3 Days Rwanda Safari, Gorilla Tracking
On your 3 day Gorilla safari in Rwanda, you will be delighted to visit Volcanoes National Park. Parc National des Volcans has an amazing tourism view; you actually enjoy nature at its best. As you adventure with the gorillas, trekking will be done in the volcanoes adjacent to the border of Rwanda along with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hiking through the lush rainforest in search for gorillas will be existing. Visit Rwanda for an adventurous safari.
Day 1: City tour and transfer to Volcanoes National park.
From Kanombe airport in Kigali, you will be welcomed by our own representative who will gladly take you for a city tour. On arrival, you will be mesmerized by the natural beauty of Rwanda the land of thousands hills. It’s such a clean city with hospitable people who will be warmly happy to receive you. The first spot that tourists visit when on a city tour in Rwanda is the genocide memorial museum; it has information about how this war started. You continue visiting the national museum and other attractive sites in the city. You will enjoy an adventurous drive through the terraced hills as you access the Volcanoes National Park. It’s a famous home for the great mountain gorillas. Reach late in the evening and check in to your desired lodge, they have beautiful views overlooking the volcanoes and its dense forest. Accommodation ranges from luxury, moderate as well as budget, whichever you decide to choose, you will enjoy a comfortable stay in the wilderness. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Gorilla tracking
Have a lovely breakfast in the morning and proceed to the headquarters for briefing about the gorillas and meeting the park rangers. The experience is exhilarating as you get ready to hike through the jungle in search for the gorillas. Some level of physical fitness is required as you head out to track the gorillas; this is because you ought climb the hills in order to catch a glance at them. The experience is tiresome but amazing when you confront the great mountain gorillas. You will see them in groups as they do their daily routine work, mothers feeding their young ones, playing, feeding and some resting. You are kindly asked to keep a distance as you watch the gorillas, remember to switch off your flash as you take pictures. Trekking the gorillas takes about 2 to 6 hours of great adventure.After trekking the gorillas, return to your lodge for relaxation.
Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking Optional at &100 and transfer back to Kigali.
Have breakfast early morning and proceed for golden monkey tracking, this is another existing moment. Prior to meeting the golden monkeys, you will see other primates, fauna and flora. Finally get face to face with the beautiful golden monkeys. You will see them play as they jump from one branch of tree to the other; all this will be amazing and memorable for your safari. Drive back to Kigali and if you still have time, you can visit some craft shops and buy for yourself a souvenir. Continue to the airport for your flight and say farewell to Rwanda.
Best Encounter Trekking Gorillas in Rwanda
The Virunga Mountains in Rwanda are famous to be a home to over 480 mountain gorillas which is half of the world’s big population. Some of the gorillas are discovered in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park which is located in Uganda and Congo. Ten gorilla families are habituated in Volcanoes National Park and the gorillas are a must see. Once you come across a silverback gorilla, your heart will surely melt away with too much excitement. They are so bold and they will look you straight into the eyes. They move in a big group including babies, juveniles and the mothers. You will appreciate the fact that they resemble human beings, the experience is magical and one you can’t find anywhere.
How To Plan For Your Gorilla Trek.
Interestingly, is the fact that gorillas can be tracked all around the year. Any time you feel ready for a safari, you can plan for one and enjoy a wonderful time with the gorillas. To so many people, it’s a lifetime dream that they want to see come to reality. Knowing when to go for gorilla tracking is also important; this helps you delight in your safari without any hustle. It’s quite hard to predict weather in Africa because it can rain anytime. The rainy seasons in Rwanda are April-May and November. If you are to travel during this time, remember to carry a rain jacket, walking boots and warm clothes, it’s always cold. The drier months are June to mid- September, December and February. During this time, many tourists frequent Rwanda to track gorillas.
When to Secure Gorilla Permits
If you are a last minute traveler then you are bound to miss tracking gorillas, permits are secured months earlier. Contact a reliable tour company who will arrange for you a wonderful safari in advance. Permits costs Usd 750 and only 80 permits are issued each day for the different gorilla groups. This money may seem a lot but rewarding once you see the gorillas. You are guided by an armed ranger and also these benefit from the money paid for the permit.
You Must Be Physically Fit to Track Gorillas
It’s important to be fit as you plan for your gorilla trek, this is the only way you will enjoy the hike as you move through the forest in search for the gorillas. There are breaks given along the walk to enable you catch a breath. If you feel so tired and can’t continue, you may hire a porter at a fee. Some gorilla groups are close and you can see them within 30 minutes. However this depends on the one assigned to you by the ranger. During the rainy season, gorillas relocate down the mountains, the hike becomes challenging because you have to walk on the steep slopes for some good time. But all this is forgotten once you get in the presence of the gorillas.
What to Expect On Your Gorilla Safari
Very early morning after your breakfast, you head out to the park’s headquarters in Kinigi Village for briefing about the rules and regulations that govern gorilla trekking. Right after you are assigned a gorilla group to track by the ranger. You move to the forest, it’s quite strenuous although rewarding when you come cross the gorillas, silverback playing with its young ones, others resting and mothers feeding their young ones. Some even come closer to you as a way of appreciating your visit.The whole encounter is so amazing.
What to Pack for Your Gorilla Tour.
The only way to enjoy your trek is by packing the right safari clothes. Among these khaki clothes, Jeans, Long and short sleeved shirts, Walking Boots, Sandals, Gloves, Rain jacket, Sweater, socks and a safari hat. The trails are sometimes muddy or slippery and need strong walking shoes. You also need a walking stick to support you as you walk on the steep slopes of the mountain.
The Best Time to Take Photos on a gorilla Safari
Everyone who comes to track gorillas wants to remind with good memories. Camera is a must carry and make sure it’s fully charged or have extra batteries. You must take magical pictures that will remind you of an adventurous safari you had in Rwanda. You are kindly requested to switch off your flash light when taking photos, this disturbs gorillas and they may decide to walk way. Since it rains anytime, your camera needs to be protected. If possible shoot a video to enable you capture every moment in the jungle. Volcanoes National Park is known to have 10 gorilla families and these include Agashya, Amahoro, Sabyinyo, Umubano,Susa,Karisimbi, Hirwa,Kwitonda, Bwenge as well as Ugende group of gorillas. Each of these groups is exciting with many members of the family. It’s time for Adventure with the Mountain Gorillas.