8 Days gorilla tracking Rwanda experience trip overview
Nestled in the Bwindi forest is the walking trail for the more active adventurers, this is a trip that will test your physical fitness while you explore the rain forest and its inhabitants. The walk which ends in Nkuringo has its trail head at Buhoma park gate through the forest with stops along the way for birds, plants, waterfalls and the first night ending at the Nkuringo gorilla camp.
There after you proceed to Kisoro via Lake Mutanda one of the few crater lakes with a choice of doing a canoe ride or continuing to Kisoro town and spend a night at Travelers rest Hotel, one of the numerous camp sites or local guest houses, spend a day regaining your energy before embarking on the ascent of any of the three volcanoes that is Mt Muhavura “the guide”, Mt Gahinga “the pile of stone”, Mt Sabinyo “the old man teeth” this is also situated along the borders of the three countries that is to say Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda .
ITINERARY FOR 8 DAYS GORILLA TRACKING RWANDA EXPERIENCE
Day 1 gorilla tracking Rwanda experience: Arrival Entebbe airport
The 8 Days gorilla tracking Rwanda experience starts with Pick up from the airport and drop to your hotel either in Entebbe or Kampala, Accommodation options: Boma hotel in Entebbe or Cassia lodge in Kampala on Bed and breakfast or Red chilli Hideaway bed only (budget facility) optional activity is a city tour.
Day 2 gorilla tracking Rwanda experience: Drive to Bwindi Forest
Journey from Kampala or Entebbe to Bwindi impenetrable national park with a brief stop at the Equator line for photos and then proceed to Mbarara for lunch and thereafter continue to Bwindi. Late arrival and check in, Accommodation options; Gorilla forest camp or Silver back lodge (lodges), Buhoma community camp ground (budget facility) and Meal plan breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Day 3 gorilla tracking Rwanda experience: Bwindi Gorilla trekking
After breakfast set off early morning with guides to track the gorillas, the thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rain forest, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 720.
There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi Forest is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together. Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink, Accommodation; Gorilla forest camp (luxury), Silver back lodge (Mid-Budget), Buhoma community camp ground (Budget facility) and Meal plan breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Day 4 gorilla tracking Rwanda experience: Bwindi walk to Nkuringo
After breakfast the guide will pick you from your lodge to the meeting point where the walk starts with all the required gear and supplies. Depending on your pace the walk usually takes between 8hrs to 10hrs, the walk is through Bwindi forest and the journey ends at the Nkuringo Gorilla camp. Accommodation options Clouds Gorilla Resort(luxury), Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (budget facility). Meal plan breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Day 5 gorilla tracking Rwanda experience: Nkuringo, Lake Mutanda to Kisoro
This next journey will take you around Lake Mutanda down to kisoro with a choice to do canoeing or just enjoy the walk on firm ground, as you enjoy the view of the Virunga volcanoes. Accommodation options: Mount Gahinga lodge (luxury), Travelers Rest Kisoro (Mid-Budget), Virunga camp site (Budget facility).Meal plan breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Day 6 gorilla tracking Rwanda experience: Rest day
Spend the day at Mount Gahinga lodge (luxury), Travelers rest Hotel(Mid-Budget) or one of the numerous camp sites or local guest houses, spend a day regaining your energy before embarking on the ascent of any of the three volcanoes that is Mt Muhavura “the guide”, Mt Gahinga “the pile of stone”, Mt Sabinyo “the old man teeth” this is also situated along the borders of the three countries that is to say Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, Meal plan breakfast/lunch/dinner. Optional activities: Golden monkey tracking, Garama cave or Batwa trail.
Day 7 gorilla tracking Rwanda experience: Mt Mgahinga or Sabinyo or Muhavura volcano climb
Early breakfast and off for the mountain of your choice drive to the base with your gear ready and packed lunch the climbs normally ranges from hours to a whole day, return to your lodging facility for the night, Accommodation options: Mount Gahinga lodge (luxury), Travelers Rest Kisoro (Mid-Budget), Virunga camp site (Budget facility)., Meal plan breakfast/lunch/dinner.
8 Days gorilla tracking Rwanda experience: Drive back to Kampala or Entebbe airport
Leave Kisoro after breakfast for Kampala or airport with a stopover for lunch and then carry on to Entebbe or Kampala and end of your tour. Accommodation options; Boma hotel in Entebbe or Cassia lodge in Kampala on Bed and breakfast or Red chilli Hideaway bed only (budget facility),Meal plan includes breakfast/lunch.
NOTE: This trip requires high level of physical fitness and endurance
8 Days gorilla tracking Rwanda experience includes:
- Airport transfers
- Transportation in fueled safari vehicle
- Guides allowances
- Hiking fees
- Park fees
- Specified meals
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
This 8 Days gorilla tracking Rwanda experience excludes:
- Cost of optional activities
- Fee for support porters
- Guide Tips
- Bar bill and expenditure of personal nature
- Health insurance or any other insurance that you may require
- Air Travel and visa acquisition
Required equipment for the hike:
- Trekking shoes,
- Poncho or rain coat,
- Heavy warm jacket,
- Hand gloves and any altitude medication for altitude sickness.
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