The most famous destination in Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park has become synonymous with mountain gorilla tracking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.
The town of Musanze is the hub of Rwanda’s gorilla trekking tourism, with plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants, and is easily accessible on a 2 hour drive from Kigali. Volcanoes National Park’s Headquarters are based in the nearby village of Kinigi, the administrative centre for permits and the place where all visitors gather in the mornings for briefings before starting on their gorilla treks.
Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours + depending on the family allocated to your group and their location. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel seeing the gorillas!
There are four main things you need to think about when planning on gorilla trekking: a gorilla permit, a place to stay in Musanze, a car to take you to the starting point for the trekking, and what to bring with you for the trek itself.
Book your permit: Gorilla permits can be booked with YAMBI, by telephone (+250 788301800 Ext 06) or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Costs for gorilla permits:
USD $750 per person for non-nationals
USD $375 for foreign residents
30,000 Frw for Rwandan citizens
Costs for return transportation: $250