Embark on a journey of discovery by delving into all the essential details before booking your Rwanda gorilla safari, specifically within the captivating realm of Volcanoes National Park.
Gorillas in Rwanda find their sanctuary in Parc National des Volcans, an integral part of the Virunga region seamlessly connected with Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Virunga National Park. The allure of gorilla tracking safaris in Rwanda has soared due to the distinctive vegetation and terrain, coupled with its convenient proximity to Kigali International Airport. Venturing into the Land of a Thousand Hills, you’re presented with a golden opportunity to explore Parc National des Volcans, an expansive 125-square-kilometer mountain forest housing the six Virunga Volcanoes and the renowned Mountain Gorillas.
The forested slopes of the mountains create a dramatic backdrop for what is arguably the most poignant and unforgettable Gorilla tracking wildlife experience globally. The invigorating ascent to the bamboo forest, the natural haven of the Gorillas, offers breathtaking views before trackers are immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, resonating with the calls of vibrant bird species and the playful chatter of rare Golden monkeys.
Managed and safeguarded by the Rwanda Development Board, access to Parc National des Volcans commences in Musanze town, nestled at the base of the National Park’s entrance. Serving as the longstanding hub for Gorilla visits, Musanze town is framed by the imposing Mount Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke, Mount Mikeno, Mount Sabinyo, Mount Mgahinga, and Mount Muhabura volcanoes.
Musanze town, a two-hour drive from Kigali, offers flexibility in transport options, allowing visitors to choose between private vehicles or public buses. For those embarking on a Mountain Gorilla visit, organizing transport from Musanze town to the National Park boundary is necessary, with vehicle rentals available in the town. Notably, Musanze town is conveniently just a 45-minute drive from Gisenyi town and the picturesque Lake Kivu.
The gateway to this extraordinary experience comes at a cost, with Rwanda Gorilla tracking permits priced at USD 1500 per person per trek. This permit grants a precious one-hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat. On the day of your Gorilla tracking adventure, a mandatory briefing at the National Park offices awaits participants at 7:00 am.
Understanding the vulnerability of Mountain Gorillas to human diseases, adherence to health guidelines is crucial:
Preparedness is key, and packing the right essentials enhances your Gorilla safari experience:
For comprehensive information and expert assistance in planning your Rwanda gorilla safari, reach out to Trek Africa Expeditions, ensuring a well-orchestrated adventure into the heart of this enchanting landscape.