Rwanda Gorilla Safari Packages
In the land of a thousand hills, there lies ape species whose existence and unique features has took the world by storm in the contemporary times forming what has been termed as gorilla safaris in Rwanda. The Mountain gorillas which are listed world over by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered thrive only in the Virunga massif which is protected by Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo and in the forested south western Uganda hill sides that are protected by Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that is remarkably known as the pioneer destination for the gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.
Overview of Rwanda Gorilla safari tours / Rwanda Gorilla trekking safari
Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda do not occur out of the blue. There are ten (10) habituated gorilla families in the country’s North West including; Amahoro gorilla family, Susa A gorilla family, Susa B gorilla family, Kwitonda gorilla family, Ugenda gorilla family, Umubano gorilla family, Bwenge gorilla family, Sabyinyo gorilla family, Agashya (Group 13) gorilla family and Hirwa gorilla family. These exist alongside other two groups namely Beetsme and Pablos Shida that have been listed for research. Rwanda Gorilla Safaris offer you a lifetime opportunity to view these mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. With each gorilla family capable of taking up to eight (8) people per day, the Volcanoes National Park can in one good morning be filled with up to eighty (80) travelers on a gorilla safari in Rwanda.
Apart from gorilla trekking, the Gorilla Safari Rwanda brings to you other memorable encounters in the country’ of Rwanda. The rolling savannah landscapes of Akagera National Park in the east of Rwanda with counts of Masaai Giraffe, Elephants, Buffaloes, lions, elands, Roan Antelope, leopards coupled with its myriad of swamp fringed lakes that form the most extensive wetland system in the whole of central Africa is a natural wonder that Gorilla Safari Rwanda has incorporated in its unmatchable packages. The forested landscapes of Nyungwe which presents its self as the largest montane forest in the east of Africa dating back to the prehistoric era something that has accorded it a considerable biodiversity concentration including the 13 primate species among which feature the common chimpanzees that have been fully habituated for trekking experience and the largest grouping of black and white colobus monkey in the whole of Africa coupled with the lush forest canopy which have formed the ground for the famous Nyungwe canopy walk, the first of its kind in East Africa and the third in Africa.
Prime Safaris and Tours extends the gorilla safari Rwanda across the borders to tap into the rich tourist destination of Uganda with a myriad of attractions that have earned it a dub as the Pearl of Africa crowned to her by Winston Churchill in the year in 1907. With 400 out 880 mountain gorillas known to be existing in the world thriving in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the counts of wild game including the famous tree climbing lions in the adjacent Queen Elizabeth National Park before continuing to explore the snowcapped mountains of the moon as described by Ptolemy in 150 AD and proceeding to the primate Capital of the word – Kibale National Park where there are 95% of seeing chimpanzees and eventual encounter of Murchison Falls where the Nile River – the longest in the world leaves a permanent natural feature named the Murchison Falls standing as the powerful water fall in the world, Uganda is by no means an ordinary destination.
Taking a safari in any of those highlighted micro-destinations can never be a hassle when Gorilla Safari Rwanda which is part of Prime Safaris and Tours Ltd a specialist in Uganda and Rwanda is at your service. The team of expert consultants and driver guides coupled with a fleet of quality safari vehicles and a wide selection of quality lodges in the respective categories of Luxury/ Upmarket, midrange / Standard or Budget / Basic combine to derive an ultimate safari memory.
6Days Gorilla Safari Rwanda, Chimpanzee trekking & Colobus Monkeys tracking, is designed to enable you go Gorilla trekking in Rwanda and have a detailed encounter with the primates of Rwanda.
7Days Gorilla Safari Rwanda, Chimpanzee trekking & Birding, This Rwanda Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee and Rwanda Birding Safari is a blend of various tourist products that have made Rwanda a favorite safari destination.
9Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Canopy walk, gives you an opportunity to explore the Rwandan heritage and tourist sites in detail. The Safari commences and ends in Kigali.
11Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda, is one of the comprehensive safaris that can be taken in the destination Rwanda. The safari features a perfect blend of wild game.
Rwanda Gorilla Facts
The mountain gorillas are only found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (400) and the Virunga massif that comprises of Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Parka and Congo’s Virunga National Park (480). They are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Gorilla facts are detailed to give you all the queries that you might have to know about gorillas, ranging from what they eat to where and how they sleep as well as their general lifestyle. Talk about their threats and social life. Our Gorilla facts give a summarized insight into Gorillas` lifestyle and allow you know about them than ever before. These gorilla facts give you an opportunity to know more in depth information about Gorillas as you plan to undertake a Gorilla safari in Rwanda and Uganda.
