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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

4×4 Car Hire Kigali Airport | 4WD Car Re

September 26, 2011

4×4 Car Hire Kigali Airport | 4WD Car Rental Kigali Airport | 4×4 Car Hire

Visit Car Hire Company  Rwanda

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Car Hire Prices in Kigali Rwanda

  • All Salon Cars Self Drive USD 75; With Driver USD 95 per day
  • Toyota Rav4 Self Drive USD 120; With Driver USD 140 per day
  • Toyota Prado Self Drive USD 180; With Driver USD 190 per day
  • Safari Landcruiser USD 240 with driver and fuel per day

To Book Contact Gorilla Safaris Rwanda site http://gorillasafarisrwanda.com

Email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

Why Rent Car with us?

  • Unlimited Mileage-All cars are rented on unlimited mileage basis.  That means you are free to travel in any part of the country at no extra cost.  This gives opportunities of unlimited discovery.
  • Safety And Security-When you hire a car with us, you have guarantee of a car which is well serviced in in sound working condition.  Every rental car is subjected to thorough check to ensure that tyres are of the right trend,  all electronics  including car alarm, tracking and  central locking system are working.  We ensure that he lights are perfectly set and working. We make sure that the breaks are perfect and all fluids-oil, transmission and break are at the right level. All rental cars come with spare wheel.
  • Peace Of  Mind -All cars come with comprehensive insurance thus you are assured that in case of collision and damage to third party you are covered.  However please keep to the speed limits as you are not guaranteed of survival in the event of crash.  Comprehensive cover takes care of passengers in the car but not the driver.
  • Continuity– in the event of major breakdowns, your car will be replaced in the shortest time possible.  All you have to do is call our office and let us know what is wrong with the car.  If the car can be repaired, you can carry out the repair after informing the office.  The time taken to replace your car will depend on how far you are from the nearest rental location.
  • Flexibility– You can change your rental plan in the middle of the rental. You can pro-long your rental by calling and informing the office.
  • One Way Rental/ Rent Here Leave It there:  Flexibility is also exhibited as regards pick up and drop off.  You can rent in Nairobi and drop off your car in Mombasa, Malindi or pick from airport and return in the hotels. You can pick the car at Jomo Kenyatta Airport and dropp it in the hotels.
Car Hire 4x4 Kigali Airport

Car Hire 4×4 Kigali Airport

Our car  Hire  Services / Car Rental locations include-Nairobi City Centre Office, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Coded NBO or JKIA) serving the whole of the country and Nairobi.  Other locations in Kenya include, Mombasa TownMoi Airport Mombasa (MBA), Malindi Airport (MYD), Kisumu, Nakuru, Nanyuki. They  open from 08:00to 18:00 hrs from Monday to Saturday.  Rental Cars can be returned at the point of pick up, at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) or at the hotels in Nairobi, Mombasa or Malindi. In the rest of East Africa rental locations (locations des voiture) are Kigali (Rwanda),  Kampala , Jinja and Entebbe (Uganda),  Bujumbura (Burundi) Dares salaam, Dar Es Salaam Airport (DAR), Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Arusha ( Tanzania) and Zanzibar.

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 Tracking Rwanda Trekking Accommodation Lodges And hotels

May 3, 2010

Getting from Kigali to Ruhengeri and Kinigi

Gorilla tracking, hiking and tracking safaris in Rwanda starts from Kinigi in Musanze (former Ruhengeri) province.  Tracking takes in Volcanoes National Park(Parc des volcans).  Every morning at 07:00Hrs, all trekking participants are briefed on dos, don’ts and other hiking regulations at Kinigi Park headquarters.

The drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri will take about 1 hour.  From Ruhengeri (Musanze) town to Kinigi, the base of gorilla tracking is about 30-45 minutes.   The drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri takes you through beautifully terraced hilly country side with lots of photography opportunities.  Inclusive of photo stops, it might take you even 2 hours to drive from Kigali to Kinigi. Every

An alternative to driving from Kigali is using an helicopter/ charter flight to Ruhengeri Airstrip and driving to Kinigi by car.  You will need advance  arrangements with the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority.

