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

Posted by on July 7, 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 Wild Luxury at a fraction of the Price that you would pay in neighboring Rwanda. 

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 Airport 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 per person in Uganda than it costs in Rwanda when you include the cost for lodging.

Flying into Rwanda and Trekking Gorillas in nearby Uganda makes sense, and it is the practical choice for most.

The Lodging Choices for this Gorilla Safari is the exclusive  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Nkuringo or the upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge in Rushaga.


Your 3-Day Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safari Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking with 600 USD Permits in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest- declared by CNN Travel the“Worlds Most Beautiful Place.”
  • 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 arrival 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.

Afternoon Options:

Gorilla Trekkers fall into two different categories. Some 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:

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 more comfortable is found here.

Gorilla Wear:  We suggest a day pack, packed lunch from the lodge, two liters of water, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat, boots, thick socks, and sturdy gardening gloves.  All this is not to make a fashion statement but for your protection against nettles, thorns, brush.

Tuck your trousers into the socks for extra protection against fire ants and exposed skin from touching nettles that abound here.

We supply you with bottled water, a walking stick, and a porter. One porter is needed for two people.  The porter is an added plus since they assist you on the at times challenging trek.

The Gorilla Family that you will trek today is determined at the orientation with your input.  Your level of fitness and age are things that are part of the Gorilla Family determination equation.

The location of the gorilla family determines the length and difficulty of the trek on the day that you are trekking. Pre-Trackers are out at the crack of dawn location the different groups and calling in the GPS locations of the various groups.  The length of the trek is generally between three and five hours. At times a trek may be longer than that.

There are up to eight trekkers in your group. Add to that the rangers and porters.  Private treks can be done for a total of $4,800 for the trek. There would not surprise other trekkers besides you, the Rangers and Porters. You are with a Gorilla Family for one hour. Some rules and guidelines govern the trek. It is good to know the rules ahead of time.  The main one is that you have no cold or flu, intestinal disorder, or other infectious illness on the day of your trek.

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 four 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


 Day 3 – Optional Golden Monkey Trekking – Return to Kigali

Optional Golden Monkey Trekking – $90 per person. Breakfast and you are off for your 2nd exciting adventure – Golden Monkey Trekking in the Bamboo Forest 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 that are 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.

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


Add a Day to Relax and Chill Out on Scenic Lake Mutanda

In 2019 the scenery of Mgahinga Gorilla Park’s Volcanoes as seen from Lake Mutanda became the “Third in the World Must Photograph Locations.”  Many of our Clients spend a day or two at the Chameleon Hill Lodge.  This is Africa’s funkiest Lodge with its bright colors and Fairy Tale Castle Theme.

Chameleon Hill Lodge is an upmarket Lodge with one of the best views anywhere. It is the perfect way to end your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda. The lodge is close to the border and just 2 1/2 hours from Kigali, Rwanda.

Lake Mutanda is a pristine Lake with emerald Isles framed by the brooding Volcanoes. One of our clients exclaimed that it was the most beautiful lake he had ever seen.

You can enjoy a Sundowner Boat ride here having Uganda’s drink of Choice, Uganda Waragi with a Krest Bitter Lemon Soda. You can try your hand paddling a dugout canoe.  Birding Walk, island discovery boat rides can be done here among other things such as village walk and nature trails along Lake Mutanda.


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