Rwanda Safari Trips
The world traveller would wish to know the travel requirement before considering visiting Uganda and Rwanda. The travel information gives you an insight into the requirements of the basic aspects like Passport, Visa requirements and exemption and the health conditions.
Understanding these requirements help you to act accordingly so as to avoid disappointments at the time of arrival. Our travel information also features the requirements to travel to Uganda and Rwanda. Travellers are given the opportunity to know the flights that operate from their respective countries connecting to Uganda and Rwanda. The domestic flights and provision for charter flights is also provided for the sake of flying travelers on safari in Uganda or Rwanda safaris.
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Info
Gorilla permits in Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla trekking encounter requires one to have a gorilla permit that is fully paid and issued by a valid responsible organization. A Gorilla permit is a piece of paper / card that gives a tourist the rights to track the critically the endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.
As a result of innovations, the cards are now used for the case of Uganda’s Bwindi. As a result of heavy demand for gorilla permits especially in the high season, it is very important to reserve the gorilla permit four (4) months in advance which gives you an opportunity to choose the family that you want to track and also increase your chances of encountering gorillas. After booking and paying fully for your gorilla permit, it can be noted that the gorilla trekking encounter is guaranteed holding other factors constant.
Each country has an authorized body that issues out gorilla trekking permits. For the case of Uganda, it is Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) while for Rwanda it is ORTPN. The gorilla permits give you a full day search for gorillas and one full hour direct contact with these critically endangered apes. The price of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters on Kira road Kampala is 600USD for foreign nonresidents, 500USD for foreign residents and 250,000 for East African residents
Uganda Gorilla permits Refunds Guidelines-
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) refunds 50% of the gorilla trekking fee in case the visitor fails to track gorillas because of illness following a recommendation by the park warden in charge.
The visitors who fail to track gorillas due to gorilla movement to the neighboring countries receive a full refund though this is unlikely. However, gorilla trekkers who track gorillas the whole day and fail to see gorillas are refunded 75% of the gorilla tracking fee though usually given a nearby group to see the gorillas. All refunds are made at Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices headquarters in Kampala.
Uganda gorilla permit cancellations refund policy.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) retains the following percentages upon gorilla permit cancellations; 0 – 8 days to tracking date – no refund 9 – 45 days to tracking date – 75% (25% refund to client) 46-90 days to tracking date – 50% 91 days and above to tracking date – 25% (75% refund to client) Permits are sold at face value thus selling at higher value is illegal. Additionally, primary sale of permits is a sole role of Uganda Wildlife Authority thus individual or Tour Company selling is illegal. The payment for gorilla permits has to be made directly to Uganda Wildlife Authority.
What to Pack for a Gorilla trekking in Rwanda OR Uganda.
- Wear firm and easy hiking shoes to withstand the muddy slopes.
- Carry ear plugs for those who are sensitive about forest sounds.
- Carry Packed Lunch & enough water.
- Carry with you raingear, sunscreen lotion, insect repellant and a hat as weather can vary anytime.
- Carry with you zoom lens camera for photo shooting, no flash.
Price for a Rwanda Gorilla permit / Uganda. The price for a gorilla safari tour is finally derived after identifying the accommodation range, the vehicle type, fuel to use, gorilla permit fee, guide fee and meals involved. The price for a gorilla permit differs from countries. In Uganda, the price for a gorilla permit is 600 USD for foreign non residents, 500USD for foreign residents and 250,000 for East African residents.
In Rwanda, the price for a gorilla permit is 1500 Usd for all visitors and 15000 Usd for those who want an exclusive gorilla family for themselves.
Getting a Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla Permit
One cannot trek Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda, if he/she has not acquired gorilla trekking permit. Gorilla permit is a document that gives you the opportunity to encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas that dwell in the Uganda’s Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and the Congo’s Virunga National Park. Due to high demand for gorillas, it is advisable that gorilla permits should be booked like four months in advance which will not only increase your chances to trek gorillas but also allows you to select your favorite tracking family. This is more important if your safari is slated in the high season. Once you have booked and paid your gorilla permit, then the trekking of gorillas is guaranteed. These gorilla permits are issued by the respective public bodies i.e. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and ORTPN of Rwanda. The permits come along with one full hour of gorilla encounter and the whole trekking experience which lasts between 30min – 8 hours. In Uganda, the gorilla permits are obtained at Uganda Wildlife Authority Headquarters on Kiira Road, Kampala at a cost of 600USD for foreign non residents, 500USD for foreign residents and 250,000 for East African residents. In Rwanda, the gorilla permits are obtained at Rwanda Tourism Board offices (ORPTN) offices in Ruhengeri or Kigali city at a cost of 1500 USD for all visitors and 15000 USD for those visitors who want to have an exclusive gorilla family to themselves.
