Rwanda Tours – Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safaris
Below are some of our customized tour packages one can enjoy in Rwanda. Depending on the duration, the packages / Itineraries cover a wide range to activities such as mountain gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, genocide memorial tours, community tours, cultural excursions, golden monkey tracking, mountain climbing and many others.
Our tour packages are “all-inclusive” and cover items like private transport in a comfortable 4wd safari vehicle, services of a professional English speaking driver / guide and his allowances, full board accommodation throughout the tour, bottled mineral water for refreshment, all park entry fees and activities as per the itinerary selected like gorilla trekking permits, chimpanzee tracking, golden monkey tracking, etc. A gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs US$750 for foreign none residents and this is included in the price of the tour package.
Excluded are; International Flights, Visa (Where applicable), personal expenses like tips for staff and beverages. For any query, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff of professionals will get back to you in less than 12 hours.
Cheap Gorilla Tours in Rwanda
The 2 day Rwanda gorilla tour takes you for mountain gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park and genocide museums like Gisozi, Nyamata and Ntarama churches or community tours
3 day / 2 nights in Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking, genocide memorial tours, communities, schools and orphanage if interested or visit Dian Fossey tombs
The 2 Day budget gorilla safari in Uganda starts from Kigali-Rwanda, entering Uganda through Gatuna or Cyanika boarder to Bwindi Impenetrable National park, a home of mountain gorillas.
The 3 day budget Uganda safari adventure goes to Bwindi National Park for mountain gorilla tracking and Batwa community tour (pygmies). The trip starts and ends in Kampala or Kigali Rwanda
Tourism in Rwanda – Gorillas and More
Rwanda is well known for its mountain gorillas found in Volcanoes National Park. First brought to international attention by the conservation efforts of the late Dian Fossey in the 1960s and 70s, Rwanda’s gorillas have featured in numerous documentaries and have in the recent past been visited, for example, by Bill Gates, Natalie Portman and many others, who have all actively participated in the annual gorilla naming ceremony called Kwita Izina.
Rwanda and Uganda are the only two countries in the world where once can go gorilla trekking safely. Mountain gorillas in Rwanda are found in Volcanoes National Park, and in Uganda, gorillas are found in Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. In the year 2008, over 17,000 people visited the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to see the gorillas. This was a very big increase from the late 1980s and an impressive recovery from only 417 tourists in 1999 after the reopening of the park.
The country (Rwanda) has also perceived gorilla tourism as a valuable conservation tool, enforcing strict rules for gorilla trekking and habituation of different gorilla families. Tourists are willing to pay high fees for a limited number of permits, which are usually sold out. Each gorilla permit in Rwanda currently costs US$750. The revenues from mountain gorilla tourism provide funds to the national parks and facilitate conservation activities. 5% of park revenues are invested in community projects such as electrification, schools, medical centers and provision of clean piped water among others.
There is however, more to tourism in Rwanda than gorillas. Besides the Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda has two other national parks that offer, for example, a range of wildlife and biodiversity. These include Akagera National Park for wildlife viewing and boat cruise on Lake Ihema, and Nyungwe National park famous for primates tracking (Chimpanzees, Black and white colobus moneys, etc), Canopy walk, birding and forest walks among others. Furthermore, the country has been particularly successful in attracting large numbers of business and conference travelers, mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the neighboring countries of the East African Community (EAC).
This is evidenced by the large increase in the number of hotel rooms and restaurants as well as the planned construction of a convention center. Local and foreign direct investments have been substantial. In terms of export revenue, tourism has already outperformed coffee and tea by a wide margin.
Factors to the Development of Rwanda Tourism Sector
There are several aspects that have contributed to the successful revival of the tourism sector in Rwanda.
First and foremost, the government has shown a clear commitment to the development of the tourism sector and has established itself as a safe destination in the region. The early development of a strategy and policy demonstrated this commitment.
The government has also involved the private sector from the start and has implemented a good strategy to market Rwanda as a destination. The business environment has improved markedly, promoting private sector involvement. In addition, Rwanda has always seen tourism as the best strategy to eradicate poverty amongst local communities through a number of ways that include; direct employment as tour guides / drivers, car hire and hoteliers. Agriculturists supply food to hotels and lodges used by tourists.
Top Tips to Survive and Enjoy a Gorilla Trek
Proper Body cover: Advised to put on long pants, long sleeved trousers, a hat, garden gloves, high hiking shoes covering up to ankles and tuck your pants into socks.
Speak out your preferences: Depending on your level of fitness, ask for a gorilla family within your ability to reach. Some gorilla groups move far, and others and close to the park boundaries.
Carry Insect repellent with DEET and be advised to follow instructions from the guide.
Pack enough drinking water and some to each like Biscuits. A port is very important, he carries you day pack with your water and Snacks, Camera gear, and he can pull and Push you over steep climbing during the trek.
Better be close to the park guides, they gives information about Rwanda, local people, gorillas, plant species and other animals found in the forest. He makes the hike informative and educative. Feel free to ask any questions. They are there for you.
At the end of the trek, you will be awarded a certificate for surviving the trek. For more information about gorilla trekking in Rwanda, click here