This short I day gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda is designed for visitors who are probably already in Rwanda and want to go for a quick tour of one of the Gorilla families in the volcanoes national park. Visitors can plan to fly over for a day or two just to track gorillas. There are several groups/ families to choose from and it’s important to select one based on your overall fitness. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda can be challenging but the experience of finally seeing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is beyond what you can imagine. The one hour spent with the gorillas in the wild is indeed a lifetime experience.
A guide from Mission Africa Safaris will pick you from your hotel by 5:00 am early morning to set off for Kinigi where the volcanoes national park offices are located. The drive is approximately 2-3 hours through a beautiful mountainous country side which will confirm to you why Rwanda is referred to as “The Land of a thousand hills”.
You will arrive at the Kinigi offices by 7:00 am in time for the usual briefing from a head guide on the rules and procedures to be followed while watching mountain gorillas. Once you are done with the briefing, you can then proceed to track the gorilla family. Once you spot the gorillas, follow instructions from the guides. Watching mountain gorillas is breath taking. You could spend hours just watching the little ones roll around and play – Unfortunately, you will only have one hour with these mighty apes. Mountain Gorillas are very playful and curious and will often come close you. Once again, while with the gorillas, listen to instructions from your guide and always stay calm. Never make sudden movements.
After gorilla trekking you will descend the forest and head back to Kigali reaching late in the evening to catch up with your flight should it be on the same day.
- Gorilla permit (1500USD)
- Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Bottled drinking water
- An experienced English speaking tour driver/guide
- Park entry fees
- Park ranger and guiding
- Personal expenses such as beverages, crafts, cigars, souvenirs and tips