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

Posted by on May 1, 2019

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 –Kigali International Airport is not only the Gateway to the land of a thousand Hills – Rwanda but Southwestern Uganda including Mgahinga Gorilla Park and the Southern Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and beyond.

Fly into Rwanda – Track Gorillas in Uganda makes a lot of sense when you compare it to the Drive-Time from Entebbe Airport in Uganda being 10 hours to Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga Park. 

The Southern Region of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park are easier to access from Kigali than from Entebbe, not something, the average Ugandan Tour Operator will tell you and indeed not the official government website “Visit Uganda,” but  we do not work for any government agency, but for you, our clients, and Fly into Rwanda – Track Gorillas in Uganda has become one of the most popular options.

We take the Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda concept a bit further with our clients flying into Rwanda and flying home or to other destinations from Entebbe Airport.

This is especially true with Safaris that take in Gorilla Trekking, Golden Monkeys, Wildlife and Chimpanzees where at the end of a 6, 7, 8 or 10-day safari you fly out of Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.

Again you will not find this in the Bradt Guide to Uganda, Lonely Planet, even TripAdvisor but you saw it here because we have done it for years.

If you choose to fly into Kigali and fly out of Entebbe, find the best flights first and an airline that will not penalize you.  Just remember the plane that flies into Kigali most often continues to Entebbe, the Town where Winston Churchill first landed by Boat on his African Journey and popularized the phrase “Uganda the Pearl of Africa.

Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda have come even more to the forefront of the Gorilla Trekking Community as Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains questionable at present.

Benefits you gain by Flying into Rwanda and Tracking Gorillas in Uganda

  • 600 USD Gorilla Permits in Uganda – compared to 1500 USD in Rwanda-Save 900 USD  on permits.
  • Drive Time to Mgahinga Gorilla Park from Kigali is 3 hours plus – to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest it is 4-Hours Plus (Bradt Guide says 3).
  • $$$ Saving Alternative to Gorilla Fly-In Safaris from Entebbe to Bwindi Forest – Save over 500 USD per person on Flight Cost.
  • 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family on a Gorilla Habituation Experience -1500 USD Permits.  This is a Ugandan Exclusive.
  • Track Gorillas in either Mgahinga Gorilla Park or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Add Wildlife Parks with game drives, hot air balloon rides, Tree-Climbing Lions, Lion Tracking Research, Banded Mongoose Research in Queen Elizabeth Park plus other Parks such as Murchison Falls Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Adrenaline Pumping Adventures on the Nile at Jinja.

 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 70% of our Clients that are on five days or more choose this all-around sensible Option that takes in two countries in the Heart of Africa.

The length of such a safari varies from 5 days to 10 days or longer if you include the fabulous Murchison Falls Park on a Big-7 Safari in the Pearl of Africa.  Big-7 being Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes plus Gorillas, and Wildlife something you cannot do in Tanzania or Kenya.

Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda  – Rushaga – Nkuringo Area in Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park:

The majority of Habituated Gorilla families in Uganda are located near the border with Rwanda in both Mgahinga Gorilla Park and southern Bwindi. It takes 8 to 10 hours to drive from Entebbe or Kampala and only 4 hours plus from Kigali – Rwanda.

This is something that most visitors to Rwanda and Uganda do not know.  Flying into Kigali and driving to the Rushaga area of Bwindi is the easiest way to get there (by Road) saving 6 hours over driving from Entebbe.

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 located.  Gorilla Trekking here is very similar to trekking in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda since you are trekking Gorillas in the same Mountains but on the other side of them.

In Mgahinga Gorilla Park you can add on Golden Monkey during Trekking to the safari.  Lodging is at the exclusive, but affordable Mount Gahinga Lodge just outside of the park

If you fly into Kigali before noon or up to 3 PM we can continue to your lodge in Uganda.  This is especially true for those flying in from Arusha or Nairobi. Drive-Time from Kigali to Mgahinga Gorilla Park is 3 hours plus, there is however only one Gorilla Family habituated for Gorilla Trekking.

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

This is the one of a kind Gorilla Activity only available in Uganda 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 1500 USD.

You fly into Kigali, cross the border into Uganda which is a pleasant and scenic drive through Rwanda’s hilly countryside, the tea plantations into the Gorilla Highlands of Uganda where you can choose to stay along scenic Lake Mutanda with the Virunga Volcanoes in the distance.

Make your Safari plans well advance due to limited available spaces.

  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 4-hours with a Gorilla Family.  There are only four permits per day.

The luxury Habituation Safari has become one of our Best Sellers, and 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 Area in 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 great 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, 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 which is 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 is a compact, activity-packed 5-day Safari that 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 of 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 3 countries.

On this 6 day Mgahinga Gorilla Park Safari – trek the Mountain Gorillas, hike the through a Gorge, Climb a Volcano in 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 Pygmies in the Buhoma area.  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 where the safari comes to an end.

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 is 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 our of Entebbe Rwanda.

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

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

This is one of our most Popular Safaris and involves at least 3 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 and the 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 will advice yo as to which one might be best suited for you.

This 8 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.

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 the Safari.  Incoming hotel and hotel at departure can be added.

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

 Gorilla Trekking – Add-Ons in Uganda:

A gentle nudge to those who are just intent on coming to Uganda for Gorilla Trekking. What you do not know is that you are missing out on what Winston Churchill popularized as the Pearl of Africa with its 10 National Park including the remote, unvisited Kidepo Valley, a lost Eden, Africa as it used to be 50 years ago.

Murchison Falls Park with the largest and thriving Rothschild Giraffe population of over 1,000, where the River Nile runs through the park and the most powerful in the World is found.

Queen Elizabeth National Park, home of the best location for tree-climbing lions in East Africa and a thriving Elephant Population that is back to the level of the 1960s.

One cannot leave out Kibale Forest with its 1,500 Chimpanzees, though endangered are growing in number as is the general chimpanzee population of Uganda now at about 5,000, more than any other East African Country.  It is also in Uganda where the Central African Jungle meets East Africa in parks such as Kibale Fores, Semliki, and Bigodi Wetlands.  If you are only coming to Uganda to Trek Gorillas only, you are missing out on the Pearl of Africa.

 Bottom Line about Fly into Rwanda – Trek Gorillas in Uganda 

Gorilla Permits are 600 USD in Uganda as you trek Gorillas in either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Park – Your Choice of quality mid-range and luxury lodging is available at surprisingly lower prices than Rwanda, and that includes exclusive Lodges such as Clouds Mountain Gorilla Safari Lodge.  


Rwanda Visa:  As of January 1 – 2018 – 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.

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.

Presently there is what we think is an East African family squabble between Rwanda and Uganda that does not affect Tourists crossing the border.  Both Rwanda and Uganda are and remain two safe and secure countries.  France erroneously issued a Travel Advisory for Rwanda that is not based on proper threat assessment and relied in part on anecdotal evidence rather than facts.  Rwanda in our opinion is the Fort Knox of African Tourism, Uganda has increased the security levels for its parks since the unfortunate and isolate kidnapping incident of Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver on April 2, 2019.  They were both released unharmed.

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