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Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda – Save Time – Money

Posted by on March 6, 2021

Fly into Kigali and go on a Gorilla Trek in Uganda

Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda – save 900 USD on just the Gorilla Permit.

Fly into Rwanda - Trek Gorillas in Uganda

Why Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda? Why should a Traveler that wants to trek Gorillas in Uganda fly to Rwanda

It is the right choice for many Gorilla Trekkers headed for Mgahinga Gorilla Park or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for their encounter with the Gentle Giants of the Forest.

Kigali International Airport in Rwanda is the Gateway to Rwanda but also for Southwestern Uganda, where Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are located. Flying into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda is the best option for many of our clients.

Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda is the option chosen by over 75% of our clients. Why is that? It is the most sensible option to begin or end a Safari in Kigali, Rwanda, saving drive-time and money. 

Fly into Rwanda – Track Gorillas in Uganda is not something you will find on the Ugandan Tourist Board “Visit Uganda” website. Neither will find it in the renowned Bradt Travel Guide for Uganda.

For years we have created “Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda” Value+ and Luxury, private Safaris to the delight of our clients who did not have to endure the long-drive times from Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

The Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda Advantage

  • Reasonable Drive-Times of three-hours from Kigali to Mgahinga Gorilla Park.  Four-hours to the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. 
  • Save a minimum of $500 by not taking a Fly-In Safari from Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
  • Flying into Kigali, Rwanda, and trekking Gorillas in Uganda is a money-saving alternative to Gorilla Fly-In Safaris from Entebbe to Bwindi Forest that saves you over 500 USD.
  • Save on mid-range, luxury, and exclusive lodges in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Relax and Chill-Out on scenic Lake Mutanda or Lake Bunyonyi after the gorilla trek.
  • Uganda is a complete Safari Destination. Here you have more choices than the neighboring gorilla countries. We can arrange safaris that will begin in Kigali, Rwanda, and end in Entebbe, Uganda, where you fly out to your home country. Such safaris range from seven days to fourteen, and you visit the major parks. Most such safaris include Chimpanzee trekking in the best chimpanzee park in East Africa, Kibale Forest.

Flying into Kigali, Rwanda, and flying out of Entebbe, Uganda, after a Safari that combines Gorillas, Wildlife, and Chimpanzees is Logical-saves Drive-Times, makes Financial Sense and gives you a great Safari experience in the Pearl of Africa.  Over 80% of our clients, on five days or more, choose this all-around sensible Option that takes in two countries in the Heart of Africa.

Our Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda Safaris

3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in  Mgahinga Gorilla Park:

You can do this Safari in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, where three of the Virunga Volcanoes are located.  Gorilla Trekking replicates trekking in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda since you are trekking Gorillas on the same Mountains but the other side of them.

The Nyakagezi Gorilla Family usually trek here with at present five Silverbacks, which is a rarity.

In Mgahinga Gorilla Park, you can add on Golden Monkey Trekking. Volcano Climbs to your Safari.  Lodging is at the exclusive, but  Mount Gahinga Lodge just outside of the park.

Drive-Time from Kigali to Mgahinga Gorilla Park is 3 hours plus.

3 Day Midrange Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari – Rushaga Area of Bwindi:

This is the one-of-a-kind Gorilla Activity only available in Uganda. The activity takes place in Rushaga, where you spend 4 hours with a gorilla family along with researchers and trackers.

This is an all-day trek and includes being 4-hours with a gorilla family.  The Habituation Experience has become our most popular activity, even though the permits are $1,500.

You fly into Kigali, cross the border into Uganda on a very scenic drive of 4-hours plus.

Make your Safari plans well advance since there are only four-permits per day.

 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari: 

Join the exclusive Gorilla Habituation Experience Trekker, where you are more than an observer of the Gentle Giants of the Forest but become a participant in the actual Habituation Process. Permits are few, meaning that you have to plan well ahead.

Lodging for this safari is either the exclusive Clouds Mountain Lodge in Nkuringo or the upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge in Rushagafff. A 1,500 Permit in Uganda gets you an all-day-trek, including actually hours with a Gorilla Family.  There are only four permits per day.

The luxury Habituation Safari has become one of our Best Sellers. Some add a night or two in Mgahinga Gorilla Park for Gorilla Trekking in the shadows of the Volcanoes, Golden Monkey Trekking, and the Batwa Trail with the first people of the forest.

