Have you been yearning for the unparalleled experience of gorilla tracking in the heart of Africa? Look no further, for Rwanda stands as the ultimate destination for your mountain gorilla tracking dreams. With its exceptional Volcanoes National Park serving as the haven for these magnificent creatures, you are in for an adventure of a lifetime.
Volcanoes National Park is the esteemed home of the endangered mountain gorillas, boasting a population of over 300 of these remarkable beings, dwelling in the expansive Virunga area as well as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This lush park covers an area of 160 square kilometers, situated strategically beneath five awe-inspiring volcanoes: Muhavura, Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Karisimbi, and Bisoke. These volcanic giants provide not only a sanctuary for the gorillas but also offer extraordinary opportunities for hiking, attracting adventurers keen on exploring the volcanic wonders of Rwanda.
One of the park’s most advantageous features is its accessibility from the capital city, Kigali. Within a mere 2-3 hours, you can transition from the bustling urban landscape to the serene and captivating Volcanoes National Park, a privilege not found in other gorilla tracking destinations. In contrast, Bwindi, for instance, demands a 4-5 hour journey from Kigali.
This magnificent park is not exclusively the territory of mountain gorillas; it also shelters the endangered golden monkeys, thriving in the bamboo-clad regions. Volcanoes National Park holds historical significance as the base of the renowned primatologist, Dian Fossey. It was in these very mountains that she conducted her pioneering research on mountain gorillas, contributing immensely to our understanding of these gentle giants. Sadly, her life was cut short by unknown poachers within the park.
While in the vicinity of Volcanoes National Park, you have the opportunity to delve into Rwanda’s vibrant culture through the Ib’ywacu Experience, a project led by former poachers. This immersive cultural encounter allows you to gain insights into the rich traditions and lifestyles of the local community.
For those seeking more adventure, the Musanze Caves are ripe for exploration, adding a thrilling subterranean dimension to your visit. Furthermore, birding enthusiasts can relish birding safaris with experienced guides who unveil the diverse avian wonders residing within the park.
Our Rwanda mountain gorilla tracking safaris commence and culminate in Kigali, making it a convenient point of entry and exit for your remarkable adventure. We take the lead in booking your gorilla permits, ensuring you have a hassle-free experience.
When it comes to accommodation, our tour package options span budget, mid-range, and luxury choices, catering to your preferences and ensuring that your stay is comfortable and tailored to your needs.
The choice is yours when it comes to the arrangement of your tour. You can opt for a private experience, explore Rwanda with your family group, or join a set departure group – the flexibility is designed to suit your desires.
Your journey is led by an English-speaking guide who is well-versed in the nuances of the park and the secrets it holds. However, if you prefer guidance in another language, we are more than happy to accommodate your request.
Throughout your adventure, you’ll travel in a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle, ensuring that your journey is not only enlightening but also safe and smooth.
Rwanda opens its doors to tourists year-round, offering a variety of experiences across its seasons. The wet months span from March to May and September to November, while the dry months grace the calendar from June to August and December to February. Whether amidst the refreshing rains or under the radiant sun, Rwanda’s breathtaking landscapes and vibrant wildlife are always ready to welcome you.