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How many gorilla permits found in volcanoes national park Rwanda?

How many gorilla permits found in volcanoes national park Rwanda

How many gorilla permits found in volcanoes national park Rwanda?

How many gorilla permits found in volcanoes national park Rwanda? Volcanoes national park is the only place in the northwestern part of Rwanda where mountain gorilla trekking is done. The park is bordered by Virunga national park in DR Congo and Mgahinga national park in Uganda together forming the Virunga conservation area. Volcanoes national park is just a 2 hours drive from Kigali which means  that its the nearest gorilla park to the cities in all countries with mountain gorillas.

Trekking of mountain gorillas is done among 10 habituated mountain gorilla families which are open for trekking throughout the year. The 10 habituated mountain gorilla families in volcanoes national park in Rwanda are Susa gorilla family, Agashya gorilla family, Sabyinyo gorilla family, Amahoro gorilla family, Umubano gorilla family, Hirwa gorilla family, Kwitonda gorilla family, Karisimbi gorilla family, Bwenge gorilla family, Ugenda gorilla family, and Titus gorilla family.

Travelers who want to visit the volcanoes national park and spend 1 hour with mountain gorillas need to know that only 10 gorilla families are available for habituation in the park. The trekkers are 8 who trek a single gorilla family because that’s what Rwanda Development Board says. The trekkers are given the families to trek based on age, physical fitness, and much more.

Number of gorilla permits in volcanoes national park

The main activity done in volcanoes national park is mountain gorilla trekking and this activity is done among 10 habituated gorilla families. With only 10 fully habituated mountain gorilla families, the Rwanda Development Board has 80 gorilla trekking permits available for trekkers every day. The fact that these gorilla permits are few compared to the trekkers in the world, we advise you to book the trekking permits in advance of 3-4 months to avoid missing out since the permits are sold on a first come first serve basis.

How tourists can book gorilla trekking permits for volcanoes national park?

Africa Adventure Vacations limited is one of the local tour operators which can book a gorilla trekking permit for volcanoes national park. Rwanda Development Board allowed Africa Adventure Vacations to book gorilla permits for travelers and also organize safaris to volcanoes national park. While in the process of getting the permits, what we ask first ae the travel dates and we do use these dates to check for the availability of the gorilla trekking permits with the Rwanda Development Board. Once the permits are available on those dates, we send you an email containing payments details and once you send the money and we receive it we go-ahead to book for you the permit.

Travelers can also book the permits online using the Rwanda development board website where they will have to send an email containing the dates that you would want to travel and once the permits are available. Rwanda development board will send you back an email containing the details of payments and once you have sent them the money and they have received it, your permit will be secured.

How much is spending 1 hour with mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park?

Gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park is the most expensive in the whole work with a single gorilla trekking permit costing $1500 per person per trek. The gorilla trekking permit for volcanoes national park comes with a 1 hour around mountain gorillas, entrance fee, ranger guide fee, and community development fee. The gorilla trekking permits are sold by Rwanda Development Board although you can still get them using a trusted local tour operator.

Booking gorilla permits for volcanoes national park?

Travelers interested in booking gorilla permits for volcanoes national park can book them at any time of the year. But the best time to book these permits should be 3-4 months before the final trekking day. We encourage travelers to book these gorilla permits in advance in order to avoid being left out since the permits are few and do sell out quickly and they are given out on a first come first serve basis.

Best time to visit the volcanoes national park in Rwanda

Travelers intending to visit the volcanoes national park can do so at any time of the year since the park is always open. However, the dry season is the best time to visit volcanoes national park and this occurs in June to September and December to February. During the dry seasons, the rainfall in the park is little or not there at all, the trekking trails are less muddy and not slippery hence increasing the speed of trekkers, the vegetation in the park is thin giving clear views of the park animals and the roads to the park are passable.

Travelers can also visit volcanoes national park for mountain gorilla trekking in the rainy season and during these months they will enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. The rainy season happens in March to May and October to November and comes with too much rainfall which makes the roads to the park impassable, the vegetation in the park thick hence unclear views of primates, and lastly, the trekking trails in the park are muddy and slippery which reduces the speed of trekkers.

Spending 1 hour with mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park Rwanda

On the day of gorilla trekking, the trekkers are expected to be at the briefing centers early in the morning. While at the briefing center, they are taught about the rules and regulations as far as gorilla trekking is concerned. It’s from this point that the trekkers are led by the ranger guides into the jungle through different park trails looking for the mountain gorilla families assigned.

While searching the mountain gorilla families assigned, the trekkers get opportunities of seeing some of the park animals such as golden monkeys, hyenas, bushbucks, elephants, giant forest hogs, buffaloes, birds, and different plant species. On meeting the assigned mountain gorilla family, the 1 hour given starts counting and during this time, the trekkers are allowed to take photos, watch the gorillas do daily activities like nesting, feeding, hunting, and you are allowed to ask the ranger as many questions as you want in order to learn about their habits.

What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?

Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking and habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking can be done at any time of the year and feel free to contact if you need to know the number of gorilla permits issued in volcanoes national park Rwanda