Our guides Joseph and Herbert were very well organised and made sure we had a good time and were always safe and well looked after. The gorilla trek itself was a real highlight and was very well coordinated. We were amazed to find the gorillas sitting around going about their daily business and not bothered by our presence. The thrill of being so close to these wonderful creatures and sensing how comfortable they were was truly beautiful. To know that they were not threatened by us, was the most rewarding experience. We were able to observe them for more than an hour and took plenty of great photos and videos of the silverbacks, mothers, juveniles and a couple of adorable babies… We got to see nearly all of the creatures mentioned in our itinerary. The accommodation was of a very high standard and did not disappoint.
4-Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari via Lake Kivu
Explore Lake Kivu
Track Golden Monkeys
Gorilla Trekking Bwindi NP
This 4-day adventure is the best of wildlife safaris in Uganda, offering you the opportunity to spot creatures from Uganda’s myriad of natural wonders. See the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, track golden monkeys in Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and explore Lake Kivu in Rwanda.
Track the rare mountain gorillas through the mountains of Bwindi National Park
Explore Kigali city (museum & markets)
Trek golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Discover Lake Kivu and its surroundings
Sunset or sunrise canoeing at Lake Mutanda
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Adults (15-80): $2,651
Please inquire for the budget accommodation price, this is our mid-range accommodation tour
2 persons or more: $1,938 per person
3 persons or more: $1,842 per person
4 persons or more: $1,694 per person
Anytime between 7:00 am to 11:00 am Kigali time
We offer pick-up to the following places for this experience:
- Kigali city
- Kigali International Airport
Monday to Sunday, year-round
Moderate – uphill trekking
1 to 5 persons
- Meals: 3 x breakfasts, 3 x dinners, 3 x lunches
- Accommodation included: 3 nights
- Transport in 4×4
- Gorilla trekking permits ($700 per permit)
- Park entrance fees:
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Optional activities (see tab 4)
- Visas, travel insurance, and items of personal nature
- Flights (domestic and international)
What to Bring
- Hiking boots
- Garden gloves
- Rain jacket or poncho
- Long-sleeved shirt/blouse
- Cameras and extra batteries
- Hat/cap and sunglasses
- Pair of binoculars
- Flashlight (torch)
- Mosquito repellent
- Other items to include: zoom lens for wildlife shots and energy bars/bites
- Age restriction: 15-80 years old
- A valid passport is required on the day of travel
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- We advise against people with heart problems or other serious medical conditions participating on this tour
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Good to Know
On day 2, depending on the availability of gorilla permits, we may propose trekking gorillas at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
What You’ll Do
We will pick you up at Kigali Airport or downtown Kigali and drive you to Bwindi National Park. The scenic 4-5-hour drive to Uganda will take you through Rwanda’s northern town of Ruhengeri and then cross over into Uganda via the Cyanika or Katuna border post. The trip continues through the nearby Kisoro or Kabale town and finally into Bwindi National Park. Arriving at Bwindi National Park in the early afternoon will allow you to do optional activities such as hiking, canoeing, or visiting the local community.
Today is a special day! The gorilla safari Uganda is famous for. You will head to Bwindi National Park immediately after breakfast to get a briefing about the gorilla trek. The presentation will cover the basics of what to expect during the trek, how to approach the animals for both your and their safety. The national park guide will assign all visitors a gorilla family to track and after that, your adventure begins. Depending on how far the gorillas are inside the forest, the trek can last from 3 to 8 hours, the average time being between 3 and 5. Venture into the vegetation until you come across these incredible creatures, it is a truly unique experience. After the trek, you will return to the lodge to relax, eat dinner, and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
This trip will take you to trek the golden monkeys, an endemic Mgahinga Gorilla National Park species in southwestern Uganda. You will enter the forest and walk through the bamboo vegetation and various indigenous plants like giant lobelia. Your national park guide will tell you about the national park’s history and the fauna and flora that the park holds during the trip. The golden monkey trek should take about 5 hours. After the golden monkey trek, we will drive to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi area) via the Cyanika border.
This will be the last of the day of the tour. We will drive from Lake Kivu to Kigali. The drive from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali is estimated to take 4hrs.
Accommodation & Meals
- Day 1 & 2:
- Mutanda Lake Resort(opens in a new tab) (1.5hrs drive to the Rushaga gate, Bwindi)
- Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge(opens in a new tab) (1.5hrs drive to the Rushaga gate, Bwindi)
- Rushaga Gorilla Lodge(opens in a new tab) (5 minutes drive to the Rushaga gate, Bwindi)
- Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge(opens in a new tab) (5 minutes drive to the Rushaga gate, Bwindi)
- Day 1: Dinner
- Day 2: All meals included
- Day 3:
- Paradise Lake Kivu(opens in a new tab)– All meals included
- Day 4: Breakfast & lunch
We will choose from one of these lodges according to availability.
Optional Activities on Days 1 & 3:
- The Batwa Trail Cultural Tour inside Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – $80 USD
- Visit the Batwa Community in the Village – $30 USD
- Canoe Trekking at Lake Mutanda – $30 USD
- Coffee-Making Experience – $30 USD
- Mabungo Community Village Tour in Kisoro – $30 USD
- Boat trip on the Mweya Peninsular – $30 USD
See our Local Experiences(opens in a new tab) page for more information on each activity.
See What Our Previous Guests Have Said...
The gorilla trek was phenomenal, well surpassing my expectations. Our time in Queen Elizabeth National park was amazing as well; we saw just about every animal possible there. Highly recommend also doing the boat safari (a little extra cost, but 100% worth it), as Herbert recommended. The accommodations were LOVELY, both my cabin in the jungle and the tent cabin in Queen Elizabeth Park. Herbert did a superb job driving us everywhere and adding commentary as we went. Would do this again in a heartbeat!!
I was traveling solo & I felt safe & comfortable the whole time. Joseph (guide) & Herbert (driver) were fantastic & friendly, couldn’t have asked for better companions. They were both very knowledgeable & able to answer any questions be it about Rwanda or Uganda. As they are both from the local area it was interesting to see & hear about life from their perspective.
Communication with the company was easy, they were very responsive, payment was easy, the hotels we stayed at were great, and our guide Fred was very professional and had a lot of information to share with us. He was a great driver and also seemed knowledgeable about our questions on local history and culture…Fortunately, there were just 4 tourists in our group so we were able to easily maneuver around each other in the dense vegetation to get a good look at him (the silverback).