The 1 day Rwanda gorilla trek is best done when a visitor spends a night in Rwanda before the day of trekking since the experience starts very early in the morning, kicking off with briefing at the park headquarters. Set off at 4:30 am, for a 2 hours picturesque drive to Volcanoes National Park found in Musanze province, habitat to endangered mountain gorillas. On arrival, enjoy your breakfast and proceed to the park headquarters at Kinigi for the briefing by the park warden. At 8:30am the tour guide will transfer you to the starting point of the gorilla trek.
The gorilla groups are allocated to the guests at random at the park headquarters. However, our experienced guides have over time built a strong relationship with the park wardens. They normally talk to them before time and express the clients' interests in specific gorilla groups. They normally get a positive response over this.The trek may last from 1-8 hours depending on the movements of the gentle giants. Travelers are advised to disclose their trekking abilities to park wardens guides so they can be allocated the suitable gorilla family.
Located roughly 3 hours drive from Kigali international airport/city, Volcanoes National park is a best place for short gorilla treks. The park shelters the highest number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Conservation Area bordered by Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 10 gorilla families have been habituated in Volcanoes park to ease trekking experience. These are Hirwa, Agashya, Umubano, Susa A, Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Kwitonda, Amahoro and Titus gorilla family. Each gorilla family is visited by a group of eight people everyday. The allowed time with the endangered gorillas is strictly a hour counted from the time travelers meet the gorillas.
The other things to see and do in Volcanoes National park include bird watching, golden monkey trekking, nature walking, community tours, volcano hiking (Mt Karisimbi & Bisoke)Dian Fossey graveyard hike and visiting Musanze caves among others.
On return, your driver will transfer you back to Kigali for drop off at your hotel or at the airport for a scheduled flight back home.