Cost of Rwanda gorilla trekking permits; Rwanda gorilla trekking permits are legal cards or documents that are issued to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit habituated gorilla families and spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes national park which is located in north western region.
Cost of Rwanda gorilla trekking permits
Gorilla trekking permits in Volcanoes National Park cost 1,500 USD per person for all nationalities. Rwanda also offers promotional rates for gorilla permits which cost 500 USD per person for African foreign residents, 500 USD per person for Africans, 500 USD per person for foreign residents, 200 USD per person for east African citizens and 200 USD per person for nationals. The promotional gorilla trekking permits are valid till 31st December 2023 and should be purchased one month in advance before the trekking date. If the promotional permit is bought in less than one month of the trekking date, the price will be 1,500 USD per person.
How to book Rwanda gorilla trekking permits?
Gorilla trekking permits in Volcanoes national park can either be booked directly through Rwanda Development Board (RDB) where you will contact the park offices in Kigali via email or telephone calls.
Gorilla trekking permits in Volcanoes national park can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us with the date, month and year when you wish to visit the mountain gorillas. After contacting us, we will check for permit available on your preferred dates from RDB and if there are permits available, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once the payment has been made, we will be able to purchase the permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Booking Rwanda gorilla trekking permits through Achieve Global Safaris is the best option to use in that we will not only acquire permits on your behalf but also plan for your entire safari which includes accommodation where you will be staying during the safari, transportation to Volcanoes national park, services of a full time English speaking driver guide, advise activities to engage in after gorilla trekking and other destinations to visit during the safari.
What is included in a Rwanda gorilla trekking permit
A gorilla trekking permit in Volcanoes national park is valid for 24 hours and it included one hour with the mountain gorillas, services of an experienced park guide, services of armed park rangers to ensure security during trekking, park entrance fee to Volcanoes National Park among others.
When to book Rwanda gorilla trekking permits
Gorilla trekking permits in Volcanoes national park should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date especially during the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period the permits are competitive and usually get sold out therefore in order to avoid last minute disappointments, you are advised to book in advance.
Gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda
Volcanoes national park is a home of about 10 habituated gorilla families that are available for trekking daily and trekking starts early in the morning at around 8:00am with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will be sub-divided into groups of 8 people and start trekking in the jungle which takes about 2 to 6 hours depending on where the mountain gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will have an opportunity to view other wildlife species like birds, mammals, other primates if you are lucky and once the mountain gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat where you will get a chance to learn more about their behaviours, watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos and record videos.
What to pack for gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda?
There are a number of items that you should pack when going for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park including long sleeved shirt and trouser, hiking shoes, a pair of gaiters, garden gloves, insect repellent, waterproof rain jacket, energy snacks and drinking water, warm sweater, camera and extra batteries, a pair of binoculars, long cotton socks, facemasks, walking stick, back pack among others.
For more information about the cost of Rwanda gorilla trekking permits, you can reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris.