Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Guide-Safaris Rwanda
Welcome to the Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Guide featuring information like how to book the gorilla permit, Accommodations/Safari lodges near Volcanoes national park , Trusted Tour Operators, how to get there, gorilla trekking rules, Gorilla families /gorilla groups, Independent travelers guide.
Go Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda to visit the Volcanoes national Park either as independent Travelers or on a guided tour adventure with a trusted tour Operators in Rwanda & Africa in general.
In Rwanda, gorilla trekking takes place in the Volcanoes National Park, where Dian Fossey famously carried out her research. There are only about 700 mountain gorillas left in the wild, half of these can be found in central Africa’s Virunga Mountains that is shared by Rwanda, Uganda and Congo but in Rwanda its ease to trek the mountain gorillas as it can be done on one Day Gorilla Trek compared to Congo Gorilla trekking .
Rwanda is still, without a doubt, the best place in the world to go mountain gorilla trekking. Walking in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda, in the shadow of giant, prehistoric plants as the mists clear to reveal a family of gorillas is incomparable. The stylish lodges here are bursting with Rwandese charm and the riot of color around every corner from kanga clothing, banana plantations and the fertile hills soon exhaust your camera batteries before the actual gorilla trekking experience while on a Gorilla Safari holiday to Rwanda with a Trusted Tour Operator . The Rwanda Gorilla Trekking can be added on with Relaxation on Lake Kivu located in the northern province of Rwanda at the border of Congo and Rwanda enjoying the view of the beaches on the Lake.
Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is located in the northern province of Rwanda and has 13 habituated gorilla families with 8 permits available daily for each group.Most groups are half-day walks but Susa can take around 7 hours. Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes national park is usually easier than tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda as the forest is lighter yet the Ugandan jungle is impenetrable as the name mentions.
How to Get to Volcanoes national Park.
In Rwanda there are various ways to access the park and by road the travelers may take public transport means or hire a car to drive for the 2 hours covering 80 kms from Kigali to Musanze the nearest town where the park is located and branch off to the selected accommodation of your Choice.
Costs of the Gorilla Permit
In Rwanda Gorilla permits can be secured through Rwanda Development Board or through a trusted Tour Operator that has been offering Safaris to Rwanda and he will require the passport details .
The Gorilla Permits in Rwanda are sold on First come first serve , its advisable to book the gorilla Permits in advance to avoid being disappointed on last minute when the permits are sold out. The Gorilla Permits costs USD 1500 throughout the Year .
Where to Stay in Volcanoes National Park
Five Volcanoes Lodge, Sitting on the lower parts of volcanoes national park in Rwanda and its among the most luxury safari lodges with nice accommodation facilities. The lodge has over 9 cottages and nice dinnering room to enable you enjoy your stay in Volcanoes preparing for the Gorilla trekking adventure .
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, With only 5 cottages, 2 suites and 1 family cottage, Sabyinyo Silverback lodge is certainly luxurious and exclusive. The enormous guest rooms have a large lounge area, where you can sink into oversized chairs and feel the warm from roaring fire, stylish en-suite bathrooms, a separate dressing room and a sheltered veranda to take in the stunning views. The lodge, like the rooms are constructed of local stone, finished with an ochre coloured plaster, with terracotta tiled roofs giving the lodge an almost Mediterranean villa feel.
Virunga Lodge, Sitting atop one of Rwanda’s many “thousand hills”, Virunga Lodge has one of the most breath-taking views of any lodge in Africa with cloud topped volcanoes to one side and shadowy blue lakes on the other. Each of the contemporary, stone bandas are softened by fresh flowers and draped in traditional kanga fabrics with hot water bottles and hurricane lamps adding to the warmth. If the trekking takes it out of you, the heart-warming food leaves you sated, or the complimentary massages bliss you out, there is always somewhere to relax and take in one of the most dramatic views in Africa.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, It is one of the closest lodges to the park headquarters, with 30 simple, stone cottages spread out across the slopes of Mount Sabyinyo in spacious gardens full of flowers. The en-suite rooms are simple, clean and comfortable and surprisingly large, with a lounge area centered on a small fireplace to help keep the chill at bay, given the altitude. It’s location near the park however, means that you don’t have to get up too early when trekking and on a clear day the views across to the volcanoes and surrounding hills are spectacular. A solid, straightforward, mid-range option.
If you have another luxury lodge please feel free to contact us to add that lodge to the travelers guide site .