Mountain gorilla Trekking in Rwanda from the United Kingdom
Is it possible to book Mountain gorilla Trekking in Rwanda from the United Kingdom? Yes, Tourists in the United Kingdom and would want to trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda need to know that mountain gorilla trekking is only done in one national park and this is called volcanoes national park. The park is located in the northwestern part of the country and harbors 20 habituated mountain gorilla families of which 10 are open for trekking and 10 are open for tourism at any time of the year.
Volcanoes national park was gazetted to protect the remaining species of mountain gorillas although it’s home to other animals like the endangered golden monkeys, elephants, buffaloes, duikers, giant forest hogs, and over 480 bird species of which 100 are not found anywhere in Rwanda. Volcanoes national park can be reached in a 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali city and to trek any of the habituated mountain gorilla families you will need to have a valid gorilla permit from Rwanda Development Board.
Places to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda
There is only one place in Rwanda where mountain gorillas do live and the place is called volcanoes national park. Volcanoes is located in the northwestern part of the country with over 10 fully habituated mountain gorilla families. People from the United Kingdom can fly to Kigali international airport and drive for 2-3 hours to find mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park. Trekking mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park gives people from the United Kingdom an opportunity to be around mountain gorillas for a maximum of 1 hour.
Volcanoes national park gorilla families are 10 and these are Susa gorilla family, Agashya gorilla family, Karisimbi gorilla family, Kwitonda gorilla family, Bwenge gorilla family, Umubano gorilla family, Hirwa gorilla family, Ugenda gorilla family, Sabyinyo gorilla family, Amahoro gorilla family, and Titus gorilla family. To trek any of these mountain gorilla families, you need to be 15 years and above, safe from transmitted diseases, and most importantly you need to have a valid gorilla permit.
Gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park from the United Kingdom
On the day of gorilla trekking, trekkers from the United Kingdom will be required to be at the briefing points very early in the morning and join other trekkers for a briefing from the rangers. During the briefing, the trekkers get to know about the rules and regulations of the mountain gorilla trekking and from here the trekkers are grouped nit exceeding 8 and after this, the trekkers are led by the ranger guides into the jungle to search for these gentle apes.
During the search, the trekkers get chances of meeting different park animals such as golden monkeys, buffaloes, duikers, hyenas, elephants, bushbucks, birds, and different bird species. after 2-7 hours of searching and meeting the mountain gorillas, the trekkers are given 1 hour of being around mountain gorillas as watch them do daily activities like hunting, nesting, playing, learn more about their habits as they take photos.
What is the price of mountain gorilla permits in Rwanda from the United Kingdom?
Rwanda development board sells gorilla permits to all people irrespective of their origin at a fee of $1500. The gorilla permit fee for Rwanda comes with a paid park entrance fee, ranger guide fee, and 10% of the fees goes to local people. Travelers from United Kingdom that are intending to visit Rwanda for mountain gorilla trekking are advised to book their trekking permit in advance of 3-4 months in order to avoid inconveniences since the permits do sell out quickly especially in the dry season
How to book a gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda from the United Kingdom
Booking a gorilla permit from the United Kingdom can be done using a trusted local tour operator like Africa Adventure Vacations. When you use Africa Adventure Vacations limited to book for you a gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda from the United Kingdom, all we do ask from you are the dates that you would love to travel, and using these dates, we shall check for the availability of the permits with Rwanda development board.
Once the permits are available, we shall go ahead and send you an email containing ways of how you can send us money and once we have received it, we shall go ahead and book a permit for you. We normally advise our clients from the United Kingdom to book mountain gorilla trekking permits for volcanoes national park in advance of 3-4 months before the actual trekking day reason beings the permits are few and are sold on a first come first serve basis.
Accessing volcanoes national park Rwanda for mountain gorilla trekking from the United Kingdom
Travelers from the United Kingdom that are interested in trekking mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park Rwanda will have to fly to Kigali international airport where they will be picked by our ranger guides to the lodge in the city or to the park. The journey from Kigali city to volcanoes national park is 2 hours hence making the park the nearest gorilla park from the capital city in East Africa
Accommodation on a gorilla safari in Rwanda from the United Kingdom
Tourists intending to visit Rwanda for mountain gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park might be wondering about where they will spend the nights while in the park. Well, volcanoes national park has the best lodges of which some are ranked as the best in Africa when it comes to the services they do provide. The accommodation facilities in volcanoes national park range from budget to mid-range to budget options and they do include Bisate Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, One $ Only Gorilla’s Nest Lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Ruzizi Tented Camp, Lake Kivu Serena, Volcano Rainforest Retreat, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge, Lokahi Lodge, Singita Kwitonda Lodge, and Amakoro Songa Lodge to mention but a few.
What is the most appropriate time to trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda from volcanoes national park?
Tourists intending to visit volcanoes national park Rwanda for mountain gorilla trekking can do so at any time of the year just that some months are better than the rest. The dry season is the best time for people from the United Kingdom to trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda and this occurs in June to September and December to February. The dry season in volcanoes national park is characterized by little or no rainfall, the trekking trails in the park are dry, the vegetation is always thin giving clear views of the park animals and the roads leading to the park are always passable.
People in the United Kingdom can also visit Rwanda for mountain gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park in the rainy season and during this time, they will enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. The rainy seasons occur in the March to May and October to November and during this season, the trekking trails are muddy and slippery, the vegetation in the park is thick giving unclear views of the park animals, and the roads leading to the park are impassable.
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 can be done at any time of the year.