Exclusive Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda 2024-2025 :  Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda is one of the private gorilla trekking experiences that do take place at Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes national park is the leading park activities in the park and major tourism attraction in Uganda. With the increased rate of the luxury safaris in Rwanda, with the demand for private trekking, visitors can now book exclusive gorilla trekking at volcanoes national Park. Exclusive gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda is a high end adventure safari activity whereby the visitors will feel a treat of luxury pampering, being offered maximum attention by park ranger guides during the trekking at volcanoes national park. The park is a home to mountain gorillas and other primate’s species including golden monkeys, it is also home to volcanoes Muhabura, Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Bisoke and Karisimbi great for those interested in hiking adventures. Volcanoes National Park has 12 Gorilla families hence 96 Gorilla permits are available each day for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

The highlight of any trip to Volcanoes National Park is undoubtedly gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking is an adventurous activity in volcanoes national park where visitors on private gorilla trekking safari to volcanoes national park gets an opportunity to move on foot into the tropical rainforest in hunt for habituated mountain gorillas. The exclusive gorilla trekking is conducted in line with the gorilla trekking guidelines just like other normal gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to be followed during trekking. After the briefing, you will start the trekking in the forest which takes about 2 hours to 6 hours depending on where the mountain gorillas are located since naturally they move from one place to another in hunt for food. During trekking, you will be able to spot other primates species, birds and once the gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural environment where you will be able to learn about their habits, behaviors, how the carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, playing, record videos and take pictures to show people back home.

Getting gorilla permits in Rwanda can be done directly by booking them through Rwanda Development Board or through our trusted company at Focus East Africa Tours and can only be authorized to persons above 15 years age. The exclusive gorilla trekking is conducted in line with the gorilla trekking guidelines just like other normal gorilla trekking. The gorilla trekking guideline has to be obeyed during the trekking.

Each Gorilla permit in Volcanoes national park Costs 1500 US$ Per person per trek for the foreign nonresidents, 500 US$ Per person for foreign residents and 200US$ for East African Citizens (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan), this gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. If you are planning to travel and trek alone you will need to block and pay for all the gorilla permits trekking that specific day in Volcanoes national park. For a foreign non-resident, each gorilla permit costs 1500 US$. We recommend you block the gorilla permits at least 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. This is because during high season permits sell out in advance on first come first serve basis

What you need to wear during exclusive Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Water proof hiking boots

A long armed sweater since the park gets cold

2 pairs of long trousers

A pair of Binoculars. This will help you to see the vast birds Bwindi impenetrable forest has among other primates

A rain coat, the rain in Volcanoes National Park is unpredictable so to be on a safer side, you will be required to carry along a coat

A hat and sun glasses depending on the weather though this is optional

Cameras and long lasting batteries since photography are very important to keep your memories alive. Always remember to keep our flash off.

Gardening Gloves, these will help you when you a holding onto trees are branches through the trek.

A mosquito Repellent, since it is a forest, it has different dangerous insects so it’s advisable to carry it along or wear it

You should not wear very bright colors since this will charge or scare away the gorillas.

Exclusive Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda 2024-2025

Black and Blue colors are also not recommended since they attract Tsetse flies so I would recommend neutral colors.

How to get to volcanoes national park?

The park can be accessed by road and its only 2 hours’ drive from Kigali city and about an hour drive from Cyanika boarder of Uganda and Rwanda. We use 4×4 vehicles for our all-inclusive packages that are very comfortable for your road trip to Volcanoes national park, they come with drinking water onboard, AC and driven by professional driver guides.  For entry into the park, you will need to have secured permit for any of the activity of your choice or paid park entrance fees.

Where to stay in Volcanoes national Park

There are many lodges and hotels in volcanoes national park that offers luxurious comfort to visitors on exclusive gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda such as Wilderness Bisate Lodge, Virunga Lodge, Sabyinyo silverback Lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique Lodge, and Gorilla Nest among others

How to get to Volcanoes national park

Volcanoes national park is located in northwestern part of Rwanda and can be accessed by both air transport and road transport means. Air transport is the quickest way on how to get in to volcanoes national park from Kigali is by using air. There are scheduled domestic flights or Helicopter flights from Kigali international airport to volcanoes national park in Musanze airstrip are daily and they are operated by Akagera Aviation. The flights only take about 30minutes but it gives visitors the most unique and scenic experience.   Also a traveler can drive from Kigali international airport to the park headquarters which takes about 2 to 3 hours’ drive. Volcanoes National Park can also be accessed by public means of transport from Kigali to Musanze and then hire a private taxi to the park headquarters.

You can also opt to use road transport which  is the cheapest and the most convenient to use while getting in Volcanoes national park ,while using your private transport means to the park , Focus East Africa Tours will arrange a private car that will drive you from Kigali international airport to Volcanoes national park, the journey  from the Kigali  to volcanoes in Musanze is so interesting and enjoyable , it passes through amazing hills and attractive landscape that rewards you and offers a beautify views of the country side.

The best time to go for exclusive Gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

The best time to go for exclusive  Gorilla Tours in Rwanda is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to visitor to the park and gives a clear view of mountain gorillas given the plant cover. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season the vegetation grow high making  sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter due to the fact that primates don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available in the forest compared to the dry seasons. Seeing gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is possible throughout the year due to the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing them in their natural habitat.

Book with Focus East Africa Tours for your exclusive or private gorilla trekking in Rwanda, where all is well arranged from you, from the airport transfer to the accommodation in the park, up to the gorilla trekking itself.

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