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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tours

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Gorillas Safaris and tours in Rwanda are apparently the country’s leading safari product both in adventure and revenue generation. Rwanda Gorilla Tours feature Volcanoes National Park as the main destination since it is the only habitat for Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. The park is part of the Greater Virunga landscape where the 480 out of the 880 Mountain Gorilla population known to be left in the world thrive. Volcanoes National Park is 116km from Kigali and the driving range from 2 – 3 hours.

Rwanda Gorilla Safari Tours Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safaris is the most iconic Rwanda safari adventure that does not only generate remarkable safari memories but also generates considerable revenue for national economic development and conservation. The Only Rwanda Gorilla Safari habitat – the Volcanoes National Park to the North West of the country feature ten habituated gorilla groups which are part of the Greater Virunga landscape apparently protecting 480 out of the 880 total mountain gorillas known to be left in the world.

Rwanda Gorilla Safaris, Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Safaris. Gorilla Tours Rwanda. Gorilla safari in Rwanda. For those looking for a great experience with the Gorillas in Rwanda, we offer customized affordable Gorilla safaris in Rwanda for your preference. A Rwanda Gorilla safari tour is one of the memorable wildlife experiences that Africa can offer. It is also known as a country of a thousand hills, In Africa, Rwanda is one of the most promising tourist destinations where gorilla tracking can be carried out. A Rwanda Gorilla trek via Volcanoes National park Rwanda can involve anything from a 1 to 4-hour trek through the dense tropical rainforest of Rwanda. Using experienced gorilla trackers who have spent their entire lives inhabiting in or close to the forest, a gorilla trek in Rwanda is such interesting as you weave through moss-covered, Hagenia trees, overhanging vines and giant Lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate.

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is also filled with many other interesting wildlife encounters. During the trek, gorilla trackers can also see golden monkeys, bush duikers or buffaloes and a wide variety of birdlife. After meeting the gorillas in the wild, one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth, you can spend an hour watching the gentle giant gorillas as they go about their daily life, playing, resting, feeding, and raising their young ones. you will understand what kept conservation Dian Fossey living in this same forest for 18 years protecting these wonderful animals at the end of the trek.

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Planning a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda

When to go for Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda is possibly done in all year round though certain months might offer different experiences than others.  During the wet season which occurs in the months of April, May, and November, the gorilla forest flourishes with lots of food dense shrubs which means that Mountain Gorillas can dwell in closer ranges especially at the Mountain foothills since food is in abundance.

In the dry season months of December, January, February, June, July, August and Mid September, the vegetation is not dense and the gorilla foodstuff reduces at the lower layers. This prompts the gorillas to move higher the Mountain slopes to forage which in turn prolong the gorilla trekking encounter.

 Permits for Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Rwanda

The high season Gorilla Permits require an advance booking as there is always a high demand. Late booking may lead to missing out on the permit for the desired tracking date. The gorilla permits are solely sold by Rwanda Development Board and thus one can choose to book direct with the Board or book through a Travel Agent.

Each Gorilla permit costs $750 and unlike neighbouring Uganda, Rwanda does not offer discounted gorilla permits in the low season thus making her price uniform throughout the year.

The Rwanda Gorilla Permit booking and printing require your passport details including the name, passport number, date of Birth and Nationality.

How much Fitness is required for Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Rwanda?

Volcanoes National Park is positioned in the gorilla highlands of the Greater Virunga landscape and since the Mountain Gorillas keep on moving, the relative hikes ranging from easy to hard can be expected. This, therefore, means that though no minimum fitness level is required for gorilla trekking, being fit is actually an advantage.

The Rwanda Development Board park ranger guides always make sure that the group is following the speed of the slowest trekker and breaks can always be made to allow for rejuvenation.  Additionally, your Safari guide can forward your request to the park staff during the gorilla family allocation to allocate you an easy to trek gorilla group or even the most challenging group if interested though this is not guaranteed.

The general fitness exercises prior to your arrival for gorilla trek are important they help to prepare the body for the hiking adventure.   The rainy season offers shorter treks as gorillas groups range in close ranges while the dry season offers prolonged treks as the gorillas would have moved to higher slopes in search of food.

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari etiquette

Since the Mountain Gorillas and humans share 98% of their DNA, it means that they are susceptible to human infections especially the respiratory-related infections.

To minimize such outbreaks, the Gorilla trekking rules and regulations are put in place and require observation

  • Only 8 people are allowed to track each Gorilla family every day
  • The direct Mountain Gorilla viewing time is limited to one hour
  • A person with a contagious infection like Flue is not supposed to go tracking and alternative tracking can be arranged the following day
  • While with the Mountain Gorillas, the 7m distance from the gorillas has to be observed
  • Noise in the Gorilla forest should be avoided but you can ask questions to the guide
  • Eating and drinking while with the gorillas is prohibited
  • Littering in the gorilla habitat is prohibited.
  • Flash Photography is prohibited

What to Pack for Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safaris and Tours

  • The sturdy shoes would help you traverse the steep and slippery surfaces
  • The gardening gloves would shelter the hands from the bush thorns
  • The long trousers are recommended to protect the legs against the vegetation scratches
  • The waterproof jacket for rain moments
  • Walking stick for extra support during challenging treks
  • Lunch box along with sufficient water to keep you energized during the trek
  • In case you have heavy baggage, there are porters at the trailheads who can assist with the bag or heavy camera equipment.

Gorilla Families for Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari Tours

The destination Rwanda features a range of ten (10) habituated gorilla groups from which the traveler on gorilla safari in Rwanda is allocated one to track; These include; Susa with 38 members, Sabyinyo with 16 members, Agashya with 22 members, Amahoro with 19 members, Umubano with 13 members, Hirwa with 18 members, Kwitonda with 22 members, Titus with 14 members, Kuryama with 14 members and Uganda with 6 members.

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