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Gorilla Cousins Rwanda is one of Rwandas' best tour operators with undisputed excellence in organizing both tailor-made and scheduled Gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. With over 10 years of operation, our proven track record in organizing the best Rwanda safari holidays is attested by the various reviews that our previous clients have written about their safaris with us. At Gorilla cousins we focus on guiding your way to the best adventure tour; our wildlife and gorilla safaris are designed to fit within the expectations of each individual traveler and guess what every tour can be customized to meet the needs of the group or individual client. Enjoy your gorilla trip in Rwanda with us! Read More »
|Featured Safari Packages|
|Rwanda Safaris & Gorilla Treks|
1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
2 Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari
3 Day Gorilla Safari in Rwanda
4 Day Gorilla and Bisoke Hike
5 Day Rwanda Adventure Safari
6 Day Gorillas and Chimpanzee Tour
7 Day Rwanda Adventure Safari
8 Day Best of Rwanda Tour
11 Day Adventure in Rwanda
|Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, Uganda and the DR Congo|
Gorilla trekking is one of the most savored safari activities in Africa. Listed as critically endangered species by the IUCN, there close to 900 Mountain Gorillas left in the world further divided into two populations, one is found in the Virunga region within three national parks, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla national park in Uganda and Virunga national park in Congo. The other population is found in the Bwindi impenetrable forest in Uganda, considered by some primatologists to be a different subspecies. At Gorilla Cousins we offer several safari packages to track the mountain Gorillas in the available gorilla trekking destinations.
Our Uganda, Congo and Rwanda Gorilla trekking tours can be combined with several adventurous activities within and around the different national parks to give you the ultimate adventure in east Africa.
Rwanda Gorilla Safaris: Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done at Volcanoes National park, within the park there are several activities that can be added to your gorilla trek including Golden Monkey trekking, Visiting the Musanze caves, a visit to the iby’lwacu cultural center, Dian fossey hike, Mount Bisoke hiking. You can also opt to visit additional Rwanda parks including Akagera national park for wildlife and Nyugnwe forest national park for chimpanzees and other primates.
Uganda Gorilla Safaris: There are two parks in Uganda where you can go mountain gorilla trekking including Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. There are several other activities that can be done in Uganda since the country has several other game parks which you can visit before or after your gorilla trek. Some destinations you can visit if you have longer safari days in Uganda include the Murchison falls national park, Kibale forest national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mburo national Park, Rwenzori Mountains National park and many others.
Congo gorilla tours: The DR Congo has both the mountain gorillas and lowland gorillas which can be tracked in Virunga national park and Kahuzi- Biega national park respectively. While planning a congo gorilla trek, among additional activities to consider include hiking mountain Nyiragongo an active Volcano.
|Frequently asked questions about gorilla trekking|
The mountain gorillas are found within 3 countries in 4 national parks: Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national parks in Uganda and lastly the Virunga national park in the DR Congo.
The Mountain gorillas stay in mountainous tropical rainforests which can be hard to track during rainy seasons. For one to therefore get the most of their paid fee, it advisable for one to book their gorilla safaris in the dry months of June, July, August, early September, December, January and February. However since these parks are in tropical rainforests, it sometimes rains even in some of the drier months.
The Gorilla trekking permit is a document that can be purchased from the different authorities in charge in the three gorilla trekking destinations to allow you trek and stay with the gorillas for 1 hour.The different authorities in charge of issuing gorilla trekking permits are the Rwanda development board in Rwanda and the Uganda wildlife authority in Uganda. Licensed tour operators like Gorilla cousins are allowed to book the gorilla permits from the concerned authorities.The prices of Gorilla permits vary per country as follows: The Gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda cost $1500, the Uganda gorilla trekking permits cost $600 while the DR Congo gorilla trekking permits cost $400. Uganda however offers low season discounts and the permits in Uganda can be acquired at $450 for the months of May, April and November.
Since the permits are on high demand an a limited number is issued per day, it is advisable for one to book their gorilla trekking permit/tour at least 3 months in advance such that the permits can be reserved while they are still available.
What is included in a gorilla permit?
Gorilla trekking permits allow visitors a maximum of 1 hour with the mountain gorillas. The fee also caters for park entry, services of the park rangers and staff. A portion of the gorilla permit fee is used by the different governments to fund gorilla conservation activities.
How long does it take to track the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo?
Gorilla trekking takes between 1 to 5 hours. Among the major factors which determine trekking time include: The last known location of the gorillas (where they slept on the previous night), the movements of the allocated gorilla family, it also depends on how the trekking party you are in is moving.
What is the required age for one to trek the mountain gorillas?
For one to participate in mountain gorilla trekking, they must be at least 15 years old. The authorities are strict on this and travelers must adhere to this rule.
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WHY VISIT RWANDA
Why do travelers choose Rwanda over its neighbors to visit? There are a number of reasons, the most common one being its easy accessibility to the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas. Unlike the other two countries that these Silver-backs and their families live in, Rwanda’s proximity to the Kigali International Airport allows quick access to the forests, a mere 2-hour’s drive. Many people come for the day to go Gorilla Tracking, something that is impossible in neighboring Uganda and The Democratic Republic of Congo, the only other habitats for the Mountain Gorillas. Still others enjoy the good roads, the best in East Africa, making traveling within the country most enjoyable. Rwanda is rebuilding its tourism industry, after a most destructive period of civil unrest. The advantage of visiting Rwanda now is that one finds few travelers on the forest trails and safari roads to interrupt the majestic beauty of the scenery and its wildlife inhabitants. In the big game parks of Kenya and Tanzania, it is difficult to take a picture without another safari vehicle in the frame; in Rwanda this is not an issue. Rwanda has made a commitment to environmental protection, unlike any other East African nation; here in Rwanda one does not find the garbage strewn about, as in other African countries, a most startling visual feature, that allows visitors to fully enjoy the ‘greenness’ of this land of 1000 hills. Culturally, the people are most welcoming and friendly to visitors, allowing outsiders to come and explore their habitats and learn of their traditional ways. All in all, Rwanda is an excellent choice to make.
WHY GORILLA COUSINS RWANDA IS YOUR BEST CHOICE
Gorilla Cousins Rwanda have for many years successfully introduced tourists to the treasures of East Africa; based in Kampala, Gorilla Cousins Rwanda serves Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our specialty has been Mountain Gorilla Safaris, but we are also experts in all the offerings in these countries. Our trained and multi-lingual guides are most knowledgeable in Game Drives, Birding Safaris, Hiking and Mountain Climbing, River and Lake Kayaking trips, Cultural immersion and culinary adventures. Our business is based mostly on personal referrals; repeat visits of our clients speak volumes to our personalized service and attention to detail. Gorilla Cousins Rwanda’s guides and travel consultants are committed to ensuring that each and every client’s needs and preferences are paid attention to. We know everyone is not the same, and our flexibility in preparing individualized itineraries, focusing on our clients’ choices sets us apart from the dozens of others in this industry. Gorilla Cousins Rwanda is not interested in making a fast buck, we are building a business based on satisfied and loyal clients; we are here for the long run and we are not satisfied until you are satisfied; this is our mission; as a close-knit team, we work together to achieve this goal, and achieve this goal we do – every time.