RWANDA GORILLA TOURS, GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI IN RWANDA, GORILLA SAFARIS IN RWANDA.
Rwanda Gorilla safaris/Rwanda Gorilla Tours are tailored mountain Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda for remarkable Gorilla trekking Tours in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park.
In Rwanda-the land of a thousand hills, there lies ape species whose existence and unique features has took the world by storm in the contemporary times forming what has been termed as Gorilla safaris in Rwanda.
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Apart from gorilla trekking, a Rwanda Gorilla Safari trip to see Gorillas brings to you other memorable encounters in the country’ of Rwanda. The rolling savannah landscapes of Akagera National Park in the east of Rwanda with counts of Massai Giraffe, Elephants, Buffaloes, lions, elands, Roan Antelope, leopards coupled with its myriad of swamp fringed lakes that form the most extensive wetland system in the whole of central Africa is a natural wonder that Gorilla Safari visits in Rwanda have incorporated in their unmatchable packages. The forested landscapes of Nyungwe which presents its self as the largest montane forest in the east of Africa dating back to the prehistoric era something that has accorded it a considerable biodiversity concentration including the 13 primate species among which feature the common chimpanzees that have been fully habituated for trekking experience and the largest grouping of black and white colobus monkey in the whole of Africa coupled with the lush forest canopy which have formed the ground for the famous Nyungwe canopy walk, the first of its kind in East Africa and the third in Africa. Prime Safaris and Tours extends the Gorilla safaris in Africa across the borders to tap into the rich tourist destination of Uganda with a myriad of attractions that have earned it a dub as the Pearl of Africa crowned to her by Winston Churchill in the year in 1907. With 400 out 880 mountain gorillas known to be existing in the world thriving in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the counts of wild game including the famous tree climbing lions in the adjacent Queen Elizabeth National Park before continuing to explore the snowcapped mountains of the moon as described by Ptolemy in 150 AD and proceeding to the primate Capital of the word – Kibale National Park where there are 95% of seeing chimpanzees and eventual encounter of Murchison Falls where the Nile River - the longest in the world leaves a permanent natural feature named the Murchison Falls standing as the powerful water fall in the world, Uganda is by no means an ordinary destination.
Taking a Gorilla Safari tour in Rwanda & Uganda has been made easy by Prime Safaris and Tours Ltd a destination specialist in Uganda and Rwanda at your service. The team of expert consultants and driver guides coupled with a fleet of quality safari vehicles and a wide selection of quality lodges in the respective categories of Luxury/ Upmarket, midrange / Standard or Budget / Basic combine to derive an ultimate safari memory.
Rwanda Gorilla Safari Packages
The 1 Day Rwanda Gorilla tracking safari encounter allows even the limited time travellers to encounter the critically endangered mountain gorillas Read more
The 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla trekking safari is one of the short gorilla safaris that you can undertake in Rwanda known as the land of a thousand hills...Read more
The Gorilla tracking safari in Rwanda takes you through the Gisozi genocide memorial which has the collection of the remains of the Rwandese that lost their lives in the bloody genocide ...Read more
The 4 Days Rwanda gorilla tracking tour is a relaxed gorilla safari in the land of a thousand hills. ...Read more
The 5 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Chimpanzee tracking tour takes you through the two main tourist activities in Rwanda...Read more
The 6 Days Primate safari in Rwanda is designed to enable you have a detailed encounter with the primates of Rwanda. Read more
The 7 Days Rwanda Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife is one of the comprehensive safaris in Rwanda enabling you to explore all the popular destinations in the country...Read more
Wildlife Safaris in Rwanda
The Rwanda Wildlife Safaris allows you to explore the destination Rwanda without gorilla trekking. You might have tracked gorillas before or you can not include it at the moment because of budgetary issues and this makes the Rwanda Wildlife Safari ideal for such travelers.
The wildlife safaris in Rwanda mostly feature Akagera National Park for classic wild game viewing which includes elephants, lions, leopards, Giraffes, antelopes and the aquatics of Lake Ihema like Nile Crocodiles and Hippos not forgetting adventure sport fishing on Lake Shakani. The Wildlife safaris in Rwanda extend to incorporate the culture and heritage tours in Butare in the southern province of Rwanda where the National Institute of Rwandan Museums and Nyanza palace are located. The stretch to Forest park of Nyungwe with 13 Primate Species including common chimpanzees and black and white colobus monkeys with the largest grouping in the whole of Africa is rewarding. Nyungwe also has the famous Nyungwe canopy walk which is the first of its kind in East Africa and the third in Africa stretching to 90m in length and 40m in height.
Rwanda Wildlife Safaris also features beach relaxation on Lake Kivu, tracking the golden monkeys, hiking Bisoke, Mount Karisimbi climbing or the Dian Fossey while not forgetting the tour to the genocide memorial sites of Rwanda.
The 3 Days Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda is a thrilling encounter in the pre-historic forest of Nyungwe where counts of habituated Chimpanzees are found...
