3 Days Rwanda Safari, Gorilla Tracking
On this 3 day Gorilla safari in Rwanda, you’ll be happy to visit Volcanoes National Park home of the mountain gorillas which also home to the mountain gorillas and also offers amazing views of the surrounding. gorilla trekking will be carried out within the volcanoes next Rwanda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo and Hike through the verdant rainforest looking for gorillas will be existing.
Day 1: City tour and transfer to Volcanoes National park.
On arrival at Kanombe airport in Kigali, you’ll be welcomed by our guide-driver who will drive you for an enjoyable city tour. in the city you’ll be amazed by the splendor of Rwanda a land of “a thousand hills”. the city is very clean city and the people very hospitable and friendly. The first place that travelers visit during the Rwanda city tour is the genocide memorial center; this has information regarding how the genocide began. You will go to the national museum plus other attractive sites within the city. You’ll enjoy an exciting drive through the beautiful terraced hills as you head to the Volcanoes National Park. It is a well known habitat to the mountain gorillas. arrive in the late evening and check into your lodge, overlooking the volcanoes . Accommodation ranges from budget, mid-range to luxury, the choice remains entirely up to you. Dine and slumber.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking
After an early breakfast proceed to the park headquarters for a briefing regarding gorilla trekking by the park rangers. You will hike through the verdant jungle looking for mountain gorillas. Some amount of physical fitness is needed during this activity since it involves a lot of climb hills. The experience is tedious but impressive when you finally face the mountain gorillas. You’ll see them in families as they go about their day-to-day routine activities; mothers caring for the young, playing as well as feeding . You are required to maintain a distance while you watch them, make sure to turn off the flash of your camera as you take pictures. Gorilla Trekking takes approximately two to six hours.
Right after trekking, head back to the lodge to relax. Based on the time as well as your energy, you will have a nature walk to see the beautiful twin lakes as well as cultural walk to interact with the local people. You will be entertained by these local people by traditional dances and songs. in the evening you will dine and later slumber back at your lodge.
Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking is optional at an extra fee of usd 100 and transfer back to Kigali.
After an early breakfast, there is an option to track the golden monkey trekking. Before meeting these golden monkeys, you’ll see some other primates, wildlife and plants. Eventually you will come face to face with the golden monkeys. You’ll observe them play and hop from one branch to the other; it is such an amazing memorable encounter! Otherwise, drive returning to Kigali and in case time allows, you will a couple of craft shops to buy a souvenir. Proceed to the airport for your departure flight.
Guidelines you must Know Before you embark on your Gorilla Trek in Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park is a home to the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. The Park has 10 habituated gorilla groups and only 8 people are allowed to track different families per day. You are strictly given 1 hour to be in the presence of the gorillas, which is worth your time and money. The walk through the forest or thick vegetation is quite challenging depending on the weather, sometimes it’s muddy, wet and steep as you search for the gorillas. Some level of physical fitness is required to enable you achieve your dream of spotting gorillas. You are requested to move at some pace and no one is left behind, you are given stopovers to help you catch a breath. In case you fail to make it, you can a hire a porter at a fee. Children below the age of 15 years are not allowed to track gorillas.
One thing you must know is that gorillas are so accustomed to human beings, if you are lucky, they can come crosser to you and even touch you. If this happens, just relax and don’t panic because it can’t harm you. Follow closely what your ranger will tell as you are in the presence of the gorillas to enable you enjoy every moment with the gorillas. You may wish to track gorillas twice but this will depend on how much money you are willing to spend. A permit in Rwanda costs Usd 750 and you are requested to book months in advance due to the fact that they are always in short supply. Last minute reservations are not recommended. Take time as you plan for your gorilla safari in Rwanda.
Best Experience of Gorilla Tracking
Travelers always ask when is the best time to track gorillas in Rwanda. I must say it’s one activity that is done throughout the year. Anytime you feel like traveling, I guarantee you will see the gorillas. However it’s quite hard to predict weather in Africa, it rains at any time even during the dry season around the volcanoes. The experience of the trek depends on the location of the gorilla family assigned to you. Some gorilla groups are hard to access and you are required to walk for long distances. It’s challenging more so when it rains, the terrain is muddy and slippery. At the park’s headquarters, you are asked whether you prefer a challenging trek or easy trek. Choice will depend on what you want although the experience is the same once you see the gorillas. Since we are not sure of what time you will get back to the lodge, you are most times given packed lunch from the lodge. As you climb the mountain, the altitudes are close to 5200 feet which will call for more energy as you hike through the dense vegetation. Walking sticks are provided to support you as you walk on the steep slopes. With such an encounter, you are required to pay only Usd 750 for a gorilla permit.
What to Pack for gorilla safari and the weather
The weather in the Virungas is often humid with varying temperatures. The dry season is the best time to track gorillas although expect sudden rains. Such months include January and February, June to September. The rainy months include March to mid May and October to November.
Below is the list of items to pack for your gorilla trek.
*Rain jacket since its keeps raining
*Waterproof back/day pack for your small items
*Waterproof walking shoes or boots with thick socks
*Gloves will help you as you move through the vegetation
*Long pants, short and long sleeved shirt, Jacket and a hat
*Camera with batteries to help you take great pictures
With the right safari clothes, you will enjoy an adventurous gorilla trek in Rwanda. Bookings are always done in advance because permits are sold out on a daily basis.