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2-Day Gorilla Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Rwanda City Tour and Transfer to Bwindi

Morning: Kigali City Tour

  • Kigali Genocide Memorial: Begin your day with a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn about the tragic history of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.


  • Have lunch at a local restaurant in Kigali, savoring traditional Rwandan cuisine.

Afternoon: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

  • Drive to Bwindi: After lunch, begin your scenic drive from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. The journey offers stunning views of the Rwandan and Ugandan landscapes, including rolling hills and terraced farms.

Evening: Arrival and Check-in at Lodge

  • Arrival: Arrive at your lodge near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Check-in: Settle into your comfortable accommodation, enjoy the serene surroundings, and prepare for the exciting day ahead.
  • Dinner: Dine at the lodge, enjoying a hearty meal and relaxing ambience.

Overnight Stay:

  • Rest well at the lodge in anticipation of the next day’s gorilla trekking adventure.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Hike

Morning: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

  • Briefing: Start your day with an early breakfast at the lodge, then head to the park headquarters for a briefing by the park rangers about the gorilla trekking rules and guidelines.
  • Trek: Embark on your guided trek through the dense forest in search of a gorilla family. The trek can be challenging but incredibly rewarding, as you witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Gorilla Encounter: Spend an awe-inspiring hour observing the gorillas, watching their interactions, and taking photos (without flash).


Evening: Return to Kigali


  • 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.


  • 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.

Additional Notes

  • Packing Essentials: Bring sturdy hiking boots, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, a rain jacket, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat. A good camera with extra batteries is also recommended.
  • Fitness Level: Ensure you are in good physical condition, as the gorilla trek can be demanding, involving steep and uneven terrain.
  • Respect Wildlife: Follow the guidelines provided during the briefing to ensure both your safety and the gorillas’ well-being. Maintain a respectful distance from the animals.