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 East African nation is also one of 20 destinations in the world that’s 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. Consisting of business, government, technology, agriculture, arts, history and culture. All of these vital elements create a great place to visit and do business. As one of the safest, cleanest and friendliest cities in Africa, there are plenty of good hikes on the hills which ring the city. The view is beautiful and a great escape from the city.
Take time for the Kigali Genocide Memorial
A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial is also an absolute must. This allows you to have a deeper and clearer understanding of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi’s. 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 to support the preservation efforts and educational programs.
Before you turn your wheels to the stretch of road north of Kigali, you should visit the Kimironko market. A wonderful opportunity to experience the colorful nature of the city. As well as a place where you can find local handmade souvenirs, unique to the Rwandan culture and heritage.
The city has found its comfort in the chain of hills that surround it. And due to the mountains, Kigali has beautiful weather all year round.
Volcanoes National Park
Leaving the city to the Northern Province, visiting the mountain gorillas, is where the real adventure begins. After the two and a half hours drive, you reach the remarkable Volcanoes National Park.
There are approx 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 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 accommodation closer to the park entrance. The English speaking guides are excellent and will not only lead you to Gorillas. They will 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.
Traveling back to Kigali after your face-to-face with gorillas is an experience unlike any other. And you might find yourself 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 Center, 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
Overall, 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: email@example.com.