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1 Day Gorilla Trekking from Kigali to Bwindi

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Itinerary

4:00 AM: Departure from Kigali

  • Pick-up Location: Hotel or designated meeting point in Kigali.
  • Transportation: Comfortable 4×4 vehicle with an experienced driver-guide.
  • Travel Time: Approximately 3-4 hours.

8:00 AM: Arrival at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Check-in: Register at the park headquarters.
  • Briefing: Receive a briefing from park rangers about the gorilla trekking guidelines and safety precautions.
  • Refreshments: Light breakfast or snacks (can be packed and brought along from Kigali).

9:00 AM: Gorilla Trekking

  • Starting Point: Begin the trek with a team of guides and porters.
  • Trek Duration: 2-6 hours (including one hour with the gorillas; actual duration varies based on the location of the gorilla family).
  • Experience: Trek through dense forest and rugged terrain to find the gorilla family. Spend a magical hour observing and photographing these magnificent creatures.

1:00 PM: Return from Trek and Lunch

  • Return to Starting Point: Trek back to the park headquarters.
  • Lunch: Enjoy a packed lunch or a meal at a nearby lodge or designated picnic area.

2:00 PM: Batwa Cultural Experience

  • Activity: Engage in the Batwa Cultural Experience. The Batwa people, also known as pygmies, are the original inhabitants of the forest.
  • Experience Details: Learn about their traditional lifestyle, hunting techniques, and herbal medicine. Participate in dances, songs, and storytelling.
  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.

3:30 PM: Departure for Kigali

  • Journey Back: Start the drive back to Kigali.
  • Scenic Drive: Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Uganda and Rwanda along the way.

6:00 PM to 8:00PM: Arrival in Kigali

  • Drop-off: Return to your hotel or designated drop-off point in Kigali.

Inclusions:

  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit: Permit fees for gorilla trekking.
  • Guided Trek: Services of an experienced park ranger and guides during the trek.
  • Batwa Cultural Experience: Fees for the Batwa cultural tour.
  • Meals: Light breakfast/snacks, packed lunch, and bottled water.
  • Entrance Fees: All park entrance fees and necessary permits.

Exclusions:

  • Personal Expenses: Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs, additional snacks, and beverages not included in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance: Personal travel insurance (strongly recommended).
  • Tips: Tips for guides, drivers, and porters.
  • Additional Meals: Any meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Optional Activities: Any optional activities or extensions not mentioned in the itinerary.

Important Tips:

  • Clothing: Wear comfortable trekking boots, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Bring a rain jacket and a hat.
  • Fitness: Be prepared for a physically demanding trek; a moderate level of fitness is required.
  • Health: Ensure you have any necessary vaccinations or medications and carry insect repellent.

This itinerary ensures you make the most of your one-day adventure, combining both the unforgettable experience of gorilla trekking and the rich cultural heritage of the Batwa people before returning to Kigali.