1 Day Bwindi Gorilla trek from Rwanda

The 1-Day Bwindi Gorilla Tour from Rwanda in the Ruhija sector offers a thrilling and immersive wildlife experience, allowing you to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most endangered and majestic creatures, the mountain gorilla. This excursion takes you from Rwanda to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, where you’ll embark on a guided trek to observe these incredible primates in their natural habitat. The Ruhija sector is renowned for its stunning scenery and the chance to encounter one of the habituated gorilla groups.

Tour Description:

  • Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Ruhija sector, Uganda
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Activity: Gorilla trekking
  • Tour Highlights:
    • Close encounter with mountain gorillas
    • Beautiful scenic drive from Rwanda to Uganda
    • Immersion in the lush Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    • Chance to explore the Ruhija sector of Bwindi
    • Expert-guided trekking experience
    • Potential wildlife sightings along the way

Full Itinerary:

Note: It is advisable to book this tour in advance, as permits for gorilla trekking are limited and highly sought after.

Morning Departure from Rwanda:

  • 6:00 AM: Your day begins with an early morning departure from your accommodation in Rwanda, typically from Kigali or another nearby city. Make sure you have your passport, gorilla trekking permit, comfortable hiking attire, and packed lunch.
  • Crossing the Border: You’ll cross the border from Rwanda into Uganda, which is usually a straightforward process. Your tour guide will assist you with any immigration requirements.
  • Scenic Drive: Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside as you make your way to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The journey may take around 4-6 hours, depending on road conditions and border crossing time.

Arrival at Ruhija Sector:

  • 11:30 AM: Upon arrival in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you’ll have a short briefing at the park headquarters. Here, you’ll be assigned to a gorilla group and receive valuable information from your experienced guide about gorilla behavior, safety guidelines, and the trekking route.
  • Gorilla Trekking: Embark on an exhilarating gorilla trek through the dense forest. The duration of the trek can vary from 2 to 6 hours, depending on the location of the gorilla family you’re visiting. The rugged terrain and steep hills may present a challenging but rewarding experience.

Gorilla Encounter:

  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Once you locate the gorilla family, you’ll have a precious hour to observe and photograph these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. Your guide will provide insights into their behavior and lifestyle while ensuring a safe and respectful distance.

Return to Ruhija Sector:

  • 3:30 PM: After your magical encounter with the gorillas, you’ll start your journey back to the Ruhija sector headquarters.
  • Evening Return to Rwanda: Cross the border back into Rwanda and return to your accommodation. The drive back to Rwanda may take another 4-6 hours, depending on the border crossing and road conditions.

End of the Tour:

  • 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Arrive back at your accommodation in Rwanda, marking the end of your 1-Day Bwindi Gorilla Tour from Rwanda in the Ruhija sector.

This one-day adventure provides a unique opportunity to witness the beauty of these incredible creatures and the lush wilderness of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest while minimizing the time commitment of a multi-day trek. Please note that gorilla trekking permits are subject to availability and should be booked well in advance to secure your spot on this unforgettable journey.