Where to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda is one of the most asked questions by upcoming travelers planning to have an encounter with the endangered mountain gorilla in the wild. Rwanda is one of the three destinations to trek gorillas in the whole world. Also, Rwanda is ranked as a luxury gorilla tour destination, which offers travelers with magical gorilla encounters in the shortest time possible. In May 2017, Rwanda double increased the cost of her gorilla permit from $750 to $1500 paid by all travelers including Rwanda nationals. The reason for high-cost gorilla permits was to limit the number of travelers visiting these endangered species to promote sustainable tourism.
Where to trek gorillas in Rwanda?
Rwanda gorilla safaris are done deep in the jungle forests of Volcanoes National park located in northwestern Rwanda. VNP is the only gorilla park in Rwanda and whoever wants to meet these gentle giants must, therefore, travel there. The park is home to the highest number of gorillas in the Virunga conservation area and a first stop center for gorilla tours in Africa.
To ease trekking, mountain gorillas in volcanoes National park have been habituated into 10 gorilla families available for trekking each day. Each gorilla family is visited by 8 people a day hence 80 Rwanda gorilla permits issued out every day. The gorilla families in Rwanda are Susa group, Karisimbi gorilla family, Sabyinyo gorilla group, Umubano family, Kwitonda gorilla group, Hirwa gorilla family, Bwenge gorilla family, Ugyenda family Amahoro Family, Agashya family, Titus family, and Kwitonda gorilla families among others. Each family is unique in its own kind in terms of size, location, and the story of formation hence worth visiting. The ease of access to Volcanoes Park from Kigali airport (roughly 3 hours drive) make it the best gorilla tour destination, especially for short time travelers. A 1-Day Rwanda gorilla trip starts off at 4:30 am, from Kigali to Musanze and then back to Kigali after gorilla trekking.
What’s the cost of a Rwanda gorilla tour?
The cost of a Rwanda gorilla tour depends on the length of the trip, the type of accommodation, and activities included in the itinerary. A single permit in Rwanda costs $1500. In addition to this, travelers pay for transport, accommodation, driver guides and other miscellaneous on the trip. This makes gorilla trekking one of the expensive safari activities in Africa. Fortunately, Africa Adventure Safaris offers you the most affordable Rwanda gorilla tours without compromising the value. If there is an extra activity for example golden monkey trekking in your gorilla safari itinerary, the price will increase to include the promote for golden monkey trekking. Therefore, there is no specific cost of Rwanda gorilla tours but its rather flexible.
How to book a Rwanda gorilla safari?
Do you want to book a Rwanda safari? Africa Adventure Safaris is at your service. We tailor-make a suitable itinerary that matches your budget, travel interests and time. Our Rwanda gorilla trips range from 1-Day Rwanda gorilla tour to 20 Days depending on a traveler’s choice. A long Rwanda s gorilla safari combines other activities such as golden monkey trekking, Dian Fossey grave yard hike, chimpanzee trekking/canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest, game viewing in Akagera National park and city tour through Kigali among others. Are you wondering how to book a Rwanda gorilla Safari?
What to expect on A Rwanda gorilla safari?
It is obvious that travelers planning a Rwanda gorilla trip be anxious about how the day of gorilla trekking can be. Well, this day begins as early as 5:00 am with a morning breakfast. Travelers are thereafter transferred to Kinigi park headquarters for a briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking. Trekking to meet mountain gorillas start at 8:00 am lasting for as short as 30 minutes or several hours depending on the location of mountain gorillas that day. After meeting gorillas, travelers are allowed to spend strictly an hour in the presence of the endangered gorillas. This hour is counted from the time travelers set their eyes on the gorillas. Observe closely the human-like traits of gorillas, take pictures, capture live videos and have fun with these amazing creatures.
What to pack for gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Travelers visiting mountain gorillas in Rwanda are ought to pack the appropriate essentials to ensure a peaceful and enjoyable Rwanda gorilla trek. Among the things to carry for gorilla trekking in Rwanda include:
• Hiking boots
• Gardening gloves
• Rain jackets
• Log sleeved shirts
• Long pants
• Bottled drinking water
• Energy giving snacks among others
Generally, Rwanda gorilla tours reward you with a memorable gorilla encounter. Book a Rwanda gorilla trip to Volcanoes National park, spend an hour in the presence of gorillas and enjoy this lifetime experience with Africa Adventure Safaris.
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