Fly into Rwanda and spend 4-hours with a Gorilla Family in Uganda

3-Day Rushaga Area of Bwindi Forest – Gorilla Trekking Safari:

The Rushaga area is the best in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest southern region. The Southern Area of Bwindi has 6 Gorilla Groups that can be visited on a Gorilla Trek.  This translates into 48 permits per day,

The Rushaga Area Gorillas are easily reached from Kigali, Rwanda.  The drive time from Kigali to Rushaga is 4 hours plus, depending on the Border Crossing.

From Entebbe to here, it is a 9-hour drive, making it logical to fly into Kigali and trek Gorillas in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The added plus is that you save 900 USD on Gorilla Permits in Uganda compared to Rwanda.

5-Day Luxury Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari:

This is another one of those out-of-the-ordinary Gorilla Safaris that we offer.  You start in Kigali, where we pick you up and can arrange lodging and a city tour for you, and we drive you to Mgahinga Gorilla Park – that is where the first trek takes place.

The second trek is in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Rushaga or Nkuringo Region of the park. Two high treks in two of Uganda’s Gorilla Parks.

Lodging for this Safaris is the exclusive but upmarket priced Mount Gahinga Lodge.

The choice is yours.  At the end of the 5-day Safari, we take you back to Kigali for your flight out. The two treks can be in two parks, Mgainga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

5-Day Luxury Gorilla – Golden Monkey Trekking, Volcano Climb – Batwa Trail

This 5-day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Safari includes Gorilla Trekking in the Virunga Volcanoes. They are also, Hiking on one of the Trails, Climbing a Volcano, Golden Monkey Trekking, and a cultural Hike with the first people of the Forest, the Batwa People, who will show you their ancient ways of living in the Forest in the Foothills of the Volcanoes.

The Safari starts and ends in Kigali, Rwanda, a mere 3-hour drive in either direction.  It is a scenic 3-hour drive through the Mountains into Uganda that is filled with photo-ops.

Any part of this safari can be changed to your liking, and that includes lodging.  There are limited Gorilla Permits available in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, unlike Bwindi Forest, plan well in advance.

5- Day moderately priced Gorilla Habituation Experience – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari:

This 5-day Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Chimpanzee Trekking in the Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest with wildlife game Drives, Boat Ride on Kazinga Channel, the explosion Crater Drive Staying in moderately priced value-added reasonably priced lodges with bath.

The Safari can start in Kigali and end either end in Kigali or continue for your flight out of Entebbe, Uganda.

This compact, activity-packed 5-day Safari brings Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and wildlife into one Safari.

Chimpanzee Trekking on this Safri is either in the Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest.

5-day Luxury Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari (with a flight between Bwindi and Kibale Forest:

This Safari begins in Kigali- Rwanda – Trek the Mountain Gorillas on a Gorilla Habituation Experience All-day Trek and then fly to Kibale Forest, where you spend all day with a Chimpanzee Group on a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari.

You have the option of flying from Entebbe to Bwindi Forest and on to Kibale Forest after the Gorilla Habituation Experience and then fly back to Uganda.

Due to flight availability, the order above cannot be reversed on this Safari staying in Luxury Lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest.

This Safari is presently only offered by Kabiza Wilderness Safaris.

5-Day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Trekking – Hiking – Climbing Safari:

Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda is about 3 hours drive-time from Kigali. Three of the Virunga Volcanoes are found in this small Park, hiking, climbing, Gorilla – Golden Monkey Trekking, Hiking the Batwa Trail with the first people of the forest.

This park is off the beaten path, and you feel all along trekking, hiking, volcano climbing here in Uganda.

 It is a small park with 3 Volcanoes that belong to the Virunga Volcano Chain that extends into three countries.

On this six-day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Safari – trek the Mountain Gorillas, hike through a Gorge, Climb a Volcano on a day-trip, and spend interactive time with the Batwa Pygmies on the Batwa Trail. All within 3 hours of Kigali Rwanda.

7 Day Twice Gorilla Trekking – Hiking Safari through Bwindi Forest:

This 7-day safari can begin and end in either Entebbe – Uganda, or Kigali – Rwanda.  The Kigali Option cuts the drive-times from Entebbe or Kampala.

The Safari is filled with action – two gorilla treks – one on either end of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Time in the forest with the Batwa People in the Buhoma area of Bwindi Forest.  Hiking through Bwindi Forest with the second gorilla trek the following day.

Hike down to Lake Mutanda and paddle in a dugout canoe across the lake to Kisoro.

