Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking is an unforgettable, life-changing safari experience that can be taken in Africa’s most spectacular rainforests; Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Forest in Uganda, Virunga National Park in Congo and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. At Gorilla Trek Africa, we organize different gorilla trekking safaris that take you deep into these rainforests in search of the endangered giants. These trips are available all year round and can be taken any time of the year!

Most Popular Gorilla Trekking Tours

2 Days Gorilla Trekking in PNV

A 2 days Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, the home of mountain gorillas in Rwanda. This is the best trip for those with less time in Rwanda, yet are interested in tracking the gorillas!

 

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3 Days Gorilla Trekking In PNV Rwanda

Meet the wild goriilas and see them face to face on this 3 Day gorilla adventure in PNV Rwanda! Gorilla tracking will take place in one of PNV’s 7 habituated gorilla families.

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4 Days Gorilla Trekking – Track Gorillas Twice in Rwanda

Would you like to maximize your opportunity to see the mountain gorillas in the wild? Track the gorillas twice in Rwanda on this custom trip loved by many wildlife enthusiasts.

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Dian Fossey with Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

4 Days Gorilla Trekking & a Hike to Dian Fossey’s Grave

This 4 day gorilla trekking tour to Volcanoes National Park includes a hike to Dian Fossey’s Grave. See the gorillas and learn about the history of their conservation in Africa.

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5 Days Gorillas & Chimps in Rwanda

This 5 days safari in Rwanda takes you to Volcanoes National Park (PNV) for gorilla trekking and Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking. This is the best trip for primates lovers!

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Ngamba Island Chimpanzees

6 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Culture & Lake Kivu

A Grand Safari in Rwanda that includes Rwanda Culture, Gorilla Trekking, trek to Dian Fossey Grave & Lake Kivu tour. This is one of the most rewarding trip offering much to see in less time!

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Ngamba Island Chimpanzees

7 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Culture & Wildlife

This safari offers you the opportunity to enjoy game viewing in Akagera National Park, track Mountain Gorillas in PNV, excellent bird watching, cultural tours and Nature walks.

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Golden Monkeys in PNV, Rwanda

8 Days Rwanda Highlights

This trip includes all the top safari adventures in Rwanda; gorilla trekking and golden monkey tracking in PNV, chimpanzee tracking, nature walks and canopy walks in Nyungwe & a lake Kivu cruise.

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10 Days Rwanda Trail

Explore Rwanda and all what it has to offer on this 10 days adventure! Included in this tour are gorilla trekking, game viewing, chimp tracking, golden monkeys, boat cruises, scenic viewing etc.

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GORILLA TREKKING TIPS

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a very well run conservation project. In the morning you are taken to the park headquarters where you are assigned to a gorilla group and given a briefing.

It’s possible to choose a particular gorilla group to track, but that is only possible if it was requested for early enough. If you are in a large group, it’s best if you trek the same gorilla group to easily coordinate your pickups. Also if the tour group has some unfit people, it’s best not to go for long treks. You get an hour with the gorillas once you find them. Reaching and seeing them is virtually guaranteed nowadays.

It is variable how long it takes to trek to the gorilla group because they are obviously free to roam anywhere,

The different Gorilla Groups
Amahoro Group (18 gorillas, ranging through all ages) 30 minute drive over extremely bumpy road to car park to start trek. Then 2 minute walk to the gorillas (loads of hurtful nettles – wear robust or waterproof-type pants because they can perforate through anything thin; if you get stung it will hurt initially but it settles within about 30 minutes or so). After nearly 10-15 minutes in the gap of the jungle (abundance of sunlight), you begin to view the gorillas move down the mountain into an area with a lot of bamboo, still reasonably open ground area but much less light. The weather is very uncertain its best to wear layers but it also gets pretty hot after walking. The whole hour with the gorillas is spent in a forested/bamboo area (low light).

Directions regarding photography

Accelerated lenses are virtually sure necessary. It is not necessary when the gorillas were in the space in unswerving sun but most of the time they aren’t in such strong light.