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For over 10 years we tailor luxury Gorilla tours to Rwanda Africa to Volcanoes National Park and majority our clients are certisfied beyond their expectaions.
To do Gorilla trekking in Rwanda you need a Rwanda gorilla permit to trek and see one of the 10 Gorilla families in Rwanda in Volcanoes national park.
We pride our selves in planning new exciting customized Rwanda gorilla tours for private & groups travellers and un beatable prices making your dream Rwanda Gorilla safari (s) affordable alongside several African wildlife, Eco tourism, culture and community tours, nature walks not to mention historical tours.
A Rwanda gorilla safari / Rwanda gorilla tour takes you Gorilla trekking in Rwanda in Volcanoes park forest and here you will have -a golden chance to visit, trek and see mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes national park Rwanda Africa. Our Gorilla safaris that take you trek and search for the beautiful mountain gorillas gives(s) an immerginable lifetime memory of a true Africa safari.
The gorilla safaris in Rwanda are at the helm of the Rwanda safari products and in fact they form the background for the sale of other safari products including genocide sites, culture and wildlife. The destination Rwanda rises with its rolling hills that have earned it a crown as a land of a thousand hills and at its north west extreme, it adjoins the Virunga Volcanoes that mark the border with part of Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. This section of the country is protected by Volcanoes National Park and it is only area in Rwanda where mountain gorillas are known to be thriving as thus forming the ground for gorilla safaris in Rwanda.
Volcanoes National Park being part of the Virunga massif that supports a count of 604 Mountain Gorillas more than a half of their global population has ten gorilla families that are habituated for human encounter. Unlike Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where there are four gorilla trekking points, Volcanoes National Park has one departure point which is also its headquarter named Kinigi which is the center for all Rwanda safari activities in the park.
The gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park include the Susa A, Susa B, Hirwa, Umubano, Ugenda, Amahoro, Group 13 (Agashya), Sabyinyo, Kwitonda and Bwenge. This puts the total gorilla permits in Rwanda at 80 each costing $1500 per permit for a foreign nonresident and 15000$ for the exclussive Gorilla experience for a group of 3 pax.
All our Rwanda gorilla safaris & tours take you Gorilla trekking Rwanda`s in Volcanoes National Park for a golden chance to visit, trek and see Gorillas . Any of these Rwanda Gorilla safari itineraries takes you for a life time trek and search for the beautiful mountain gorillas and once you find then they will give you a priceless dream come true lifetime memory unmatched by any Africa safari. Read More about Rwanda Safaris
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Where to Go Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda | Gorilla Trekking Rules | Gorilla permits Info, Best Time to Trek Rwanda Gorillas| What to Carry / Packing List | Rwanda Gorilla families.
Looking for a magical encounter with the Mountain Gorillas, celebrating a successful conservation effort that has seen their status change from critically endangered to endangered? Rwanda Gorilla Safaris presents a maiden opportunity to fulfil this lifetime dream and generate lasting Africa Safari memories!
While planning a gorilla safari to Rwanda, its significant to know; Where to go for Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda, Gorilla Permit Price in Rwanda, Age limit for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, the duration for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda/ How long does Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda take, Gorilla Permit booking in Rwanda/ How to book Gorilla Permit for your Rwanda Gorilla Safari, Rwanda Gorilla permit Rescheduling and cancellation, When to go for Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda? / The best period to do Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, what to carry for Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda / Packing list for Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari, Other Important information for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda – Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Rules and regulations and Gorilla families/groups in Rwanda.
Where to go for Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda
Gorilla Trekking Safari is carried out in Volcanoes National Park located in the north west of the country 116km about 2.5hrs drive from Kigali. It’s the only habitat in Rwanda where Mountain Gorillas can be found. Volcanoes National Park boarders with Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and then Virunga National Park in Congo which also the ground for gorilla safari in Uganda and gorilla trekking safari in Congo respectively.
Gorilla Permit Price in Rwanda
For the travellers interested in taking up Gorillas Safari in Rwanda, they ought to know that Rwanda Gorilla Trekking permit costs $1500 per person.
For the personalized / exclusive Mountain Gorilla Experience, the permit is $15000 for a maximum of 8Pax.
The Behind the Scenes Experience permit is $15000 for a minimum of 3 visitors for 3 consecutive days.
Age limit for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
The minimum age for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda is 15 years.
The duration for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda/ How long does Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda take?
The Mountain Gorilla Trekking starts at 7am with briefing at Kinigi Park station. You go through registration, gorilla group allocation before heading to the forest in search of endangered Mountain Gorillas at 8am. The Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda does not have fixed duration time that it lasts since different gorilla families have various movement patterns and this keeps on changing. Normally, Rwanda gorilla trekking takes 2 – 8 hours and this includes one (1) full hour of actual time spent with the Gorillas.