This is an off-the-beaten-track Safari since the hike is not taken by many.

7-Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Wildlife Safari:

This Safari begins in Kigali and ends in Entebbe – in between are both the Gorilla and Chimpanzee Wildlife experiences plus incredible scenery.

In 7 days, you are doing two exclusive experiences, 4 hours with the Mountain Gorillas and all-day with a Chimpanzee Group.

There are no long drive times on this safari since we think of your comfort.  The Safari can be a mid-range to upmarket or exclusive lodging safari.

This Safari shows why Uganda is the Pearl of Africa and why Uganda is Africa – concentrated in a small country.

This one of our more popular safaris – plan now…

7-Day-Luxury-Gorilla-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience-Wildlife Safari:

This is another one of our Fly into Rwanda and Trek Primates in Uganda Safaris.  You begin your Safari in Kigali, Rwanda, and fly out of Entebbe, Rwanda.

You will enjoy an all-day Gorilla Habituation Trek for 4 hours with a gorilla family. Regular Gorilla Trekking can be done instead if Habituation Permits are not available.

An All-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience with a Chimpanzee Group plus the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth Park.

This is one of our most Popular Safaris and involves at least three parks, with a fourth one being an option.

8-Day – Gorilla – Lion – Wildlife – Chimpanzee Safari::

On this private luxury safari, you can choose the exclusive Gorilla Habituation Experience – the CHEX-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience that is all-day with a Chimpanzee Saari Lion Tracking Research with the Uganda Carnivore Project.

Activities that you will not find on the average Uganda Safari Itinerary.  – three out o the ordinary activities.

When it comes to the featured activities, there are permit and space restraints, and we suggest that you book six months in advance with us.

We allow you to choose your favorite lodges and advise you on which one might be best suited for you.

This eight-day Safari longest drive time is 5 hours.

10 Day Luxury Primate Habituation Experience Safari from Kigali:

Begin this Primate Habituation Experience in Kigali, Rwanda, and end it in Entebbe, Uganda.  In between, you are for 4 hours with the Golden Monkeys of  Mgahinga Gorilla Park, 4 hours with a Gorilla Family in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and all-day with a  group of Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest.

Add on top of that the Tree-Climbing Lions of Ishasha,  the Lions Tracking Research, Wildlife Game Drives, a Kazinga Channel Boat Safari, plus the Explosion Crater Drive in Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Safari also includes a visit to Bigodi Wetlands Jungle Swamp near Kibale Forest.

This is one of our more time with the Primates Safaris

10-Day  Moderately Priced Primates Plus Wildlife including Murchison Falls National Park:

This moderately priced 10-day Safari begins in Kigali – Rwanda, and ends in Entebbe, Uganda.  This is a Primate Plus Big-5 Safari that gives you the best, including a Boat Safari on the river Nile in Murchison Falls.

The Safari brings together Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees,  other primates, Tree Climbing Lions, Reptiles such as Crocodiles vast number of hippos, and tracking Rhinos on Foot.

The safari incorporates quality mid-range priced lodges throughout Safari.  Incoming hotels and hotels at departure can be added.

The Safari is adjustable to your liking, and we would love to customize just the way you want.  Let us know what you like to be adjusted.  You can either do regular treks or the extended habituation Experience.

Bottom Line about Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda: 

You “save money” tracking Gorillas in Uganda. Gorilla Permits are $600. They will increase to $700 on July 1, 2020. Two people Trekking Gorillas in Uganda usually save $2,000 on permits and lodging by Trekking in Uganda. Much more if they are staying at a luxury Lodge.

Flying into Rwanda means shorter drive-times to either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

Uganda has more Gorillas, more Habituated Gorilla Families for trekking. That means more permits are available in Uganda and the reason that Uganda is the Premier Mountain Gorilla Destination in Africa.

All this without sacrificing the quality of the Gorilla Encounter Experience. Though you may read Anecdotal Diatribe about Rwanda Gorilla Trekking being better, that is pure bunk.


Rwanda Visa:  Visas on arrival are available to all visitors.

East African Visa:  You can buy this online with the first East African you will be visiting, Kenya, Rwanda, or Uganda. In Rwanda, ask for it upon arrival.

Uganda Visa:   On Arrival is the easiest way

Yellow Fever Certificate:  This is required – vaccination is good for life. No Yellow Fever is present in Uganda or Rwanda.

If you are interested – contact us  – Fly into Kigali – Rwanda, and Trek Gorillas in Uganda – Let us know.



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