Gorilla trekking Rwanda price
Gorilla trekking is an exciting activity that is carried out in Volcanoes national park. This activity involves visitors moving into the forest in search of the mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Apart from Volcanoes national park, gorilla trekking is also carried out in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda, Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gorilla trekking is the most popular activity done in Volcanoes national park harboring over 15 habituated gorilla families which are available for trekking on daily basis. Gorilla trekking allows a maximum of 8 Indi duals to trek each habituated gorilla family with a permit which is more expensive compared to other gorilla destinations. Though the permit is expensive, gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park offers an extraordinary experience that is worth the amount of money paid. Achieve Global Safaris is a tour company that organizes gorilla trekking safaris to Volcanoes national park and the price is determined by various factors such as the number of days to spend on your safari, accommodation, transportation, gorilla trekking permit, car to be used among others.
Breakdown of Gorilla trekking Rwanda price
Price of gorilla trekking
Visitors who want to trek the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park have to first purchase a gorilla trekking permit which is a legal document issued by Rwanda Development Board(RDB) allowing you to trek the mountain gorillas and stay with them for a maximum of one hour in their natural habitat. A single gorilla trekking permit in Volcanoes national park costs $1500 for all nations and it’s the most expensive gorilla trekking permit in that in Uganda it costs$600 for foreign non-residents and $500 for the foreign residents while in Democratic Republic of Congo it costs $400 and $200 during the low season.
Gorilla trekking permit in Volcanoes national park can be acquired directly through Rwanda Development Board a tourism body in Rwanda via email or telephone calls. Another option of acquiring a gorilla trekking permit is through contacting a tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris to purchase the permit for you which saves you all the hustle. However a gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda should be acquired 3 to 6 months in advance because the permits are competitive and usually get sold out especially during the peak season therefore to avoid disappointments it’s advised to book in advance.
Cost of transport to Volcanoes National Park
When budgeting for transportation, you will consider the type of vehicle used, fuel, and the driver guide who will be driving you to and from the park. Achieve Global Safaris owns number of safari vehicles which can be used to transport you to the park and we can hire land cruisers depending on the type of vehicle you want to use on your gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda. Due to short distance from Kigali international airport, transportation cost will not be high because it takes about 2 hour drive from the airport to the park.
We can also organize transportation from Uganda to Volcanoes national park in case you want to do double gorilla trekking that is gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park and gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park. Each destination offers a unique gorilla trekking experience though in this case you will need to purchase a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda and also in Rwanda.
Visitors can also use public means of transport to Volcanoes national park where by Achieve global safaris will acquire a gorilla trekking permit for you and then you can hire a private vehicle to the park. Though Public means of transport is not recommended you have to be careful not to be overcharged.
Your gorilla trekking Rwanda price should also include the an English speaking driver guide who will be sharing information about the animals, birds, interesting destinations and also transporting you from Kigali international airport and to the airport at the end of your gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda therefore the guides fee should also be included when budgeting.
Cost of accommodation on your Rwanda gorilla trekking safari
Rwanda has a wide range of luxury, midrange and budget accommodation facilities where you can stay during your gorilla trekking safari such as mountain gorillas nest lodge, five volcanoes boutique hotel, Faraja hotel, Best view hotel, Sabyinyo silverback lodge, mountain gorilla view lodge, Davinci gorilla lodge, gorilla solution lodge, hotel Muhabura, le bamboo gorilla village, Virunga lodge, Kinigi guest house, villa gorilla among others. The lodges offer facilities like free Wi-Fi, comfortable rooms, restaurant which serves traditional and international meals, well stocked bar among others and in order to enjoy and have a successful gorilla trekking safari you need to stay in a comfortable, quiet and calm environment. Room prices in each lodge vary depending on your budget and the number of nights for example your 3 days Rwanda gorilla trekking tour can be broken down as follows day 1 arrival and transfer to the lodge, day 2 gorilla trekking and day 3 transfer to Kigali airport which means that you will spend two nights in a lodge.
If it’s a 2 day Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, you will arrive at the airport and transfer to the lodge on day 1 and on day 2 you will do gorilla trekking and transfer to the airport for your flight therefore you will spend one night at the lodge. Accommodations in Volcanoes national park usually offer full board services which include breakfast, lunch, dinner and the accommodation. Budget accommodation prices in the park start from $100 per room when sharing in a group of two people, midrange accommodation prices start from $150 per room when sharing in a group of two and up-market accommodation prices start from $300 per person when sharing a room. Achieve Global Safari selected some of the best luxury and midrange lodges in Volcanoes national park where visitors can stay during their safari in Rwanda therefore for more information about the lodges and prices you can contact our experienced tour consultants.
Cost of hiring a porter
Porters are people who offer assistance and help at a cost to the visitors who want to trek the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park. Porters are found at the park headquarters and are recommended for every visitor goring to trek the mountain gorillas in that they offer help through carrying the visitor’s backpack which has essentials like camera, packed lunch, insect repellant among others, giving them a pull or a push during trekking in steep and slippery areas. Some porters are school children while others have families therefore hiring a porter will be contributing to community development and it costs about $10 but you can give him/her more than that depending on the services provided.
Cost of tipping
Tip is like an appreciation given to either a park guide after gorilla trekking, your driver guide at the end of your safari, porter, waiters and waitresses at the lodge among others due to the services offered at the end of your gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda. However there is no strict tipping policy in Rwanda therefore you can tip any amount you feel like giving.
Do you want to get exceptional and lifetime gorilla trekking experiences on your safari, check out our gorilla trekking packages for Rwanda and other gorilla destinations like Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park or Virunga national park. You can also contact experienced tour consultants at Achieve Global Safaris for more information about gorilla trekking Rwanda prices.