The question of “When to book Rwanda gorilla permits?” looms large when it comes to embarking on the remarkable Rwanda gorilla tracking experience. Your journey is not truly complete until you’ve secured the gorilla permit that grants you access to Volcanoes National Park, nestled in the northern reaches of Rwanda, just north of the capital city, Kigali.
Volcanoes National Park stands as one of Rwanda’s four prominent national parks, joining the ranks of Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, and Gishwati Forest National Park. Covering an expanse of 160 square kilometers, it is graced by the presence of five majestic volcanoes: Muhavura, Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Karisimbi, and Bisoke, each towering at an awe-inspiring altitude of approximately 4,507 meters above sea level.
This national park, embraced by tropical rainforests and Bamboo Zones, provides a sanctuary for 11 habituated mountain gorilla families. Abundant food sources sustain the mountain gorillas, alongside the endangered golden monkeys, while the lush landscape reverberates with the melodies of diverse bird species. Volcanoes National Park bears historical significance as the base of operations for Diana Fossey, the renowned primatologist who dedicated her life to the study and conservation of mountain gorillas. Tourists can pay tribute to her memory by visiting her gravesite and the Diana Fossey Gorilla Fund Organization, contributing to the cause of gorilla conservation.
However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that Rwanda gorilla permits come at a relatively higher cost compared to neighboring countries like Uganda and Congo. A Rwanda gorilla permit is priced at $1,500, granting you a precious hour with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.
Now, let’s address the pivotal question: when should you book your Rwanda gorilla permit? The timing hinges on several factors, but we recommend planning well in advance, approximately 3-4 months ahead, for travel during peak seasons in June, July, August, December, January, and February. Last-minute inquiries and bookings can be accommodated during the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.
Trek Africa Expeditions, your trusted Rwanda gorilla tour operator, is here to assist you in securing your gorilla permit through the Rwanda Development Board. Contact us now for comprehensive information on the ideal timing to book Rwanda gorilla permits and to embark on an unforgettable Rwanda gorilla safari.