Its now possible and easy to book gorilla safaris to Volcanoes National Park to see wild and habituated mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Volcanoes National Park is one of the four popular spots to visit mountain gorillas naturally. Mountain gorillas are the only identified apes that cannot live under captivity. Other national parks that are home to mountain gorillas include Virunga National Park in Democratic republic of Congo, Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable National Park in Uganda. All people all over the world can only find mountain gorillas in the above-mentioned African nations where these creatures live in the Virunga mountains and Bwindi impenetrable forest.
Volcanoes National Park is located in the northeastern part of Rwanda a country known as Nation with a thousand hills. Volcanoes National Park is home to 20 mountain gorilla groups all of which are habituated for gorilla trekking and research. According to available statistic, 10 gorillas are reserved for research why the other 10 are open for gorilla trekking where tourists and visitors to Volcanoes National Park are allowed to spend one hour with these beautiful creatures. There many lodges located near this park and the near by town of Kinigi. Volcanoes National Park is approximately 2-3 hours drive from Kigali City or Kigali international Airport. Depending on your budget, Encounter Africa safaris will tailor a safari to suite your pocket and interest.
Gorilla trekking is one of the most sought-after tourist activities to those visiting Africa. Rwanda and volcanoes National Park particularly is Africa’s leading gorilla trekking destination and services must be booked in advance to avoid missing out. Below is how to book gorilla permits, accommodation and transport to and from Volcanoes National Park.
To trek mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, one needs a gorilla pass or permit valid for one day to see gorillas for one hour. Gorilla permits for volcanoes National Park are issued by RDB (Rwanda Development Board) and can be booked through registered Rwanda tour operators.
Rwanda or Volcanoes National Park cost $1500 per person per trek and this cost included one hour with mountain gorillas, park entry fees, services or a ranger guide, security during the trek as well as certificate after the trek.
80 gorilla permits are available daily for gorilla trekking. This is because 10 gorilla families are put aside for gorilla trekking and each habituated mountain gorilla family is visited by 8 people making it 80 gorilla permits per day.
Gorilla permit booking process starts with checking availability of permits on that day. Please contact Encounter Africa safaris with day, month and year when you intend to trek gorillas. We will check and get back to you with the number of permits available on that day. If you are satisfied, we will the advise on how to make payment since gorilla permits can only be guaranteed when paid for in cash. Encounter Africa safaris will send you scanned copies of receipts for your records and perusal.
As earlier noted, gorilla trekking is one of the most sought-after activity in the world and Rwanda being number one gorilla trekking destination, one needs to book gorilla safaris to volcanoes National Park in advance. One should plan to book a gorilla safari to Rwanda at least 4 to 5 months in advance so that you don’t lose out on gorilla permits. While gorilla permits for trekking wild gorillas are the most expensive, they tend to sell out during pick seasons. Peak seasons in Rwanda include June, July, August and September. Please contact Encounter Africa safaris for details on how to book your gorilla safari during peak season.
Rwanda government through Rwanda Development board offers discounted gorilla permits to see gorillas in volcanoes National Park from November to May of each year. Who ever spends two nights in any of the three national parks of Nyungwe, Akagera and Volcanoes National Park, one is entitled to 30% discounts off every gorilla permit bought. In other words one will pay $1050 per Rwanda permit instead of $1500. Please contact Encounter Africa safaris for details about discounted gorilla permits for Volcanoes National Park.
Gorilla safaris to volcanoes National Park rotate around gorilla permits, physical fitness and interest. Before moving to any step, you need to know that gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park has an age limit of 15 years and above. Children below the age of 15 years are not allowed to visit mountain gorillas due to reasons related to conservation of the once endangered great apes. Gorilla trekking does not have a maximum age to the extent that people aged 100 years and above can trek gorillas as long as they are physically fit. If one is not fit enough, he or she can hire porters or sedan chairs where he will be assisted to the gorillas in the wild. For more information about gorilla treks for the elderly or people with disabilities, please contact Encounter Africa safaris.
Volcanoes National Park is easily accessed from Kigali city or Kigali international Airport. The drive from the Airport to Volcanoes National Park takes 2-3 hours to Ruhengeri. While in Ruhengire, you may choose to visit the community or add golden monkey trekking and volcano hiking. If coming from southwestern Uganda, it’s about one hour drive from Kisoro town via Kyanika boarder to Ruhengeri.
When booking gorilla safaris to Volcanoes National Park, you can incorporate some activities such as golden monkey, community visits and volcano hiking. All these activities can be booked anytime any day since they don’t have minimum or maximum number of people required.
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