There is a good number of tourists who fly to Rwanda to access Uganda’s gorilla parks. The main reason why we advice our clients to fly-in Kigali Rwanda and go gorilla trekking in Uganda is that it is more affordable to see the Uganda’s gorillas! If you choose to trek gorillas in Rwanda your packaged tour must be above US $1500 per trek per person and with this amount, you will be able to get a fully packaged gorilla safari in Uganda. With a saving of up to US$900 per person you can easily extend your tour and do other activities that don’t miss on the bucket-list of adventures that you can take in Uganda such as chimpanzee trekking, golden monkey trekking, wildlife game viewing, boat ride on the famous Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park and many other attractions in Uganda.
The second reason being, Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport is reasonably closer to this gorilla hub destination and geographically it’s the closest of all the airports in the region. So it takes you about 3 and a half hours drive including crossing the country boundary to either Bwindi Impenetrable National park, Mgahinga gorilla National park or Goma town in DR. Congo from where you will continue on next morning to Virunga National Park to either trek the endangered Mountain Gorillas or get on a two day climb/ hike of the active mountain Nyiragongo volcano to see the largest larva lake in the world.
Another major factor is that, Rwanda recently joined the East African community to have a joint market with all the East African member states (Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan) and the East Africa single entry visa was launched for Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya so all tourist travelling within these 3 member states will be required to acquire a single tourist visa paid at the country of first entry. So when you fly into Kigali and trek in Uganda it is cost effective as well as time saving than driving 8-10 hours from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable or Mgahinga Gorilla national parks
The infrastructural development of the three gorilla hub destination countries is on a high, the road network is fantastic, the three governments have prioritized improvement on the accessibility roads, allow private investors to put up both low budget and high end or luxury accommodation / lodging facilities within or near this gorilla hub destination and of course with conservation at the back of their minds thus setting up eco friendly facilities in and around these critical reserves. The infrastructural development has eased border crossings as well as maneuvering through this hilly and mountainous region
Several gorilla safari agencies make it possible for you to fly-in Kigali-Rwanda and track mountain Gorillas in Uganda’s either Mgahinga gorilla National park or the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National park and if your adventure interest is to do double gorilla trek, then its only in Uganda where you can experience double Mountain Gorilla tracking in two different Gorilla national parks hence a rare and a unique adventure that is Bwindi Impenetrable National park which host almost half a population of these gentle giants while the other being Mgahinga Gorilla national park which is part of the Virunga Volcanoes, put together you find out that Uganda Host over half a population of the most rare and endangered species in the world, the Mountain gorillas.
If your budget allows you to track in the nearby DR. Congo, gorilla hub tours limited can still make it possible for you to fly-in Kigali and track mount Gorillas in DR. Congo at the price of $400 per gorilla permit, per trek, a two days or 3 days is very possible as you get your adventure experience of a life time. This is another cost effective as well as time saving experience with Gorilla hub tours limited operating jungle adventure tours in this yet untouched and remote region of central and East Africa.