Let’s discuss bucket lists. Is gorilla trekking something you have on your list for a long time but haven’t yet managed to tick off the list? For wildlife enthusiasts, Africa remains a prime destination for experiential and wildlife memories. Can we agree that Gorilla trekking is one of the must-do things on the travel bucket list of many travelers?
Did you also know that trekking through the African jungle in search of the majestic mountain gorillas is regarded by many as a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will stay with you forever?
Spending some time with these gentle mountain gorillas in their natural habit is a truly magical and unforgettable encounter.
How about a mix of wildlife, nature, and culture? This is by far, one of the great combinations for an African safari.
For this life-changing experience to happen, you will only need 7 days to travel and explore Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. Augustine Tours, a trusted gorilla trekking itineraries designer, offers a 7-Day Uganda Rwanda Burundi Overland Tour.
Indeed, you trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This 7-day African wildlife tour will allow you to immerse yourself through the beautiful hills and parks of these three colorful countries, which share many similarities in nature, history & culture.
In other words, on top of Gorilla trekking, you will enjoy natural vistas, cultural sites, and local experiences there that you will hardly find anywhere else.
Why go on a Gorilla trekking tour Experience?
You will see, observe, and learn a lot about the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, not in a zoo thankfully! Today, the gorilla population is estimated to be in the hundreds. The number includes gorillas in the protected reserves. So, hiking in the jungle is the only, yet amazing, way to meet with them.
Augustine Tours, one of the most trusted tour experts, with 13 years of experience in designing and leading gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, knows the best time to enjoy this African wildlife adventure.
Their experienced guides won’t only usher you to the gorillas but will also make sure you get the most out of your tour. You will learn about the gorilla families, their names, and how they behave.
So, if you go, you will be in the hands of a local expert with a wealth of knowledge.
A quick planning tip: Visas on arrival are possible and no Covid-19 tests for all vaccinated travelers.
What you need to know about Gorilla trekking with Augustine Tours
Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi are strategically located in the great lakes region of Africa. Each country is dotted with unique beauty and natural riches, making them an ideal destination for wildlife, nature, and culture. On this great 7-day overland tour, you will see the magnificent mountain gorillas led by an experienced tour operator, Augustine Tours.
The gorilla trekking adventure won’t stop until you experience the infectious cultures of Rwanda and Burundi and their breathtaking landscapes.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
The Gorilla trekking tour itinerary begins at Kigali International Airport where you will be picked and hosted in the legendary Hotel des Milles Collines. Time to recharge and get ready for the next morning’s safari. The arrival day will be a sneak peek into the vibrant city of Kigali.
On Day two, you’ll head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will trek gorillas and hike through the forest where you will see different flora and fauna making Bwindi an incredible destination.
Day three is reserved for the signature of this journey, the gorilla trekking experience.
After an early breakfast, the day begins with a pre-trekking briefing where the park ranger will allocate the different gorilla families and explain the dos and don’ts to the trekkers.
Once you’ve located the gorillas, you’ll have a one-hour opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat. You’ll be able to watch them play, feed, and interact with one another. Meeting the mountain gorillas in the jungle is an incredible experience.
Trekking gorillas can take 3 to 6 hours through the dense forest and is the most fascinating part of the trip.
At the end of the trek, you’ll leave with an unforgettable memory of your time with the gorillas. The day will be immortalized with great photos. A gorilla trek in Bwindi is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget.
Rwanda and Burundi Cultural Tour Experience
Augustine Tours believes that tourism is about people wherever we go. So, days four to six are reserved for cultural and historical exploration of Rwanda and Burundi.
In Rwanda, you will visit Nyanza King’s Palace, located 88 km south of Kigali City, a former residence of King Mutara III Rudahigwa, a representation of the royal palace that was traditionally built. The palace offers a detailed look into their monarchy’s traditional Rwandan seat. It is an impressive museum, restored to its 19th-century state and made entirely with traditional materials.
On day five, you will drive to Burundi and the afternoon will be used to relax at the white sand beach of Lake Tanganyika, which will give you time to collect your adventure memories while enjoying the calmness of the Lake.
For day six and day seven(half-day), you can explore the city of Bujumbura, Rusizi National, and Karera Waterfalls, the source of the Nile River, and the famous Gishora Drum Sanctuary where you will have a 40-minute exhilarating drum show.
In a nutshell
In addition to all the gorilla trekking which is the highlight of this African trip, the tour includes visits to local villages and communities.
This will give you first-hand experience with the local people’s traditional ways of life and customs.
It is worth mentioning that gorilla trekking remains a regulated activity. The park management avails a limited number of permits each day.
Trekkers are required to attend a briefing before the gorilla trek begins. They will be asked to adhere to guidelines for a smooth experience with the gorillas.
Why Book with Augustine Tours?
Augustine Tours is a tour company specializing in tailor-made African Wildlife Safari and cultural tour experiences that has been providing excellent tours around East Africa for the last 13 years.
Their core belief underscores that tourism is not only fun but a great channel for education and cultural exchange.
Their primary focus is to provide experiences that benefit visitors and the local communities which is a win-win situation as the visitors get first-hand travel experiences and the local employment benefit from the dollar spent by tourists.
Their guided tailor-made safaris and tours to Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya go beyond the gorilla trek safari experience.
Augustine Tours was created in 2010 by Augustin Ndikuriyo created, an industry expert with 15 years of experience in the tourism and travel industry passionate. He is a digital marketing strategist and an advocate for young businesses in Africa.
If You Go
The 7-day Gorilla tour offered by Augustine Tours is an unforgettable African adventure through the majestic countries of Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda. It will be an opportunity to experience the region’s incredible wildlife and natural beauty while also learning about the local people’s cultures and ways of life. For more information about other tours, visit augustinetours.com