Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

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Looking to watching the mountain gorillas in Rwanda? Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park is the place to go! In just a few hours you will be on a hike traversing the park, looking for the endangered brothers of ours!

If you want to see the unique and endangered mountain Gorillas then a gorilla tour in Rwanda is a must. The incomparable volcanoes national park is without doubt one of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations and beat the delight of superb, year-round game viewing let alone all the thrills of the Great mountain gorilla tracking.

Gorillas live in volcanoes national park—a remote jungle that is wild and beautiful. Rwanda climate is hot and humid and the rain can be relentless from September to November. The long dry season is from June to August and is a good time to visit. About 300 mountain Gorillas are thought to survive and thus listed as highly endangered. In order to protect these amazing creatures, primatologists Diany Fossey built two extremely comfortable camps within Karisimbi area and initiated the habituation of Gorilla groups in the forest.

Rwanda Gorilla Safari Planning

Rwanda offers several options for gorilla tours. From day trips to the mountain gorillas to combined safaris that include other highlights of Rwanda, a lot await you. Tours can be planned through tour operators though a few travelers have started traveling independently.  There are lots of trips including those that include other tourist hotspots like Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Lake Kivu, Kigali City, Tea plantations, local markets, museums and genocide memorial sites and more!

The 7 Days (six nights) itinerary in Rwanda seems to be the best trip for those interested in both gorilla tracking and discovery of the remote side of the country. The park includes two nights visit to Volcanoes National Park and 4 nights Akagera and Nyungwe forest National Park–driving from the capital, Kigali, you reach at Akagera where you are met by your guide.

Akagera game lodge has a good location from which to explore Akagera National Park, and the service is friendly. It has fantastic views over Lake Ihema, with a large swimming pool perched on the edge of the savannah. Akagera Game Lodge is located in Eastern Province; about 2 hours drive from Kigali. The surrounding area has a wealth of big game and other wildlife on the open savannah, protected wood land, deep valley and Lakes. Akagera game lodge can accommodate several guests and offers a combination of walking and game drives. There is a wide range of tropical birds, wildlife and nocturnal visitor to Akagera national park is leopard.

Accommodation

Volcanoes popularity means a number of factors must be considered when choosing your Volcanoes National Park accommodation. The Area around Volcanoes national park offer more privacy and tucked-away accommodation such as luxury tented camps and decadent safari suites.

There is a selection of accommodation in the Volcanoes National Park includes safari lodges and family-friendly hotels, colonial-style tented camps and even mobile camps – all you need to do is decide when to go, contact us, and we’ll do the rest.

Mountain View Gorilla Lodge is located at the edge of volcanoes National Park where you will base to track mountain Gorillas and it usually takes an attempt to get a good sighting.

When to Visit the Park

Choosing which area to visit and when to go will impact on your experience. The Volcanoes’ region is busiest during peak season June-August and its many lodges and safari hotels cater for large numbers of people.

Other Things to Do

You’ll be able to enjoy a greater selection of activities like guided walks, hiking and gorilla tracking. Volcanoes national park offers a great wildlife viewing throughout the year and your safari experience will certainly be different out of peak season.

The Gorilla Trek

The time for a gorilla trek in Rwanda has no exact time. The search before reaching the gorillas range from 30 minutes to a full day hike depending on the movement of the gorillas within the park. The mountain gorillas are constantly hunting for fruit and other foods but the trackers monitor the location of the gorillas to make the tracking a little easier. Once your tracker spots hand prints on a path or listens to alarming gorilla noise, then you are ready for a remarkable experience….

Gorilla viewing in Rwanda is limited to an hour but it only takes that hour to feel you have gotten to know the characters and personalities – watching the group play-fight in the trees, dig for roots and nurse their babies. Adult male gorillas are usually very shy and there is only one silverback per family. When a young male has matured, he leaves and heads out alone to start a family of his own by enticing females from other families to join him. The opportunity to watch these rare and fascinating creatures in their natural habitat is a huge privilege.

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