The 3 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari to Akagera National Park is a perfect short wildlife encounter in the rolling savannah plains of the eastern Rwanda ...
The 5 Days Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda takes you to the wild game viewing haven of Akagera National Park and the chimpanzee trekking destination of Nyungwe ...
The safari takes you to the Volcanoes National Park which protects the Rwandan side of the Virunga mountain chain. ...
The 6 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park and Akagera National Park not forgetting the genocide sites of Kigali.
Akagera National Park is positioned in the north east of Rwanda overlooking the plains of Tanzania. It extends over a geographical spread of 1122 km2 and under a public private partnership arrangement of African Parks and Rwanda Development Board since 2010.The park is named after the River Akagera which is one of the sources of the Nile River which is the longest in the world. The River feeds in the chain of lakes that mark the floor of the Akagera plains including Lake Ihema which is the second largest in the whole of Rwanda.
Positioned in the south west of Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park overlooks the Democratic Republic of Congo border to the west and the Republic of Burundi in the south. The Nyungwe is noted to be one of the ancient forests of Africa and is known to have survived the last ice age. The Nyungwe forest is noted to one of the largest mountain forests in East Africa and at the moment is considered to be the most conserved forest in the Central African Highlands.
Also known as Parc Nationale des Volcanos in French, the Volcanoes National Park is located in the north west of Rwanda protecting the Rwandan side of the Virunga massif thus bordering with Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Congo’ Virunga National Park.
Iby’ Iwachu literally referring to our heritage is aimed at sharing the heritage of Rwandese with the Rwanda safari undertakers. Located adjacently to Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) in Nyakigoma cell
Born on January 16th, 1932 in San Francisco, California, Dian Fossey is a re-known world historical who is cherished for her great contribution towards the conservation of mountain gorillas in the Virunga massif.
Dian Fossey was initially a therapist who developed great interest in primates after her first safari tour to Africa that featured countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo among other countries in 1963.
While on Rwanda safari, there are various memorial sites that mark the 1994 genocide that befell Rwanda and Museums that showcase the artifacts of national, cultural, historical and natural significance.
Rwanda positioned in the East – Central Africa is neighbored by Uganda in the north, Democratic Republic of Congo in the west, Tanzania in the west and Burundi in the east. Rwanda is relatively smaller in size than Maryland and it a hilly country with steep hills and deep valleys. Rwanda has the highest lake in Africa – Lake Kivu at an altitude of 4,829ft (1,472m). The nation of Rwanda also shares the Virunga Mountains in the north with Mount Karisimbi (4,324m) being the highest point in Rwanda.
- Are gorillas stronger than humans?
- Are We Even Related To The Gorillas
- Do gorillas fall sick like humans do?
- Do gorillas use tools like humans and chimps?
- How do gorillas move from one place to another?
- How Heavy Is A Gorilla’s Brain
- If at all gorillas sleep, where do they sleep?
- If gorillas are like man, do they have enemies?
- If gorillas are primates, do they live high in the trees?
- If We Trained Gorillas To Talk, Would We Be Successful?
- The Height And Size Of A Gorilla
- The Origin Of The Name Gorilla
- What does a gorilla’s busy day look like?
- What does gorilla food look like and how do gorillas feed?
- What is a silverback gorilla?
- What Is The Average Life Expectancy Of A Gorilla
- What is the relationship between a gorilla and water?
- What is the sexual reproduction and parenting story of a gorilla?
- Where do gorillas live?
As a result of heavy demand for gorilla permits especially in the high season, it is very important to reserve the gorilla permit four (4) months in advance which gives you an opportunity to choose the family that you want to track and also increase your chances of encountering gorillas. After booking and paying fully for your gorilla permit, it can be noted that the gorilla trekking encounter is guaranteed holding other factors constant.
Each country has an authorized body that issues out gorilla trekking permits. For the case of Uganda, it is Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) while for Rwanda it is ORTPN. The gorilla permits give you a full day search for gorillas and one full hour direct contact with these critically endangered apes. The price of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters on Kira road Kampala is 600USD for foreign nonresidents, 500USD for foreign residents and 250,000 for East African residents. However, there are promotional offers in the low season (May & November) where gorilla permits go for 350USD for foreign residents, 250USD for foreign residents and 150,000 UGX for East African citizens.Uganda Gorilla permits Refunds and Cancellation Guidelines-
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) refunds 50% of the gorilla trekking fee in case the visitor fails to track gorillas because of illness following a recommendation by the park warden in charge. The visitors who fail to track gorillas due to gorilla movement to the neighboring countries receive a full refund. However, gorilla trekkers who track gorillas the whole day and fail to see gorillas are refunded 75% of the gorilla tracking fee. All refunds are made at Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices headquarters in Kampala.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) retains the following percentages upon gorilla permit cancellations;
0 – 8 days to tracking date – no refund
9 – 45 days to tracking date – 75% (25% refund to client)
46-90 days to tracking date – 50%
91 days and above to tracking date – 25% (75% refund to client)
Permits are sold at face value thus selling at higher value is illegal. Additionally, primary sale of permits is a sole role of Uganda Wildlife Authority thus individual or Tour Company selling is illegal. The payment for gorilla permits has to be made directly to Uganda Wildlife Authority
- Wear firm and easy hiking shoes to withstand the muddy slopes.
