Uganda Gorilla trekking from Kigali

August 29, 2023 | Bujo Safaris

Gorilla trekking in Uganda via Kigali is one of the most interesting activities to do. Uganda as the pearl of Africa harbors almost half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a top notch activity and it’s carried out in only two destinations, that is Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Volcanoes national park in Rwanda also offers outstanding gorilla trekking safaris. 

Places to do gorilla trekking in Uganda. 

Bwindi impenetrable national park is the top notch destination where you are able to experience interesting and adventurous trekking moments. This national park has 21 habituated gorilla families in all the four sectors of Nkuringo, Ruhija, Rushaga and Buhoma. Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors in the southern part are the ones that are easily accessed through Kigali, but also Ruhija and Buhoma can be visited when coming from Kigali.

Mgahinga gorilla national park is the second destination that rewards you with an awesome gorilla trekking safari in Uganda via Kigali. This national park located in the southwestern part harbors only one habituated gorilla family - Nyakagezi family. When traveling from Kigali, Mgahinga gorilla national park is accessed through the Cyanika border in Kisoro district. 

Trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda via Kigali is one of the best options because it saves time in terms of distance as you fly from Kigali airport and use the road to connect to Bwindi national park and Mgahinga national park via Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale district. 

This distance takes about 3 to 4 hours compared to a distance from Kampala directly to Bwindi or Mgahinga that takes about 8 to 10 hours drive. 

How much does the permit cost?

The permits cost USD 700 per person for foreign non-residents, foreign residents pay USD 600 and East African residents pay UGX 250,000. Last minute bookings are not advised since they limit choices, you are advised to save time and always book in advance.

Booking gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda via Kigali gives you an utmost chance to visit two thrilling destinations that are Rwanda and Uganda. Each of these destinations have enchanting physical features that will take your breath away as you enjoy the scenery. 

Packing list for gorilla trekking

  1. Hiking boots that will help you in case the trails and terrain is muddy and slippery.
  2. Waterproof clothes that will prevent you from getting wet in case it rains during the trek.
  3. A rain jacket and sweater that will shield you from coldness at night and during the day in case it rains. 
  4. Toiletries like toilet paper, tooth brush, wipes, deodorants, shampoos, lotion, tooth pastes among others that will help maintain hygiene because most of the accommodation might not provide you with any. 
  5. Thick gloves that will help your hands from getting cold and also prevent you from insect bites and tree scratches. 
  6. Sunscreen that will prevent direct sun heat from heating your skin during hot weather. 
  7. Packed lunch and safe drinking water prevent you from going hungry during the trek because you will not get what to eat in the wild. Because the trekking takes long, you might need drinking water to relax and freshen up.
  8. Walking stick that will help you move through thick vegetation.

Rules and regulations of gorilla trekking

  • Wash your hands before trekking these gorillas
  • Only a group of 8 members are allowed to trek these gorillas.
  • Once you get to encounter these gorillas, the guides will tell you when to get out the cameras. 
  • Keep your voices at a low tune as this will enable you to see various bird species. 
  • Don’t leave rubbish in the national park
  • Don’t spit on the vegetation because they act as food to the different wildlife that stay in the park
  • Don’t take photos while in flash because the flash light might scare away these gorillas. 

Best time to do gorilla trekking in Uganda via Kigali

This activity is open for visitors throughout the year. The best time to do gorilla trekking is during the months of June, September, December and January. These are considered to be dry months and during this time, the trails are dry and less slippery. 

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