Rwanda Gorilla trekking Rules
The gorilla trekking rules and regulations are standard and apply to gorilla safari destinations of Uganda and Rwanda so as to ensure the thriving of the critically endangered mountain gorillas and at the same time the satisfaction of gorilla safari tour undertakers. Before heading for tracking in the forest;
- 1. The number of people allowed to trek each gorilla family are limited to Eight (8) people per day.
- 2. You have to wash your hands before departing for gorilla trekking experience
On your way to gorillas:.
- Avoid noise while on your way looking for gorillas.
- Avoid littering in the forest as you pose danger to gorillas and other fauna and also destroy the ecosystem setting.
- You first walk to the point where the gorillas were last seen yesterday and then track them from there.
- Pay attention to the guide’s alert message about the closeness of gorillas.
When you’re with gorillas:
- You have to maintain a seven (7) m distance (21ft) away from gorillas in order to prevent gorillas from human diseases that can be easily transferred since the DNA is close within two species.
- Do not stray a way from other trekkers while having a direct encounter with gorillas. Stay in one batch.
- You have to keep the voices very low and you are free to ask some questions to the guide in an orderly manner.
- In case the gorilla charges, you have to follow the guides instruction where you are required to crouch slowly, avoid eye to eye contact and create a way through for gorillas. Desist from running.
- Avoid flash photography and be careful of your moves in the process of taking pictures.
- Avoid the temptation of touching gorillas.
- One full hour is availed to you to maximize your interaction with gorillas. (However, this may be altered and the session comes to an end before reaching one hour in case the gorillas charge)
- Keep the voices very low until you are 200m away from them.
General health rules due to close DNA with human beings- 98 %, Mountain gorillas can easily contract the diseases that are suffered by people.
Therefore, it is important to note of the following;
- Be able to respect the carrying capacity of a gorilla family per day.
- For a sick or an infected gorilla trekker with a contagious disease, he/she is required to voluntarily remain behind as alternative gorilla trekking activity can be arranged or a refund can alternatively be made.
- In case you want to sneeze or cough, you are required to turn away your head in the opposite side of the gorillas and close your mouth.
- Respect the seven (7) m gap from the mountain gorillas.
- Avoid throwing rubbish some of which include food packages as they possess harmful bacteria that would infect gorillas if they test on the dumped food.
- In case you want to ease yourself, let the guide know so as to dig for you a 30cm hole after which you will carefully cover with soil
Rwanda Wildlife Safari Tours
The Rwanda Wildlife Safaris allows you to explore the destination Rwanda without gorilla trekking. You might have tracked gorillas before or you can not include it at the moment because of budgetary issues and this makes the Rwanda Wildlife Safari ideal for such travelers.Read More about Rwanda Wildlife Safari Tours
3Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari to Akagera National Park. is a perfect short wildlife encounter in the rolling savannah plains of the eastern Rwanda where Akagera National Park is situated overlooking the Tanzanian Plains.
Rwanda National Parks | Safari Destinations in Rwanda
Rwanda dubbed the land of a thousand hills boasts of three well protected national parks located in different parts of the country. The three parks have varied habitats thus supporting varied biodiversity allowing Rwanda to maintain a good count natural flora and fauna in its small protected landscapes. Read More about Rwanda Safari Destinations
Akagera National Park is positioned in the north east of Rwanda overlooking the plains of Tanzania. It extends over a geographical spread of 1122 km2 and under a public private partnership arrangement of African Parks and Rwanda Development Board since 2010.The park is named after the River Akagera which is one of the sources of the Nile River which is the longest in the world. The River feeds in the chain of lakes that mark the floor of the Akagera plains including Lake Ihema which is the second largest in the whole of Rwanda.
Nyungwe Forest National Park, Positioned in the south west of Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park overlooks the Democratic Republic of Congo border to the west and the Republic of Burundi in the south. The Nyungwe is noted to be one of the ancient forests of Africa and is known to have survived the last ice age. The Nyungwe forest is noted to one of the largest mountain forests in East Africa and at the moment is considered to be the most conserved forest in the Central African Highlands.
Volcanoes National Park, Also known as Parc Nationale des Volcanos in French, the Volcanoes National Park is located in the north west of Rwanda protecting the Rwandan side of the Virunga massif thus bordering with Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Congo’ Virunga National Park.
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