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Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Volcanoes National park
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Duration

2 to 5hrs

Cancellation

No Cancellation

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Francais

Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live.

Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing” and with good reason. With only 900 estimated Gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique moment.

Gorillas make their homes in and amongst the bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. Trek to see them and you’ll be introduced by your expert trackers and guides to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas and you can stay with them for an awe-inspiring hour, often crouching just a few feet away, whilst the gorillas go about their daily lives.

Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours + depending on the family allocated to your group and their rental. The journey back can take just as long goal you are Often the carried along by the euphoria you feel at seeing the gorillas!

Expert guides give a pre-trek briefing on specific protocols and rules for visiting the gorillas That Live Within an altitude of 2500 and 4000m. Porters are available to help carry backpacks and cameras, as well as helping you with your footing along your hike which can be hard work, but well worth it.

Gorilla Families

There are ten families living in the Volcanoes National Park that are fully habituated and available for visits by the public (whilst others are habituated for scientific research purposes only). Each family consists of at least one Silverback (but sometimes as many and four), along with several females and a group of youngsters.

Susa

The Largest group with 38 gorillas. They’re hardest to trek as they tend to range high into the mountains. They have rare 5 year old twins named Byishimo and Impano.

Sabinyo

17 members Sabyinyo is an easily accessible group led by the powerful silverback Guhonda.

Amahoro

19 gorillas, led by the calm and easy going Ubumwe. To reach Amahoro, it’s usually a fairly steep climb but it is well worth it!

Agashya

(Formerly known as Group 13) today it has 22 members – a very positive sign for conservation.

Kwitonda

23 members led by Akarevuro, originally habituated in DRC so they tend to range quite far making it a moderately difficult trek.

Umubano

a family of 13, who broke off from Amahoro with leader, Charles.

Hirwa

This group has 18 members and only fairly recently formed from former Group 13 and Sabyinyo family members. They are led by Munyinya.

Highlights

  • The overall length of your hike to the mountain gorillas is unpredictable depending on how far the gorillas have moved being wild animals. It may take as little as 30 minutes to find your gorilla family and as long as five to seven hours.
  • The forest is verdant, humid and somehow light and there are no discernible trekking paths. The terrain is full of hills and steep volcano slopes where you will be required to pull yourself up steep grades by grasping onto branches, plant roots, bushes and more. Follow the lead of the guide as to the best path and form to take. If you need a break, let your guide know.
  • It is also advisable that you carry with you some energy giving snacks and bottled mineral water to quench your thirst and give you more energy.

7:00 AM arrival at park reception& welcome tea and Coffee

Short briefing before tracking

7:30 AM briefing and group dispaching

A ride to the last stop.

08:00 AM Drive to tracking point

Tracking Gorillas.

09:00AM Start tracking

The experience last one hour, but the walk to where the gorilla are can take lost or short time depending on chosen group. So remember to ask group depending on your fitnes to hike.

  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Entrance fees
  • coffee
  • Additional Services
  • Private Transport
  • insurance

5 – 7 hours

English
Francais

animals
nature
Ourdoors
wildlife

Activity's Location

Volcanoes National park

Do you arrange airport transfers?

Airport and Hotel transfers are not included in the price of this Activity, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case, a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this, please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.

Refund

Visitors who fail to track gorillas (VNP) the whole day as a result of the Gorilla group's movement shall be given another chance or receive full refund on their permit. However, those who would have tracked the whole day and failed to make contact with a gorilla family for one reason or another will be refunded 75% of the tracking fee.

No Refund is made in case of late arrivals or flight delay, absence or cancellation of trip for any other reason.

Restrictions

The minimum age for Gorilla tracking is 15 years.

You may be denied access to the Park if you are sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness.

Equipements needed?

Better always to bring hiking chose, raincoats , working sticks.

When and where does the tour start?

This tour start at Kinigi RDB office where After a quick briefing on safety measures and what to expect during the day, you will be grouped in groups of 8 people maximum and each group is assigned one gorilla family to trek. Rwanda has 10 gorilla families, hence 10 groups of 8 people each are the ones allowed to track on a particular day.

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