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3-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rushaga-Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Posted by on November 25, 2019

Fly in and out Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda and Save

Moderately Priced 3-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rushaga-Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with easy access to Kigali

Gorilla Trekking SafariThis is a Mid-Range Value-Priced 3-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in the Southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. You fly into Rwanda and Trek Gorillas in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

In 2019 CNN Travel picked Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as the Most Beautiful Place in the World and named it as one of the Best Hiking Trails in the World.

There are 10 Habituated Gorilla Groups in the Rushaga area and three in the nearby Nkuringo Area of this area of the Park that is only a 4 hour plus drive from Kigali, depending on the border crossing.

You save 7 hours of drive time by flying in and out of Kigali for this Safari, and there is the added plus of saving 900 USD on each gorilla permit when compared to Rwanda’s $1,500 Permit Price [ 

More Gorilla Trekkers are choosing the Fly into Kigali and trekking in Uganda option, and Rushaga is the closest Gorilla Trekking Location to Rwanda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Highlights of your Private Value+ Midrange 3-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Gorilla Permits are included – we take the hassle out of getting Gorilla Permits
  • Optional – Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park +$90 per person
  • Stay at Quality, Mid-Range Lake Mulehe Lodge – view of the Virunga Volcanoes 
  • Full-Board Lodging is included in this Safari
  • Optional Birding,Biking, Canoe Boat Rides on Lake Mulehe before or after Gorilla Trekking
  • Convenient Scenic 4-Hour Drive from and to Kigali, Rwanda
  • Toyota Super Custom Safari Van
  • Experienced Driver Guide

Your Value+ Priced 3-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Detail

Arrival Day in Kigali Rwanda for your Private 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari: Many flights from Europe arrive during the evening others at night at Kigali International Airport, the Gateway not only to Rwanda – but to Southwest Uganda. We will pick you up at the airport and take you to the Value Plus Moderately price Heaven Boutique Hotel in a residential setting with a lovely garden and small, swimming pool, their excellent restaurant serves

Day 1 – Drive to Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda:

Your 3 Day Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari begins as we leave your hotel in Kigali at 6:30 am or the Kigali Airport for your moderately priced Safari. The drive time to Rushaga is about 4 hours plus depending on Border Crossing – Visa for Uganda is 50 USD. You can also get an East African Visa from Rwanda’s Ministry of Migration or on arrival, request the East African Visa.

Usually, the border crossing is about 30 to 45 minutes, and you are in Uganda heading for the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The Route you are on from Kigali to Bwindi is one of the most scenic drives in East Africa.

We arrive in Rushaga, the Southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and check into Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge located on the lake.

Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (formerly Bwindi Jungle Lode)is an excellent lodge with splendid views of the Virunga Volcanoes located on scenic Lake Mulehe. The food is one of the European-Ugandan Fusion, the service is excellent, and the stone cottages are perfect for your stay while doing Gorilla Trekking or the Gorilla Habituation Experience in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

You stay in a welcoming Cottage, and there is a great beach, you can paddle on the Lake in a dugout canoe, visit a nearby village, birding, nature walks and more. The menu is one of Afro-Italian Fusion, and your palate will be pleasantly surprised

This lodge gives you Value for your Dollar. Value in terms of its setting, on the Lake, quality of rooms, and service. We have used the Lodge for our Clients and have had no complaints during that time.

Afternoon Optional Activities at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge:

There two kinds of Gorilla Trekkers on Safari. One likes to settle in at the lodge, read one of our Gorilla Safari Books while resting in a hammock along Lake Mulehe while others want one activity after another and not missing. The good news is that we can fulfill either request from you,

The activities below can be chosen at Bwindi Jungle Lodge and paid for to the Lodge

  • Dugout Canoe on Lake Mulehe
  • Village Visit by Canoe and on Foot
  • Biking around Lake Mulehe
  • Birding on Lake Mulehe


Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge

Day 2 – Gorilla Trekking – Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Early Breakfast and take your packed lunch from the lodge. For Gorilla Trekking Gear.  Having the right gear and wearing the right clothes and boots make a difference in the quality of a Trek that you will have.

It begins with a daypack, 2 liters of water that we supply. For protection, it is long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt.  Sturdy gardening gloves for protection and pulling yourself up on branches. Waterproof boots, hat, rain jacket, use a walking stick, and the services of a porter at a small cost. 

Allow our Driver-Guide to negotiate the price and arrange the porter for you.

The Gorilla Trekking Orientation:

Here you receive instruction about the Gorilla Trek. You are assigned your Gorilla Family based on your input. Your age, level of fitness are also taken into account.

Most often you track the Gorilla Groups that you like, and we will help you in that with the Park Staff. Trekking times vary between three and six hours depending on the gorilla group you will be trekking on your day.

If you have physical limitations, you can still do still visit a gorilla family. Let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.

A Gorilla Trek is unpredictable. It is not a staged event on an itinerary. We set up the encounter. The rangers take you to the spot where the Gorilla Family is.  The actual meeting with the Gorilla Family is up to the Gorillas. 99% plus of the time it is beyond your wildest dreams.

Sightings are 99%+ sure. It is very rare that someone misses seeing the gorilla group that they were assigned.

At the end of the trek, you return to the trailhead where you are met by your driver-guide and returned to the lodge.

We take you back to the lodge after your trek.

Know Before you Go -Gorilla Trekking Information – Tips – Advice

Optional Activities during the Afternoon: Birding, Canoe Rides, Village Walk can be taken at Bwindi Jungle Lodge along Lake Mulehe

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Lake Mulehe Lodge

Day 3- Return to Kigali:

Breakfast and we return to Kigali

Optional Golden Monkey Trekking  – $90 per person: Before crossing the border into Rwanda, we stop at Mgahinga Gorilla Park to trek the Golden Monkeys found here. There are over 3000 Golden Monkeys on the Ugandan side of the Virunga Volcanoes. This morning you will trek them in the Bamboo Forests on the bottom of the Volcanoes in the Park.

You will encounter a habituated group of about 100 monkeys that will make the forest come alive with activity as they flit all around you, over you, near you, ever active. You have to be quick with picture taking on this morning, and it is best to take many photos and keep the best.

This is a 3 hour Trek, and afterward, we cross the border into Rwanda and head for Kigali.

We will drop off at the airport 3-hours before your flight and the end of your moderately priced 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari. Rwanda is on Central African Time, and we gain one hour when we cross from Uganda into Rwanda.

Gorilla Trekking Add-Ons:

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Things Required for this Safari:

East African Visa  – Yellow Fever Certificate


Is this 3-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari right for me?

The Pros:

  • You have a 99%+ chance of seeing the Gorillas
  • 1-hour with a Gorilla Family
  • You are staying at a quality, better midrange Lodge with all the Comforts
  • Best Price for a midrange Gorilla Trekking Safari from Kigali
  • This is a private Safari-no other people in your vehicle but your driver.

The Cons:

  • 4-Hour Drive Time from Kigali
  • Having to obtain East African Visa

The Choice is yours to make. We will assist you with alternatives or variations to this Safari.

Safari includes – All permits, lodging, bottled water in the vehicle. It does not include sodas or alcohol at lodges, tips.

If you are interested in this moderately priced 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari – please contact us.

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