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Gorilla Tracking Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

This tour takes you to the two famous Gorilla trekking national Parks Bwindi and Volcanoes Np . This Gorilla safari  clearly gives you the answer to every one’s question of what is the best  park  to do gorilla tracking tour . The people doing this tour are ambassadors and by the end of this tour , they will give the future gorilla tracking tourists the best answers . You should not forget that every gorilla tracking experience is different. Bwindi national park lies in the South- Western Part of Uganda . It is located 540 km from Kampala  and is accessible on  a 414 Km (4- 5 hours drive) Tarmac high way and  120km murram road from Kanungu-Kanyantogoro  which may  also take you 4-5 hours because of its situation. The local community here operates a village walk. Bwindi has 2 gorilla tracking sites which include Buhoma and Nkuringo . Buhoma has 5 habituated families which include; Rushegura, Mubare, Habinyanja, Bitukura and Oruzogu while the southern part which is 10km from Buhoma has Nkuringo , Nshongi, Mishaya.  Other gorilla trekking families in Uganda  include Nyakigezi in Mgahinga .  Volcanoes National park also has 8 gorilla trekking groups   which are for visitors and 2 more for researcher but are sometimes open for tourists in the high peak season when the demand for gorilla permits are high . They include; Amahoro  family  with 15 individuals – found  on the Visoke volcano, Hirwa  family  with  12  Gorillas found  on the Sabinyo volcano, Umubano  family   with  7 individuals  found  on the Visoke volcano, Sabinyo  family  with  10  gorillas found between the Sabinyo and Visoke volcanoes, the famous Susa  family 35 gorillas which  located high on the Karisimbi volcano  but it takes  a long and strenuous hike to find Susa, Group 13  with 21 gorillas found on the Sabinyo volcano, Kwitonda family with 10  gorillas found on the Sabinyo volcano, sometimes in Democratic Republic of Congo and thus off-limits to trackers.

Day 1 ; To Bwindi Forest

A representative from AA safaris and tours will pick you up from your hotel in Kampala  or Kigali and transfer you to Bwindi Gorilla National Park .  Along the way , you will take a stopover at the Equator . Later you will transfer to Mbarara or Kabale for lunch . Then later proceed to  Bwindi National park .

Budget – Buhoma Community Bandas/ Bwindi View Bandas / Virunga Hotel or Nkuringo safari centre/ Ruhija camp   (Full Board)Mid range L. Kitandara Luxury Camp/ Nkuringo Campsite/ Nkuringo safari  Lodge/ Trekers Tavern

Standard Engagi lodge / Buhoma lodge / Wagtail Eco lodge / Nkuringo  safari Lodge / Travelers’ rest Hotel/ Gorilla safari Lodge/ Gorilla Mist Lodge

Luxury- Gorilla Resort Camp / Gorilla Forest camp/ Clouds lodge/ Gahinga Volcanoes Lodge.

Day 2; –  Gorilla Safari Uganda

Have your breakfast early enough and then your guide will pick you up from your lodge and transfer you to the  UWA offices for briefing and then later . Start trekking the gorilla forest as you search for the gorillas. Note that gorilla tracking can take 2 to 7 hours. The time taken to see the gorillas is unpredictable however an encounter is a worthwhile. Stay with the gorillas for 1 hour and then later transfer back to your  lodge for dinner and over night .

Day 3; – Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

You will be transferred to Park Des Volcans .  Along the way , you will cross the border , clear  and pay your visa fees. ( Note that you need a confirmation letter to get a Rwanda visa and therefore you are advised to contact  the Rwanda consulate in your country to check for procedures of how to apply for Rwanda visas online to acquire a confirmation letter which will enable you get a visa from any Rwannda boarded).  On arrival , relax as you wait for the second gorilla tracking tour .  Dinner and over night at ;

Budget accommodation: Kinigi Guest Hotel,

Mid-range / Moderate / Standard accommodation: Gorilla Nest Lodge, Gorilla Mountain View Lodge/ Gorillas Hotel / Le Bambou Hotel

Luxury accommodation: Virunga lodge or  Sabyinyo silverback lodge

Day 4;  Gorilla Tracing in Rwanda

Wake up and take your breakfast early enough. Later assemble at  the ORTPN Offices for briefing . The guide will transfer you to the ORTPN Offices  and later to the starting point of your gorilla tracking tour with AA safaris and tours ltd.  Track gorillas with the guidance of the rangers who will lead you through the trails and help you search  for gorillas with an idea off where your  allocated gorilla family always stays or where it was the previous day.  An encounter of the gorillas is a awesome experience ! One may say that it is a worthwhile after the long and many hours  gorilla trek.   After some time with the gorillas, you will return to your lodge for dinner and over night .  We sometimes suggest a transfer to Kabale if gorilla tracking ends early to shorten the distance between Rwanda and Kampala  or  a transfer to Kigali for a flight out of Kigali .

Day 5;  Transfer to Kampala or Kigali.

Take your breakfast and then transfer to Kampala or Kigali. Lunch en route  .

End of your  Rwanda and Uganda gorilla safari with AA safaris and tours Ltd.

Note: that bookings for a gorilla tracking tour   much in advance to enable us reserve your gorilla tour. Also note that you can choose a family of gorillas to track in Bwindi in advance provided there is availability however , families for gorilla tracking in Rwanda are allocated at  the site on the actual day of tracking .  Also note that accommodations for Bwindi are allocated according to the gorilla permits available and booked for you.

 

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