Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes National Park located in the north west of the country. Volcanoes national park is best known for gorilla tours in Rwanda. Having a chance to trek mountain gorillas in one of the most beautiful park in Rwanda is a once in lifetime adventure.
Having lived in Africa for 10 years, I have been privileged to take many game safaris, but I have never had an experience like this gorilla trek. To see a gorilla family up close and personal. Just to sit with a silver back and contemplate the jungle, do you know why many describe this as a life changing. The integrity and care with which the Rwandan Development Board manages this national treasure give confidence that the high cost of a permit $750 for a visitor is fully justified as well as completely worthwhile. Rwanda Gorilla Safaris can provide more details online.
The Rwandans have done an amazing job developing and taking care of this national park. It has been a lot of work protecting it and improving it. The rangers are incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. We got very lucky and only had to hike for about 1 hour to get to our gorilla family. Just to get to the edge of the park it is 30 minutes hike. Uphill after entering the walls of the park, you will have to hike anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours to get to your gorilla family.
They are not trails, but the jungle, so be prepared with correct gear and clothing. We hired porters from the community surrounding the national park. They carried our bags and made sure we did not fall. I would definitely get a porter. An amazing national park that needs continued support for conservation and protection. Trekking to see the gorillas as a truly once in a lifetime experience and not just the cost which I have to say is well worth it. The one that you get to spend with them just files nut the memories will last forever.
We saw the Sabyinyo family which included a young one who had just been named that year and we also saw the largest silver back mountain gorilla in the world called Guhonda. You must plan in advance and get a gorilla permit like three months ahead of you as only 8 people are allowed per group per day and bring your camera, take your pictures and leave your footprints.
But I also recommend taking a village tour with the IbyI’wacu cultural village as it’s a great source of Rwandan cultural immersion, it good to do on the afternoon of the Golden Monkey trek. We did the safari with Rwanda Gorilla Safaris. If you have the chance to go then this is an experience you will never forget.