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A Guide to Rwanda Gorilla Safaris & Tours

Mountain gorillas resting in lush green vegetation in Uganda

Just like gorilla trekking safaris Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda is also blessed with mountain gorillas that habit Volcanoes National Park.

Volcanoes national park Rwanda shelters the highest population of mountain gorillas in the Virunga conservation area.

Rwanda gorilla safari tour has become a dream for most travellers in the world. A Rwanda safari is an amazing experience which brings you close to the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats.

The interesting stories and unforgettable experiences about the activity keep the potential gorilla trekkers wondering how the entire gorilla safari Rwanda can be from the start to the end.

All travellers must carry their valid gorilla permits and other related documents for clarification to see gorillas. A gorilla permit costs USD 1500 in Rwanda.

Dressing appropriately for the jungle is essential for a successful gorilla trekking experience.

This is in good light hiking boots for easy movement in slippery, muddy grounds, gardening gloves to grab the bushes for support and rain gear for the unpredictable forest weather.

Also, long socks tucked into trousers, long-sleeved shirts, and sweaters. Insect repellents, hat, sunglasses, and waterproof bags are very helpful.

A traveller with a proper dressing code is assured of a memorable gorilla trekking experience.

Porter’s and hiking sticks are not compulsory but are among the key factors for an enjoyable and successful trek.

Porters help in carrying travelers’s luggage and providing support where needed in the process of hiking. The hiking sticks enable easy movement If the steep slopes are where hiking becomes difficult,. Porters and walking sticks are hired from the park headquarters at a fair cost.

After the briefing, travellers start off on an actual gorilla trekking safari Rwanda in the Volcanoes National Park.

Each group of travellers is led by an armed ranger and a park guide, who hike up and down in search of the allocated gorilla family.

It’s not an easy venture but rather energetic hiking via slippery, muddy grounds with thorny bushes and cold weather inside the dense forests.

Hiking time may vary from 30 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the movement and location of the gorillas.

Hiking is an opportunity to encounter other animals, such as monkeys, baboons, and many bird species, which together make the experience memorable.

After hiking for whatever length, you finally meet the gentle giants, relaxed in their families.

The clock will start ticking for an hour. It is here that all fatigue, panting and sweating due to the hike will disappear into excitement and joy as look into the eyes of a dominant silverback guarding the entire family.

Travelers are reminded to keep calm and observe carefully the unique human-like characters of each gorilla in the family.

After this great gorilla safari Rwanda during your Africa wildlife safari, a Uganda safari tour might be another opportunity for you to have a gorilla trekking tour Uganda or a Uganda wildlife safari, short Uganda wildlife safari, Long Uganda wildlife safari, Uganda birding safari, Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari,Uganda golden monkey trekking safari, Kampala city tour, Jinja city tour and many more.

As part of your adventure on your short safari Uganda, you will experience various gorilla behaviors, and it will also give you the opportunity to see other wild animals like monkeys and birds and also visit various tourism sites in Uganda.

Visit the Dian Fossey grave in Rwanda

Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda Rwanda and Congo is a very famous Africa wildlife safari activity that doesn’t miss on many travelers’s bucket lists.

Travelers planning a Uganda safari can enjoy their Uganda gorilla safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

In Rwanda during your Rwanda safari, you can enjoy your Rwanda gorilla safari in Volcanoes National Park and for those interested in Congo safaris, you can enjoy your Congo gorilla safari tour in Virunga National Park for mountain gorillas and Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking safaris Congo. 

Many of the travellers that undertake gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda’s Volcanoes Park add the hike to Dian Fossey tomb in their itinerary on their Rwanda tour.

The Dian Fossey grave yard hike is a learning experience for travelers, providing them with an in-depth understanding of the history of gorilla trekking tourism in Rwanda and how an American primatologist sacrificed her life to save the rare mountain gorillas that were at the verge of extinction by then.

Dian Fossey funded various projects to protect the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

She hired patrols to arrest poachers and paid veterinary doctors to treat the injured gorillas, putting an end to poaching.

When Dian Fossey made up her mind to die for gorillas, she established a research center called the “karaoke Research center”.

Her mission to protect Rwanda’s mountain gorillas against poaching generated hatred and negative attitudes by poachers, who revised all means to assassinate her.

Hiking to the graves is not as easy as you may think but it is quite short-lasting, lasting roughly 1–3 hours from the starting point.

The hike is not as energetic as hiking the Virunga volcanoes but it is quite tiresome, requiring one to be physically fit and committed.

To ease the movements, travellers are also reminded to wear hiking boots to overcome the muddy and slippery grounds, especially in the rainy season.

Similarly, dress in long trousers, which you will tack into stockings to prevent bites from ground insects and being hurt by stinging nettles.

Just like any other popular activity in Volcanoes national park, all participants in hiking to Dian Fossey graveyard are required to have a valid permit, which costs $ 75.

Travelers are also encouraged to carry other relevant travel documents, such as passports for clarification. Travelers can access these permits on the actual day of hiking at the karaoke research centre.

Rwanda gorilla safari packages

1 Day Rwanda gorilla safari
2 Days Rwanda gorilla trekking tour
3 Days Rwanda gorilla safari
4 Days Rwanda Gorilla & wildlife safari
5 Days Rwanda Gorilla & wildlife safari
6 Days Rwanda gorilla safari tour
8 Days Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking safari
9 days Uganda Rwanda gorilla, chimps & wildlife safari

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