Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & Rwanda, Bwindi Forest, Gorilla Safari Reviews

A Gorilla Trek is a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and Rwanda and certainly mountain gorillas are the major reason as to why very many people visit these 2 destinations Find information about gorilla trekking holidays to see gorillas in the wild, how to acquire a permit, as well as tour companies arranging such treks.

When To Go To See The Mountain Gorillas In Africa?

Although tracking mountain gorillas can be conducted all year round in these two countries (Uganda & Rwanda) due to the somewhat damp seasons experienced by the national parks in which these gorillas stay, the majority of tourists prefer visiting from June to September as well as from December up to February.You can visit Bwindi at any time of the year, the low season calls for cheaper gorilla permit price.

Where To Stay ?

Choosing the best safari lodge or accommodation will depend on how much you can afford. Some lodges charge as high as, $900 while the budget ones can pocket as low as $ 70 for a double room. Its all about the facilities, location, food, services and so much more.

Cost of a Gorilla Trek in Rwanda

Most Rwanda gorilla tour operators or gorilla trekking companies in the beautiful Rwanda will have different prices, both cheap and luxury options. The difference of how much to charge depends on accommodation, vehicle, season and running costs of the company. Local companies will definitely charge lower than the international travel agencies.
Sample Cost

  • 1 day gorilla tour  about $ 1700 to $ 1850
  • 2 days gorilla Rwanda $ 1900 to $ 2000
  • 3 Days gorilla tracking Rwanda $ 2100 to $ 3000.

Getting There: From Kigali To Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
Time by road: 2 h 18 min without traffic.
Distance: 109 km

What To expect from Rwanda Gorillas?

Here are a few highlight for your experience as you Visit Rwanda  You have to wake up early morning, meaning that you must find accommodation closer to the park entrance. Your African gorilla guide will be briefing you at 7 am about safety precautions as well as the etiquette.  There are over 80 gorilla tracking guides provided by the Rwanda Development Board, well trained and speaking English and French. Together with other members of the group, you proceed to the forest and start the hike which may be tiring depending on your physical strength. Remember they are called mountain gorillas so an element of hiking is a must. The adventure takes anything from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. The English-speaking forest guides are amazingly good, and will lead you to the specific ‘habituated’ mountain gorilla group, which certainly will be acquitted to human presence.

A mature silver back male gorilla may weigh as much as 200kg, or even 3 times the overall weight of an average man, however the anxiety normally disappears once you set eyes on the group. Normally the gorilla group will be scattered over a small area of thick vegetation. They will carry on with their interactions and even feed without any concern of their human visitors although they will be observing you with interest. Rarely one, normally a playful youngster, will boldly approach you with inquisitiveness, at times coming really close that you will need to move away. (You are not allowed to move less than 7 meters close to them; this is to safe guard the gorillas from contagious human diseases.)  The climate in Musanze ( 1,700m above sea level) is mostly cold. Please carry along warm clothing.

Cost of A Gorilla Permit in Rwanda 2019.

  • ORDINARY PERMIT :USD $1500 per person for all trekking visitors to Rwanda.
  • Special Exclusive Gorilla safari experience costs US$ 15,000
    The behind the scenes gorilla trip for 3 days costs US$ 30,000 for 3 persons.
  • For professional photography as well as filming the mountain gorillas, you part with US$ 5000 for 3 days consecutively.If you are a large crew of 8 people, you willpay US $ 12,000