Gorilla Trekking permits in Rwanda can be easily got from the tour companies or by the help of a recognized tour operator. Travelers can book directly with Rwanda Development Board, a body that governs Tourism in Rwanda. Mountain gorillas within Rwanda are among the top tourist attractions that most travellers visit in Rwanda. To note a number of travelers who do gorilla trekking in Rwanda are increasing each year and to obtain your gorilla permit, it requires you to book in advance for about six months ahead before going on gorilla tours in  Volcanoes National Park .

Gorilla Trekking Permit in Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking permit is a document issued to a traveler to allow him or her to visit one of the gorilla families in forest trailheads like Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. 

Volcanoes National Park hosts 10 habituated gorilla families and among them, is Susa group the biggest family with 33 members, 2 silverbacks and offsprings and could be the most visited family within the park.

Gorilla Trekking permits in Rwanda cost USD 1500 per person per day and can be booked or bought from Rwanda Tourism office in Kigali the capital city of Rwanda or else you can book with Achieve global safaris we can contact them on office online to book your permit.

The simple way to acquire gorilla permits is through phone contact or email on which date, month and year you prefer to trek gorillas in Rwanda. Then the operator will check the available permits still on sale and inform you. If the permits are available on the date you wanted you will be sent a copy of it and once you agree with the date you will have to transfer your money on to the provided account and your gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda will be pre-purchase and scanned photocopies sent to you. You should book in time to plan your gorilla trekking date  as there are 80 permits on sale on a single day.

Above that, you need to send your personal documents such as passport, Visa and these are the exact documents needed at Rwanda development Offices in order to issue your gorilla permits. 

There is a maximum of 8 people who are allowed to engage in gorilla trekking and children under 15 years of age are not allowed.

Rules and Regulations to follow before proceeding for gorilla trekking.

  • Tourists are advised to view gorilla at a distance while in a group.
  • Travelers with infectious diseases like flue and diarrhea are not allowed to go to nature habitant of gorillas because such diseases may easily be affected by gorillas since they are 98% of human DNA.
  • Do not smoke around gorillas.
  • Flash cameras are not allowed but only digital cameras can be suitable here. 
  • Do not leave rubbish in the park.
  • You should be time conscious because visiting gorillas you’re given one hour to enjoy their lifestyle.
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

What to pack for the gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda?

Essentials include Rain gears, hiking boots, energy snacks, mineral water, hat, sunglasses, sweater and many.

Accessibility to volcanoes national park

Volcanoes national park home of mountain gorillas located in the north-western part of Rwanda covering 160 square kilometers of its low land and can be easily accessed by road from Kigali International Airport in just 2 hours to the main destination. And from Entebbe Airport in Uganda, and it takes about 2 hours to reach Kigali Airport.

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