Gorilla tracking tours from Musanze Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is the best activity and the adventurous to many travelers who visit Rwanda as a tourist destination. Volcanoes National Park is situated in northwestern Rwanda, covering an area of 160sqkm of a rain forest and hold within five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains such as Mount Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke, Mount Muhavura, Mount Gahinga and Mount. Sabinyo. Rwanda Gorilla tracking is done in the Volcanoes National Park a home to the Mountain Gorillas and Golden monkeys. The National Park, boarders the Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and also famously known as the base for the primatologist Dian Fossey European tourist who died during the civil war trying to conserve the Gorilla species.
Rwanda has 10 habituated Gorilla families available for Gorilla tracking experience. Gorilla trekking starts with a briefing from the ranger guides at the park headquarters where you join other trackers before heading to the forest in search for these endangered Gorillas. Regardless of the Gorilla family allocated to you, there are always higher chances of sighting the Gorillas in their habitat either feeding in the forest or playing around with their young ones.
Great Adventure Safaris specialize in organizing Gorilla tracking tours from Musanze to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Our professional driver guide will pick you from where you will be staying in Musanze town and transfer to the National Park for your Gorilla tracking adventure in Rwanda.
Accommodation options around or near the National Park are several depending on your budget and could you be specific, kindly let us know so that we give you options that fit your interests so that you enjoy your Gorilla tracking tour from Musanze town to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
Gorilla permit in Rwanda currently goes for USD1500 per person per trek to visit the Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat for a period of hour from the time you meet them. The normal exercise can last for 30min to three quarters of the day depending on where the Gorillas are and ranger guides always communicate with the trackers who are out in the forest looking for them before you start your walk.
Great Adventure Safaris advises that you book your Gorilla permits in advance before their tracking date. The reason being that the Gorilla permits are always on high demand and can be sold out quickly also remember that, only a maximum of 8 people are allowed to track one particular Gorilla family each day meaning that, the Rwanda Tourism Board issues in total 80 Gorilla permits each day for Gorilla tracking.
The minimum age required for Gorilla tracking in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is 15 years, any person below this age, is considered a child and you cannot predict their reaction when they set eyes on the Gorillas. A person above 15 years is believed to physically fit and has got some understanding so he/ she may handle the situation, in case the Gorillas change their behavior.
When a person is about to celebrate his/her 15th birthday, or when the child expresses maturity and is physically fit he/ she can be allowed to track the Gorillas if the parents agree with the authorities in writing and he/she has to be in company with the parents.
There are rules and regulations for Gorilla tracking imposed by the Rwanda Tourism Board to all travelers taking park in Gorilla tracking experience.
Carry along a rain gear
An Insect repellent
Recommended clothing is long trousers and long sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect bites and plant which are contagious.
Sturdy hiking boots are essential.
Drinking water and a packed lunch which will be provided at the lodge where you are staying
Extra batteries for your cameras for Photography
Some extra money for Porters who will help you carry your day-pack for a small charge.
Mountain gorillas live at high altitude and this may cause difficulties in hiking up for some visitors. You should pace yourself, walk slowly, drink plenty of water and prepare adequately for this experience.