Bwindi Gorillas on the Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari - 4 Days

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedThis brief and compact 4 day Rwanda and Uganda gorilla trekking safari is one of the most affordable ways for gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda because you do it in the shortest time possible and hence spend less on accommodation, transportations and other safari expenses. Tracking the gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda will give you more chances to see and photograph the different traits that mountain gorillas have in the parks of Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The parks' vegetation and terrain are quite different as well as the communities surrounding the parks. Visiting the two countries, in this case specifically to track the mountain gorillas is the certainly the best way to spend your holiday in Africa.

You shall also certainly come across many other primates while tracking to the gorillas. Bwindi has 11 other primates species, Volcanoes National Park has 9 other primates species apart from the mountain gorillas.

This is a 4 day safari can start in either Kigali (Rwanda) or Uganda's Entebbe Airport and has 2 gorilla trekking permits permits (for Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi in Uganda) included. Having a chance to see some of the last remaining 1066 mountain gorillas in the world is a wonderful experience.

Program Summary for Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari - 4 Days

  • Day 1: Start the Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari with a meeting of your tour guide in Kigali or at Kigali Airport, transfer to to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. Overnight near the park. Arrival and transfer to Kinigi
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, transfer to Uganda in late afternoon, overnight in Bwindi
  • Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 4: Drive back to Kigali, visit the  Gisozi Genocide Memorial, end of the Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari.

Tour Plan for the 4 Days Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Day 1: Arrival at Rwanda's Kigali Airport and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, the tour guide shall be meeting you to start the 4 days Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari. You will be briefed through the program before setting off to Volcanoes National Park in a private 4x4 safari vehicle. 

If you have more time today, you have the option of doing  community guided walks to explore the amazing traditional cultures of Rwandans in the cultural villages near Volcanoes National Park. You can also arrange with the tour guide to trek in the Musanze Caves, a thrilling and adventurous experience hard to forget. Or you could just simply take a walk to explore the astounding scenic views of the Virunga Mountain ranges all around you. Ranging in altitude from 2,400m to 4,507m the Volcanoes National Park is dominated by the setting of volcanoes after which it is named. Best known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20 years the American primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour.

Our accommodation is ideally positioned for those who want to watch animals in their habitat, specifically the endangered Rwanda mountain gorillas that still roam these areas.

Top Accommodation options in Volcanoes National Park (all on full board basis)

Upper Luxury: Virunga Lodge | Silverback Sabinyo Lodge | Bishop's House Rwanda

Luxury level: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Muhabura Lodge

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, Drive to Uganda's Bwindi 

Today we shall be having our first experience of trekking the gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park.

After your breakfast you will be transferred to the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park for a pre-gorilla trek briefing. The briefing starts at 7:30AM and lots of information about the mountain gorillas and their conservation in general is shared. You will also be given more instructions on how to behave in the presence of the gorillas and other primates in Volcanoes National Park. After the briefing, all visitors are allocated to a group of mountain gorillas they shall be trekking to that day. Each gorilla group can be visited by a maximum of 8 persons per day. The gorilla group you shall be trekking to shall be allocated to you on that day. If you have any special preference, your tour guide can help negotiate with the park officers to get you on that group but there are no guarantees on this.

You then trek in the jungles of Volcanoes National Park in search of a family of the few remaining critically endangered mountain gorillas with inspiring views of the Virunga volcanoes from all directions. Most visitors have about 1-3 hours of trekking before meeting the mountain gorillas but you day could be much shorter or even longer than that. The forest is alive with calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant.

Once you reach the mountain gorillas, you will be allowed 1 hour with them, standing not less than 6 meters away. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.

After your trek, have lunch and depart for Uganda. You will cross the border via Chanika/ Kisoro then  drive straight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to spend the night at some comfortable lodge after the tough day. 

Bwindi Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Upper Luxury:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge | Mt. Gahinga Lodge

Luxury:  Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge

Moderate:  Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget:  Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge 

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You have another opportunity to interface with the giant but very gentle primates, the mountain gorillas in a totally different setting today. You will definitely find trekking the gorillas in Bwindi uniquely from your previous day's experience. The gorillas in Bwindi are not a different type from those in Volcanoes National Park but the nature of the habitat dictates that there are several other different traits you will discover when you trek gorilla from both parks. Your gorilla trekking experience shall therefore be different in several ways from yesterday's one.

