Can you believe we had a 3 day gorilla safari in Uganda and Rwanda with 2 gorilla treks?!! I and my wife we had very limited time in Africa and our original plan was to visit Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. We had no hope to add Uganda or Rwanda to our program we were not sure of when to return to Africa. Our Kenyan friends advised us to spare at least 3 days to visit gorillas in either Uganda or Rwanda. We contacted Paul from African Jungle Adventures Limited about the possibility of visiting gorillas in Uganda and / or Rwanda in 3 days.
professionally, Paul designed a 3 day gorilla safari package combining Uganda and Rwanda, well fitted into our flights. We loved the itinerary because it was giving us an opportunity to go gorilla trekking twice in both countries. However, he advised us that it will be so hectic, that we must be physically fit to do it because it requires at least 4 days. In other words, we did a 4 days tour in 3 days.
We arrived at Kanombe International airport at 8am from Nairobi, we were picked by Michael out driver / tour guide, he took us for breakfast and later visited Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali. After we had lunch and transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Gatuna boarder and Kabale town. We arrived at Nkuringo gorilla camp early evening, we checked-in, refreshed with a warm shower, camp fire, later we had dinner and overnight.
The next day we got us early for breakfast, later we assembled to the park headquarters for a briefing about mountain gorilla tracking in the impenetrable Bwindi forest. With our porters, we set off into the forest in search for these gentle giants! The trek took us about 170 minutes before meeting the gorillas. It was such amazing experience to stay close to these gentle giants, direct eye contact with gorillas is such a life time adventure experience. We were allowed to be with gorillas for one hour, we took very beautiful photos when gorillas were eating, playing, breast feeding and young ones swinging on trees. Later we descent to the lodge for lunch, refreshment and transferred to Volcanoes national park, a noather home of mountain gorillas in Rwanda. On entering Uganda, we passed via Gatuna boarder and came out from Cyanika boarder located Kisoro side. We checked in Mountain gorilla view lodge where we had dinner and overnight.
Though the weather was very cold, we can a fire place in our room, we so much enjoyed and loved the place, we had fun in great comfort.
The next day was our last day in Rwanda, and the same day for our second gorilla trek. We assembled at the park head quarters in Kinigi for briefing and group allocation. Though we had had a great tough trek the previous day in Rwanda, none of us was scared for another trek! The fact that our departure flight was scheduled at 11:05pm, Michael our driver / tour guide asked the rangers to give us a gorilla group that was easy to reach. Note that some gorilla groups like Susa are very far and you can spend the whole day in the forest looking for it. We tracked Sabyinyo group and we were back by mid day. The trek in Rwanda is much easier than Uganda, and you can take very clear pictures / videos because the bamboo forest is not so thick.
We descent to mountain gorilla view lodge for lunch and refreshed with a warm shower, later transferred back to Kigali, we arrived by 5pm. We visited some craft shops around, bought some souvenirs, had dinner and later dropped off to Kigali international Airport at 8:50pm for our scheduled departure flight back to Nairobi. This marked the end or our gorilla safari in Rwanda and Uganda.