RWANDA GORILLA SAFARIS
Gorilla trekking safaris / tours in Rwanda
Rwanda Gorilla safaris- trekking gorillas in Rwanda gives you a life time opportunity to discover these awesome apes currently existing in only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live.
A gorilla tracking safari in Rwanda is often described as “life changing” and with good reason. With only an estimated 880 Gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitats is truly an epic moment.
Gorillas thrive in and amongst the bamboo and lush forested slopes of Bwindi and the Virunga regions of Uganda and Rwanda respectively; this therefore makes the entire gorilla trekking tour in East Africa an interesting activity. While on a gorilla safari in Rwanda , you’ll be instructed and introduced to the gorilla jungles by your expert guides to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas and you can stay with them for an awe-inspiring hour, often crouching just a few feet away, whilst the gorillas go about their daily lives.
Rwanda Gorilla safaris are mainly undertaken in the Volcanoes National park, or doing a combined gorilla safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda, giving you an opportunity to encounter these mighty primates in two different habitats within a single trip.
Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours depending on the family allocated to your group and their movements. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel at seeing the gorillas!
Expert guides give a pre-trek briefing on specific protocols and rules for visiting the gorillas that live within an altitude of 2500m and 4000m. Porters are available to help carry backpacks and cameras, as well as helping you with your footing along your hike which can be hard work, but well worth it.
Rwanda gorilla safaris – Rules and regulations:
Permits should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance, especially during Rwanda’s high season of June – September.
There are several guidelines that RDB kindly requests all visitors to adhere by:
- To minimize possible transmission of human diseases, visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7m (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. If you are sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, please do not visit the gorillas.
- Viewing time is limited to one hour.
- Maximum 8 visitors per group
- Spitting in the park is strictly prohibited.
- Should you need to cough, cover your mouth and turn away from the gorillas
- When with the gorillas, keep your voice low.
- Try not to make rapid movements that may frighten the gorillas.
- If a gorilla should charge or vocalize at you, do not be alarmed, stand still, look away from the gorilla and follow your guide’s directions.
- Do not litter.
- Tracking can be done by persons of age 16 and above.
Booking Gorilla Permits in Rwanda
- Gorilla permits can be booked at the RDB (Rwanda Development Board) Tourism and Conservation Reservation Office. Alternatively you can book your Gorilla ticket with Love Uganda Safaris at a surcharge of 50 USD as an administrative fee and we send you a scanned copy, the hard copy will be delivered to you by our driver guide upon pick up at the airport or hotel.
Costs for gorilla permits: Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National park
- USD 750 per person for foreign non-residents.
- USD 450 for foreign residents living in one of the East African countries excluding Rwanda.
- USD 375 for a foreigner working and living in Rwanda with approved documents like visa and passport.
- USD 300 for East African nationals such as Kenyans, Burundians, Ugandans and Tanzanians.
- 30,000 Frw for Rwandese.