Gorilla Permit booking in Rwanda/ How to book Gorilla Permit for your Rwanda Gorilla Safari
Gorilla permits in Rwanda are reserved online via IREMBO portal and can be done by a local Tour Operator or Rwandan Citizen with Identification number. The Rwanda Gorilla permits are sold on first come first serve basis and the information required from the client include; Name, Nationality, Date of Birth & Passport number.
Rwanda Gorilla permit Rescheduling and cancellation
The request to reschedule should be submitted at a minimum of 7 days period and the new Gorilla Trekking date should be within the range of 12 months from the date of booking and its subject to availability. Gorilla Permit Reschedule in Rwanda is only acceptable once. The decision to reschedule remains entirely with the Rwanda Development Board.
When to go for Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda? / The best period to do Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda?
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda can be done all year round but in the dry months of June, July, Aug & Sept and then December through to February, the forest trails are dry and thus, making the trekking relatively easier and better compared to the wet/rainy season months of March, April & May and then Oct & November when the forest trails are slippery and muddy.
What to carry for Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda / Packing list for Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari.
While traveling for gorilla safari in Rwanda, you can consider selecting from the below recommended packing list, the essential items that you will require for this activity. Just to note that all the items mentioned here are not mandatory for you to carry but rather recommendations to enable you have a good Gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda.
- Rain jacket/poncho
- Insect repellent
- Sturdy & light weight waterproof hiking boots with ankle height
- Long pants/trousers – preferably of Khaki nature
- Long sleeved shirt or t-shirt
- Camera with no flashlight
- Gardening gloves
- First aid kit
- Bush Hat
- Light backpack to carry lunch box & other valuables.
Other Important information for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda – Volcanoes National Park
- Walking stick is necessary for extra support while trekking through challenging landscapes. It can be accessed locally at the park station but its also fine to carry yours.
- Porters are always available for hire $15 – $20 in case you have a heavy camera equipment or you need a push or a pull during the gorilla trekking activity.
- Carrying adequate drinking water is advisable because the gorilla trek can be exhausting
- Carrying packed lunch is very important as the length of the Gorilla trek is unpredictable
- Flash photography is prohibited. Thus, your Camera should be able to take photos without using Flash.
- Passports are required while registering for Gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Thus, do not leave it at the lodge.
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Rules and regulations
- Always maintain the 7m distance while with the Gorillas. Do not get close or touch the Gorillas.
- The minimum age for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda is 15 years
- The actual time spent with the Mountain Gorillas during gorilla trekking in Rwanda is limited to one hour for purposes of conservation
- The mouth & nose should be covered while coughing or sneezing during the gorilla trek to avoid disease transmission
- Noise while with the Gorillas or within the Gorilla forest should be kept at the minimum
- Flash Photography is totally prohibited
- Avoid eating, drinking or smoking while with the Gorillas
- Sick people especially for Cough, Flue & diarrhoea are not allowed to track Gorillas
Rwanda Gorilla Families / groups in Volcanoes National Park
While undertaking gorilla trekking in Rwanda, the allocation of which family to track is derived from the below list and the decision to allocate entirely lies with park management. In case, there are special cases like the elderly with walking difficulty, a request for an easy to trek gorilla group can be submitted but it’s the park warden to decide.
Susa A Gorilla Family/Group
This Rwanda gorilla group derives its name from River Susa that runs through its territory. Susa A used to be the biggest gorilla family in Volcanoes National Park with 42 members but later split due to internal conflicts and apparently thrives with 28 members.
Karisimbi Gorilla Family/ Group
This gorilla family explored on gorilla tour in Rwanda thrives on the slopes of Mount Karisimbi – the highest of the eight volcanoes that comprise the Virunga massif. It separated from Susa A forming Susa B but was later renamed fully to Karisimbi in 2010 and features a total of 11 members.
Sabyinyo Gorilla Family /Group
Sabyinyo gorilla group as always explored on gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda thrives on the slopes of Mount Sabyinyo comprising of Nine (9) members with silverback Guhonda recorded to be the oldest and the largest Silverback in Volcanoes National Park with 47 years and 220kg.
Amahoro Gorilla Family/Group
Amahoro means Peace and this Rwanda gorilla safari group is led by Silverback Ubumwe with a total of 17 members. It thrives on the side of Mount Bisoke.
Agashya Gorilla Family / Group
Agashya family also known as group 13 because of its initial member composition but the number has now grown to 25 members with the dominant Silverback called Agashya.
Umubano Gorilla Family/Group
Umubano gorilla family which is explored while on Rwanda gorilla tracking safari split from the Amahoro gorilla group following the misunderstanding between Charles the current Silverback of Umubano and Ubumwe the Silverback of Amahoro. Umubano gorilla group now comprises of 13 members.
