GORILLA TREKKING RWANDA

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Experience

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda is the most unforgettable experience one can get; Rwanda is the home to over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population, it’s no surprise that the majority of guests visit Rwanda to track and view the highly endangered mountain gorillas.

Peak season for gorilla trekking in Rwanda is usually from June to November, although there are great savings to be had traveling in the slighty wetter low season. This is usually April to May and October to November with the wettest month being April.

rwanda gorilla trekking safaris, rwanda gorilla safari, gorilla trekking rwanda, rwanda gorilla tours, gorilla trekking in volcanoes park, gorilla tours in rwanda, gorillas in rwandaRwanda is a wonderful family destination. And it is superb for primates tracking in general, including the fun-loving Sykes monkey, the Golden monkey and the boisterous chimpanzee in the Nyungwe Forest. However, if the sole purpose of the trip is gorillas, please note that in order to protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 or people with illnesses may go gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

Making an eye contact with a silverback gorilla and he’ll look back with a thoughtful, intelligent gaze, mindful that you’re another individual. Any apprehensions or nerves you might have had during your gorilla trek will melt away the minute you see your gorilla family. Gorilla trekking safaris offer a magical encounter that transcends any other “wildlife” experience we know.

Permits for gorilla trekking

Securing permits for trekking gorillas in Rwanda, especially during the popular periods, can be difficult at short notice, so you should plan well ahead. We will make all the arrangements for buying your gorilla trekking permits.

No more than 96 gorilla trekking permits are available each day, each costing US$1,500 per person for a one-hour visit. Travellers who are also spending a minimum of three days in either Nyungwe Forest National Park or Akagera National Park between November and May are entitled to a 30% discount, reducing the costs to US$1,050 per person.

Gorilla Tours in Rwanda

Gorilla tours in Rwanda (Volcanoes national park) can be combined with a number of other interesting activities in and around Musanze / Ruhengeri town including a visit to Musanze caves, Iby’iwachu cultural village and the remarkable twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo with great marshes for bird viewing plus a number of lovely community walks in Kinigi. Trekking Gorillas in Rwanda is in itself overwhelming but these small additional tours in Musanze create an authentically rewarding Rwanda Gorilla holiday.

If you are looking to combine a Gorilla trekking safari with a safari in Kenya or Tanzania, Rwanda will be your ideal destination for your gorilla trekking safari. Rwanda gorilla tours can also be combined with Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda’s Kibale forest or a Game drive and boat cruise on the world famous Kazinga Chanel in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth national park giving you the best of both worlds on a carefully crafted twin center holiday to deliver a memorable Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla holidays. Our gorilla safari packages range from 1 day gorilla trekking tour, 2 Days gorilla trekking safari and 3 days gorillas & golden monkey trekking for a typical gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda.

However, we extend these tours up to 15 Days in Rwanda exploring the major destinations with ease and comfort. We also offer tailored safari packages where we will work around your needs, time and budget to deliver an authentic holiday tailored to perfection by our Rwanda safaris experts. Check out a highlight of our Rwanda tours and Gorilla trekking safaris or Contact us now for a tailored Rwanda holiday.

Gorilla Trekking Accommodations

Universal Ventures Rwanda has made it easy for you to find the perfect lodge in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda during your gorilla trek safari. Next are the accommodations we picked for you; from Luxury to budget.

The luxury accommodations in Volcanoes National Park are:

  • One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, 
  • Singita’s Kwitonda Lodge
  • Singita’s Kataza House
  • Bisate Lodge
  • Amakoro Songa Lodge
  • Virunga Lodge
  • Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
  • Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

When you already have to be up and ready at 6am adding an hour drive to that is not insignificant. For a medium budget the best choice is Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. It does not claim to be more than it is but it is very convenient and the rooms are quite spacious. For the more modest budget Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge was perfectly comfortable.


To book one of these luxury hotels, Contact us or customize your trip with Universal Ventures Rwanda today. Our Contacts are +250781441853 or info@universalventuresrwanda.com.


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Accommodations in Volcanoes National Park

Where to Go Trek the Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys?

Volcanoes National park is a home for golden monkeys, a variety of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects among other creatures which together make a complete Rwanda safari package. and that’s where the gorilla and golden monkey trek happens.

Volcanoes national park is a stop center for all Rwanda gorilla trekking rwanda safaris sheltering the highest number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Conservation area. The strategic location is roughly 2 hours drive from Kigali international airport make it the most accessible gorilla national park in the world.

Getting Visa to Rwanda

Visit the Rwanda Directorate general of Immigration and Emigration : https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=28 which takes you to a visa application form which picks your personal information.

Depending on your travel plans, choose the best visa choice available;
– Single entry visa – allows entry in Rwanda alone for 30 days – 50 USD
– Transit Visa for 3 days – only you in the country for only 3 days – 50USD
– East African Tourists Visa – Allows you to cross to all East African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda – 100 USD

The supporting document to attach is your tour Itinerary if traveling to visit rwanda, Invitation letter, other document with respect to your travel intentions or your flight details in PDF format. You MUST ATTACH documentation at this stage or the visa request will not be processed.

Gorilla Trekking Permit

Price of a Rwanda Gorilla Permit
– $1500 – Non Residents, East African Residents, East African Citizens, Rwandan Residents, Rwandan Citizens

– 30% Discount (US$ 1,050) on gorilla permits if visiting other Rwanda national parks (Akagera national park, Nyungwe national park) for 3 days and more during the low season of November – May

– 15% discount (US$ 1,275) on conference guests who stay pre & post MICE events to see gorillas

– $15,000 for Private gorilla trekking of an entire group with an exclusive personalized tour guide service

– US$ 30,000 for a minimum of 3 visitors for 3 consecutive days (Behind the scenes)

What To Wear!

  • Have a small backpack as it is useful to carry your water, packed lunch, camera and binoculars.
  • You need light weight hiking boots for this activity/strong waterproof walking boots due to nature and altitude of the forest. So get shoes that have good ankle support (the ones that come above the ankle bone).
  • Take a light jumper and lightweight breathable waterproof jacket/trousers as temperature is variable and weather conditions can change
  • Lightweight long wool socks which are comfortable for a mountain tropical forest

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