Did you know you can fly to Kigali, Rwanda through RwandAir and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest to track Gorillas ? The journey is not a long one compared to when you fly to Entebbe airport in Uganda and drive over 460 kms to south western Uganda. This is a time saving opportunity for those opting to enjoy a gorilla tracking experience in both countries. Gorillas in Rwanda can be seen at the Volcanoes national park, also known as Parc De Volcanoes.
The gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi are at $600 USD, much cheaper than the Rwanda Gorilla permits which are at $1500 USD. Visitors can now book through a recognized and trusted tour operator in case they don’t want to go through the hustle of buying the permits themselves and making sure their accommodation is available.
RwandAir is the flag carrier airline of Rwanda and operates several domestic and international flights. Tourists can now travel from major cities like Brussels, Dubai, Johannesburg, London, and Mumbai on a direct flight to Rwanda.
Gorilla tracking was first introduced in Bwindi in 1993, and at the time there was only about one gorilla group in Buhoma. Today there about 11 habituated gorilla groups at Bwindi in different parts of Nkuringo, Ruhija, Rushaga & Buhoma.
Most Gorilla Safaris that start in Uganda, will pass through a rich green country side and several stop-overs full of interesting craft centers, local markets and shops. The famous ones are the Equator line on Masaka road and Fort-portal town. While in Rwanda, you will get enjoy hilly roads that wind down to Kabale or Kisoro town.
While you start your journey to track gorillas in Bwindi, remember to carry along important items like a raincoat, jungle boots, backpack and drinking water.
At Bwindi, you can choose to stay at a Luxury accommodation facility or rather a Comfort or Standard lodge. Most lodges cater for different budgets and anyone can feel comfortable while staying there. Other activities in Bwindi include Bird watching, Village walks, Hiking, Batwa Cultural Experiences and dance performances. The Park is spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys, and is known to be the source of five major rivers that flow into Lake Edward.
However, Bwindi is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world and most travelers have or already put this on their bucket list.