Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
In the world over, mountain gorillas can only be seen in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo. In Rwanda, these primates can only be watched in the Rwanda Volcanoes National Park. As by last year 2015, there are 10 habituated gorilla groups, bringing around 80 gorilla permits for tourists to the country obtainable every day. Eight guests per group can hike these critically gorillas. With a gorilla permit priced at USD 750 per person per trekking, part of the proceeds from your visit is directed conservation these mountain gorillas.
Visiting Rwanda for gorilla tracking can be done all year round. The best time to travel to Rwanda is during the drier seasons, periods between December to early March and June to September. December to March is a long dry season for Rwanda, with temperatures going up to 29 degrees Celsius for some days while the months of March – Mid May, July to September, on the other hand, are regarded as the rainy in the country.
How to get there
Volcanoes National Park is located in a small village called Musanze previously well-known as Ruhengeri, which is very accessible by public transport from Gisenyi or Kigali or from the airport. The drive to Volcanoes national park is 2 hrs. and hence one can do gorilla tracking on the same day and drive back to Kigali after the trek. You will be required to arrive at the headquarters of Kinigi, at the park entrance, by 7:00 am, therefore, if you hope to trek gorillas for one day, you have to wake up very early for your journey so that you are on time. However, there isn’t any public transport from Musanze to the headquarters of the park at Kinigi. Overall Rwanda has a good weather throughout the year but the dry season is more preferable.
What to expect on your trekking safari
You must get up early, this means that you need to sleep closer to park close to trekking. Your day’s guide will brief you at 7:00 am regarding the safeguards and the jungle etiquette. In a group with other members, you continue to the woodland and begin the walk that may be exhausting based upon your bodily power. The primates you are visiting are termed as mountain gorillas, meaning they are mountain dwellers where reaching them necessitates climbing. The adventure lasts between 30 minutes to 7 hours in the forest. The professional forest guides are astonishingly noble and will lead your way to the particular adopted mountain gorilla family that undoubtedly will be acquainted to people presence.
Hiking in the forest with uncertainty about what to see is a characteristic of any African adventure. However the apprehension habitually shines once your eyes are set on a group. The gorilla group will be spread over a minor zone of dense foliage. These giants will continue with their exchanges and also eat their food putting less concern of their visiting tourists though they will be noticing you with keen interest. Infrequently, a bouncy kid will confidently come to you with curiosity, at times coming indeed close that you may need to distance yourself away. Remember, you are only permitted to be not beyond 7 meters away from them, a rule that safeguards gorillas against the transmittable human illnesses.
Getting a Rwandan visa
A Rwanda Visa is required for all visitors except for nationals of the UK, Germany, Sweden, USA, Hong Kong, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa Tanzania and Uganda. The single East Africa Visa
Nationals of countries without an embassy can also obtain a visa on arrival by prior arrangement with their hosts, who can arrange a facilitate de’ entrée.
Accommodation in volcanoes national park
- Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
- Mountain gorilla nest
- Sabyinyo silver back lodge
- Mountain gorilla view lodge
- Hotel Muhabura
- Gorillas volcanoes hotel
- Virunga lodge
- La Palme hotel