Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris: Adventure of a lifetime

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Rwanda, the “ land of a thousand hills”, is one of the three countries in Africa with a large population of mountain gorillas. These great apes inhabit Virunga Mountains, which lie at the border of Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. The best place to view these apes is Volcanoes National Park,  which is the Rwandan side of Virunga Mountains.

A mother gorilla feeds her baby.

Planning a Rwanda gorilla trekking safari
  • When to track gorillas in Rwanda

You can enjoy gorilla trekking throughout the year. However, hiking is quite difficult during heavy rains in April, May, and November. Therefore, gorilla trekking tours are best enjoyed during the drier months of the year; December to February, and June to mid-September.

  • Gorilla trekking permits

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is affordable. Book a gorilla permit either through a travel agency or Rwanda Development Board. Below is a breakdown of the rates of Rwanda gorilla trekking permits:

Non-nationals – USD $750 per person

Foreign residents – USD $375

Rwandan citizens – 30,000 Frw

If you choose to use a travel agency, read Rwanda gorilla safari reviews online before booking. This precaution will enable you to compare various gorilla trekking Rwanda prices to avoid being overcharged.

Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda start with booking any of the top Rwanda gorilla trekking lodges. For the best accommodation, consider booking Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, the starting point of your adventure. This hotel is near the Virunga Mountains and a 10 minute drive to Volcanoes National Park. Another excellent lodge is Gorillas Volcanoes Hotelwhich is 12 km away from the park.

Mountain gorilla

An up-close shot of a mountain gorilla.

  • Gorilla tracking packing list

You will require walking boots for the safari to avoid slipping on the gorilla treks, which are often muddy and steep. Wear thick gardening gloves, a waterproof jacket, and a pair trousers to avoid being stung by nettles along the way. Carry some water as well to replenish your energy during the mountain gorillas tour around Virunga Mountains.

Gorilla Trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park  is a once in a lifetime experience. Start your trip early in the morning in order to spot the apes in action. Your tour guide will take you from your accommodation to Kinigi Village, the park’s headquarters. If you are a French or English speaker, language barrier will not be an issue as the guides speak both of these languages. You can make small talk with them as you plod the tracks to make your hike more interesting.

Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris are not complete without spotting any of the seven gorilla families. They include Susa, Sabyinyo, Amahoro, Group 13, Kwitonda, Umubano, and Hirwa.

A Hirwa family baby mountain gorilla.

Get ready for an unforgettable trek!

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