Like in Volcanoes National Park, gorilla trekking here also starts with the pre-trek briefing at the park offices from where you will be allocated a gorilla group to trek to. Bwindi has at least 19 habituated mountain gorilla families that tourists trek to on a daily basis. Many tourists find gorilla trekking in Bwindi to be a bit more adventurous than Volcanoes National Park. The trek might often be shorter but the terrain offers a more physically demanding challenge. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family.

For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Bwindi Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Upper Luxury:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge | Mt. Gahinga Lodge

Luxury:  Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge

Moderate:  Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget:  Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge 

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Kigali & Gisozi Genocide Memorial

We shall be ending our Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Trek Safari with a transfer back to Kigali Airport today. It takes about 4 hours to drive from Bwindi to Kigali on a normal day. If you prefer, you can also end the tour at Uganda's Entebbe Airport so that you enjoy more of the country's beautiful countryside, as well as cross the Equator. 

While in Kigali, you have the opportunity to visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum. The memorial is very moving – the tour takes a couple of hours - and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country. It is in memory of the multitudes murdered in Rwanda´s genocide 1994. The Memorial sites and centres are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, both in Rwanda and internationally.

End of the Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari.

2021 Tour Prices for the 4 Days Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari (with 2 gorilla trek permits/ days) 

Solo travelers are welcome, they only pay the cost of 1 person. All the other tour prices are based on 2 or 3 people sharing a room. You can pay the extra single room supplement if you prefer not to share a room.

If you are traveling in March, April, May, October, or November, please mention it to access special season offers. 


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Included in the tour prices for the 4 Days Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

  • Transport to and from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi (Uganda) with a qualified tour guide/driver
  • 2 Gorilla tracking permits (one in Rwanda @ 1500$ and the other in Uganda at $700)
  • Full board accommodation with all meals included
  • Sightseeing as noted in the trip itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Entry fees
  • Ground transportation and support vehicles

Excluded in the prices for the 4 day Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari 

  • Fees for optional activities
  • COVID-19 Test Certificates and/or quarantine expenses
  • Flight tickets and departure taxes
  • Travel documentation (visas) travel and medical insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Tips and gratuities for your guides and accommodation staff
  • Laundry
  • Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle and at meal times with meals
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, postage fees and so on
  • Meals not indicated on your detailed itinerary

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Client Reviews About our Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Packages

  • star rating  Ivan has been consistently helpful & professional following our rescheduled visit to Bwindi due to the C19 pandemic.
    Francis, our local guide, was friendly & punctual.
    Would definitely... read more

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    2nd March 2023

    star rating  A bucket list item that did not disappoint. Seeing gorillas up close was truly memorable especially being no more than 12 feet from a Silverback. Due to my... read more

    avatar thumb 880Wendy
    18th February 2023

    star rating  A long hard trek of 2 hours - steep up and downhill climbs- make sure you take the walking sticks offered, I also hired a local porter ( there are... read more

    avatar thumb JudyOswestryUK
    8th February 2023

    star rating  Had the best time on this trip. Saw all the highlights of Rwanda and even made it to uganda to see the gorillas. Ivan was fantastic in helping answer any... read more

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    2nd February 2023
  • star rating  Just a month before deciding for holidays, we decided to visit Uganda. We have contacted several agencies, GWS replied fastest and were most detailed. We could choose any arrival and... read more

    avatar thumb Todi G
    30th January 2023

    star rating  We enquired about this trip 2 years ago, almost booked it but had to postpone. In November 2022, we were finally in Uganda to make our dream come true! We... read more

    avatar thumb Travelbigoud
    3rd January 2023

    star rating  Amazing 2 day gorilla trek Rwanda tour. From the organisation/communication during booking to the pick up, tour, accommodation - everything was exceptional. Our guide was amazing - attentive and organised.... read more

    avatar thumb catho2017
    9th December 2022

    star rating  Awesome customer service by Ivan in the office and by Francis the guide. I had a last-minute change of plans due to work, and they accommodated by bringing the... read more

    11th November 2022

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