4 Day -Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

Posted by on December 18, 2018

Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari in 4 Days – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

2 Gorilla Treks on this 4 Day Moderately Priced Twice Gorilla Tracking Safari – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda


This is a moderately priced four-day Twice Gorilla Tracking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda -Trekking two  gorilla groups – or the same group twice. 

You can make this a 5-day Gorilla Trekking Safari with an added hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and trekking Gorillas in both the Buhoma and Rushaga area of the park. 

The hike through the forest is between – 7 hours long, depending on which trail that you choose to take.

The permit cost for twice Gorilla trekking is $1,200 which is $300 less than one permit in Rwanda whre a permit costs you$1,500.

Twice Gorilla Trekking has become more popular over the years, quite a few of our clients choose this option, som even add a day and hike through the forest trek the Gentle Giants of the Forest in both the southern area and northern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The best area in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for twice Gorilla Trekking has become the Southern area ,  The reason is simple – The southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has the most habituated Gorilla Families. 

Getting here has been made easier:  Fly into Kigali Rwanda and it is a mere 4-hour drive time to Rushaga area of Bwindi Forest in the southern area of the park. Many of our Gorilla Tracking  Clients opt for the Gorilla Habituation Experience.  


 Day -1 -Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest -Rushaga Area:

Twice Gorilla Trekking Safari Begins – here is what you need:  East African Tourist Visa is best, Yellow Fever Certificate for Entrance into Uganda, no Yellow Fever is present in either Rwanda or Uganda.

Depart from Kigali Airport (early morning arrival) or from your Hotel in Kigali at 6:30 and the 4-hour Scenic Drive to Rushaga in the South end of Bwindi Forest. This will be one of the most scenic drives you have ever taken through the Gorilla Highlands of Rwanda and Uganda to Bwindi Jungle Lodge along Lake Mulehe where unlike at other mid-range lodges there are many activities that you can participate in which are offered by the lodge at a nominal price.

After Lunch you can either relax on the verandah of your cottage with a Book from our Gorilla Reads suggested List.  Take a boat ride, dugout canoe ride on Lake Mulehe, a biking excursion, birding, a village visit.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

Lodge: Bwindi Jungle Lodge


 Bwindi Jungle Lodge

This is a great newer lodge combining a base for Gorilla Trekking in the Rushaga Area with the added plus of being along Lake Mulehe with the Virunga Volcanoes providing a beautiful backdrop.

Private, en-suite cottages, consistent customer service, meals prepared with an Italian touch.

Nearby Hiking Trails, Village Visit, Canoe Boat ride on the lake, it does not get any better.

We use Bwindi jungle Lodge because we do not receive complaints from clients.  The view is great, the lake is comforting, the cottages are clean and comfortable and the meals are tasty and all throughout there is good service given to guests.  There is also road accessibility to Rwanda which is excellent the Bwindi Jungle Lodge location


Day -2 – 1st Gorilla Trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

It means an early breakfast and be at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Headquarters – Rushaga for the Mountain Gorilla Tracking (Trekking) orientation and meeting with guides and separation into groups depending on which group you will be tracking.

 Things needed for Gorilla Trek Light hiking boots, light rain jacket, day pack, 2 liters of water, some like to have sturdy gardening gloves made of cotton to pull themselves up on vines and branches, long-trousers such as jeans, long-sleeved shirt to protect skin from getting scratched, hat – wide brimmed is best, sunglasses, insect repellent mostly against flies.

You can hire a porter to carry your things and thereby support a family, you can also buy a walking stick. The cost is $20 and one porter will work for two people.

Then it is off to your own Gorillas in the Mist experience. Hiking through this mysterious and magnificent forest where there is much else to see on your way to your Mountain Gorilla Group.  The flora and fauna, other primates, mammals, birds, butterflies will be most beautiful and only enhance this very special day.

The tracking (trekking) can involve some rigorous climbing and hiking but then you are face to face with these powerful yet gentle Mountain Gorillas, observing them just a few meters from you watching the group, mothers with a baby, the gorillas doing their daily routine and you are there. (There are easy treks for some gorilla families)

Afterward, it is a return to the park headquarters depending on time and your energy level you can take a dugout excursion on Lake Mulehe before dinner.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodge: Bwindi Jungle Lodge


Day Three – Gorilla Trek #2 in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Breakfast and we are off for our second Gorilla Trek with a different gorilla family group.  There are ten gorilla groups in the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  Gorilla Groups are assigned on the day of your trek.  Permit are bought for you by us according to region.

Even if you were tracking the same group as the day before it would be a different experience since gorillas move daily and build new nests in a different place.  You will need the same kind of clothing as on the previous day and once again you can use an optional porter to help you in carrying your things.

A Gorilla Trek can be from 2 hours to five hours plus but once again is the most awe-inspiring experience for you and it becomes even more special if you can share that experience with someone such as a spouse, friend or friends.

After two days of gorilla tracking, you just might to relax and chill out for the rest of the afternoon.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodge: Bwindi Jungle Lodge


Day-4 – Return to Entebbe or Kigali Rwanda: 

It is breakfast Time-Checkout afterward and a journey back to Kampala, on the way we stop at Mbarara for lunch Then it is a visit to the Equator for picture-taking and we continue our drive to Kampala.

Alternate:  Drive to Kigali and fly out of there – you can spend a day in Kigali and get to see the Singapore of Africa – 3 1/2 hours plus drive time.


During this Twice Gorilla Tracking Safari – Spend 2 hours with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – a famous world heritage site in Africa – an ancient forest that survived the volcanic upheaval around it.

You can Fly into Rwanda and Trek Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – save time – money


 Our Advice:

Getting here – you can drive from Entebbe or you can fly into Kigali, Rwanda and take the 4-hour plus drive to Bwindi Forest.  You can also fly to Bwindi Forest for your twice Gorilla Trekking Safari.

Add, a few days with activities such as Chimpanzee Trekking, Wildlife Game Drives, a hike through Bwindi. Volcano Climbing, Golden Monkey Trekking and a time with the original people of the forest, the Batwa Pygmies.

You can also go on a Gorilla Habituation Experience in the Rushaga area and spend 4 hours with a gorilla family with trackers and researchers.

This list of things to add to this Safari is endless, take at some of our suggestions.

Contact us for free advice and input into planning your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.


Safari Price includes; Transport including fuel and English Speaking Driver- Tour Guide – Water in Vehicle, all park fees, accommodations, sodas, beer, wine, etc. not included in the price at the lodge.


If you are interested in this twice Gorilla Trekking Safari – Please let us know