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Volcanoes National Park Rwanda | Gorilla Tracking Trekking | Lodges-Sabyinyo, Gorilla Nest

May 16, 2012

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda | Gorilla Tracking Trekking | Lodges-Sabyinyo, Gorilla Nest.

Volcanoes National Park is part of the bigger Virunga (Birunga) Conservation area which includes Mgahinga and Virunga National Parks in Uganda and DR Congo respectively. These three parks are the home of Mountain gorillas. The history of Volcanoes National Park (Parc des Volcans) dates back to 1925 when a small triangle between Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno was set aside to protect the Mountain Gorillas.  Boundaries were later extended into Rwanda and DR. Congo (Zaire) to form the bigger Albert National Park.

Volcanoes was the first National Park in Africa.  The park is famous for Mountain Gorilla tracking and its golden Monkeys. A good gorilla trekking safari experience takes minimum four days ( See Gorilla Tracking Volcanoes National Park 4 days Safari ) with two gorilla treks. The safari can be combined with visits to the nearby Lakes Burera, Ruhondo, Kivu and the local villagers. The gorilla safari can also be combined with chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park. ( See 8 Days Great Primates Expedition). 

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Gorilla safaris Rwanda | Tracking, Hiking, Trekking Tour

October 31, 2011

Approximately 800 mountain gorillas are left in the world. A majority of these are found in the Virunga massif. The Virunga massif extends over international boundaries. This makes conservation of this fragile ecosystem even more challenging. The surrounding hills are highly populated recording some of the highest population densities in the world. Besides the high population density, the civil strife in DR Congo has not abetted despite the continued presence of the international forces. To make mountain gorilla conservation worthwhile, the three governments of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo introduced gorilla tracking.

Note, unlike in the zoos, gorillas in Virungas are wild. Before any tracking can be done, these have to undergo a long process of habituation. During this time the researchers well versed in gorilla behaviour identify a viable family for habituation. For habituation, the family must have at least 5 individuals. Habituation involves making the family to get used to human presence. With hostile silverbacks, this is not easy. Some of the researchers have even been charged and sustained injuries. However once the family members are used to humans, there is minimal chance of injuries. However habituation does not prevent the silverbacks from exercising mock charges. That is why all tourists are advised not to imitate chest beating as silverbacks will interpret that as a challenge to its authority. Once habituated, mountain gorillas will approach you to touching distance. However visitors are discouraged from getting into contact with gorillas. Likewise all persons less than 15 years of age are not allowed to track gorillas. These two precautions ensures that communicable diseases are not transferred from humans to gorillas. Remember humans share 98% of their genes with gorillas. Likewise any person suffering from communicable diseases is discouraged.

To avoid confrontations with the silverbacks, visitors are advised to keep their distance( flight distance is the distance that an animal will keep away from another for fear of getting injured. The more dangerous the other animal, the further the flight distance.) To be on the safe side, just follow the instructions of the guide.

To keep the environment clean, visitors are advised not to litter the park in anyway. The policy is to leave only your footprints. Visitors must carry back all the litter they bring into the forest. Bury all the faeces.

Gorilla Tracking Safaris in Rwanda takes place in the morning. Visitors report at the park headquarters for briefing and guide allocation. There after they leave for the hiking trails. Depending on the location of gorillas, hiking takes 2-6 hours. Any person of average physical fitness can track gorillas comfortably as the pace of tracking is set by the slowest member of the group. Gorilla tracking safaris can easily be combined with the Great Wildebeest Migration Safari featuring wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara and Serengeti 11 days and the Kenya highlight tour 9 days.

Altitude: Tracking takes place in altitudes of about 3000 meters above sea level. Thus trackers are advised to take their time. Do not run up the mountains. Take your time to enjoy the scenery.

Gorilla tracking is a whole day affair with clients reporting at the park headquarters at 07:00 hrs. However depending on the location of the gorillas, some guest do finish tracking as early as 12:00 Hrs. If one completes this early, the afternoon can be spend visiting the local communities of Lake Burela and Ruhondo or even at Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu.

What to bring:
In addition to safari accessories-note books, cameras, video cameras, pens, dressing is very important when tracking gorillas. Short sleeves and are completely discouraged as thorny nestles will ruin your skin. Likewise you need hiking boots for firm grip as sometimes the ground is muddy. Gloves are important as sometimes you will grasp into thorny bushes to avoid a fall on slippery tracks. Bring a raincoat as it rains without warning. To protect your camera, have a water proof container. Bring a long a warm cardigan as sometimes it gets extremely cold.

Accommodation while tracking gorillas: There are several options available for those tracking gorillas in Rwanda. Accommodation hotels vary from luxury to mid-range to budget. Luxury options exists at Virunga Volcanoes Lodge and Sabyinyo Community Silverback Lodge. Mid range accommodation is offered by Gorilla Nest Hotel and Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. Budget accommodation is available at Kinigi Guest House. Some guests prefer accommodation at Ruhengeri (Musanze).

Gorilla Tracking permits

Gorilla permits can be bought as early as a year in advance or even on the tracking day.  Our advice is always avoid the last minute purchase as in most cases you will be disappointed . SEE  Gorilla Tracking permits-When to Buy/ Book your permit

For more details and gorilla tracking safaris contact  R&N Xplorer Africa Safaris

Tracking Gorilla Tracking Expeditions in

August 24, 2011

Tracking Gorilla Tracking Expeditions in Rwanda

This 4 days 3 nights safari includes a visit to the genocide memorial, 2 gorilla trekking expeditions in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park (Parc des volcans) and visits to Gisenyi on the shores of lake Kivu and the twin lakes of Burela and Ruhondo.  The tour commences in Kigali either in the morning or afternoon. The tour is categorized into three- Budget, Mid Range or Luxury depending on accommodation facility. Below are the different categories indicating accommodation hotels and their prices.  Prices are valid from 23 Sep 2011-31 DEC 2012;  Prices are subject to review.

