Gorilla trekking Rwanda is one of the highly valued activities in Rwanda national parks. This information is a complete guide to help you when planning your safari to Rwanda for the famous Gorilla trekking and other attractions like what primates to see, the nature of the climate, when to visit, the prices and the accommodation facilities to stay while on your Gorilla trekking safari.
In east Africa, Gorilla trekking is mostly done in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, these are the only countries in the world where you can find the mountain gorillas and in Rwanda basically, you can locate the gorillas in volcanoes National Park.
Volcanoes national park is one of Rwanda’s best national park with all Rwanda gorilla safaris covering the highest percentage of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Conservation area.
The park is located in a strategic place making it easy to be located by the tourists visiting the park, the drive time from Kigali international airport is approximately 2 hours’ drive to volcanoes national park, which makes the park one of the easily accessible gorilla national park in the world and best for carrying out the activities in the national park, not only does the park harbor gorillas, Volcanoes National park is a home for other primates like golden monkeys, a variety of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects among other creatures with all this attractions, this gives you a full complete package for Rwanda gorilla safari and many other activities offered at the park.
The volcanoes national park, comprises of 12 mountain gorilla habituated groups/families ready for gorilla tracking with different gorilla groups including Igisha, Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Amahoro, Agashya, Kwitonda, Umubano, Hirwa, Bwenge, Ugyenda and Muhoza and Susa being one best gorilla family with over 41 gorilla species ready for tracking.
During the actual day for the gorilla trekking, you are divided in to groups of 8 people to track different gorilla families. Your encounter with the Gorillas is one of the exciting and unforgettable experience of your life time as you get to study their way of life and behaviors this is so interesting the guide will be there to answer all your questions.
For Rwanda gorilla permits, the permit goes for US $1500 per person, per permit in order to trek the gorillas in the volcanoes national park. And how to acquire the permits, you can contact us at adventure in the wild safari if you have come up with the final dates so will check for the availability of the permits for that particular day and secure it for you.
What to expect during the gorilla trekking?
Gorilla trekking takes approximately three quarters of the day, so clients are always advised to find accommodation nearer to the park since in most cases the activity starts early morning. You will wake up at 7:00am and head to the parks headquarters and start your trekking safari with briefing on rules/precautions of the Gorillas during your encounter with this huge Apes later with you will head to the forest with the guide/ ranger and the members of your group for the start of your Gorilla trekking .
The activity may last for 30min or more before you locate particular gorilla family so it requires you to be physically fit at all times putting in mind that they are called mountain gorillas and are not static in one particular place but move a lot so an element of hiking is involved during the search for the Gorillas.
Cost of Gorilla Trek in Rwanda
The cost of the gorilla trek differs according to different gorilla trekking companies taking part in this activity, the costs ranges from cheap and luxury safari options and how its being charged depends on the different charges for accommodation, transport costs, different seasons like in high seasons the prices raise and the lower seasons. The prices drop so the charge differs also both local and international companies charge differently.
Recommended Safaris to track the gorillas in rwanda
There are several tour options to track the gorillas in Rwanda including the 3 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, the 4 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, the 7 days Rwanda safari and many others