Hosting the gentle giants of the wild (mountain gorillas), Bwindi impenetrable national park is the perfect place for a gorilla safari in Uganda. Many tourists would love to trek more than half of the mountain gorillas in this park but wonder how they can plan it in shortest time possible. These 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park offers you the chance to trek gorillas within a short time starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda’s capital.

Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in south western Uganda about 100km from Kigali. The densely populated forest has positioned itself as the best Uganda gorilla safari destination for a long time because of its unique experience. The park is home to about 120 mammals including several primate species like our closest look a like – the chimpanzees making it the only park in Africa where Chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist. Bird species also add up to about 350 birds including hornbills and turacos with 23 of the 24 Albertine rift endemics. This makes the park one of the ultimate Uganda birding safari spots.

Bwindi impenetrable forest is on altitude 1,190-2,600m above sea level therefore while planning to take a gorilla trekking safari, remember to be fit for the hike. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is done in the morning starting at 8:00am in each region of the park. The park has four regions namely Ruhija, Buhoma, Nkuringo and Rushaga with a total of 12 gorilla families. A total of 8 tourists trek a particular gorilla group and the distribution is done in the morning during briefing.

Only three countries are privileged to have mountain gorillas in the world. In Rwanda, Volcanoes national park is the ultimate gorilla safari Rwanda destination, Virunga national park is home to mountain gorillas in Congo. Uganda has 2 national parks with mountain gorillas and Mgahinga gorilla national park is the other park alongside Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Highlights of the 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Bwindi impenetrable national park and enjoy sightseeing en route on the Virunga hills and Kinesis highlands.

Day 2: Do gorilla trekking and return back to Kigali.

Day by Day details of the 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 1: Upon arrival, your driver guide will be waiting for you at Kigali international airport, after a warm welcome the guide will brief you and start the drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda. Along the route are very memorable scenic views of the Virunga hill slopes and the Kigezi highlands.  A stop can be done at Kabale for lunch then you continue to your accommodation facility where you will have dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking is done at Bwindi impenetrable national park starting at 8:00am. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation facility and drives you to the park headquarters for briefing before 8:00am. You get in to the forest in search of the gentle giants until you finally meet them. The activity may last for about 2-6hours depending on where the gorillas will be found but only one hour can be spent with the gorillas when they are finally found.  Lunch depends on how long you take to find the gorillas; packed lunch can be taken from the forest or in a hotel after the trek.

2 days gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Mountain gorillas

After the gorilla trekking tour in Uganda memorable encounter, you can have either a Batwa cultural experience, a nature walk in the forest, community visit or boat cruise in lake Bunyonyi in the evening. These activities depend on when the gorilla trekking activity ends.

After enjoying the activities in Bwindi impenetrable national park, your guide drives you back to Kigali and this marks the end of the 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park.

These 2 days gorilla safari to Uganda starts and ends in Kigali because it’s the closest International airport to the national park compared to Uganda’s Entebbe International airport.

The best way of planning this safari is by contacting the tour operators in Bwindi impenetrable national park who will always customize your safari to suit your interests. The general tour package is inclusive of;

  • Border crossing fees
  • A professional English-speaking driver guide
  • Park entry fees
  • Gorilla trekking permit fees (USD600pp)
  • Accommodation
  • Meals and bottled water
  • A comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle for hire for transportation.

The tour package is exclusive of personal item purchases like souvenirs, tips and extra drinks.

How to plan for a 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park

  • Plan with a trusted tour operator
  • Wear right safari clothing (neutral colored)
  • Pack sturdy hiking shoes
  • Carry hand gloves
  • Pack an insect repellent

It could look like a short time to spend with the giants but the memories will stay for a lifetime because they are exceptional creatures.