Budget– USD 1960.00 PP (2 Sharing) USD 1850.00PP (3 people sharing) USD 1750.00PP (4 people sharing).  Accommodation at Kinigi Guest House or Palms hotel

Mid Range– USD 2210.00 PP (2 people sharing) USD 2145.00PP (3 people sharing) USD 1979.00PP( 4 people sharing).  Accommodation at Mt Gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Hotel

Luxury – USD 3452.00 PP (2 people sharing) USD 3494.00PP (3 people sharing) USD 3248.00PP( 4 people sharing).

The price is all inclusive of 4×4 transport car, all meals, guides, government taxes etc.  See complete details at 4 days 3 nights gorilla tracking Rwanda

Book this safari-contact Gorilla Safaris Rwanda Email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

Hire 4×4 Car in Kigali Rwanda to trek gorillas

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda requires a 4×4 Toyota Land cruiser or similar car.  Currently the roads are extremely rough thus a Toyota Rav4   is not recommended.  Cars are available on self drive or with driver.

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Hire 4x4wd Car Kigali Rwanda

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Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Safari- 4 days Hiking And Tracking

May 20, 2010

Gorilla Trekking 4 Days 3 Nights Gorillas In The Mist Safari.

NB: This gorilla tracking, hiking and trekking safari is organized at Rwanda Volcanoes National Park. The safari is private, full inclusive. Security wise no bad incidents have been reported in Volcanoes for the last 12 years.  This is a good record considering that tracking takes place everyday.

 

Day1/  Kigali – Ruhengeri-Kinigi

Upon arrival at Kanombe Airport, you are met and driven to your hotel. This 2Hrs drive takes you through the beautifully terraced hilly countryside of Rwanda to Ruhengeri the base of trekking and gorilla tracking.  Brief stopovers are provided on the way for photography.  Overnight Gorilla Nest Hotel/Kinigi Guest House/Sabyinyo Lodge (D)

Day2/  Gorillas in the mist day 1

An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi park headquarters for group, guide allocation and briefing. This is followed by a drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins.  Hiking, trekking and tracking gorillas may take 2-3 hours.  Sight and stay with the Gorillas for one hour. Descend to your hotel for lunch.  In the afternoon visit Lakes Burela and Ruhondo Community.  Overnight Gorilla Nest Hotel/Kinigi Guest House/Sabtinyo Lodge (B/L/D)

Day3/  Gorilla Tracking 2

After breakfast, trek up the mountain for another memorable experience with gorillas. Return to the base hotel for lunch. In the afternoon drive to Gisenyi on the shores of lake Kivu. Overnight Kivu Serena/Malahide Paradise Hotel B/L/D

Day4/Gisenyi-Kigali

After breakfast drive to Kigali and transfer to the airport to catch your home flight.
Tour price based on two persons sharing

Budget USD,  1960.00 Total for 2 USD 3920.00

Mid Range USD,  2337.00 Total for 2 USD 4674.00

Luxury USD 3533.00, Total for 2 USD 6706.00

Explanations of Luxury, Budget, Mid Range

Prices are based on accommodation facilities during tracking days.  Luxury means 2 nights at Sabyinyo Lodge and 1 night at Kivu Serena.  Mid range means 2 nights at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge and 1 night at Kivu Serena Hotel.

The tour price.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS:

This safari is strictly private; fully inclusive thus you have peace of mind and free to enjoy your safari. The 4WD car is private hence you are guaranteed of limitless discovery in maximum comfort, privacy and a high degree of safety.  After tracking Gorillas guests are free to visit local people, drive to lakes Kivu, Burela and Ruhondo or even drive all the way to Uganda border at no extra cost. The car also comes with a local multi-lingual driver guide with wide knowledge of Rwanda’s history, local people, and attractions within reach. The driver guide is flexible so please do not hesitate to address any of your concerns to him.   The Gorilla Nest Hotel is a home away from home. Guest rooms are comfortable, spotlessly clean with en-suite bathrooms, writing desk and a TV.  The staff are friendly and radiates with warmth.  The restaurant serves delicious buffet featuring local and international cuisine.

In summary the tour price include the following:

  • Accommodation cost pp sharing
  • Meals indicated as B-Breakfast; L-lunch; D-Dinner.
  • Transportation in a private 4WD car fully fuelled and with a driver guide.
  • Driver’s Allowance’s allowances
  • 2 Gorilla permits per person
  • Park Entrance fee
  • Use of Government rangers and guides while tracking.  Guests are accompanied by guides and armed rangers.
  • Complementary tour of Lake Kivu on day 3
  • All government taxes
  • Complimentary tour of Genocide memorial of Gisozi
  • Mineral water during your tour.

The price does not include the following

  • Tips& Gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel staff
  • Beverages
  • Extra meals
  • Optional tours
  • Air fares- We can book the flight NBO-KGL; KGL JRO at
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance-guests are advised to take comprehensive travel insurance prior to arrival. AAR cover is for evacuation and it should not be mistaken for travel insurance

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