time allowed will be one hour for you to interact with Gorillas, take photos and record some videos and many more then later on exit the forest to the offices to obtain your Gorilla trekking certificate before returning to your lodge.
Later in the evening, you may enjoy a batwa experience where the local Batwa pygmies entertain you will fascinating music, dance and drama to make your evening more rewarding after an encounter with the gorillas. Dinner and overnight will be as above.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park – Ishasha Sector
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park: On the 3rd day of 5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali, you will check out of your lodge in Bwindi and embark on the journey heading to Queen Elizabeth national park a home to the tree Climbing lions and the Kazinga channel. You will be able to enjoy an enroute lunch and have an evening game drive in the Ishasha sector where you will be delighted to have a glance at the tree climbing lions and other animals with in the Ishasha sector. You will then head to your lodge, check in, have a relaxed dinner and overnight rest in your reserved lodge.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Day 4: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park
Morning game drive: Enjoy your breakfast in time early in morning on day 4 of 5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali then meet your driver to head out for an early morning game drive in the kasenyi plains of Queen Elizabeth national park which is the best sector for game drives in Queen. Being an early game drive, be sure to spot out the nocturnal mammals and hunters which are always active in the night, then proceed to encounter with the grazing mammals and many other wildlife that thrill in Queen Elizabeth national park. Amongst the wildlife seen on a game drive include; Hippos, elephants, zebras, lions, buffaloes, Uganda kob and many more.
Afternoon boat cruise: After enjoying your game drive, return to the lodge for lunch and embark on a breathtaking afternoon boat cruise along the kazinga channel. Keep in mind that kazinga channel if famously known for harboring the largest population of Hippos thus while on the boat cruise, you will be in position to watch as many hippos as possible. Look out for other wildlife that flock the shores of kazinga channel to quench their thirst during the hot afternoons. After the boat cruise, you will return to your lodge for dinner and have an overnight sleep as above.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner
Day 5: Drive to Kampala for departures
Drive back to Kampala: This is the last day of your 5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali, Therefore, depending on your departure time, you will wake up for breakfast then check out and start the journey from Queen Elizabeth national park to Kampala. While in Mbarara city, you will enjoy an enroute lunchbreak at Igongo cultural hotel or any other hotel of your choice than proceed you journey. Have a stopover at the equator because you really need to take those photographs standing at the equator line and finally your safari will end in Kampala where you will arrive late in the evening for a flight or overnight depending on your plan.
Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch
END OF 5 DAYS UGANDA WILDLIFE & GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI FROM KIGALI
Inclusive in 5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali
- Airport transfers (Pick up and drop off)
- A 4×4 safari vehicle for all ground transportation
- Uganda Gorilla trekking permit
- All park entrance fees
- An English speaking safari driver/ guide
- All accommodations and meals as per itinerary
- Enough bottled water for drinking
- All mentioned activities as per itinerary (Gorilla trekking, game drive, Boat cruise)
- Ranger fees
- Domestic flights if any (upon request)
Exclusives in 5 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali
- International travel visa and air ticket
- Porter hire fees
- Life insurance while on safari
- Tips and gratuity
- Laundry fees
- Additional accommodation
- Optional activities
- All other expenses of personal nature like Cigarettes, alcohol, juices, emails, airtime etc.