Rwanda Safari Tours & Holidays
Since May 2017, Rwanda turned into a luxury gorilla tour destination when it doubled its permit prices from $750 to $1500 for all nationals. The fee is now $900 and $1100 more than Uganda's and Congo's respectively. The edge Rwanda has over these countries is the short distance between Kigali and Volcanoes National Park and may be the good road network. When you book Rwanda gorilla tours, you will only spend 2 hours on road to Musanze and another 2 hours when returning to Kigali. This distance is quite short compared to other countries. Much as people refer to Rwanda as an expensive tour and travel destination, you can still enjoy affordable Rwanda safaris if only you plan your tour well. The price might be a bit higher compared to what you would have spent in Uganda but its worth it. Below are some of the facts you should know about this tiny awesome destination.
Why go on Rwanda safaris?
Your main reason to go on a Rwanda safari should be primates and mountain gorilla trekking in particular. Rwanda is one of the only three countries in the world with mountain gorillas. This country is apparently where mountain gorilla conservation originated from. Dian Fossey, an american zoologist and primatolist spent over three decades fighting for the conservation of gorillas in Rwanda. This later spread to Uganda, Congo and is still being exercised till today. She is the main reason as to why you will go gorilla trekking in Rwanda today.
Rwanda is also a great place for game viewing. Akagera National Park has all the big five animals but unfortunately its the only Rwanda safari park you can visit for game viewing safaris. Nyungwe Forest National Park is a great place for chimpanzee trekking safaris and has the only canopy walk experience in East Africa. The only downfall is, you have to be a bit lucky to see chimps here. Most of the times you will only hear sounds of these primates and wont exactly see them. For a better chimpanzee trekking experience, you can visit Uganda's Kibale Forest National Park. Its easy to combine other countries with Rwanda safaris. You can check out our combo gorilla trips.
Where to go for gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Gorilla trekking Rwanda safaris take place from Volcanoes National Park; one of the oldest national parks in Africa. This Rwanda safari park in found in Musanze, a district located in the Northern province of the country. This park is just 2 hours away from Kigali, reason why so many clients prefer to trek gorillas in Rwanda compared to other countries. No tourist would wish to travel for over 8 hours getting to a park with gorillas. When you choose to trek gorillas from Volcanoes National Park, you will save a lot of time. The only thing that might turn you away is the price of Rwanda gorilla trekking permits.
These permits cost $1500 each in Rwanda, $600 each in Uganda and $400 each in Congo. Most clients that cannot afford gorilla trekking in Rwanda end up arriving from Kigali, trekking mountain gorillas in bwindi and departing from Kigali. This way, they save both money and time. We organize such kinds of trips. All you have to do is get in touch with us and we shall send you a package with pricing. You can read more about Rwanda safari tours under our travel information section.
Best time to book safaris in Rwanda
Despite being an all year round safari destination, the best time to go on Rwanda safaris is during the dry months of December to February and June to July. The best Rwanda gorilla expeditions are got during such months and you can be rest assured that you will see animals in plenty. Rwanda gorilla trekking tours can mean to be hard during the rainy season and we advise you choose to trek during the dry season. During rainy seasons, the trails can get too muddy and clients slide often. The trek becomes harder and slower and on a few ocassions, it could rain for the whole day.
Much as its hard to tell when it will rain, you can lower the chances by booking your safari for the dry season. Sometimes rain falls in the dry season but the outcome is different. When it rains, the sun comes out, dries the soil and the day gets back to normal implicating even when it rains in the morning, the sun could come out when you are still in the mountains. Season is everything when it comes to booking gorilla tours in Rwanda.
How hard are Rwanda gorilla safaris?
Some clients might wish to have easier treks. If you are one of them, Rwanda is the place to go. The trek is not so hard like Uganda's. Most clients do not take long to locate gorillas in Rwanda. Its only on minimal occasions where when clients take long without locating gorillas. Most mountain gorilla families are easy to spot but all this depends on the mobility of gorillas. These apes are always on the move every other day and if they climb up then mountain then locating them can involve a hard trek.
Some families are naturally hard to locate and you cannot choose the families to trek. The gorilla family allocation process is random an you can only influence it if you have health issues or you are feeling unwell. Even this requires proper documentation to convince the wardens. If you are old, you do not need any documentation. The wardens will assign for you an easy group to trek.