Kwitonda Gorilla Family/Group
Kwitonda is among the gorilla groups explored while on gorilla trekking safari tour in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Kwitonda Gorilla Group settled in Volcanoes National Park from Congo’s Virunga National Park in 2003. It is named after its pioneer Silverback Kwitonda which passed away in Sept 2012 at the age of 40 and was succeeded by Akarevuro. Kwitonda gorilla family now has 28 members and thrives between Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabyinyo.
Hirwa Gorilla Family/Group
Hirwa Gorilla Family as visited while on Rwanda gorilla tour literally means the lucky one. Its dominant Silverback is called Munyinga which split from Susa group with 2 females and gathered members from other groups and the current group numbers stand at 16.
Ugenda Gorilla Family/Group
Ugenda Gorilla family features a count of 11 members and thrives on the slopes of Mount Bisoke.
Bwenge Gorilla Family/Group
Bwenge Gorilla Family/Group is among the gorilla groups visited while Gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda. It consists of 11 members and is led by Silverback Bwenge.
Titus Gorilla Family/Group
Titus lost all his family to poachers and he was adopted by another gorilla family that supported his growth until he was able to be on his own. He joined Beetsme another young silverback who had chased other male gorillas and the duo were joined by five (5) females from other gorilla groups to establish Titus Family. By 2007, he had sired over 20 babies before he had a fight with his son Kuryama leading to group splitting. Titus passed on at the age of 35years but his group still lives up to today despite the unfortunate deaths of many male Gorillas that followed.
Planning Your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda
When to go Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
A Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda/ Rwanda gorilla tours can be carried out at any time of the year. It can be noted that hiking the slopes of the Volcanoes tends to be challenging in the rainy season that stretch from the months of April through May and then November. Also on the raised altitudes of 2000m and above, the rain can. Find out more about gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Mountain gorilla groups in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park: Gorilla families in Rwanda
There are a range of gorilla families that number to ten (10) that are habituated purposely for Rwanda gorilla trekking safari lovers. There are also other two which are dedicated for research called Pablos Shida and Beetsme.
It can be noted though that the home ranges of the habituated gorilla families dedicated for tourism are known; their movements are not very fixed to only those areas. When preparing for Rwanda gorilla trekking tour encounter, it is important to note that gorilla families are distributed on the date of tracking and though you have possibilities of getting your preferred group by requesting the rangers to give it attention during allocation, the practice is not guaranteed.
The following are the ten (10) gorilla families that are available for tracking by world travellers on a Gorilla safari in Rwanda and Volcanoes National Park in particular;
Susa -A Family
The Susa A gorilla family is noted to have originally been studied by Dian Fossey. It is named after Susa River which makes its way through this gorilla group’s home range. The Susa A has twenty eight (28) gorilla members with three (3) silverbacks. The family was the largest gorilla group with 42 members before it split to form Susa B and when one encountered initially, he / she would see the gorilla spread all over. Susa A us denoted by the playful Byishimo and Impano – the twins in the group. It also contains poppy who is one of the oldest habituated gorillas that dates back to the times of Dian Fossey. Learn more about gorilla groups in Rwanda
National Parks of Rwanda are threatened ecosystems and wildlife reserves found in Rwanda in the east central Africa which has attracted many safaris in Rwanda. This is because of the effect of the genocide where National Parks were used as hiding places. Find More about Rwanda Safari Parks
Located to the south west of Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park is close to the border of Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo in the south and the west respectively. It is recorded to be among the ancient African forests that are noted to have survived the last ice age. Nyungwe Forest is among the largest montane forest in the East of Africa and considered to be the well conserved forest in the entire highlands of Central Africa. Read More about Nyunwe Forest National park
The Rwanda’s Akagera National Park located to the east of the country with the views of the plains of Tanzania stretches over a geographical size 1122 km2 and it is being managed under the arrangement of public private partnership arrangement of the Rwanda Development Board and the African Parks from 2010.. Read More about Akagera National park
The Volcanoes National Park is an English of the former French naming the Parc Nationale des Volcanos which is positioned to the north west of Rwanda sheltering the Rwandan section of the entire Virunga Volcanoes that comprise of eight (8) mountains shared by Rwanda along with adjacent countries of Uganda and DR Congo.. Read More about Volcanoes National park
Kigali city is known as the largest in Rwanda and the main capital with a count of more than one (1) million people as of 2012. Kigali is recorded to be the main economic, political and social hub of Rwanda since her independence in 1962. The city shelters, the Presidential offices and residence along with a range of government ministries making it a center of power in Rwanda. Read More about Kigali City Rwanda
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