GORILLA TREKKING UGANDA FROM KIGALI TO BWINDI OR MGAHINGA
Uganda Gorilla Trekking from Kigali to Bwindi forest or Mgahinga gorilla national park is one of the tour options that are time saving and money-friendly. You can fly into Kigali and trek gorillas in the two only gorilla national parks in Uganda found in south western Uganda. Uganda Gorilla tours from Kigali save time and money as they are doable in 1, 2 or 3 days. Whereas once you go through Entebbe Airport or come from Kampala to to the gorilla parks, its an 8-9 hours’ drive. From Kigali, it is very easy to access the southern sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Gorilla trekking from Kigali is easily done with gorilla families in Rushaga and Nkuringo Sector in the south of the park plus Ruhija sector in the eastern side of Bwindi forest. However, it is not easy with Buhoma gorilla trekking sector in the north of the Bwindi as connection from Rwanda is far. Trekking gorillas in Buhoma is good when one is coming from safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park on a tour to or from Kampala. From Kigali to southern Bwindi forest, it is possible also to do gorilla habituation experience in Uganda.
Why Kigali to Bwindi Gorilla Trekking?
One may ask, why fly into Kigali and do gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest or Mgahinga National Park? The answer is simple, it saves a lot of money and time. A gorilla permit in Rwanda is at $ 1500 and the same permit in Uganda is at $ 600 only. The difference between the two price rates is $ 900, which is what you save.
Driving from Kigali to Bwindi takes between 3-4 house depending on the region of the park one is to trek gorillas. While drive from Kampala to Bwindi take almost a full day. In this case, time is saved and there is always value in saving time and money. The distance from Kigali to the gorilla habitat is 115 kilometres which may increase or reduce slightly based on the exact location from where to visit gorillas. While the distance from Kampala to Bwindi forest is 457 km and covered averagely in 9 hours including an en route lunch stop.
Given the facts above, we always recommend to our clients to go through Rwanda and save money and time. When you come from Kigali to Bwindi in Uganda, you can do a gorilla trekking adventure and add on other activities in and around the two gorilla national parks. There are several nature walk tours, Community visits, hiking excursions around the Bwindi and Mgahinga. On the saved time and money, you may as well visit the magnificent Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda for boat cruises, relaxation and nature walks around. When you trek gorillas in Uganda from either Kigali or Entebbe and you will have most thrilling safari experience in the wild.