- Carry ear plugs for those who are sensitive about forest sounds.
- Carry Packed Lunch & enough water.
- Carry with you raingear, sunscreen lotion, insect repellant and a hat as weather can vary anytime.
- Carry with you zoom lens camera for photo shooting, no flash.
Price for a Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla permit
The price for a gorilla safari tour is finally derived after identifying the accommodation range, the vehicle type, fuel to use, gorilla permit fee, guide fee and meals involved. The price for a gorilla permit differs in seasons and countries. In Uganda, the price for a gorilla permit is 600USD for foreign nonresidents, 500USD for foreign residents and 250,000 for East African residents. However, there are promotional offers in the low season (May & November) where gorilla permits go for 350USD for foreign residents, 250USD for foreign residents and 150,000 UGX for East African citizens. In Rwanda, the price for a gorilla permit is 750USD for foreign nonresidents, 375USD foreign residents and 30,000Frw for Rwandan citizens.
Getting a Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla permit
One cannot trek Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda, if he/she has not acquired gorilla trekking permit. Gorilla permit is a document that gives you the opportunity to encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas that dwell in the Uganda’s Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and the Congo’s Virunga National Park.
Due to high demand for gorillas, it is advisable that gorilla permits should be booked like four months in advance which will not only increase your chances to trek gorillas but also allows you to select your favorite tracking family. This is more important if your safari is slated in the high season. Once you have booked and paid your gorilla permit, then the trekking of gorillas is guaranteed.
These gorilla permits are issued by the respective public bodies i.e. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and ORTPN of Rwanda. The permits come along with one full hour of gorilla encounter and the whole trekking experience which lasts between 30min – 8 hours.
In Uganda, the gorilla permits are obtained at Uganda Wildlife Authority Headquarters on Kiira Road, Kampala at a cost of 600USD for foreign nonresidents, 500USD for foreign residents and 250,000 for East African residents. However, in Uganda there are promotional offers in the low season (May & November) where gorilla permits go for 450USD for foreign residents, 250USD for foreign residents and 100,000 UGX for East African citizens.
In Rwanda, the gorilla permits are obtained at Rwanda Tourism Board offices (ORPTN) offices in Ruhengeri or Kigali city at a cost of 750USD for foreign nonresidents, 375USD foreign residents and 30,000Frw for Rwandan citizens.
Rwanda Gorilla trekking rules
The gorilla trekking rules and regulations are standard and apply to gorilla safari destinations of Uganda and Rwanda so as to ensure the thriving of the critically endangered mountain gorillas and at the same time the satisfaction of gorilla safari tour undertakers.
Before heading for tracking in the forest.
1. The number of people allowed to trek each gorilla family are limited to Eight (8) people per day.
2. You have to wash your hands before departing for gorilla trekking experience.
On your way to gorillas:
1. Avoid noise while on your way looking for gorillas.
2. Avoid littering in the forest as you pose danger to gorillas and other fauna and also destroy the ecosystem setting.
3. You first walk to the point where the gorillas were last seen yesterday and then track them from there.
4. Pay attention to the guide’s alert message about the closeness of gorillas.
When you’re with gorillas:
1. You have to maintain a seven (7) m distance (21ft) away from gorillas in order to prevent gorillas from human diseases that can be easily transferred since the DNA is close within two species.
2. Do not stray a way from other trekkers while having a direct encounter with gorillas. Stay in one batch.
3. You have to keep the voices very low and you are free to ask some questions to the guide in an orderly manner.
4. In case the gorilla charges, you have to follow the guides instruction where you are required to crouch slowly, avoid eye to eye contact and create a way through for gorillas. Desist from running.
5. Avoid flash photography and be careful of your moves in the process of taking pictures.
6. Avoid the temptation of touching gorillas.
7. One full hour is availed to you to maximize your interaction with gorillas. However, this may be altered and the session comes to an end before reaching one hour in case the gorillas charge.
8. Keep the voices very low until you are 200m away from them.
General health rules
Due to close DNA with human beings, Mountain gorillas can easily contract the diseases that are suffered by people. Therefore, it is important to note of the following;
1. Be able to respect the carrying capacity of a gorilla family per day.
2. For a sick or an infected gorilla trekker with a contagious disease, he/she is required to voluntarily remain behind as alternative gorilla trekking activity can be arranged or a refund can alternatively be made.
3. In case you want to sneeze or cough, you are required to turn away your head in the opposite side of the gorillas and close your mouth.
4. Respect the seven (7) m gap from the mountain gorillas.
5. Avoid throwing rubbish some of which include food packages as they possess harmful bacteria that would infect gorillas if they test on the dumped food.
6. In case you want to ease yourself, let the guide know so as to dig for you a 30cm hole after which you will carefully cover with soil.