Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Overview
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda Highlights
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is an immense adventurous that every optimistic travel looks out to change his/her lifetime prospects about the adventures of the world. This partially explains why this activity is regarded as a life-changing opportunity by travel enthusiasts. According to recent findings and statistics, an estimated 800 endangered gorillas are remaining in the whole world, to meet and interface with these gentle giants surely gives you an amazing climax of a gorilla trekking safari in Africa
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is an all year round activity which lets travelers visit and trek the habituated gorilla groups of Rwanda with expert services of trained gorilla trekking guides from the Rwanda Development Board, the authorities managing the park. During the gorilla trekking activity and meet up with the gorillas, trekkers 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.
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Experiences
The experience of gorilla trekking in Rwanda starts as early as 6:00 am to reach the park headquarters for a scheduled gorilla trekking briefing from the guides the basic guidelines to follow while trekking the gorillas and the gorilla group assigned to trek (basing on your physical ability).
As soon as the trek begins, you will hike in the mountainous ranges of Virunga volcanos 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. After the trek, you will have most interesting hike getting you back as your euphoria for the mesmerizing gorilla trekking adventure will be satisfied
If you are choosing to go for gorilla trekking in Rwanda, you should know that the gorillas live within an altitude of 2500 and 4000m in the forest ranges. Porters are available to help you with your backpacks, cameras, as well as helping you with your footing along your hike which can be hard work, but well worth it.
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 is blessed with 10 habituated gorilla families available for gorilla trekking by the public with other specific habituated reserved for research purposes only (these are in Karisoke research center). 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;
WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GORILLA TREKKING IN 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