Looking for a 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari for a short gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda? This two days package highlights 1 mountain gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda. Its one of the short Rwanda safaris that you should book for an awesome experience. You can also book this 2 days Rwanda gorilla tour under our Rwanda group safaris arrangement.
Day 1: Kigali City tour & Transfer to Volcanoes game park
Depending on where you will be located either hotel or airport on the first day of your 2 days Rwanda gorilla safari, a company representative, guide / driver from our Rwanda tours and travel company will pick you up and do a city tour around Kigali where you will visit the Genocide Memorial Center, craft shops and many other more places. Then after which you will proceed to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze and check in at your accommodation for an overnight stay. Dinner and overnight stay at Muhabura hotel (budget), Mountain gorilla view lodge (mid-range) or Sabyinyo Lodge for a luxury experience.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking
On this second and last day of your 2 days Rwanda gorilla safari, you will have an early morning breakfast, then the tour guide will transfer you the park headquarters together with tracking gear and packed lunch for a briefing about gorilla trekking. After this essential briefing, you will then enter the forest within the park with rangers for the actual gorilla trekking activity. This may take 2-8 hours depending on the movements of the animals inclusive of a full one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas.
After meeting the gorillas, your driver will drive you back to Kigali and then to the airport for your departure flight or get dropped off at any accommodation facility of your choice within the city to mark the end of your 2 days Rwanda gorilla trek.
Second Option – 2 Days Uganda Gorilla Trek from Kigali
Please note that ever since Rwanda increased the price of each gorilla permit to $1500 from $750 in 2017, tourists have resorted to arriving through Rwanda and driving to track gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A Uganda gorilla permit costs only $600 each irrespective of the season you are travelling in. Not so many tourists can afford the price of Rwandan permits. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi – Uganda is way much cheaper compared to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. The price of 1 Rwanda gorilla permit can book an entire 3 days gorilla package in Uganda inclusive of accommodation, transportation, fuel, guide fees and more facilities. Just in case you want to take the Ugandan option, see a detailed itinerary for a 2 days Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali below.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali & Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
On your arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our tour guide and transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in South Western Uganda. This journey is roughly 4 hours so you have to plan for your arrival accordingly. If you arrive before lunch, we shall have time to take you around the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Monument so a blend of some history regarding the 1994 Rwanda Genocide that saw over 800,000 lives lost in less than 100 days.
When you arrive at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you will check in to your lodge and relax as you get set for your mountain gorilla trekking adventure the following day. Overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge for comfortable stay or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge for luxury stay.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking and departure
This is the day of your gorilla trekking encounter. You will wake up to an early morning breakfast meal and head to the park headquarters for a pre-briefing meeting. During this meeting, you will be briefed on the dos and donts of mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda. It is also a platform for you to open and ask any questions that you need to.
From this same meeting, you will be divided into groups and assigned random mountain gorilla families to track whilst considering some factors. Mountain gorilla groups are assigned basing on age, physical status and a lot more factors. The special needs people always get easier groups to track and vice versa. This however, shouldn’t make you think being in the right physical state will get you a hard group to track. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable and all depends on luck. Some clients see gorillas after walking for only an hour and some take up to 6 hours before locating them. Even the people who are assigned easy groups to track can take a good number of hours before seeing the gorillas on a bad day. These gorillas roam freely in their natural habitat hence, you can not always find them in one place.
After getting assigned to your gorilla group, you will join other members and begin your journey into the forest to search for gorillas. The hike is a bit steep and goes through muddy trails. You have to wear boots that will make you feel comfortable else your shoes will soak in mud, especially on a rainy day. When you find gorillas, you will be allowed to spend an hour with them before returning to your starting point to receive your gorilla certificates. You will then be transferred to Kigali immediately with lunch en route and later proceed to the airport yo catch up with your departure flight or get dropped at any accommodation facility of your choice in Kigali to mark the end of your 2 days Uganda gorilla safari from Kigali.
Note: When sending an inquiry for this 2 days gorilla trekking safari, endeavor to indicate which option you would like to go with so that we are able to send you the corresponding safari details and quotation. You can use the special requests text box to mention this to us. If you want to trek in both gorilla trekking destinations then we can arrange that for you too on special request. Arriving from Kigali, tracking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and departing from Kigali will save you a lot of time and money compared to tracking from Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.