Gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda is the best activity one can ever have on a trip to Africa and its currently the leading activity when it comes to generating traffic in tourism. The rareness of the mountain gorillas in the world has caused most Europeans especially primate lovers to travel to these East African countries simply to look at them in their natural homes. In Uganda, these primates are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park while as in Rwanda, they are found in Volcanoes National Park. These parks receive the highest number of tourists every year and the reason is that they harbor one of the world’s most endangered species.
But one may wonder;- how many days should one spend on a gorilla safari to either Rwanda or Uganda or even on a combined trip to both countries. Lets look at each country at a time and see how one can plan for his time on a trekking trip.
In Rwanda, the days to be spent on a gorilla trekking safari are few as compared to Uganda and DRC. This is because Rwanda is small and Volcanoes National Park where these primates live is near to Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. Actually its possible for someone to travel from Kigali to the park and trek the mountain gorillas on the same day. Therefore a one day gorilla safari to Rwanda is possible. The transfer can be early in the morning from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park reaching at around 8:00 am and then going for trekking at 8:30 am. After the trek, a transfer back to Kigali is done for a flight home.
Apart from a one day Rwanda gorilla trekking trip, there are other packages one can go for like 2,3,4,5,6,7 and more. The number of days can be customized according to the additional activities a tourist wishes to do. But the most common gorilla trekking safaris to Rwanda are,1 days gorilla safar,2 days Rwanda gorilla tour,3 days Rwanda tour,4 days Rwanda double gorilla trek trip,5 days gorilla & chimp tour. Those are the best selling trips in this East African country but even others are arranged depending on the client’s preferences.
It’s a different case when it comes to Uganda. Short days safaris like a one day gorilla trekking trip is impossible simply because Uganda is bigger compared to Rwanda and its national parks are far from Kampala, the capital city where most tours start from. Even a 2 days gorilla safari to Uganda is impossible because an extra day for transfer back to Kampala would be required. The least number of days a tourist can spend on a Uganda gorilla trekking safari are three days. It would involve first day transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park where the gorillas are found. This transfer takes about 8 hours and by the time you reach the park you are already tired and can’t do any activity. Gorilla trekking can be carried out the next day and possibly other activities. The third day will be for transfer back to Kampala or Entebbe international airport for a flight back home.
Other number of days one can opt for 4 to 9 Days. Choosing the number of days depends on the number of activity one intends to do.
Combined Uganda and Rwanda
Some tourists prefer extending their trips by combining both Uganda and Rwanda gorilla Safari for a double trek experience. This is possible and in most cases tourists opt for a 6 days combined safari to these East African countries. Others even go for long safaris to East Africa that stretch to 12, 14, 15 and even 22 days. These long trips are good in that they help one to get a discount on the safari and also have an extensive experience in both countries.