Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Overview
Gorilla trekking Rwanda is an adventurous activity every optimistic traveler would want to go for. Rwanda also offers magnificent hiking and trekking through dense rain forests to the summits of volcanic peaks, and even high above the tree canopy on the day of the gorilla tour. This is the main reason why Rwanda visited and considered to be the land of a thousand hills because of its gorillas and steep hills.
Rwanda Gorilla trekking tours is an all year round activity which lets travelers visit and trek the habituated gorilla groups of Rwanda with expert services of trained guides from the Rwanda Development Board, the authorities managing the park. During the gorilla trekking tour you will meet up with the gorillas and you are permitted to stay with the gorillas for a 1 hour giving you the ample time to see them play, cuddle and protect each other, and watch them as they go about their daily lives.
You are allowed to com with a camera but with flashlight for it disrupts the gorillas. You need to be well dressed for the activity with strong shoes, long sleeved shirt and raincoat for protection encase of rain. Contact us today and travel to Rwanda.
What to expect on the day of Gorilla tour in Rwanda
On the day of gorilla trekking in Rwanda starts as early as 6:00 am and drive to the park headquarters for a briefing about the basic guidelines to follow as you trek the gorillas by experienced guides and the gorilla groups are assigned the trekkers meaning that the weak, elderly and less fit are given to trek near gorillas which takes a short time. If your trekking takes a short time, you experience entertainment in form of cultural dances and interacting with local community around the parks. “You must have a valid gorilla permit”
As soon as the tour begins, you will hike in the mountainous ranges of Virunga volcanoes to search and find the gorillas. This can take about 45 minutes to 5 hours and so depending on the location of the gorilla family allocated and sometimes it goes up to high altitude (gorillas live within an altitude of 2500 and 4000m in the forest ranges). During hiking you encounter other animals such as monkeys, baboons and many bird species, which together make the experience memorable. Porters ( hired from the park head quarters at a fair cost) and hiking sticks (not a must) are always available to help you have a successful tour. After the trek, you will have most interesting hike getting you back as your euphoria for the mesmerizing gorilla trekking adventure will be satisfied.
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Permits
Typically, a gorilla permit in Rwanda costs a standard fee of USD1500. However, the RDB has several packages of the gorilla trekking permits as seen here below, all inclusive of the park entrance charges.
SPECIAL GORILLA SAFARI PACKAGES
- US$ 15,000 for an exclusive visit to a specific mountain gorilla family
- US$ 30,000 for a minimum of 3 visitors for 3 consecutive days (Behind the scenes).
DISCOUNTED GORILLA PERMITS
- 30% discount (US$ 1,050) for combined tours visiting at least 3 National Parks in Rwanda (Gorilla Trekking, Akagera and/or Nyungwe National Park) for at least 3 days during the months of November-May,
- 15% discount (US$ 1,275) on conference delegates who stay pre & post MICE events to see gorillas.
GORILLA FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY
- US$ 5,000 for 3 consecutive days for Mountain Gorilla filming and professional photography,
- US$ 12,000 for Mountain Gorilla filming and photography per crew per day (maximum 8 people).
Gorilla Trekking Guidelines
Gorilla Families in Rwanda
Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park has 10 habituated gorilla families available for trekking by the public with other specific habituated reserved for research purposes only. Each and every group has something unique to offer which may be in terms of character, size, dominance. In each gorilla family, you will be able to see at least one Silverback though sometimes more than one, along with with several females and a group of youngsters. The summary list of Rwanda gorilla families is given below;
Facts about Gorilla tours Rwanda
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Climate
The climate in Musanze is changeable and you can generally expect both sun and rainfall during the day. At 1,700m above sea level, the city is generally quite cold, particularly in the evening, so warm clothing is advised.
What to Wear For Gorilla Trekking?
We highly recommend you to wear long trousers and shirts when in the forest to avoid nettle stings. Steady walking shoes or hiking boots are essential. Raingear/raincoat is very essential tools useful.
Muzanze is a 90-minute drive from Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali. You can either hire a private car or take a public taxi minibus. From there, you need to get to Kinigi, where the trip begins. Vehicles can be hired for this purpose in Musanze town. On the day of trekking the gorillas, you must be at the RDB Offices in Kinigi at 7:00 AM for briefing before the trek begins.
Which Language to Use?
RDB Tourism & Conservation currently has English and French-speaking expert friendly guides as well as a team of 80 trained gorilla trackers many of whom speak French or English.
Other Helpful Trekking Tips
- What can I bring: Bring a water bottle and a small snack although eating, drinking, and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden. Don’t forget your camera!
- Photography tips: Photographs are permitted, although you may not use flash.
- Do I need Porters: Porters are available to help you carry your daypack for a small charge.
Physical Fitness Required
Mountain gorillas live at high altitude and this may cause difficulties for some visitors. You should walk slowly and drink plenty of water. No one should feel deterred from making this trip.
Gorilla Species To See During the Trek in Volcanoes NP