Embarking on a gorilla trek in untamed mountain jungles is an exhilarating adventure in Rwanda on exceptionally planned gorilla trekking tours. With Volcanoes National Park as your destination, accessible through Rwanda's bustling capital, Kigali, you'll venture into the seemingly endless misty jungle on the slopes of the imposing Virunga Mountains. The experience is truly unparalleled, as you'll have the opportunity to witness Africa's majestic gorillas up close in their natural habitat. Our tour specialists have compiled all the essential information to help you plan your dream gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda and ensure that your encounter with the mountain gorillas is everything you've ever imagined. But first, browse through our collection of Rwanda gorilla safaris below to find your best fit.
RWANDA GORILLA TOURS
These gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda can be customized based on the preferred date, accommodation type, and duration, which will determine the total cost.
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The Rwanda Gorilla Tour Experience
Imagine, if you will, sitting silently under a barely illuminated forest canopy with a few leaves between you and a twenty-strong family of black-furred giant apes. Imagine looking into the familiar deep brown eyes of a 200kg silverback suspicious of your every move. Imagine its quiet grunts and mysterious snufflings, and sounds of moist gnawings, the chomp of its teeth, and the heaviness of its breath a few feet away from where it can smell your fear.
Imagine the hot flood of adrenaline, that unpleasant tingling in the back of your arms.
Gorilla treks in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park is a peerless wildlife experience and one of Africa’s indisputable adventure highlights.
One moment you’ll be machete-bushwhacking through thickets of vines and bamboo, hiking up steep, rugged slopes full of sharp rocks, unyielding roots, and staggering ascents that transfer enormous amounts of strain to your pale, shaking thighs.
The next moment you scoot out of the endless cocktail party of trees, and sunlight streams through the bald canopy to illuminate a matted clump of black against a curtain of jungle green. You’ve anticipated this, and yet still, you gasp!.
Seated perhaps 10 meters (32 ft) away are some of the last roughly 1,000 mountain gorillas remaining in these dense backwoods.
Joining the daily gorilla trekking excursions in Volcanoes National Park is the only way to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
No place is better suited for a jungle adventure mix of superb gorilla trekking and conservation tourism than Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. And with an insane price tag on trekking permits at $1500, expect royal treatment throughout your whole adventure experience.
Trekking excursions in Rwanda begin at 08:00 am, irrespective of the date or weather. Expect to spend a night at a forest lodge near the visitor center and be up before daybreak.
How gorilla tourism sustains local communities
Gorilla conservation has proved that we can comfortably share this earth with our most feared beasts. Gorillas were almost wiped off the face of the earth by humans.
Thanks to brave souls like George Schaller and Dian Fossey who dispelled the gorillas’ public perception as brutes.
Dain and Schaller demonstrably established the deep compassion and social intelligence evident among gorillas and how closely their behavior parallels that of humans.
Much of the primate habitats overlap with impoverished, remote communities. People depended on the rainforests long before conservation as an essential source of fuel and food.
Their historical lands are now closed off, and they would be justified to consider gorillas a threat to their living. One of the most crucial factors for effective gorilla conservation is helping poor communities benefit from the conservation programs.
Rwanda, through conservation organizations like The Dian Fossey Fund, gives back some percentage of gorilla permit revenue to the local communities to develop infrastructure and create alternative livelihoods.
Despite considerable limitations, gorilla conservation through the tourism model has largely been successful for years.
Revenues from selling gorilla permits have powerfully impacted their long-term outlook.
Rwandan locals are employed directly in the gorilla trekking safaris as guides, rangers, porters, service providers at lodges, souvenir artists, and many other employments around your successful encounter with the gorillas.
Rwanda gorilla trekking is developed and professionally organized for a sustainable future.
Frequently Asked Questions
Rwanda is one of the few places in the world where you can see the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda are a once-in-a-lifetime experience that requires careful planning and preparation. Here are some frequently asked questions about Rwanda gorilla safaris to help you get started.
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