Gorilla Trekking from Kigali
- Travel from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park: Volcanoes National Park is located in the northwestern part of Rwanda, and it’s the primary destination for gorilla trekking. The distance from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park is approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles), and it takes around 2-3 hours to reach by road.
- Obtain necessary permits: Gorilla trekking permits are required to visit the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. It’s advisable to obtain these permits in advance, as they are limited and in high demand. You can acquire them through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) or authorized tour operators.
- Trekking experience: On the day of your gorilla trek, you’ll gather at the park’s headquarters in the morning for a briefing. Trained guides will provide you with essential information about the gorillas, safety guidelines, and the trekking process. They’ll also assign you to a specific gorilla group that you’ll be visiting.
- Trekking in the park: Gorilla treks can range from relatively easy to challenging, depending on the location of the gorilla group you’re assigned to and their movement patterns. The treks may involve hiking through dense vegetation, steep slopes, and varying altitudes. It’s recommended to be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the experience.
- Meeting the gorillas: Once you locate the gorilla group, you’ll spend a designated amount of time (usually around one hour) in their presence. You’ll have the opportunity to observe their behavior, interactions, and take photographs (though flash photography is not permitted). It’s important to maintain a safe distance and follow the instructions given by your guide.
- After the trek: After the gorilla trek, you’ll return to the park headquarters, where you’ll receive a certificate to commemorate your experience. You can also learn more about the conservation efforts and ongoing research in the park.
- Additional activities: If you have extra time, you can explore other attractions in the area, such as visiting the beautiful twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, hiking to the Dian Fossey Tomb and Gorilla Fund, or engaging in cultural experiences with the local communities.