Mountain gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda
Rwanda is among the three countries in Africa where mountain gorillas are found and also known as Country of a thousand hills that has more than 10 habituated gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park which is located about 80km away from Kigali International Airport which is approximately a 2hours drive. Gorilla trekking is very popular in Rwanda because it is where gorilla habituation and conversations efforts started from by Dian fossey
During your visit to Rwanda for Gorilla trekking you will pay respect at Dian Fossey’s grave one of the great conservationists of these giants.Those visiting Rwanda for gorilla trekking can also consider touring Nyungwe National Park for a canopy walk and chimpanzee trekking, Akagere National Park for wildlife viewing or Lake Kivu for boat cruises and relaxation.
The professional guides will lead you through from the starting point until you meet these gorillas and will also help you endure the steep slopes. A gorilla permit in Rwanda goes for 1500 USD per person, its permit costs slightly higher than that of Uganda.
Best time to see gorilla in Rwanda
Gorilla trekking is a year-round activity, but like any rain forest, it’s easier to trek in the dry seasons which are mid-December to early February and June to September. Park rangers track the groups’ movements through out the year, It is advisable you trek during the dry season because in the rainy season the paths tend to be muddy and slippery, just bring your best waterproof gear and in the wet season, the air is crystal clear with great views of the volcanoes and gorillas tend to hang out on the lower slopes of the mountain.
Attractions in Rwanda
Welcome to Rwanda! Home to vibrant city life, mountain gorillas, and breathtaking vistas, there are many places to explore and activities to do. The must visit places in Rwanda that you should not miss to add to your bucket list include the following
Go gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park is Rwanda biggest tourist attractions and tops a nature lovers bucket list, it is a home to mountain gorillas, beautiful volcanoes, golden monkeys, and excellent views.
Explore Rwanda Capital,Kigali
A very unique city in the heart of Rwanda, Kigali is a gorgeous city with great weather. You can get a taste of history here by visiting the genocide memorials and learn about the turbulent past of the country.
Karisoke Research Center
Funded by The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, the Karisoke Research Center works to track and study Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, fund anti-poaching initiatives, and teach visitors and locals about conservation.Karisoke has also now become a center for training of the next generation of conservationists and scientists in Rwanda
visit National Museum of Rwanda in Butare
The intellectual capital of the country and home to Rwanda,s national university, delve into its history at Butare’s national museum or at the royal palaces of the former Rwandan monarchs. Visitors to Butare will also get the chance to taste the local cuisine, where several restaurants offer a range of local foodstuffs and international dishes.
Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe National Park is one of the most remote locations in Rwanda with canopy walk, The canopy walk is a 200 meters walk above the forest and hangs 60 meters above the forest rewarding them with an aerial view of the national park. Endless tea fields are located right outside the park gates.
Visit Rwandan Lakes
Rwanda has Several lakes such as Lake Kivu, twin lakes or Burera and Ruhondo, Lake Muhazi, Lake Ihema and Lake Mugesera and tourists can enjoy the scenic and serene views of these marvelous Lakes. The outstanding Inland body of water together with the beach offers the best relaxation time for tourists. Water sports including canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing take place while at this Lake.
Take a safari in Akagera National Park
Home to Africa’s Big Five such as the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros, Akagera National Park’s sweeping views, plentiful wildlife, and easy access render this spot one of the best parks in the area.