1 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari Rwanda
1 day gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda is designed for people who are already in Rwanda and would want to have a simple safari to see mountain gorillas. In Rwanda, tourists can meet and trek mountain gorillas in their natural habitats in volcanoes national park only in Rwanda.
Volcanoes national park can be visited at any time of the year in Musanze district in the northwestern part of the country. 1 day mountain gorilla trekking safari can only be done in Rwanda reason being volcanoes national park is the closest gorilla park from the airport or city as you can access it in just 2-3 hours. The mountain gorillas in Rwanda have found their comfortable place in the open grasslands, and bamboo vegetation of the volcanoes national park
Detailed itinerary for 1 day gorilla trekking safari Rwanda
On the day of gorilla trekking, an English-speaking driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel very early in the morning and brief you about the whole safari and journey before setting off for volcanoes national park in Musanze district. The drive from Kigali to Musanze will take you about 2-3 hours so you need to wake up and start the journey by 5 am so that you reach the briefing point in time.
With well-developed roads in the country, you will reach Kinigi park headquarters by 7 am and join other trekkers for a briefing from rangers. you will be taught about the rules and regulations of the gorilla trekking activity before going out to the jungle to look for mountain gorillas.
You will later get grouped with other trekkers not exceeding 8 and head out to the jungle led by the armed ranger guides. Looking for mountain gorillas might take between 30 mins to 7 hours depending on the location of the mighty apes but on locating them you will spend 1 hour with them. Learn about their behaviors, see them do daily activities and you can take pictures with cameras that have no flash.
After 1 hour you will trek back out of the forest with opportunities of seeing some of the park animals like the elephants, duikers, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, bushbucks, buffaloes, several primates, and different bird species. you will find your driver guide ready to transfer you back to Kigali with an en-route lunch. If time allows you can take a visit to the Iby’Iwacu cultural village where you will get to learn about Rwanda culture through traditional dances and drama.
- Gorilla trekking permit
- Service of the English speaking driver-guide
- Drinking water and all meals indicated in the itinerary
- International tickets
- Optional activities
- Porter fees
- Personal expenses