Katuna Border, a mere 2 hours’ drive from Rwanda’s vibrant capital, Kigali, serves as your portal to a thrilling expedition to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Nestled just 1.5 hours away from Eastern Bwindi, 2.5 hours from Southern Bwindi, and 3 hours from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Katuna Border is your ideal starting point for an unforgettable gorilla tracking experience.
Trek Africa Tours takes pride in organizing seamless pick-up arrangements for travelers embarking on gorilla tracking adventures in Uganda. Whether you’re staying in Kigali or arriving at Katuna Border, our team ensures your convenience every step of the way. What’s more, you have the incredible opportunity to embark on a gorilla trek in Uganda at an affordable price, with gorilla permits priced at just $700 per person per trek.
Prepare to venture deep into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where an extraordinary encounter with mountain gorillas awaits. At Trek Africa Tours, we offer tailor-made and scheduled gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris in both Uganda and Rwanda, all at unbeatable, all-inclusive prices. Our commitment is to ensure your gorilla trekking experience is nothing short of remarkable. To complement your gorilla trek, we offer a diverse range of captivating activities, including chimpanzee trekking, game viewing, mountain hiking, community tourism, white-water rafting, and much more, all tailored to your interests.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in southwestern Uganda along the Rift Valley’s edge, is a natural wonder waiting to be explored. Enshrouded in mist, the park boasts one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, boasting over 25,000 years of existence and nurturing nearly 400 plant species. Yet, it is the park’s role as guardian to around 400 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the global population, that truly captivates the world. These gorillas, including several habituated groups, can be tracked with experienced guides.
This biologically diverse region is also home to an additional 120 mammal species, from iconic primates like baboons and chimpanzees to majestic elephants and graceful antelopes. The park’s avian residents number around 350 species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Nestled nearby, the towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo offer a variety of accommodation options, from luxury lodges to rustic bandas and budget campsites, along with restaurants, craft markets, and guiding services. These towns also serve as gateways to discovering the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops, and village visits.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers four tracking locations: Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo. These regions collectively host approximately 18 gorilla families. Permits should be secured in advance through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or a reputable tour agent, allowing only eight visitors per gorilla group for an hour each day. Tracking duration varies from a few hours to an entire day, depending on the gorillas’ movement since their last observed nest.
With 350 bird species recorded, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics, Bwindi’s varied habitat is a haven for birdwatchers. Spot the African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue, White-tailed Blue Flycatchers, and Red-headed Bluebill, among others, with ease.
Choose from various trails, such as Rushura Hill Walk, Muzubijiro Loop, Ivi River Walk, Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail, and the Habinyanja (Railegh) Trail. Each offers a unique experience, from sweeping vistas of Lakes Edward and George and the Rwenzori Mountains to sightings of primates, birds, and medicinal herbs.
Delve into the heritage of the Batwa Pygmies as you explore Nyamugali Pocket Forest, a unique enclave teeming with Albertine endemics, primates, and fascinating flora. Learn about their traditional practices, including fire-making and medicinal herbs, and discover the secrets of this ancient forest.
Embark on a scenic 9-kilometer hike through the lush rainforest to Muyanga waterfalls in Buhoma sector, offering breathtaking views, diverse primates, birdlife, and unique flora. The waterfalls feature three levels, cascading from a height of 33 meters.
The best time for gorilla trekking is during January, February, June, July, August, September, and December. These months offer drier conditions and are in high demand for gorilla permits.
Contact Trek Africa Tours to book your gorilla tracking tour from Katuna Border Rwanda to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Your adventure of a lifetime awaits!