Rwanda Gorilla trekking: an adventure of a life time
According to World Travel Guide 2015, Rwanda is the third greenest country in the world. The small East African nation has also been named one of the 20 destinations in the world that are on the path to environmental enlightenment from self-sufficient villages to pioneering national parks. Rwanda is leading the way in an innovative response to matching urban development with environmental protection. The country is best known for the renowned Volcanoes National Park, home to the magnificent mountain Gorillas and golden monkeys.
The capital city, Kigali, is also becoming one of the conspicuous modern cities in Africa. Beneath the rolling hills of Rwanda’s capital, is a thriving community of business, government, technology, agriculture, arts, history and culture. All of these vital elements are seamlessly interwoven creating a spectacular place to visit and do business. As one of the safest, cleanest and friendliest cities in Africa, visitors can make use of plenty of good hikes on the hills which ring the city. The view is spectacular and a great escape from the bustling city.
Take time for the Kigali Genocide Memorial
A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial is also an absolute must should you wish to have a deeper and clearer understanding of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi’s, a turning point in the history of Rwanda and the world at large. The memorial is the final resting place to more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against Tutsi’s. During your visit to the memorial you can also donate what your pocket allows to support the preservation efforts and educational programs.
Before you turn your wheels to the magnificent stretch of road north of Kigali, you should make a stop by the local Kimironko market. A wonderful opportunity to experience the colorful and vibrant nature of the city and a place where you can find local handmade souvenirs, unique to the Rwandan culture and heritage, delightful gifts you can bring back home for friends and family.
The city has found its comfort in the chain of hills that surround it. Tucked under their protective grace, the push and pull between these “thousand hills” have granted Kigali a beautiful weather all year round.
Volcanoes National Park
Leaving the city to the Northern Province, to visit the mountain gorillas, is where the real adventure begins. Surrounded by lush greenery, the roads rise and fall, twist and turn, passing small villages, assuring you that road trips are without a doubt a brilliant way to explore the landscape and sights en route. After the two and a half hours drive, you reach the remarkable Volcanoes National Park.
There are approximately 900 mountain gorillas left in the world and they are all located in Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda, Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
Finding the Gorillas
Finding the Gorillas can take anywhere between 30 minutes to couple of hours (sometimes even longer). And for this you need to start your hike early in the morning, meaning you must arrange an accommodation closer to the park entrance. The English speaking forest guides are excellent and will not only lead you to the Gorillas but they will try as much as possible to identify and explain about other animals, plants, shrubs as you proceed to the gorillas. There are 12 habituated groups that can be tracked and observed in the Volcanoes national park and guides give a pre-trekking brief on specific protocols and rules for visiting the gorillas that live within an altitude of 2500 and 4000 m.
Traveling back to Kigali after your face-to-face encounter with the gorillas is an experience unlike any other and you might find yourself already planning your next trip.
To make your stay in Kigali en-route Volcanoes national park we have arranged for 10% discount of our room rates at Park In by Radisson Kigali. Simply mention Gorilla Trekking Rwanda, during reservation and we will take care of the rest.
Located within walking distance from the City Centre, the city’s markets, museums and other sites can be easily accessed, from Park Inn by Radisson, Kigali. The hotel offers 161 rooms, four meeting venues, a restaurant, bar and a nightclub. Make use of special offers and room packages to make your visit to Rwanda, even the more special.
Permit costs per person:
- Mountain Gorillas: US$ 1500
- Dian Fossey Hike: US$ 75
- Golden Monkey Tracking: US$ 100
- Crater Lake Hike: US$ 75
Permits should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance, especially during Rwanda’s high season of June – September.
Gorilla permits can be booked at the RDB Tourism and Conservation Reservation Office in person, by telephone (252 57 65 14) or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.