The 2 days Mountain gorilla trekking safari starts and ends at Kigali international airport or any hotel in Kigali city is made to offer you a chance to encounter mountain gorillas and some other primates in their natural habitat without spending too much time. You will do the mountain gorilla trekking safari from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park found in southwestern in Uganda.
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali international airport / Kigali city – Meet and greet and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park
Upon your arrival at Kigali international airport, or in the morning after breakfast at your hotel, your driver guide from Amakula African Safaris Ltd will be waiting for you for briefing about your 2 days mountain gorilla trekking tour and then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park in the southwestern Uganda. The drive will take approximately 3-4 hours via Chanika Rwanda-Uganda borders. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park is one of Uganda’s oldest as well as most biologically diverse rainforests, with over 25,000 years of history and almost 400 species of plants that form the huge impenetrable forest that is evergreen. It is home to approximately 400 mountain gorillas, 120 mammal species such as numerous primate species, and over 350 bird species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics, and is the ancient home of the Batwa bush people. This is an ideal tour to fully enjoy nature, beautiful sceneries, and numerous primate species such as the miraculous Mountain gorillas. On arrival at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park, drive straight to check in at your reserved lodge to relax, have dinner and overnight
Accommodation: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Mid-range) / Four Gorillas Lodge (Luxury) / Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Lunch/ Dinner
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park – Mountain gorilla trekking experience – Return to Kigali city
Day 2 of the 2 days mountain gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, wake up early morning (0600am) to organize yourself, arrange the necessary equipment during mountain gorilla trekking such as camera, binoculars, insect repellants, get well-dressed in a recommend style for mountain gorilla trekking like long khaki /jean trouser, long sleeved shirt, water proof hiking boots, a rain jacket, heavy duty gloves and round hats, have heavy breakfast, get your packed lunch boxes, get enough drinking water and meet your safari guide to be transferred to the park information offices to join other guests to be briefed about mountain gorilla trekking dos and don’ts, how to behave in the presence of mountain gorillas and the expectations, be allocated a mountain gorilla family to track, UWA ranger and the forest guide. We would recommend you to hire a porter to help you carry your packed bag other and your other items you would need during mountain gorillas.
After pre-mountain gorilla trekking session, start your forest walk in search for the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. The time taken before encountering your allocated mountain gorilla family is not known however, it may be between 45mins to 4 hours depending on the movements and location of gorilla family therefore, you should be physically and mentally prepared to walk a long distance through the forest that is made of hills and with no clear walking trails that are only made on that particular time of tracking by the your guide depending on the direction that can easily lead you to the location of the gorilla family. That is why, it is recommended to carry enough water to keep you hydrated and snacks to keep you with enough energy since you use a lot of energy when walking through the forest in search for the mountain gorillas.
Once you encounter the mountain gorilla family, the excitement of seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, will outweigh the hardship went through while searching for them. A mountain gorilla family can be made of several members such as the giant silverback who is always the head and protector of the family, mothers, infants and juveniles. The time you will spend with the mountain gorillas, you get to know much about their behaviors, how they socialize and be excited with their actions like the playful babies, mothers grooming their babies and the Mr. silverback watching the situation silently as he is ready to protect the family from any kind of attack. You will spend a maximum of one hour with the mountain gorillas and you will be free to capture as many photos and recording videos as you would want to keep your great memories with the mountain gorilla family in the jungle. Thereafter an hour with the mountain gorilla family, return to the trekking start point to receive your mountain trekking certificate in appreciation of your contribution towards the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, have refreshments and enjoy your packed lunch and then start your drive back to Kigali city to check in at your booked hotel on arrival at Kigali city, check in at your booked hotel to refresh, and spend the evening at leisure till time to have dinner and an overnight.
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch