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Rwanda gorilla tours taking you gorilla trekking in Rwanda are the best for exploring Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. Our gorilla safaris in Rwanda will take you deep into the jungle of Volcanoes National Park and trek the endangered gorillas in their natural habitat.

Trekking gorillas in Rwanda is currently the best way to explore Rwanda the land of a thousand hills and Rwanda is one of the outstanding countries in east Africa offering the best Africa gorilla tours. This is because it is one of the three countries where the Mountain Gorillas live the rest being Uganda and Congo.

We craft amazing Rwanda gorilla safari packages that take you to the famous Virunga Mountains were Rwanda holds the highest number of gorillas compared to Uganda and Congo, making it a good destination for gorilla trekking. Gorilla tours in Rwanda will help you to walk with Gorillas that have over 98% DNA similarity with that of humans.

Mountain Gorilla tours in Rwanda will take you closest to the gentle giants for a thrilling one-on-one experience with a 3 meters distance away from them but with possibilities of having them closer. In addition to a Rwanda gorilla trek, you can as well opt to undertake gorilla trekking in Uganda in Bwindi National Park as well as in Congo's Virunga National Park for Mountain Gorillas and Kahuzi Beiga Pational Park to trek and seeing the Eastern Lowland Gorillas and gaze into their brown eyes. One can actually do a combined Congo, Rwanda and Uganda safari for to compare these gorillas

Gorillas Trekking in Rwanda is combined with other Rwanda safari activities to give you the full experience of Africa Rwanda safaris. These include wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park, chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park community cultural tours, mounatin hiking, nature walks, and Kigali city tours.

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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park Guide

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Unlike Uganda, which has two places to see gorillas, Rwanda gorilla treks only take place in Volcanoes National Park. This park is located in the far northwest of Rwanda within the Virunga Mountains, covering an area of 37.4 km2 and it adjoins the Virunga National Park of the Congo. It is rich in a mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forests, open grassland, swamps, and heath.

Volcanoes Park is home to the only endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. There are many gorillas within the Virunga Mountain chain, but this park holds the highest number of gentle giants.

Volcanoes National Park has 14 gorilla family groups that are fully habituated, with a few others habituated for scientific research. All the Rwanda gorilla families within Volcanoes National Park at least consist of 1 dominant silverback along with several females and youngsters.

The mountain gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park are:

  • Susa
  • Karisimbi
  • Igisha
  • Sabyinyo
  • Agashya
  • Amahoro
  • Kwitonda
  • Hirwa
  • Umubano
  • Ugyenda
  • Muhoza
  • Bwenge, etc.

Apart from the gorillas, this park also has other wildlife, like monkey species and various birds good for Rwanda safaris.

Even though Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, is not like the other East African countries of Kenya and Tanzania, which are good for wildlife safaris and white sand beaches, it is great for primate safaris as it has gorillas and chimpanzees.

Tourists can explore Rwanda, go on an East Africa safari, visit the Eastern Lowland Gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and enjoy wildlife safaris in Kenya and Tanzania.

Cost of Rwanda Gorilla Permits

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Permit

A Rwanda gorilla trek is mostly for high-end travelers, as the gorilla permit is at a fee of $1500, compared to that of Uganda, which costs $800. All travellers must buy a Rwanda gorilla permit from the Rwanda Development Board, which is an official or legal document allowing you to go gorilla tracking in Rwanda.

For visitors to be able to see gorillas in Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, they are supposed to have permits. They are the passport to seeing gorillas.

The cost of the gorilla permits is as follows:

CategoryCost/Price
Non-residents$ 1500
Foreign residents$ 500
East African residents and citizens$ 200
African citizens or foreign residents in Africa$ 500

All the prices are inclusive of park entrance fees, and Rwanda Gorilla trekking permits are purchased from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) offices in Kigali or directly from the park.

Gorilla permits in Uganda cost 800 USD, and in the Congo, they go for 400 USD, making them the cheapest among the countries in East Africa.

For tourists who want to explore Rwanda more and want to track the chimpanzees, the permit is $150 for Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Since Rwanda has 12 habituated gorilla families, only 8 permits are issued per troop per day. This means that 96 permits are available each day in Rwanda.

Travelers who wish to engage in gorilla treks in Rwanda can book their gorilla permits online. You will be able to call the Rwanda Development Board to book your gorilla permit.

If you buy the permits directly from the Rwanda Development Board, you will then be able to send them a bank payment confirmation email. You will be able to collect your permit once you arrive in Rwanda for your gorilla safari.

Tourists should always use the services of a reputable safari company to buy all the Rwanda gorilla trekking permits.

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Rules & Guidelines

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These gorilla trekking rules and regulations are set for the conservation and protection of endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.

These rules are similar to those for tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in the Congo.

Every tourist should follow these rules when they meet with gorillas, and below they are as follows:

On the way to see the apes,

  1. Only people over the age of 15 can embark on gorilla trips.
  2. A maximum of 8 people are allowed to visit a gorilla group (gorilla family) per day to maintain the conservation of the gorillas.
  3. Always wash your hands before you embark on the activity.
  4. During your Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, always listen to what the rangers and guides tell you. Do not touch anything in the park.
  5. In case you want to ease yourself, make sure that the human waste is buried in a deep hole of at least 30 cm.
  6. Do not litter in the park; always carry your trash, and you will dump it after the activity.
  7. If you have any illness, do not be prompted to go on a gorilla trek, as you can spread the sickness to the gorillas.
  8. Always make sure that you have your permits with you, because if you don’t have them, then you will not be allowed to trek.

When you are with the apes,

  1. Always maintain a safe distance of 7 meters from the gorillas.
  2. Do not eat or drink near the gorillas, as it should only be done 200 meters away from the gorillas.
  3. Smoking is prohibited in the presence of gorillas, as you may cause sickness to the gorillas.
  4. Tourists are only given 1 hour to be with the apes, as it is to minimize the disturbance of gorillas by humans.
  5. In case you want to cough or sneeze, keep your mouth and nose covered at all times, as you can spread the sickness to the gorillas.
  6. If you are photographing gorillas, always keep your flash off, as it stresses the gorillas and they also relate it to danger.

What to wear on your Rwanda gorilla trekking safari

rwanda gorilla trekking dressing code

Those wishing to go on a gorilla trek trip in Volcanoes National Park or on wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park should dress appropriately and put on clothing that will not inconvenience them. Clothes that make you comfortable can help you have successful gorilla tours.

This also works for Virunga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Below is what to wear for exploring Rwanda on gorilla trips:

  • Long-sleeved light trousers and shirts (neutral colors)
  • Light hiking boots
  • A cap or hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Garden gloves
  • A rain jacket or Poncho

What to carry for a Rwanda Gorilla Trek

This packing list consists of items that you will carry for the gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park or for wildlife safaris. It is also on the same list for visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park.

Some of these essential items include:

  • Gorilla trek permits are a must-have for gorilla tours, as you need to present them to the officials.
  • A good camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Binoculars
  • Walking sticks
  • Backpack
  • Bottled water
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen

Why Visit Rwanda Gorillas?

There are numerous reasons why you should track gorillas and why you should choose Rwanda.

  • Rwanda is home to mountain gorillas. This country is among the countries in East Africa that have this species of gorilla. Only 3 countries in the whole world have it. That’s Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Rwanda is a safe country for all tourists. Many tourists fear traveling to African countries because they find them unsafe to travel to. However, Rwanda is a safe country, as it welcomes all tourists worldwide. Rangers do a good job of protecting the national parks, so you are completely secure.
  • You can contribute to gorilla conservation and supporting communities. Gorillas are critically endangered as their population is down, and when you go on gorilla trekking safaris, you are contributing to gorilla conservation. The money collected is used to pay the park rangers, and 10% of the revenue from the gorilla permits is channeled toward local communities.
  • Rwanda gorilla tours can be combined with other holidays. Rwanda has other national parks that offer safari activities that can be combined with other safaris to give you better African experiences. Z Some of the activities include wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park, where you get to enjoy game drives, birding safaris, cultural experiences, etc.

You can meet chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park, similar to Kibale National Park in Uganda, track golden monkeys on your primate safaris, and visit the Dian Fossey grave.

Enjoy boat cruises on Lake Ihema and Lake Kivu as you enjoy the views of a thousand hills, or even hike the 5 volcanoes, especially Mount Karisimbi. Or you can visit Virunga National Park in the Congo.

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Rwanda Gorilla Safari Lodges & Accommodations

Rwanda safari accommodation is either luxury, mid-range, or budget safari lodges.

Rwanda Luxury Gorilla Safari Accommodation

These high-end hotels and luxury lodges in Volcanoes National Park include:

  • Bisate Lodge
  • Amakoro Songa Lodge
  • Kataza House
  • Ruzizi Tented Camp
  • Karenga Bush Camp

Mid-range Accommodation

Mid-range lodges in Volcanoes National Park include:

  • Fravan Eco Resort
  • Eagle View Lodge
  • My Hill Eco Lodge
  • Urugano Virunga Palace
  • La Palme Hotel

Budget Gorilla Safari Accommodation

Budget lodges are also defined as basic safari lodges and are ideal, especially for those traveling on a budget or shoestring. Compared to luxury and some midrange lodges, their services are limited.

These lodges include Hotel Muhabura, Kinigi Guesthouse, and Villa Gorilla.

The Best Tour Companies in Rwanda

If you are planning to explore Rwanda and Uganda on a gorilla safari, it is ideal to use a reputable tour operator who is reliable. The Rwanda tour operator will make sure that you enjoy your tours with remarkable experiences with your private guide.

Most tourists use a tour operator who will arrange a private guide for the entire Rwanda safari tour.

They can also combine primate safaris with wildlife safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, and the Congo in several national parks, giving you full safari experiences.

Popular Rwanda Gorilla Tours & Itineraries

There are numerous gorilla trips in Rwanda, and some of the best include:

Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda take you to Volcanoes National Park to trek and see mountain gorillas. They are remarkable as they will offer you life experiences.

Rwanda gorilla safari tours can be combined with other Rwanda tours like birding, chimpanzee trekking, primate safaris, Rwanda wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park and national parks in Kenya and Tanzania, and an exploration of the white sand beaches to give you outstanding African safari memories.

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All Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Frequently Asked Questions

These frequently asked questions about Rwanda gorilla tours will help you plan your gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda with ease.

Rwanda the land of a thousand hills is among the best destinations for Gorilla trips and visitors are permitted to spend one hour with the apes. This is the same time you spend with the Chimps and Golden Monkeys in Nyungwe National Park which is like Kibale National Park of Uganda. The limited 1 hour is for conservation purposes and not to inconvenience the Gorillas' peace and habitat. This amazing hour is the best time to watch the Gorillas play and care for each other, and it is the time for photography though do not use the flash. This is the same time visitors spend with Gorillas in the Virunga National Park of Congo Democratic Republic or Kahuzi Biega National Park when meeting the Lowland Gorillas.

Gorillas are like any other wild animals as they move from one place to another and you have to search for them in the jungle. Usually, Rwanda Gorilla trekking safaris or primate safaris are between 2-5 hours same as that of Virunga National Park in Congo. Visitors gather at the Volcanoes National Park headquarters in Kinigi at 7 am. They enjoy a short briefing for about 30 minutes, they enjoy morning cultural experiences through the traditional dance of the Rwandan natives. After, you then follow the park rangers in Volcanoes National Park in search of the Gorillas. The hikes can last for anything from 30 minutes to 4 hours or more hours and once you spot the apes you be with them for 1 full hour.

How Much Does It Cost To Visit The Gorillas In Rwanda? Many tourists ask themselves how much a Gorilla safari in Rwanda is. Also, this question is asked by those intending to go on safaris in East Africa i.e. Kenya, Tanzania, Congo, and Uganda. However, the Gorilla safari Rwanda price is based on several factors same as tracking Chimps in Nyungwe Forest National Park or Gorillas in Virunga National Park. Below are factors that make up a Gorilla safari Rwanda price;
  • Gorilla Permit: Gorilla tours require one to have a permit which is at a fee of $1,500 for both foreign residents and citizens of East Africa pay $ 200.
  • Accommodation costs: this will determine the price of your primate safari if you choose either, luxury, mid range, or budget accommodation.
  • Mode of transport: You need to consider the mode of transport you will be using, is it a public means or private means.
  • Considering porters: sometimes you need someone to help you lift heavy equipment.

A 1 day Gorilla trek in Rwanda safari is very possible unlike in Uganda. The 1 day Gorilla trek in Rwanda will depend on the number of people on the safari but consider a fixed fee of the Gorilla permit which is $1500. This 1 day gorilla trek would cost from $1700 per person. This price must be inclusive of a tracking permit, private transport, a guide, and meals.

Seeing Mountain Gorillas is good all year and one can visit Rwanda at any time though the best time is in the dry season/peak season. These months are from June to August and December to February. This is the best time because the trails are dry and accessible leading to successful Gorilla treks as well as in Virunga National Park. Also, wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park are successful as you watch Africa's big 5 with quick sightings as the savannah grasslands are short. And if you are combining Gorilla tours with boat cruises on Lake Kivu, there are better in the dry months. However, the Gorilla treks can be short during the wet season which is not tiring as it is easy to find the Gorillas. They tend to move closer since the food is abundant throughout the entire jungle though the trails may be slippery. The wet months of Rwanda are from March to May and from September to November may not be suitable for wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park.

Gorilla trek is not that hard, though it involves hiking and passing through thick terrains and vegetation, steep slopes, and hills as the Volcanoes National Park is mountainous. Going up those steep slopes and thick vegetation within the forest can be challenging and it needs some bit of physical fitness. If it fails and it is very hard for someone to trek, one can hire porters who can help you carry some of your heavy stuff and carry you on a sedan chair so that you meet the giant apes. The experience is almost the same as that in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganda and Virunga National Park.

Yes, Gorilla trek is worth it and 100% worth the money. Meeting the Gorillas in their natural habitat is a lifetime experience and unspoken for. Once you trek the Gorillas, you will want more of the experience as you get to see the giant apes feeding, and caring for each other as the young ones jump from one tree branch to another. They may as well want you to take part in their games as they surround you. Wow! You will be amazed by the size of the Silverback Gorillas. Truly, Gorilla trek is worth the money as you as well see other wildlife in other national parks during this amazing visit Rwanda Uganda encounter.

Gorilla trek is one of the best experiences to enjoy during an Africa safari. However, there is a comparison between tracking in Rwanda Uganda. One would want to know which is the better destination for the activity. Rwanda Gorilla trek is mostly for high-end travelers as the Gorilla permit is at a fee of $1500 whereas the one in Uganda is at $700. One can trek Gorillas in a short time of fewer than 2 days as the drive distance from the Kigali International Airport is just 3-4 hours to the trek point.

This is impossible in Uganda as one can do 3 days and upwards as from the airport to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park is about 11 hours and tracking starts early in the morning. Uganda has cheaper accommodation compared to that of Rwanda though they both have superb lodges. Uganda has more Gorilla families (20) meaning that it can sell 160 Gorilla permits a day unlike Rwanda which has 12 Gorilla family groups and can sell 96 permits a day. One can decide on whatever country they feel going to depending on their schedule and budget but explore Rwanda Uganda Gorilla trips are amazing.

Yes, Rwanda is known for Gorillas and these are the country's primary tourist attractions. Dian Fossey, who was fiercely territorial and despised tourism, brought these Gorillas to the world's notice. She safeguarded and conserved Gorillas in the tropical rain-forests in Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park of Congo. Tourists can now visit Rwanda Uganda to trek Gorillas and contribute to their conservation. Uganda and the Congo Democratic Republic are two other countries renowned for their Gorillas. This country is also known for Chimps in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Yes, you can visit Gorillas in Rwanda whenever you like, but you must first obtain a permit, which costs $1,500 per individual per day. Also, visitors must be at least 15 years old to see Gorillas. Currently, citizens of Rwanda and East Africa are eligible for special discounts. You can also enjoy wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park and other national parks, meet the Chimps in Nyungwe Forest National Park similar to Kibale National Park of Uganda or the apes in Virunga National Park of Congo.
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