What to expect on Rwanda gorilla tracking safari, meeting mountain gorillas in its natural habitat indeed once in a lifetime experience, one of the things to expect during your gorilla tracking is that mountain gorillas live in the high altitude hence there name mountain gorillas so if you are planning to visit Rwanda for gorilla tracking safari you be prepared to hike through one of Africa’s dense forest which is sometimes challenging to some tourists and other visitors.
Rwanda gorilla tracking experience starts at 7:30 am with a briefing from park rangers/guides at Volcanoes National Park headquarters in Kinigi Ruhengeri, during this briefing ranger takes you through all rules that you have to follow during mountain gorilla tracking.
After the briefing, you will be allocated a gorilla family and 7 other tourists will join you to make it 8 people per gorilla family, from here you will enter the forest and start looking for gorillas which can take between 1 to 3 hours before finding them depending on the movement of gorillas.
Gorilla tracking is lead by a ranger/guide who is well informed about gorillas and the forest, ask him/her all questions you want and please follow the rangers tells you to do as you approach towards where the gorillas are, once you have found gorillas you are allowed to spend one full hour with them, see them feeding, teaching babies on daily life, see them playing to each other, jumping from trees to trees, sometimes you can see silver back having sex as it is one of the way primates show they happiness, the aim of this article is to help you in planning so that you know what to expect on Rwanda gorilla tracking safari.
In May 2017 Rwanda gorilla tracking permit price was increased from $750 to $1500 per person so as you plan your gorilla trek in Rwanda expects to pay the high price for the gorilla permit of Rwanda.
But for those who find Rwanda gorilla safari is expensive because of the gorilla permit price in Rwanda, there is another option you can easily save $900 on each gorilla permit if you track gorilla in Uganda instead of Rwanda.
Uganda gorilla permit costs only $700 per person compared to Rwanda permit which costs $1500 and you should take note that the gorilla tracking experience is the same in Uganda or Rwanda, the only difference is in price.
You can as well fly into Kigali Rwanda and trek gorillas in the Bwindi Forest of Uganda, Kisoro Tours Uganda has different gorilla tour packages that can start and ends Rwanda ranging from 2 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking from Kigali Rwanda, 3-day fly-in Rwanda and track in Uganda, and 5 day Uganda gorilla safari in Bwindi Forest starting from Kigali Rwanda to any number of days you may want, just contact Kisoro Tours Uganda for more details about Uganda gorilla tours starting from Kigali City Rwanda, and also more details on what to expect on Rwanda gorilla tracking safari.