1 Day Gorilla trekking Rwanda
1 day Rwanda gorilla trek starts and end in Kigali. You will visit and meet the highly endangered mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes national park, the only gorilla trekking destination in Rwanda. This excursion perfectly meets the needs of budget travelers and visitors who really have a very short time stay in Rwanda, especially those visiting for business conferences or volunteering visits. This gorilla trek requires you to obtain a valid Rwanda gorilla permit which costs you only $1500. Since its a one day excursion, you don’t have to plan for accommodation in the park.
1 Day Gorilla Trek Itinerary
Start your 1 Day short gorilla trek early in the morning at 5:00 am. Our driver-guide will pick you up for a morning drive to Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. The journey to Musanze is a 2 hours drive and will get you past breathtaking beautiful landscaping scenery of the rolling hills of Rwanda.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a leading adventure which starts at 8:00 am immediately after having a briefing on how to behave when with the gorillas. You will be led by armed ranger guides as you head into the forest to begin the gorilla trek.
For your trekking adventure, your guides, porters and rangers go out of their way to make sure you have a memorable experience. The group moves at the pace of the slowest person to accommodation everyone. The guides are very informative and ready to share all the information on gorillas, their behaviors, conservation, and the local community.
You will have 99% chances of seeing the gorillas on your trek, but just in case you fail to see them (which of course is very rare), You are assured with an opportunity to do a gorilla trek on a different day at just half the price of gorilla permits.
When you meet the gorilla, lead guides will grant a maximum of 1 hour of a memorable experience with them, taking photos of these giants of the wild will be very interesting (BUT REMEMBER NOT TO USE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY). While with the gorillas, make sure to keep a minimum distance of at least 7 meters away from the gorillas. However, since the gorillas are wild animals and very curious, they often get up-close with the trackers, when they do, you are advised to stay calm, look down and do not run. Getting closer to the gorillas is such exhilarating that it will enhance the trekking experience with the gorillas.
After the gorilla trek, you ill hike back the trails to the starting point where you will meet your waiting driver ready to transfer you for a long journey back to Kigali with your packed lunch from the lodge enjoyed on the way. Arrive in Kigali in the evening and the driver will drop you off at your hotel or airport.