This exciting tour takes you into the hills and heart of the Virunga mountains to visit the incredible mountain Mountain Gorilla in their natural habitat, as they forage for food. Once your trackers and you have located the gorilla family that you are visiting, you will get to spend 1 hour watching them as they move around in the forest. If you budget and time allows, you can track them two days in a row and then go and see another family group.
The Mountain Gorilla are tracked from the Parc National des Volcans whichcurrently has 7 groups and thus 56 permits available per day.The gorilla families here are those of Group 13, Sabinyo (which also has the largest of all the silver backs, Kahunga), Amahoro, Umubano, Susa, Kwitonda which has crossed from Djomba in the DRC and Hirwa which has recently formed from different habituated families. The Susa group is the largest and thus the best for photographic purposes.
Day-1: Arrival at Kigali and drive to Kinigi
Day-2: Morning Gorilla tracking and return to Kigali
Day One:Arrival at Kigali airport for your gorilla safari tour, meet and greet . Time allowing, we will visit Gisozi'ss Genocide Memorial, and the crafts village. After lunch we will proceed to Ruhengeri and Kinigi, the HQ of Volcanoes NP, home of the endangered mountain gorilla. It is a 2 ½ -hour drive through a stunning scenary of lush green hills and valleys (Rwanda is known as 'Land of a Thousand Hills') until we reach the base of Sabinyo mountain, home to the Mountain Gorilla. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla'ss Nest or Asoferwa Kinigi Guest House.
Day Two:After an early morning breakfast, we will be transferred to the national park headquarters to be briefed by the park rangers before departing for the trek in search for the Great Mountain Gorillas. The excursion in a thick rainforest and the interaction with the mountain gorilla/ape, is a wonderful lifetime experience. We will have lunch after returning from the hike to the hotel. In the afternoon we will depart to Kigali . Dinner at the hotel or a restaurant. Overnight at Hotel des Collines (room facing pool) or Hotel Chez Lando.
Day Three:Breakfast before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight at the end of your Gorilla Tracking Tour. Note: Time permitting (in case it was not possible on day of arrival), we will visit Gisozi'ss Genocide Memorial, and the crafts village. Depart on your international flight, or
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Gorilla tracking permits are limited to 8 permits per gorilla family per day. In Rwanda, 56 permits are available per day and in Uganda, 32. Mgahinga has 8 per day.
Permits cannot be reserved and as such, have to be bought and paid in full on date of booking. As such, there may be 24 permits available for a specific date when you make an enquiry and the next day, all permits may be sold.
As such, once you have decided on your date of tracking, if permits are available we will request full payment for the permit. If by the time the funds are cleared the permits have been sold out, we will give a full refund. Once the permit is bought and secured, there is a 100% cancellation penalty.
According to Reuters news,the 2018 census estimates the number of mountain gorillas at 1004 in total (Virunga and Bwindi combined).