Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

2023 Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda

2023 gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda; Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is an interesting and extra ordinary activity which gives travelers an opportunity to move on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes national park which is located in north western part of Rwanda in Musanze village bordering with Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo. Apart from Volcanoes national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and Virunga national park, gorilla trekking is also done in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Kahuzi Biega national park.

Gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park

Volcanoes national park is a home of about 10 habituated gorilla families namely Karisimbi gorilla family, Susa gorilla family, Bwenge gorilla family, Amahoro gorilla family, Agashya gorilla family, Sabyinyo gorilla family, Umubano gorilla family, Hirwa gorilla family, Kwitonda gorilla family and Ugenda gorilla family. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park starts very early in the morning with a briefing bout the rules and regulations to follow during trekking at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will be subdivided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and an experienced park guide who is conversant with gorilla trekking trails. Trekking of gorillas in Volcanoes national park takes about 30 minutes to 6 hours depending on where the mountain gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other primates, bird species among others and once the mountain gorillas are found, you will be able to spend one hour with them in their habitat which gives you a chance to learn more about their habits, behaviors, watch gorillas carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, playing, grooming young ones, take photos and record videos.

Cost of gorilla trekking permits in Volcanoes national park

Gorilla trekking permits are legal documents that are issued to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit habituated gorilla families and spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. A gorilla trekking permit in Volcanoes national park costs 1,500 USD per person for all nationalities.

2023 Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda
Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda

How to book gorilla trekking permits in Volcanoes national park

There are two options of booking gorilla trekking permits in Volcanoes national park and the first option is booking directly through Rwanda Development Board (RDB) where you will contact the park headquarters in Kigali via email or telephone calls. Gorilla trekking permits in Volcanoes national park can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us with the date, month and year when you wish to visit the mountain gorillas. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and if there are permits available on your preferred dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once the payment has been made, we will purchase the gorilla trekking permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.

Booking gorilla trekking permits with Achieve Global safaris is the best option to use in that we will not only acquire gorilla permits on your behalf but also plan for your entire Rwanda safari which involves transportation, accommodation, services of a driver guide, other activities to engage in after gorilla trekking and other destinations to visit during your safari.

Best time to go for gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda

Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in the national park therefore vegetation will be short which allows you to view the mountain gorillas clearly, access roads and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy.

Where to stay during your gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda

There are a number of accommodation facilities in Volcanoes national park where you can stay during your 2023 gorilla trekking safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including One and Only Gorillas Nest Lodge, Urugano Virunga Palace, My Hill Eco Lodge, Amakoro Songa Lodge, Fravan Eco Resort, La Palme Hotel, Kinigi Guesthouse, Villa Gorilla, Hotel Muhabura, Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel, Garr Hotel, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge, Garden Place Hotel, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Best View Hotel, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Virunga Lodge, Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Tiloreza Volcanoes Ecolodge, Virunga Inn Resort and Spa among others.

Gorilla trekking is a breathtaking activity that shouldn’t be missed during your safari in Rwanda. For more information about 2023 gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for affordable gorilla trekking packages.

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