Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Permit: A Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Permit costs $1500 per person and it can be obtained either directly from the Rwanda Development Board or through a trusted and registered tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris, Explore Rwanda Tours or Focus East Africa Tours. A Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Permit enables tourists to spend only one hour in presence of endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park which is the only park in Rwanda that harbor endangered Mountain Gorillas with other population thrilling in Bwindi Impenetrable national park in Uganda, Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Like any other gorilla trekking destination, to engage in this activity, one needs to have a Gorilla trekking permit which acts as the a gate pass to access these giants in their natural habitats where they spend their day hours roaming in the forest in search of food.

Volcanoes national park is a home to 12 habituated gorilla families including Susa Gorilla Family (Susa – A), Susa – B (Karisimbi gorilla family), Hirwa Gorilla Family, Sabyinyo Gorilla family, Agashya Gorilla Family (Group -13), Bwenge Gorilla family, Amahoro Gorilla Family, Umubano gorilla Family, Kwitonda Gorilla Family, Muhoza Gorilla Family, Titus Gorilla Family and Ugenda Gorilla family. Each of these 12 gorilla families is trekked by 8 persons per day thus the Rwanda Development Border issues out 96 Gorilla Trekking Permits on a daily basis.

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Therefore, while planning a gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda the land of a thousand hills, keep in mind that there are only 96 permits unlike in Uganda where there are more than permits. Thus ensure that you book your Gorilla Trekking permits as early as possible either via an online like or through the above mentioned tour operators.

Each gorilla trekking permit for Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park comes with the ranger fees, park entrance fees and only 1 hour of viewing the Gorillas in their natural habitats and it excludes the porter hire fees and many other personal items like snacks, water, accommodation and many more.

Taking a look at other gorilla trekking permits in other destinations, Rwanda offers the most expensive permit but still receives several tourists probably. For instance a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda to spend an hour with the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park costs $700 for Foreign Non Residents, $600 for foreign residents and Ugandan shillings 250,000 for Ugandans and other East African community member states.

The same gorilla trekking permit to trek similar gorillas in Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo costs $400 for high season and $200 for low season.

Gorilla Trekking in Virunga national park
Gorilla Trekking in Virunga national park

Congo therefore offers the cheapest gorilla trekking permit followed by Uganda as compared to Rwanda.

With the above 3 countries in Africa, one can therefore confirm a gorilla trekking safari with us at any given period of time to Rwanda, Uganda and DRCongo since we offers various adventurous safaris to all those destinations including purchasing of the Gorilla trekking permits, accommodations, transportations and many more.

Gorilla trekking remains the major tourist activity done in Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park though the park has other adventurous activities like Golden monkey trekking, Mountain hiking to Bisoke and Karisimbi, Dian fossey hike, guided walks to twin Lakes of Burela and Ruhondo, and many more. Rwanda itself has many others sunning things to do in other various parks including Akagera national park the only savanna park in Rwanda and the best for game drives to spot the big 5 games, and boat cruise along Lake Ihema.

There is yet Nyungwe forest national park which is known to be the top primate destination in Rwanda harboring more than 13 primate species including Chimpanzees as the major primates of the park and the world’s best canopy walk. Nyungwe forest national park is also best for guided walks since it thrills with plenty of walking trails. Rwanda as well offers the best city tours being one of the cleanest cities in Africa. Visit the market places like Kimironko market, craft shops and many more. And finally Rwanda is as well a famous destination due to the 1994 Genocide that claimed several Rwandese.

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