Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

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Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve has been named one of the new Seventh Wonders of the World in a poll of experts conducted by ABC Television’s Good Morning America. The incredible annual migration of over a million Wildebeest from the Serengeti plains to the Mara has been described as being one of the most awe inspiring sights on earth, and a broadcast on US morning television took this spectacle into millions of American homes.

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11 Days

From USD5,315

Per person sharing

  • 10 Days Safari
  • Chimpanzee trekking at Kibale Forest
  • Gorilla trekking in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • View of Rwenzoris Mountains
  • Boat Safari at Kazinga Channel
  • Nature walk in Lake Mburo
  • Crossing the Equator
  • Birdwatching at Bugondi Wetlands Sanctuary
  • Kibale National Park
  • Kazinga Channel
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Lake Mburo National Park
  • Lake Victoria Serena Resort
  • The Primate Lodge
  • Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Isasha Wilderness Camp
  • Buhoma Lodge
  • Mihingo Lodge

DAY 1 Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a White Plains Tours representative and transfer to Cassia Lodge in Kampala.

Overnight at Cassia Lodge (Bed and breakfast)

DAY 2 Depart early morning to the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. En route there is a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you will have lunch.After lunch proceed with the drive to Murchison Falls National Park.
After checking in to Budongo Eco Lodge enjoy a guided primate walk in the lush expenses of the Budongo Forest Reserve, in search of the habituated chimpanzee family. Also look out for other primates like the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Red-tailed Monkeys, different type of birds, tracks of mammals and much more. The hike takes about 2 to 4 hours depending on the movement of the chimpanzees. Once the chimps are found you will stay for one hour with these amazing creatures to watch them eating, resting and playing.

Dinner and overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge (Full board)

DAY 3 After an early breakfast we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing Rothschild Giraffe, elephants, lions, Jackson Hartebeest, Oribis, Waterbucks, leopards, different species of the savannah woodland birds. After lunch we will go on a Nile launch cruise to the bottom of the water falls for game viewing at close quarters, after the launch cruise we will drive to the top of the falls where you will have stunning view of the Nile.

Dinner and overnight at Bakers Lodge (Full board) 

DAY 4 After breakfast, check out and drive south to Fort Portal. Fort portal rests in the shadow of the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and is famous for her many tea plantations. Head to Kibale National Park arriving at Primate Lodge in time for dinner.

Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale (Full board)

DAY 5 After pre-tracking briefing, you will walk to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat.
Return to Primate Lodge for lunch. Enjoy sight-seeing around the scenic crater lakes that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park. Afterwards, you will proceed south alongside the majestic Rwenzori ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Dinner and overnight at Elephant Plains Lodge (Full board)

DAY 6 Early morning game drive. Head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. You will see lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. In the afternoon take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. There is so much birdlife in this area, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari.

Dinner and overnight at Elephant Plains Lodge (Full board)

DAY 7 After breakfast, head towards the south, passing the southern sector of the National Park. This part is called Ishasha and is famous for the tree climbing lions, after a short game drive in this area, continue to Bwindi. While driving through a verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views. In the afternoon, arrive in Bwindi National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. After lunch, you will take an evening walk in the village to meet the local community.

Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs (Full board)

DAY 8 This is the day for the unforgettable encounter, encounter with the gentle giants of Bwindi! After breakfast, drive to the park offices where trekkers are divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family as well as a tracking guide.
After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide (touches on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions), you drive to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure – participants can expect to walk long distances in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of fitness. Granted, the time taken can be quite unpredictable taking anything from 2 to 8 hrs or longer however the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback will more than compensate for the effort in their quest.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Afterwards, you hike back to base where your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs (Full board)

DAY 9 Transfer to Cyanika – cross the Rwanda border, from there you continue to Ruhengeri while enjoying panoramic views. The town itself, located only 25 kilometers from Uganda border, is relatively a small city. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here.

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Full board)

DAY 10 Early breakfast at the Lodge then head to tracking Gorilla in Volcanoes National Park.
0630 hrs: transfer to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters.
0700 hrs: Registration, where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.
Once the trekkers are put into groups, they drive up the mountain to the starting point.
Trekking can take from two to six or more hours depending on the location of the gorillas. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way.
Afterwards, you hike back to base where your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge.

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Full board)

DAY 11 In the morning you will enjoy the scenic drive to Kigali where you will catch your departure flight.

How much is a Gorilla Permit?

Gorilla permits for Uganda and Rwanda for the year 2020 is as follows: 


Non-Residents               USD700

Residents                       USD600

East Africa Citizens       USD70

Uganda Citizens            USD70


Non-Residents               USD1500

Residents                       USD1500

East Africa Citizens       USD1500

Uganda Citizens            USD1500

Which is the best time to do mountain gorilla trekking?

Mountain gorillas can be visited at any time of the year but the best time is the dry season which is May, June, July, August, September, early October and December. January is the best month to visit gorillas as the forest grounds are less muddy.

Where are mountain gorillas found? 

Mountain gorillas live in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and the Virunga conservation area shared by Mgahinga gorilla, Volcanoes and Virunga National parks in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo respectively. A combined gorilla safari to both parks offers you with an exceptional experience. Each park is different from the other in terms of location, access, and the number of habituated gorilla families. Bwindi has the highest number of mountain gorillas with 17 gorilla families habituated for trekking, Volcanoes has 10 gorilla families, Mgahinga has one gorilla family while Virunga national park has 8 gorilla families habituated for trekking.

Is there age limit for trekking gorillas?





05.01,2020 to 29.03.2020  –  USD7,345

30.03.2020 to 31.05.2020  –  USD6,635

01.06.2020 to 29.06.2020  –  USD7,345

30.06.2020 to 29.10.2020  –  USD7,865

30.10.2020 to 16.12.2020  –  USD7,345

17.12.2020 to 04.01.2021  –  USD7,345



Take Your Gorilla trekking in uganda with White Plains Tours!

Mountainous, forested Bwindi National Park is where to go for gorilla treks but the country is also home to large savannah reserves, lowland rainforests and enchanting lakes which make for one of the biggest wildlife experiences in Africa.

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Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park
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