Luxury gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda.
Are you interested in booking Luxury gorilla trekking safaris in Volcanoes national park Rwanda? Rwanda has positioned itself as the most luxurious gorilla trekking destination in the world. The country has built the best accommodation facilities in the world and the gorilla permits are way too expensive compared to Uganda and Rwanda. The gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda are issued out by the Rwanda development board, the body in charge of all national parks in the country, and each permit costs $1500. The gorilla trekking price alone is an indicator that the country is a mountain gorilla luxury safari destination.
Mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda takes place in the volcanoes national park, which is located in the country’s northwestern corner. Volcanoes are home to over 20 habituated mountain gorilla families, but only 10 are open for trekking activities on any given day of the year. Only 8 people are allowed to trek these endangered mountain gorillas, which means the country has 80 gorilla trekking permits on a daily basis.
You can book luxury gorilla trekking safaris to the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda with Africa Adventure Vacations and we will help you have a memorable one. We usually advise travelers to book their gorilla trekking permits in advance, usually 3-4 months before the final trekking day, because the permits usually sell out quickly due to the fact that travelers want to visit the country in the dry season.
What are some of the things that make Rwanda a luxury gorilla trekking safari destination?
The high price of the mountain gorilla trekking permit.
There is no other country that has gorilla permits that are as expensive as those in the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda. In fact, a single gorilla habituation permit in Volcanoes national park can buy 2 for Uganda and you save some $10, and in the case of DR Congo, it can even buy 3 of them. The mountain gorilla permits in Rwanda are sold at $1500 per person per trek from the Rwanda development board and these permit a single person to be around mountain gorillas for only 1 hour. The same amount of money can be used by a person to habituate mountain gorillas in Uganda for 4 hours.
Luxury accommodation in the park
Because Rwanda wants to sell herself as a luxury mountain gorilla destination to the world, most of the accommodation facilities around the park are luxurious. These luxury lodges are ranked among the best in Africa and offer the best accommodation services with well-trained staff. The luxury lodges in Volcanoes National Park where one can have a comfortable stay include Bisate, which is located within the park, Virunga Lodge, located on the ridge with beautiful views of the volcanoes and the valley, and Sabyinyo Lode, which is owned by the community people.
To get to Rwanda for a gorilla safari, you must use flights to Kigali international airport, and from here you will be picked up by a well-trained safari guide in a 4×4 comfortable safari vehicle to take you to the hotel or to the park. There is also Akagera Aviation that does chatter flights to different airstrips in the country.
Which other places can a person do a luxury gorilla safari apart from Rwanda?
Luxury gorilla safaris can be done in Rwanda, but this doesn’t mean it’s the only place to do it from. Other countries like DR Congo and Uganda do have luxury gorilla safaris and these come even at a cheaper rate compared to Rwanda. Uganda is lucky that one can have a luxury gorilla trekking safari or a gorilla habituation safari. A luxury safari in Uganda can comprise of using chartered flights to Kisoro airstrip if you are visiting the southern part of the park, or Kihihi airstrip if you are visiting the Buhoma and Ruhija sectors.
If you are going for gorilla trekking, this means you save half the money you would have saved for gorilla trekking in Rwanda, and if you are going for gorilla habituation, it costs $1500 for foreign non-residents and $1000 for foreign residents. The gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga and Nkuringo normally gives you up to 4 hours with mountain gorillas.
Uganda has different luxury accommodations in different gorilla national parks, like Mount Gahinga Lodge in Mgahinga, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Sanctuary Retreats Gorilla Forest Lodge, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, and Mahogany Springs Safari Lodge, among others. These lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park are a great place to stay for comfort and are quite far from noisy areas. They offer the best services with their foods being local and international.
If you decide to do a luxury gorilla trekking safari in DR Congo, just know that you will have a very cheap permit price compared to that of Rwanda. The DR Congo permit is $450 per person per trek in the high season. On a luxury safari to DR Congo, you can decide to use good safari comfortable vehicles, and you can sleep in the best accommodation facilities such as Mikeno lodge and Bukima Tented Lode.
How to book Luxury gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda.
You can book your luxury gorilla safari to Rwanda with Africa Adventure vacations. The company is licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and it has permission to conduct safari activities in Rwanda from the Rwanda Development Board. To book with us a luxury gorilla safari, all you need to do is tell us your travel dates so that we first secure for you a gorilla trekking permit and we advise you to do this at least 3-4 months in advance. We shall use these travel dates to check for the availability of the permits with the Rwanda development board and once we have secured the permit, we shall go further to book for you the best accommodation facilities and also transport.
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, mountain gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours, among others. Booking luxury gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda can be done at any time of the year.