Dian Fossey and other dedicated conservationists have left an indelible mark on Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas, capturing the hearts and minds of travelers worldwide. For those whose ultimate travel dream involves encountering these gentle yet endangered creatures in their natural habitat, the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is the place to be.
Efforts to safeguard Mountain Gorillas from habitat destruction, poaching, and other threats have yielded an extraordinary infrastructure. This infrastructure not only ensures the survival of Gorillas in today’s modern world but also paves the way for their thriving existence for generations to come. The Rwandan government, mindful of the Gorillas’ wellbeing, restricts the number of visitors allowed to observe them. Securing a premium spot for a Mountain Gorilla tracking trip is a privilege, making your experience exclusive and intimate.
Embark on an emotional journey as you witness the close bonds between Gorilla family members and the playful antics of Gorilla infants. The presence of a commanding silverback, silently guarding his family, evokes a profound connection with human onlookers.
Three Days of Spectacular Exploration in Volcanoes National Park
In just three days, you can immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Established to protect the majestic mountain Gorillas, this park offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embark on a Gorilla trek and discover these magnificent creatures.
Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, our driver/guide will greet you. Your adventure begins with a complimentary tour of Kigali City, known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills.” Explore interesting spots, including the craft market, Gisozi Genocide Memorial site, and Kigali museum. Following this, you’ll depart for Ruhengeri, Rwanda’s second-largest town, surrounded by the stunning backdrop of the Virunga Mountains. Arriving late afternoon, you’ll check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Drive time: 2-3 hours
An early start on day two sees you heading to the National Park headquarters to meet your ranger guides. After completing necessary park formalities, embark on the adventure of a lifetime: tracking mountain Gorillas. Once you locate them, you’ll have the privilege of spending one hour observing these magnificent creatures. The experience is nothing short of breathtaking, bringing you remarkably close to these awe-inspiring primates. The trek may be moderately strenuous, lasting up to six hours or more at high altitudes. To fully enjoy this experience, ensure you are fit and healthy. Afterward, return to your hotel for lunch, followed by dinner and overnight. If time permits, you can also visit the Iby I’wacu cultural village, immersing yourself in the cultural heritage of Rwanda.
Following breakfast, bid farewell to your host and depart for Kigali. Enjoy some last-minute shopping in one of Africa’s friendliest capitals before heading to the airport for your international departure flight.
Drive time: 2-3 hours
End of Your Exclusive Rwanda Gorilla Tour
Located in the village of Musanze, formerly known as Ruhengeri, Volcanoes National Park is easily accessible by public transport from Gisenyi, Kigali City, or Kigali International Airport. The drive to the park typically takes 2-3 hours, allowing for same-day Gorilla tracking and a return journey to Kigali. To ensure a timely start to your Gorilla trek, it’s essential to arrive at the National Park headquarters in Kinigi by 7:00 am. However, please note that there is no public transport from Musanze to the National Park headquarters in Kinigi.
Rwanda offers year-round opportunities for Gorilla tracking. However, the best times to visit are during the drier seasons, spanning from December to early March and from June to September. December to March constitutes an extended dry season, with temperatures occasionally reaching 29 degrees Celsius. Conversely, the months of March to mid-May and July to September are characterized by rainy weather.
The dry season is particularly favorable for Gorilla tours, as there is minimal rain during treks and the rainforest terrain is more conducive for hiking. While the weather is generally pleasant during these months, it’s advisable to carry waterproof clothing due to the unpredictable nature of Rwanda’s Equatorial climate. Keep in mind that the dry season is also a peak tourist season, potentially resulting in higher prices for accommodation, car rentals, and other services.
On the other hand, travelers on a budget may find value in visiting during the wet season. During this period, hotels typically have lower occupancy rates, translating to discounted food and lodging. Moreover, the reduced demand for Gorilla permits offers a higher chance of observing these endangered species without competition.
Participating in Gorilla tracking within the dense jungles of Volcanoes National Park requires careful coordination due to the limited number of permits issued each day. Partnering with Trek Africa Tours ensures a captivating experience with these magnificent creatures. Our consultants work closely with you to craft a personalized travel itinerary that aligns with your interests. From securing the necessary Gorilla permit, priced at USD 1500 per person per trek, to handling all logistics on tracking day, we have you covered.