The travel year 2022 is finally here! Among the things you should consider doing in this year is trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda. YES, do not miss an encounter with the endangered gorillas of Rwanda on your 2022 African Safari. Despite the previous travel restrictions to Rwanda, the country is now fully open to travelers from all over the world. Come and explore the beauty of this small country at affordable rates with Gorilla Trek Africa, the number one gorilla safari company in Rwanda. Gorilla Trek Africa
works together Rwanda Development Board to offer you enjoyable and affordable gorilla trekking tours, which last for a lifetime. Whereas Gorillas thrive in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda is exceptional! The reasons to trek gorillas in Rwanda on your 2022 African safari include:
Ease of access to the gorilla Park
Volcanoes National Park, home to Rwanda mountain gorillas is roughly 3 hours drive from the main Kigali International Airport. This makes it the most accessible gorilla park compared to Bwindi Forest/Mgahinga in Uganda and Virunga Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which require long distance driving from the airport. The ease of access makes Rwanda the best gorilla safaris destination for travelers with limited time. In Rwanda, you can easily do a 1-Day gorilla trek with early pick up from the airport, transfer to the park, gorilla trekking and transfer back to the airport for departure
High Number of Gorillas
Volcanoes National Park is home to the highest number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Conservation Area. Over 400 mountain gorillas are believed to live in the bamboo forests of Volcanoes Park, which make it highest compared to the neighboring Mgahinga gorilla park in Uganda and Virunga Gorilla Park in Congo. 10 gorilla families have been habituated in Rwanda to make trekking easy and manageable. 80 gorilla permits are issued out everyday visit each gorilla family. Gorilla permit in Rwanda is recommended at least 6 months in advance due to high demand.
Since 2017 when Rwanda hiked her gorilla permit prices from $750 to $1500, the country transformed into a luxury gorilla tour destination. YES, Rwanda gorilla safaris are undeniably expensive compared to Uganda and Congo. However, those who have visited gorillas in Rwanda do not regret the high charges, its surely worth it. Enjoy the luxury treat while staying at any f Rwanda’s first class Lodges especially Bisate Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Gorilla Lodge and Virunga Lodge among others. These are located in Volcanoes National Park to provide luxury accommodation to gorilla visitors.
Low altitude hikes & Easy treks
Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park live in low altitude areas compared to Bwindi, Mgahinga and Virunga National Parks. A short trek in Rwanda can last for half an hour, which does not require a lot of hiking. Also, trekking through the bamboo forests of Volcanoes National Park is easier compared to the impenetrable forest of Bwindi Forest in Uganda.
Gorilla trekking add-ons
In addition to mountain gorillas, Rwanda offers other interesting experiences to make your safari more fun and life changing. Depending on your budget and the number of extra days you have in Rwanda, we bring a list of other amazing things to see and do in Rwanda to complement your gorilla trekking experience. These add-ons to gorillas include:
Big five game
Complement your gorilla trekking with big five game in Akagera National Park on your Rwanda safari. Explore and enjoy game viewing experiences in the savannahs of this Park for greater views of wild animals browsing, hunting and grazing. You will see plenty of animals, which include Lions, Buffalos, Elephants, Zebras, Leopards, Giraffes, Waterbucks, Warthogs, Hippos, Topis, Antelopes, Diki Dik, Gazelles, Oribis, Hyenas and Cheetahs among others. Game viewing is best done in the morning and evening when wild animals are actively feeding. Night game drives are also arranged on request. In most cases, game viewing in Akagera National Park is done alongside boat cruise at Lake Ihema.
Chimpanzee trekking: Go to trek chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park to have an encounter with your close relatives. Chimpanzees in Rwanda can be trekked in either the main Nyungwe Forest or Cyamudongo Forest. Chimps are done along with canopy walk for aerial views of the Virunga Volcanoes and other attractions in Rwanda
Enjoy Rwanda hiking to Mt Karisimbi, the tallest Volcano in the Virunga Massif, and Mt Bisoke for a memorable mountaineering experience. You can also hike into the gravesite f Dian Fossey, an American primatologist who lost her life in the campaign to save the endangered gorillas, which were at the verge of extinction.
The other things you can do and see in Rwanda include golden monkey trekking, Kigali city tour, Bird watching and community tours among others
Book a 2022 Rwanda safari to trek gorillas and other add on activities in Rwanda with Gorilla Trek Africa.