2 Day Gorilla Tracking Uganda via Kigali

Bwindi Impenetrable forest / Mgahinga Gorilla national park – Uganda

This tailored gorilla trekking tour starts and ends in Kigali, Rwanda.
This road trip goes through the picturesque road, viewing Virunga volcanoes. Gorilla trekking Uganda  in Bwindi impenetrable national park and/or Mgahinga Gorilla park.

You will spend only one hour with the gorillas.

Day 1: Kigali city to Bwindi Impenetrable forest /Mgahinga national park – Uganda
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable forest/ Mgahinga gorilla national park– Uganda; Gorilla Tracking & Transfer to Kigali city.

Tour price:

Please contact our tour consultant for booking and detailed  trip information email Diane: info@chigotours.com

Trip offer Includes:
4×4 transport with gas, Gorilla permit ($600), English speaking driver guide, one night accommodation in self-contained, activities as indicated on itinerary. Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, Packed Lunch on tracking date as indicated on itinerary).
Trip offer excludes:
Air ticket, Rwanda/Uganda Visa, Tips to Guides, any meals not indicated on itinerary, drinks, tips, items of personal nature, entertainment, any other optimal activity.

Day 1: Kigali city to Bwindi Impenetrable forest /Mgahinga national park – Uganda

Upon arrival at Kigali airport, you will be welcomed by our Chigo Tours Africa tour guide. If you are already in Kigali city, our guide will pick you from your hotel or Guesthouse. Our guide will transfer you to Rwanda/Uganda border.  After border immigration clearance, transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park. This road trip through the picturesque road to northern Bwindi Enjoy this scenic route, with impressive landscapes.

Please note the final choice of lodging will be determined by location of Gorilla permits available at time of booking!

Bwindi Gorilla impenetrable forest National Park is about 330sq kms, with spectacular scenery, impressive forest views. The whole geographical scenery is basically hilly and mountainous. At an elevation between 1160 to 2607m (3806 to 8553ft) rains can shower anytime in Bwindi forest, it is recommended that visitors pack rain wear, waterproof clothing and appropriate hiking shoes to wear on during gorilla tracking or forest walks. Daytime temperatures range from 23C/73F at times dropping to as low as 11C/52F

There are 19 gorilla families which have been habituated for gorilla viewing, all of which can be accessed from specific locations/sectors of the forest. Eight people are permitted to view a single family per day. To trek gorillas you need a gorilla permit/license. Gorilla licenses are booked by location not by the name of a gorilla family. There are 4 starting gates in Bwindi impenetarble national park namely; in North at BUHOMA, in the East at RUHIJA and in the South at RUSHAGA & South West at NKURINGO . There is one starting gate at Ntebeko in Mgahinga gorilla national park.  Drive time: 4-5 hours

Luxury: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge / Travelers Rest Hotel

Midrange: Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Trekkers Tavern cottages.

Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable forest – Uganda

Today our guide will pick you up from your lodge and transfer you to park gate on time for trekking orientation debrief which starts at 8:00AM. Trekking through the thick jungle, traversing canopies of thick undergrowth can be tough, wet, strenuous but not impossible – the tracking can last from as little as 45 minutes to as much as 8 hours. The activity depends on location of gorillas the previous day. Visitors therefore are supposed to move along with packed/picnic lunch and water, and should be equipped with strong water-proof clothing and must be averagely healthy.  

Please note that after Gorilla tracking, depending on the location of gorilla family visited, either return to the lodge freshen up, or transfer direct back to Kigali.

Depending on your flight schedule, its possible to do some quick shopping at the craft market in a city tour.. explore this beautiful clean city.

Is this tour for you?

Trekking to find the gorillas can be a challenging and long hike.

You will spend only one hour with the gorillas.

You’ll most likely travel on a join-in basis, which means you may or may not be joined by others for trekking, activities and transportation, depending on demand.

level of difficulty:

Gorilla trekking takes place at altitudes 1160 to 2607m (3806 to 8553ft) above sea level. This means that moderate/average physical fitness is required. You’ll need to be fit enough to trek to the location of your family of mountain gorillas. This may involve up to 5 hours of walking up and down hills, in hot and humid conditions and through tropical (and at times thick) foliage. There may be mud underfoot which will make the trekking slippery

The slowest member will determine the groups’ speed. The pace will be moderate, with plenty stops to rest, ask questions, re-hydrate and enjoy the forest and views.

Accommodation: Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost

Lodging mentioned in the itinerary depends on availability of rooms available at the time of booking. Reservations will only be made after your confirmed booking with us. At the time of your booking, in the event that listed hotels are fully booked, we will do our best to inform you and book a different hotel in the same class.

Important: To go on a gorilla trek, you need a gorilla permit/license which we can arrange for you.  We can only purchase your Gorilla permit after you have made a down-payment to us. Gorilla permits are competitive on a daily basis, advance booking is always preferred.

Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Bwindi and or Mgahinga national parks. Gorilla tracking is dependent on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.

Gorilla trekking can be strenuous activity and Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years.

What to bring: Hiking shoes/walking shoes,  long socks to tuck-in long pants , rain wear, warm clothing, evenings can be cold/chilly, gloves preferably gardening type are very helpful and  insect repellant.

Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.

Possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking.

Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour, you are kindly requested to practice different modes of using your camera in different light situations. Gorillas can sometimes be moving, Forest vegetation can at times obstruct visibility, and hence taking photos of these creatures can be very challenging!


Our standard offering is a 4WD with pop-up roof for easy safari viewing.  All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions.

Extension/ add on Tour. If you want to extend your tour to one of our other destinations or if you’d like to add a few side trips to the itinerary, kindly let us know.

Booking and payment details: Once you have decided to join one of our safaris, you will need  to contact us for booking form which will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc.