Day 1: Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari
Your Gorilla Safari guide will meet you and start from Kigali. You will drive through the winding Mountain roads just before sunrise as you transfer to the Mountain gorilla base. Rwanda gorilla tour experience starts as soon as we arrive at the gorilla offices in Kinigi. We will have a quick breakfast at the nearby gorilla lodge, before joining other gorilla trekking visitors on the briefing. Later, we will be allocated a gorilla group preference, as well as physical ability and the gorilla trek will begin from the park boundary. The guides will be leading the group of trackers. Through the forests of the Volcanoes National Park, they will be looking for signs of gorillas. These include chewed up vegetation, strands of hair from the gorillas, the gorilla nests where the gorillas slept the previous night. Here will be the beginning point from which the gorilla trackers will start their mission of following the trail. Closer to the Gorilla family, the eaten bits of plant material gets fresher, meaning that you would be getting near. At this point, the gorilla porters and the other escorting team will give way for the main gorilla trekking party to move forward. Viewing will be limited to a distance of 10 metres from the Mountain gorillas. The gorillas are peaceful animals and will be observed in their natural environment feeding on the bamboo shoots, wild celery and nettles. You will be allowed one hour viewing the Mountain gorillas and photographing them, and later, have a picnic lunch before taking the return journey back to Kigali. Your driver guide will then transfer you back to the Hotel. Alternatively, he will transfer you to the Kigali International airport for departure on a late evening, or night flight.
1 Day Rwanda Gorilla tour cost Includes:
- Pick up from Kigali
- A picnic lunch from your lodge/hotel
- One gorilla trekking permit as shown above.
- Private 4×4 safari vehicle
- English speaking guide from Travelust African Safaris.
- Complimentary bottled water in vehicle.
- unscheduled stops for pictures.
- Gorilla tracking certificate
- Gorilla trackers and Rwanda park guide.
- Flights to and from Rwanda
- Porters during the gorilla visit(optional)
- Visas where applicable, subject to country of origin.
- extra gorilla treks if wishing to add an extra day.
- personal expenses like tips and laundry.
- Flights into Rwanda.
Extra tours after the gorilla treks subject to availability.
Important Information on the 1 Day Gorilla Safari Rwanda tour
Please note that this is an express trek that requires an early morning departure. You will be required to arrive early at the gorilla briefing base and may have issues with mild altitude effects.
You are advised to take plenty of water and asprin/cetamol to control the effects.
Please pack gardening gloves for protection against the stinging nettles while on the gorilla trek.
Porters are usually available for those who may need assistance with cameras or filming equipment.
You are advised to stay in a group and keep your voices as low as possible so as not to startle the Mountain gorillas.
It is possible to select a gorilla group of your choice based on the level of trekking difficulty and the number of gorillas in the group.
The 1 day Rwanda gorilla tour guides are always on hand to advise, and take evasive action in case of agitation by the silver back.
You will be in a group of 8 people visiting a gorilla group.
Only one hour of viewing is allowed per day and this is only in the morning.
Gorillas tend to chest thump as away of easing stress and sending messages to other rival groups.