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3-Day Express Gorilla tracking Uganda Via Kigali-Rwanda

Do you want to see the mountain gorillas, but you don’t have much time and you are on a small budget? Fly into Kigali! We pick you up from Kigali and drive you in only 4 hours to Bwindi Forest in Uganda. We offer ground transfers and comfortable accommodation at Lake Mutanda to make this an unforgettable and hustle-free experience. For those looking to save time, get an excellent view over the Virunga Mountains, and commune with the gorillas, this is the perfect tour.


Comfort – Mid Range.

  • Transfers from and to Kigali
  • Gorilla permit Uganda included!
  • Stunning views from the lodge!

Customer score: 9,8

Itinerary Summary:

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali (Rwanda) to the stunning Lake Mutanda

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest in Uganda

Day 3: Transfer back to Kigali (Rwanda)


Transport Transfers:

Your transfers are provided by a vehicle from the lodge. This is a 4wd minibus.


Rates 2019/2020

Price per person

1 $1890 1 single room

2 $1450 1 double/twin room

3 $1350 1 double/twin room + 1 single room

4 $1270 2 double/twin rooms

Single Supplement: With 3 persons one single supplement is included. An additional single supplement costs: US$ 70 pp Upgrade to the luxury cottage: Mutanda Lake Resort offers as well accommodation in luxury cottages, these 3 cottages are more spacious, newer and all have volcano view. The upgrade to these cottages is $20 pp per night.


Since this is a private tour, departure can be organized for any time throughout the year subject to the availability of accommodation and transport.

Terms and conditions

When you book your trip with Uganda Safari Retreats – to any of our destinations – we donate US$ 5 per person to our Girl Child project aimed at gender balancing and empowerment through afforestation initiatives. With this donation, you fly climate neutral to Africa!

The bookings with the lodge mentioned in the itinerary depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after confirmation of your booking. In case the mentioned hotels are not available during the requested period, we will do our utmost to book a hotel in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting with you).

It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla tracking permits. Therefore, we can only buy them after your booking and down-payment.

The information about this excursion is subject to change. Accommodation and permits will be booked once a down payment has been received.


 3-Day Bwindi Excursion

We have designed a well-balanced program with little stress. Depart from Kigali Airport on Day 1, stay in a comfortable lakeside lodge for two nights while you track the gorillas in the daytime, then return to Kigali airport on Day 3. All ground transportation from the airport to lodge and trailhead are included.


Day 1

Transfer from Kigali to Lake Mutanda

Our representative will pick from Kigali International Airport holding a signpost bearing your name. From Kigali Airport he/ she will transfer you in about 4, 5 hours to the resort overlooking Lake Mutanda and the Virunga volcanoes. You'll sleep in one of their nice self-contained safari cottages. From here you will depart tomorrow for the gorilla tracking! Note 1: Your international flight must arrive at 1 pm local time or earlier. If your flight is arriving later, we will book a room for you in Kigali within the cost price. We will then pick you up from Kigali the next day. Note 2: We advise you to arrange an East-Africa visa in advance. This is $100 pp and will allow you to multiple entries both in Uganda and Rwanda. Journey Time 4, 5 hours Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort Meal Plan Dinner

Day 2

Gorilla Tracking

Today is the epic day, prepare yourself for an encounter with  Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorillas. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Our representative will drop you at the starting point of the gorilla tracking and will bring you back to the lodge after your tracking. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim, in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. En route to the gorillas, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your gorilla tracking will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. Journey Time 1 hour each way Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 3

Return to Kigali

After breakfast (inclusive) we drive you back to Kigali Airport making sure you check in 3 hours before departure time. Please make sure your international flight departure is not before 4 pm. If your flight is earlier we will book an extra night in Kigali for you at cost price. Please let us know if you wish us to include one (or more) extra nights at the stunning Mutanda Lake Resort. We can organize this from $95 pp on full board.  Journey Time 4, 5 mhours Accommodation Not included Meal Plan Breakfast This is the end of a fabulous trip! Webale Nyo! (Thank you!) In a quest for more adventure? If you want to extend your excursion to one of our other destinations or if you'd like to add a few "off-the-beaten-track" side trips to the itinerary, click here to see our extensions.
  • Transfer from Kigali (Rwanda) to Mutanda Lake resort
  • Transfer from lodge to gorilla tracking and back;
  • Transfer from the lodge back to Kigali (Rwanda);
  • Accommodation at Mutanda Lake resort on Full Board. (2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner)
  • Park entrance fees for Bwindi
  • Gorilla permit for Uganda (US$ 700).
  •  International airfares;
  • East African visa or entry visas to Uganda and Rwanda;
  • A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc;
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.).
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    Group Size: No Size Limit
    Status: N/A
    price: $1,890.00 /Person

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