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Rwanda is one of the 3 countries in the world where you can do mountain gorilla trekking. Here are some of things you need to know when planning your gorilla trekking Rwanda Safari in volcanoes national park.
Gorilla trekking Rwanda Safari Cost
The Rwanda Gorilla Trekking safari cost is usually determined by the Gorilla trekking permit, accommodation and other inclusive. The Rwanda gorilla trekking permit alone costs $1500, while accommodation varies from Budget to Mid-range. The cost of a 3 days Rwanda gorilla Safari for two people starts from $2000 budget, $2250 mid-range.
Gorilla trekking Rwanda availability
Safaris to see the mountain gorillas in Rwanda are available all year round, and its quite easy to get permits as compared to those for tracking gorillas in Uganda. Its recommended to book your Gorilla trekking in Rwanda at least 4 months in advance such that the gorilla trekking permits can be secured on time and accommodation reserved when there is still availability. The gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda is however available all year round.
Why gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Despite the fact that the gorilla trekking permit for Rwanda is higher than the one for Uganda, and Congo, there are several reason why you should book your gorilla trek in Rwanda including the following:
- Driving Time: The time required to drive from the airport in Kigali to Volcanoes national park home of the mountain gorillas is only 2 hours, as compared to the 8-9 hours required from Entebbe / Kampala to the Bwindi impenetrable national park, where you track gorillas in Uganda
- Several safari Options: Gorilla trekking Rwanda has several safari options, for example even if you have one or two days, you can do a gorilla trekking Safari in Rwanda, which is not possible with Uganda.
- Lots of additional activities around the park: There are lots of other things to do around and within volcanoes national park including: Golden monkey trekking, Visiting the Musanze caves, visiting the twin lakes of Ruhundo and Burera, Dian fossey hike, Hiking mount Bisoke, Hiking mount Karisimbi, visiting the ibywacu cultural centre, and several other activities.
- Security : As compared to the DRC, Rwanda is a very secure location for tracking gorillas and therefore if you a very security conscious guest, Rwanda is your gorilla trekking destination.
Gorilla Groups for Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Rwanda has eight gorilla groups which are habituated for gorilla trekking. Each group is assigned a maximum of 8 travelers to trek per day.