Rwanda, the “ land of a thousand hills”, is only one of the three countries worldwide where mountain gorillas live. Each year, tourists flock the country to enjoy Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris in Volcanoes National Park. These gorilla trekking tours are best enjoyed from December to February, and June to mid-September, when the weather is relatively dry.
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. This hotel is near the Virunga Mountains and a 10 minute drive to Volcanoes National Park. Another excellent lodge is Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel, which is 12 km away from the park. Start your trip early in the morning in order to spot the apes in action.
The cost of 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 costs of Rwanda gorilla trekking permits:
- Non nationals – USD $750 per person
- Foreign residents – USD $375 foreign residents
- 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.
Another important element of your adventure is a guide, porter, or both. Luckily, most of these individuals speak fluent French and English. You can make small talk with them as you plod the tracks to make your hike more interesting. If you are an avid photographer, taking shots of mountain gorillas will be the highlight of your tour. Note that use of flash is not allowed near the animals. Be sure to protect your camera from damage incase of heavy rain.
Pic 2; Up close shot of a Rwanda mountain gorilla
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 long 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.
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. Volcanoes National Park allows only eight tourists are allowed per family. Enjoy learning fascinating facts about these gorilla families with the help of your tour guide.Get ready for a trek of a lifetime!
credits: Elizabeth Chepkoech, Jumia Travel.