Rwanda is one of the few gifted countries that house almost a half of the world’s mountain gorillas over 480 individuals, the rest live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda and a few in Congo. And these species can be found in Rwanda’s popular national park that Volcanoes national park in the Virunga Mountains that straddle the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. About ten gorillas groups are available for gorilla tracking more than any where else in the world these include Karisimbi Gorilla Family (Susa-B gorilla group), Ugenda Family, Hirwa group, Amahoro Gorilla Group , Group 13 (Agasha Group), Kwitonda, Umubano Group, Hirwa group, Sabyinyo gorilla group, Bwenge Family. . When planning a safari in Rwanda one can’t for get the magnificent opportunity to visit Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park (PNV) consisting of 125 km2 of mountain forest and home to the six Virunga Volcanoes and the world famous mountain gorillas. When planning a gorilla safari, a gorilla permit is a must and it’s issued on first come first served basis and gorilla permits can be booked at the RDB tourism and conservation Reservation Office in person, by telephone (252 57 65 14) or via email: and a gorilla permit costs USD$750 for non-nationals, USD$375 for foreign residents, 30,000FRW for Rwanda citizens, this is inclusive of park entry fees. On the day of tracking you must present your self plus your gorilla permit at the park headquarters in Kinigi at 7:00am to get a short briefing about gorilla tracking and also to get assigned to the group booked for. You will follow your guide to the jungle to begin the activity which strictly lust for one hour with these giant gorillas look into the eyes of a large silverback gorilla one of the thrilling moment very difficult to forget. Gorilla trekking safaris offer a magical encounter that exceeds any other ‘wildlife’ experience we know.
- Do not surround the gorillas but remain in a tight group.
- No one with communicable disease such as diarrhea or flu is allowed to visit the gorillas as this put their lives in danger
- Flash photography is strictly forbidden
- Leave a distance of at least 5m between you and the gorillas. if they approach you move back slowly
- Do not eat or smoke with in 200m of the gorillas
- No person under 15years of age is allowed to track the gorillas
- Bury all human faeces in a hole dug at least 30cm deep and ensure that it is properly filled in afterwards.
- When with the gorillas avoid making sudden movements or making loud noises
You are allowed to spend only one hour while with these giant apes