Gorilla Trekking Expeditions in Rwanda
Rwanda is one of the most incredible destinations that attract a number of travelers from different parts of the World to Africa. It sits in the Eastern region of the continent, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda in north, Burundi in the South, Tanzania in the East and Democratic Republic of Congo in the West.
Travelers like it because of multiple reasons including ease of accessibility, welcoming locals, spectacular attractions, stable security and impeccable hospitality services.
Of all reasons, Gorilla trekking sounds high as the main captivating point that every visitor to Rwanda would wish to be part of while on an African Safari Vacation.
When it comes to a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda, Uganda or Democratic Republic of Congo, the main activity offered is Gorilla trekking – this includes moving in a group following the permanently established trails that lead into the jungles.
You will wander in the Jungle until you locate the exact Gorilla family you are tracing for. With Gorilla trekking, only eight tourists are allowed to visit each Gorilla family per day. The time taken and distance moved depends on where these apes spent their last night.
After locating them, you will be allowed to be in their presence for only one hour – see them feeding, playing, laughing, swinging in the tree branches.
This is one of the most beautiful moments to remember. Later you will transfer back to the park headquarters to meet your driver guide for transfer up to the lodge.
If you wish to be part of this unrivaled experience in Rwanda, below are the top things you should know;
Where to go for Gorillas in Rwanda. While in Rwanda, the only place to go for Gorillas is Volcanoes National Park.
It is geographically located in the north western part of Rwanda along Rwanda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo.
Volcanoes National Park is part of the three parks that make up the Virunga massif. It is home to a diverse range of Mountain Gorillas that delights every traveler who gets chance to meet with them in the Jungles.
Other species in the Park include primates like Golden monkeys, blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, vervet, baboons and more.
The Park as well includes five of the eight Virunga volcanoes including Mount Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo.
Three of them (Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo) are shared with Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
What to Pack. There is a lot to Pack when heading for a Gorilla trek in Rwanda. These include protective wearing gears like hiking shoes, stockings, head shocks, gloves, long-sleeved shirts and trousers.
More to include are insect repellents, nose capes, sunglasses, huts, water proof jackets and bags. Other things to pack are good quality cameras, enough clothes, snacks, enough pocket money and devices you can use during your leisure time like personal computer, mobile phone and more.
A part from that, what you have to consider first are the travelling documents and these embody a valid passport, Visa and a valid yellow fever vaccination card.
Cost for Gorilla permits. To trek Gorillas, you must buy a permit. This permit in Rwanda costs $1500 USD per person.
It is only issued by Rwanda development board and it is recommended to book in advance before your travel dates. The permit is valid for use by one person in the respective travel dates.