3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Southern Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Posted by on May 10, 2019

3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rushaga or Nkuringo

From Kigali – 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Tracking Safari in South-Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

 A 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda is not only that treasured hour with a Mountain Gorilla Family but Luxury in the Wild at a fraction of the Price that you would pay for the same experience in Rwanda without Compromise. 

This 3-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari begins and ends in Kigali Rwanda from where the southern Area of Bwindi Forest is only a 4-hour drive instead of the 9-10 Hour Drive from Entebbe Airport in Uganda.

Kigali International is the other airport that serves southwest Uganda, the port of entry into Uganda that saves both time and money.  A luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda is at least 1,000 USD less in Uganda than in Rwanda, when one adds lodging cost in Uganda that is considerably lower than in Rwanda you’ve got a sizeable Savings.

Flying into Rwanda and Trekking Gorillas in nearby Uganda is the most logical, money and time-saving choice for those wanting a Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari.

The Lodging Choices for this Safari are Exclusive or Luxury Lodges – Clouds Mountain  Lodge or the upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge.  

Your 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking with 600 USD Permits in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Optional Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park
  • Choice of Upmarket or Luxury Lodging for two nights
  • Save 900 USD on Gorilla Permits over Rwanda’s 1,500 USD Permits
  • 4×4 Toyota Land-Cruiser with Luxury Safari Experienced Driver
  • Porter and Walking Sticks for your Gorilla Trek plus Bottled Water included
  • Optional Batwa Cultural Encounter in Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park

There are options that you can add such as an extra day of Gorilla Trekking, the Gorilla Habituation Experience, a time of relaxing along Lake Mutanda or Bunyonyi.

Your 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda in Detail:

 Day 1 – The Journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Your 3-Day Exclusive Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda begins as your seasoned Tour Guide meets you at Kigali Airport or the Hotel at 6:30 am where we have booked you for the night before the Safari Starting Date.

You will need an East African Visa that is obtainable from the first East African Country that you Visit (Kenya-Rwanda – Uganda are participants in the East African Visa Program). Upon Landing in Kigali, ask for it at the Immigration Counter  You will need a Yellow Fever Certificate, though most often you are not asked for it.  Change your watches to one hour back since Uganda is on East African Time and Rwanda is on Central African Time.

We check you into the Lodge of your Choice either the exclusive Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or the Upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge in Rushaga.

Lunch at your Lodge

Afternoon Options:

Gorilla Trekkers fall into two different categories. There are those that want one activity after another and we can do that for you.  You can go on a  guided Cultural Village Walk, hike or bird watching. Others want to relax and chill out with


Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – Exclusive or Gorilla Safari Lodge – Upmarket

 Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – Nkuringo-Exclusive Lodge:

This exclusive Luxury Lodge overlooks Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga Volcanoes in the distance.  It ranks as one of the Best Lodges in Uganda and the southern area of Bwindi Forest.  From here it is a short distance to Gorilla Trekking in the Nkuringo Area or a 45-minute drive to the Rushaga area Trailhead.

The lodge exudes class throughout including in your private River Stone Cottage. 24/7 Butler and Maid Service are available to you.  The views from your bedroom balcony are uplifting, and the patio is the perfect setting or the early morning Ugandan Arabica Coffee grown in some of the nearby fields.

Authentic African Art is found throughout the lodge including in your cottage, and the Meals are delightful.  Many of our Clients have loved their stay at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.

 Gorilla Safari Lodge – Rushaga Area-Upmarket Luxury:

This upmarket lodge near the trailhead for your Gorilla Trek.  If you choose the Gorilla Habituation Experience which means 4-hours with a Gorilla Family, the distance is a bit longer.

Gorilla Safari Lodge has great Cottages including one Family Cottage which is also suitable for a group of 4 such as Friends.

The De-Luxe cottages have a fireplace which in this colder region of what is referred to in Uganda as the Gorilla Highlands the temperature at night drops to 10 Degrees Celsius or 50 Degrees Fahrenheit. Hot water bottles are supplied at bedtime to keep you warm as you go to sleep.

The lodge serves quality food which is a fusion of Western – Asian and African Dishes.  The experienced staff here has your comfort in their mind, and they are a service orientated lodge.

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 Day 2- Gorilla Trekking

An early Breakfast – the right equipment and clothing for your Trek. Further Trekking Information that will make this day a Success is found here.  We suggest a day pack, packed lunch from the lodge, two liters of water, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat, boots, thick socks, and tough gardening gloves.  All this is not for a fashion statement but your protection against nettles, thorns, brush,

After the orientation, pick a porter and a walking Stick – the best investment you can make on this day, and off you go on your Safe and Secure Gorilla Trek with Rangers and security escort to visit the Gorilla Family that you have been assigned.  This is a 4 to 5-hour trek for most, a one-of-a-kind experience.

After the Gorilla Trek, most want to relax and think or talk over with others their trekking experience and meeting with the Mountain Gorillas.

Option in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:  Instead of the Normal Gorilla Trek where 8 participants are in The Group – Consider the exclusive All-Day Gorilla Trek where you are for four hours with the gentle giants of the Forest on a Gorilla Habituation Experience.

The Permit cost for the Gorilla Habituation is 1,500 USD – only 4 permits are available for one group, making this a very exclusive option.

Suggestion:  Be sure to pack a sweater; the temperature here at night is 10-degree Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  Fireplaces are in your rooms at Clouds Mountain Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, and Mount Gahinga Lodge.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – Exclusive or Gorilla Safari Lodge – Upmarket

 Day 3 – Optional Golden Monkey Trekking – Return to Kigali

Breakfast and you are off for your 2nd exciting adventure – Golden Monkey Trekking in the Bamboo Forests of the Volcanoes.  There you usually encounter a large number of Golden Monkeys that are flitting about you, over you and near you.  The Golden Monkeys are an endangered species only found in the Virunga Massif with Uganda having the most of them.

This activity can be done if you are staying in the Bwindi Forest area, but it calls for an early breakfast and 1 1/2 hour drive to the Mgahinga Gorilla Park headquarters.

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is the only park in Uganda where you can trek them.

This is a 3 to 4-hour activity, and afterward, it is lunchtime at your lodge, and then we continue the journey back to Kigali for your flight out. The cost is 90 USD extra cost person. Luncheon Arrangements will also have to be made.

This activity can be changed to fit your flight out. A Rwanda city tour can be added if time permits.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast

 What Activities can I add to Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?

The possibilities of adding on to your Gorilla Habituation Experience are endless and depend on the number of days, activities and budget.

We can, with your input create what is just right for you. There are many more things to do in  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you can visit Mgahinga Gorilla Park for Volcano Climbing, Golden Monkey Habituation or trekking, Lake Mutanda, Lake BunyonyiQueen Elizabeth Park with its wildlife, Kibale Forest – the best place in East Africa for Chimpanzees, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and of course there are many other things to explore in Rwanda and Uganda.

Make your Safari complete and add some activities from one day or more before flying out to your next Destination or your home Country.

Some want to Relax and Chill Out after a day in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This can easily be added along Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda in Uganda or Lake Kivu in Rwanda.

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