Rwanda is one of the major destinations to visit in Africa, it’s located in the Eastern part of the African Continent. It is mostly known for the shy endangered mountain gorillas and its Volcanic mountains. Rwanda borders Uganda in the North, Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, Tanzania in the East, Burundi and Tanzania in the South.
How best to reach Rwanda?
Rwanda is such an impressing developing country with a stable economy, the fastest mean of reaching Rwanda is by air and you will land in at Kigali airport. Rwanda’s air transport system is clearly set with an airline named “Rwanda air” which flies in and out to different countries plus airlines of different countries flying in from different countries which favour travelers from different countries to fly in to the country for their Rwanda tours vacations.
What is the price for gorilla permits in Rwanda?
To visit gorillas in Rwanda you must buy a permit which issues you permission to enjoy the gorilla trekking tours and this permit costs $1500 USD per person, this money for the permit is paid in advance such that your permit is booked in advance before your trekking dates and this money once paid its non-refundable.
More so for tourists in Rwanda with much times and are willing to visit the other 2 parks (Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks) especially in low season (November to May) every year you can get a discounted gorilla permit costing $ 1050 USD per person and also for those in Rwanda attending conference and seminar you can secure another discounted permit of $ 1275 USD per person.
Where to find gorillas in Rwanda?
Rwanda globally is mostly known for the shy endangered Mountain Gorillas which are only found in Volcanoes National Park the Rwanda’s mostly known destination to visit on your Rwanda Safari. Volcanoes National Park is located in the Northern part of Rwanda in Ruhengeri province, it has wide range of primates and species recorded sightable in its diversity, Wildlife primates and species in Volcanoes National Park include Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys and different bird species. Volcanoes National Park is characterized with both rain forest and bamboo forest where Golden Monkeys are residents.
Traveling from Kigali airport to Volcanoes National Park you pass by the Iby’Iwacu Cultural village for some cultural experiences where you visit the Batwa people and share with them through receiving their cultural performances which include dances at a cost of $20 USD per person, there after proceed with the journey to Volcanoes National Park. It’s a bout 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali airport or town to Volcanoes National Park.
Reaching Volcanoes National Park at the park headquarters early in the morning you will be briefed about the Dos and don’ts while in the presence of these apes by the park officials, some of the don’ts include that:- if you are suspected to be with any signs of infectious diseases you are not allowed to go for the trekking, do not eat in the presence of these apes, always move slowly while in the jungle, keep your voice at low tone as you may scare these apes and force them to move far from the location you were supposed to find them, do not run after these apes, do not touch these apes without permission, always keep a distance of a bout 7m from these apes and do not use flush camera when taking photos of these apes.
After the briefing you are assigned a park ranger to lead you through the Jungle because for them mostly, they are of where the Gorillas spent the last night, you are supposed to go by the rules issued by the park ranger while in the Jungle.
After discovering these apes in the jungle, you are allowed to stay in their presence for only one hour while seeing them feeding, playing with their young ones and taking photos of these apes for memories, after the one-hour session you proceed back to the park offices for gorilla trekking certificate award.
Golden Monkeys in the bamboo forests of Volcanoes National Park are the other primates to visit while on your Rwanda Safari which will reward you an amazing Golden Monkey tracking experience at a cost of $100 USD per person.