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4-Day Gorilla Express out of Kigali

4-Day Gorilla Express out of Kigali

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4-Day Gorilla Express out of Kigali
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Visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest by crossing over from Rwanda. The gorilla trek at Bwindi is more challenging than in Rwanda.  Therefore, we recommend good physical condition.

NOTE: You need 2 visas for Rwanda and 1 for Uganda.

Starting June 1, 2019, Air Kenya will offer service between Mara and Kisumu airports in the Maasi Mara and Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport, connecting with Aerolink’s early afternoon flights to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and Kidepo Valley National Park.

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Day 1: 4-DAY GORILLA TREKKING / Arrive Kigali Airport (LD)

Arrive Kigali Airport, transfer to hotel.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Flame Tree Village

Day 2: Morning Kigali tour, afternoon transfer to Kisoro/Uganda (BLD)

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Visit the genocide Memorial in Kigali before transferring to Uganda.

Genocide Memorials: In Rwanda you will find all over the country Memorials to remember the genocide of 1994. The most important Genocide Memorials are those of Kigali (Gisozi) and Murambi (Gikongoro) where the history of the genocide is explained. A visit to the genocide memorial is for most visitors an emotional event.

Transfer to Musanze (Ruhengeri) (2 hour drive). The Rwanda border post (Cyanika) is only 40 minutes from Musanze (Ruhengeri). Border crossing will take 20 minutes. After the border crossing you are already in Kisoro region. Depending on the location of your lodge, you will drive another hour or so.

Transfer Times (Estimated):

  • Kigali-Cyanika border post (Kisoro): 03h10
  • Border Formalities: 00h40
  • Kisoro (Border)-Bwindi Jungle Lodge: 00h20
  • Kisoro (Border)-Mt Gahinga Lodge: 00h15

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Bwindi Jungle Lodge

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park (BLD)

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After breakfast, depart from your lodge at 6:30am. Depending on your Gorilla permit your driver-guide will bring to the Rushaga or Nkuringo area. The reporting time at Nkuringo or Rushaga headquarters is at 8:00am. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a natural world heritage site. Hikers will love it!

A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas. The average trekking time is 4 to 5 hours. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It is difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. A good physical condition is recommended.  

After the trekking, travel to your lodge for a late lunch. You may visit the nearby Lake Mutanda, visit the Batwa community, hiking, or just relaxing.  

Bwindi Impenetrable NP has a unique rich and varied ecosystem and has lowland rainforest and afromontane forest. It's considered as one of the most unique and important forests of Africa. UNESCO declared it as a Natural World Heritage site for Humanity for his many values and because it is vital to the survival of many endangered species.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Bwindi Jungle Lodge

Day 4: Transfer Kigali for departure (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Kigali via Kisoro (Cyanika) and Musanze (Ruhengeri).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pricing

4-Day Gorilla Express out of Kigali

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2018

# People in Group: 2+
4-Day Gorilla Express (Bwindi Jungle Lodge): $1495
4-Day Gorilla Express (Mt Gahinga Lodge): $1695
Gorilla Permit: $600

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Driver-guide
  • All park and entry fees
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Gorilla permit  (priced separately)
  • Tips for your park ranger gorilla guide ($10/person)
  • Tips for your driver/guide ($10/person/day)
  • Personal porter to help carry gear ($10/person)
  • Drinks except mineral water during road transfers
  • $20/person for mandatory medical evacuation fee in Rwanda
  • Rwanda Visa at $30 x 2 and Uganda at $50

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