Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari 2021 -2023
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari 2021 -2023 : Rwanda Gorilla trekking is an exceptional safari tour package that requires one to plan for his travelling date, through booking for valid permits and having well updated information on the Gorilla trekking destination. Upon your safari to Rwanda gorilla trekking experience, we provide you a complete guide for your gorilla trekking experience we Achieve Global Safaris and will allow you to access information before beginning of your safari.
Summary –Gorilla Trekking Safari
Rwanda gorilla trekking safari takes you to encounter the great mountain gorilla’s knowns as ‘’Gorilla Berengei Berengei’’ that can only be seen in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. In Rwanda, these endangered mountain gorillas can be encountered in the Volcanoes National Park ‘’Parc National Des Volcans’’. The trekking experience involves in only 8 people per group and the most visited and interesting group is Susa group because it comprises 41 gorillas. With a gorilla permit that costs at USD1500 per person per trek. You may think all this fees it’s for we the tour operator but part of your contribution supports the conservation area for these endangered mountain gorillas, the local people around the park who take care of the area. It seems to be expensive but worth the money.
There are only 86 permits issued on daily basis by the Rwanda Tourism Board, so it is advisable to plan your trip earlier, above all pay your gorilla trekking permit in advance to avoid disappointment. On your visit, expect to track one of these gorilla families /group such as Susa group with over 41 gorilla members, Sabyinyo family with 8 gorillas, Amahoro 17 members, Kwitonda with 18 members, Umubano with 11 and Hirwa with over 13 members.
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking –Gorilla trekking Safari
This is one of the few highlight on Rwanda safaris which has impacted on Rwanda’s economy at large as well as Tourism Board. During your visit, you will have to wake up early morning, meaning you will have to book your accommodation closer to the trekking gorilla group you’re assigned in. After your aroma breakfast, your knowledgeable safari guide will drive you to the park headquarter for briefing at 7:00am about safety precautions while in the forest. Since Rwanda Development Board provides over 80 gorilla tracking guides well trained, speaking English and French, you will be given a guide to accompanies you to trekking trailhead. After briefing, you embark to the forest and start the hike but you need to be physically fit, the activity may take 30 minute to 7 hours depending on the location of the gorillas. Remember it’s the reason why they are called Mountain Gorillas so an element of hiking is a must. As you will be trekking, there many chances of seeing other species like birds, monkeys, as the guide will be leading you to the specific habituated mountain gorilla group. Once you locate the gorilla group you are trekking, one hour will be allowed to you to watch them as they feed, play, swing around the tree branches, take memorable photos and video for your future remembrance. It’s amazing to capture a silverback gorilla who is in charge of a gorilla group.
An adult/mature silver back male gorilla may weigh as over 200kilogrames, weighing of 3 times of an average man. However, the anxiety normally disappears once you set eyes on the group. Note that, a gorilla group can be scattered over a small area of the thick vegetation. They will carry on with their interactions and feed without any concern of their human visitors, although they will be watching you with interest.
So then, the climate in Musanze where gorilla trekking take place is about 1,700meter above sea level, mostly cold. So you should carry along with right essentials that fits with the weather. Which include; Long sleeved trousers and shirts, hats, comfortable hiking shoes, warm clothing, insect repellent, water proof bag among others.
Rules and regulations –Gorilla Trekking Safari
Keep a distance of less than 7 meters close to gorillas in order to safe guard the gorilla from human diseases.
Wash your hands before heading out for gorilla trekking
If you feel with cough or sneeze do not get close to gorillas or always turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth to minimise the bacteria
Do not display your rubbish in the park, because they can harbour diseases to gorillas.
Mountain gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases
Wearing of the masks while trekking but visitors can take frequent breaks during the tracking to give themselves time to breath the fresh air.
Social distancing shall be strictly observed.
Respect the limited number of trekkers ‘’8’’ individuals per group
If you want to take long hole, please ask the guide to dig you a hole with his panga, making up 30centmeter deep and when you’re done fill the hole.
Waking stick will be served at the park headquarter
Rwanda –Costs of Gorilla Permit
The ordinary permits costs USD1,500 per person for all trekking visitors to Rwanda.
Special exclusive gorilla safari experience goes at fee USD15,000.
Getting to Volcanoes National park Rwanda
From Kigali to the park, it takes a short drive of about 2 hours without traffic.
Where to see The Gorilla of Rwanda –Gorilla Tracking Groups in Rwanda.
Mountain gorillas in Rwanda can be trekked within Volcanoes National Park, part of the bigger Virunga mountains. Estimating 500 mountain gorillas still live in the Virunga complex and reside on the altitude range of 2,300 -4,500 meters in the southern area of Virunga National Park in Congo, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda as well as Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Despite the fact, Rwanda Gorilla are divided into two, those for study purposes and research purposes which are strictly reached out by the scientists and researchers only. The park comprises of ten ‘’10’’ habituated gorilla families that are put aside for tourism purposes, so there are number of gorilla groups available for trekkers to visit. Only 8 people are allowed to reach or visit each of the gorilla groups every day and spend with them one hour. Among these are the groups to be encountered in along your visit on Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari which are; Ugenda, Umubano, Bwengye, Susa, Kirinsimbi, Hirwa, Amahoro, Bwengye, Agasha and the Kwitonda group each comprising a different number of gorilla members.
Where to stay –Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari
Volcanoes national park has got number of options ranging from budget to Mid-range –Luxury. The choice made of accommodation will determine the nature of your Gorilla Safari, with comfortable stay.
Book now your gorilla adventurous safari during this time and take a chance to participate in this emotional and unforgettable experience.