Do you wish to visit Rwanda and trek gorillas in Volcanoes National Park with plans for combining gorilla trekking in Rwanda together with a wildlife safari in Tanzania, today’s article explains in detail how very possible this is and with Kisoro Tours Uganda we are able to help in planning and booking for you a wildlife safari trip in Tanzania and permits for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda?
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is among the most interesting activities you would wish should to do, you will be optimistic to visit gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park Mountains, the only place where gorilla trekking is done in Rwanda.
To combine both gorilla trekking in Rwanda and a wildlife safari in Tanzania, one should note that Tanzania is strategically located in East Africa and borders Uganda and Kenya in the north, Rwanda and Burundi in the North West. Tanzania has the best savannah parks in Africa offering the best opportunity of game viewing that is added to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro hiking. The Northern circuit is where most of these safari activities are done. And there you will visit Ngorongoro National Park a Conservation area for UNESCO and the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera with a variety of different wildlife species and natural ecosystems. The other national parks, you will attend include Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park famously known for its thousand populations of elephants.
True, it is very possible to make a drive between Tanzania and Rwanda. The most favorable route to use in case you are commencing the trip from Tanzania is to drive north of Tanzania then continue and cross the border to Rwanda. Kisoro Tours Uganda is ever ready to guide you all through your road trip.
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda is only done at Volcanoes National Park, the Park is strategically located in the far most part in the northwest part of Rwanda, habitant for the jeopardized mountain gorillas and vigorous montane vegetation of bamboo forests and wide open grasslands. Gorilla trekking at this park is done daily with only 8 people visiting each gorilla group/family in a day. All the gorilla trekking visitors/tourists are supposed to be at the (Rwanda Development Board RDB) offices in the morning by 7 am where they are provided with a briefing about trekking assumptions and what is and what is not allowed while in the process, and later divided according to the different mountain gorilla groups/families. After finishing the briefing and the allocation of individuals to different gorilla groups, you will be provided with one armed ranger guide to commence the trek in looking for these gentle giants (gorillas). The trekking process can take 1- 6 hours according to the location of the group/family that you are allocated to trek. Once the gorilla family/group is sighted, in reference to the briefing rules and for not only your own safety but also that of the gorillas you will be able to spend one full hour with the primates.
You can have your gorilla permit wholly tenable through Kisoro Tours Uganda from Rwanda Development Board and confirm that you have fully booked for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park for a given date. After having your planned dates for traveling confirmed, we ask you to share with us an email here to enable us to check for accessibility of gorilla permits online with the RDB, and once we confirm permits are available for your planned traveling dates we shall inform you and send you an invoice for clearing payment for the permits. After transacting, we shall receive it on our account then go ahead and purchase your permits then and send you scanned copies of the permits for you to peruse through and keep records, this will confirm that you have already booked for Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes Gorilla National Park, Rwanda.
A gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500 for foreign nonresidents, $500 for foreign residents, and $200 for East Africans every person per trek, it’s this gorilla permit that allows a one-hour time spent with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Besides the gorilla permit, you will also pay for other services for an enjoyable gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda with Kisoro Tours Uganda and these are; accommodation, transport, and guiding. You can contact us here for more details and about all the other different safaris you may be interested in.
Gorilla Trekking activity in Rwanda is mostly done in the months of June, July, August, October and December, January, February, and March because in these periods, it is a dry season in Rwanda with lenient rainfall simplifying the treks in Volcanoes National park, also it’s this time when the greenery is not fully grown up and it is easier for making trails and seeing the mountain gorillas providing the best sights for photographs. For the rest of the months of April, May, and November it is normally a rainy/wet season resulting in the growing higher of vegetation making the sightings not so clear. But during this time the movements/treks tend to be shorter provided the fact that mountain gorillas don’t go deep in search of food, rather food is readily available. We guarantee that the chance of seeing gorillas in Rwanda is 99 percent because gorilla safari activity is very well organized compared to tourism activities in Rwanda.
Accommodation facilities at Volcanoes National Park have all Budget, mid-range, and luxury options, for Luxury options there is; Virunga Volcanoes Lodge, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Five Volcanoes Hotels and Mountain Gorillas’ Nest Lodge. Their prices range from $300 to $1000 per person for every night.
For midrange lodges, options at Volcanoes National Park there is Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Davinci Lodge, and Lebambou Gorilla Lodge. And for budget lodges, there are very many options from basic accommodation to camping and these are; Gorilla Solution Lodge, Villa Gorilla, Kinigi Hotel, Hotel Muhabura, Virunga Hotel, La Palme Hotel, and Faraji Hotel.
All the Lodges in Volcanoes National Park are strategically located and well prepared to welcome and give a home to tourists with various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) set for meeting the World Health Organization (WHO) and Rwanda Health Ministry recommendations for the health and safety of visitors/tourists visiting Volcanoes National Park for the Gorilla Trekking safari. Travel with Kisoro Tours Uganda for your lifetime experience.
The Park can be best accessed by road transport; the 4×4 car driving from Kigali city takes just 2-3 hours to drive to Volcanoes National Park. Kisoro Tours Uganda driver guide will have a short meeting/briefing at the hotel and then set off to the park via the beautiful attractive sceneries of the 1000 hills of Rwanda giving you a chance for a stopover and taking photographs and sightseeing.
With past references, Kisoro Tours Uganda has experience in organizing attractive gorilla safari tours to Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. We are also highly recognized and recited on Trip Advisor issues. We organize gorilla trekking safaris combined with unforgettable high-end exploration and eco-friendly wildlife safaris that help in the mitigation of biodiversity impacts and boost local communities, and these include; Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions, chimpanzee trekking, game viewing, and Cultural encounters that will give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including famous and the best East African safari destinations in Tanzania, Kenya, DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda. Feel free to contact Kisoro Tours Uganda about combining gorilla trekking in Rwanda with a safari in Tanzania.