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1 day Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

1 Day Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda

Rwanda Gorilla tours

The 1 day Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is designed for those wishing to explore rwanda on short visits or conference, you can opt for a single day gorilla trek in Rwanda and then after fly out of the country. It is a lifetime encounter that you wouldn’t want to miss out on the moment you get an opportunity to visit Rwanda. Wake up early in the morning at 4:30 am and drive off to the park. It’s a 2 hour long drive to  get to the Volcanoes National Park in Ruhengeri, Musanze province which is a habitat to the endangered Mountain gorillas. You can take visually attractive pictures from the different stopovers along the journey and also get to have a cup of coffee. At exactly 8.30 am, we move to the park’s headquarters in Kinigi Village where you are briefed by the ranger about the rules and regulations governing Gorilla tracking. You are distributed into different groups and then sent off into the forest. The trek takes an hour to about 8 more depending on where the gorillas had been the previous day. The hike is quite strenuous but all the more rewarding once you set your eyes on the gentle mountain gorillas. They always move in a big number with the Silverback at the lead. You will watch them carry about their day to day routine like the juveniles playing, mothers feeding their young ones and the Silverbacks taking watch.

Best Time to Visit Rwanda

Planning to visit Rwanda for an safari holiday or trip? The best time to visit Rwanda varies according to the seasosn of the year; i.e. between June to Mid-September is the long dry season; October to November is a shorter rainy season and it’s followed by a short dry season from December to February. During both of Rwanda’s dry seasons, there is often light cloud cover. Therefore, one can choose Rwanda at any time of the year depending on the safari expectations and interests.

Book Gorilla Permits

Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500 and Uganda gorilla permits cost $600. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas. Read more about booking gorilla permits.

Visiting the Gorillas for 1 day

Many wonder how trekking the Gorillas in 1 day can be possible. You can track and then after proceed to the airport for your flight. What makes it possible is the fact that Kigali International Airport is close to Volcanoes National Park and it’s a 2 hours drive on paved roads. Gorilla tracking starts at 8.30 am and so you must assemble at the park’s headquarters in time for briefing. Our guide may talk to the rangers and you are given a close group that takes about 45 minutes, however the experience is awesome. In case you are given a group that takes about 4-8 hours for example Susa group, you may have to push your flight to a latter time to enable you enjoy the experience without any worries. Remember a gorilla permit in Rwanda costs US$ 1500; you may look at it as too expensive but it is all the more breathtaking once you come cross these great mountain gorillas. Catch a lifetime experience within a day in Rwanda

The Safari Package covers:

  • A Gorilla Permit.
  • Park fees.
  • Relevant Government taxes.
  • Full time guide(s).
  • Transportation by a 4×4 vehicle.
  • Return transfer to the airport.

1 Day Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda Itinerary :


Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

The 1 day Rwanda Gorilla tour starst and ends in Kigali the capital of Rwanda. African safari Journeys driver will pick you from your Hotel or Lodge(after having breakfast or with packed breakfast) at 4:30 am to start on your 116km journey to Volcanoes National park.

The journey to Volcanoes national park takes an average of 2-3 hours and on reaching the park offices, you will be briefed by park officers and then assigned to a gorilla group to track.
You will then be led into the forest by a ranger guide to track the primates.

Gorilla trek may take between 30 mins to 8 hours depending on the movements of the primates. However, upon locating the gorillas, you will then spend 1hr with them.
Enjoy the unique adventure and you can take pictures(with no flash).

What you need for the Rwanda Gorilla trekking;

  • Gorilla trekking requires these items.
    • Water: Gorilla trekking can be very tiresome and you need to refill your tank as the trek goes on. It is advisable to park a few water filtration tablets before you come for the trek.
    • Boots: You will need good waterproof comfortable shoes. Some times it rains during the trek, so skid proof shoes can come in handy.
    • Rain Jacket: You are advised to carry rain jacket because if rains very often in Volcanoes National park
    • Snack: You can carry a light snack to give you some energy during the walk in the forest
    • Trouser and Shirts The forest in Volcanoes NP is covered with thick undergrowth, therefore light trousers and long sleeved shirts are advised.
    • Socks: You will have to tuck in the trousers into the socks to avoid insects crawling inside.
    • Gloves: You will need Gardening gloves because you will be grabbing tree branches, leaves, name it, and some can be thorny.
    • Camera: Carry a good camera to capture this lifetime experience (no flash)