Accommodation While on  Gorilla Tracking And Trekking Safaris

Accommodation is available at Kinigi or at Ruhengeri(Musanze). Accommodation can be categorized into three depending on the price you pay and the level of comfort-Luxury, Budget and Mid range.

Three luxury properties for your stay while tracking are, Sabyinyo Silverback Community Lodge, Virunga Luxury Lodge and Jack Hanna’s House.  The best in terms of proximity to gorilla tracking is Silverback.  Virunga Luxury Lodge enjoys an enviable location on top of a hill with undisturbed vistas of Virungas and the surrounding areas.

Kinigi Guest House

Kinigi Guest house is the oldest property at Volcanes.  The rooms though basic are clean.  They provide accommodation and meals.  Do not expect comfort in this property.

Gorilla Nest Lodge/ Hotel

Gorilla Nest Lodge is medium property located inside a eucalyptus forest.  The tall trees though beautiful have blocked the beautiful views and they tend to make the place more cold. Hotel facilities include parking, restaurant, bar and laundry.  They also have a mini golf course.  They have permanent electricity.  Due to cold weather, they have several fire places outside, though fire is rarely lit in these areas.  However fire is always available in the restaurant and bar area at night. To keep the cold away, the property provides extra blankets in the rooms.  More are available on request.  Food is local served in buffet style.

Basic rooms are clean with tiled floors and private showers with an electric.  The facility also has family or superior rooms with sitting area and two bedrooms.

In some of the nights, Gorilla Nest organizes Intore, the local Barret to entertain guests.  If you feel you cannot stick to your seat, you are free to join the dancers.

Jack Hanna’s House

This is a private house booked through Gorilla Nest when the owner is not around.  The house has two bedrooms and a kitchen with panoramic views of Virungas and the min golf course.  Booking the house include staff.

Sabyinyo Community/ Silver Back Lodge

Sabyinyo Lodge comprises of the main building with reception, sitting room with snug area, dining room, library, and a responsible tourism / community awareness room, shop and bathrooms. Three large fireplaces provide warmth.

Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises five double cottages, two suites and one family suite. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms finished with Venetian plaster a dressing room and a sheltered veranda. Heat exchangers in the fireplaces provide a plentiful supply of hot water.  The family suite has a second bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

Virunga Volcanoes Luxury Lodge

Located on hilltop between Lakes Burela and Ruhondo, the Virunga Luxury Lodge is the unrivaled destination for landscape lovers.  From the lodge, one enjoys specular views of Virunga Mountains, and the surrounding.  The lodge has a total of  8 bandas constructed of local material. Being on a hilltop, water has to be brought in.  The rooms have bush showers and lighting is by lantern lamps.

The main building has a fire place and a bar.

From the lodge, its is 45 minutes drive to the park headquarters.

Besides these facilities, one can get accommodation at the hotels in Ruhengeri/ Musanze.

To book any of the facility contact R&N Xplorer Africa Safaris , Email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com

Learn more about gorilla tracking tours and book 4 days 3 nights Rwanda gorilla tracking tour

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Gorilla Safaris Rwanda

January 4, 2010

We are tour operators specializing in gorilla safaris, tracking, trekking and hiking in Rwanda, Chimpanzee Safaris and other wildlife safaris, hotel and airline booking, car hire rental in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania( including Zanzibar) Rwanda and Burundi.

Our car  hire and rental locations are Nairobi, including Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Mombasa and Mombasa  Moi Airport, Malindi, Malindi Airport, Kisumu, Nakuru, Isiolo, Meru, Nanyuki (Kenya) Kampala, Entebbe Airport, Jinja(Uganda), Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam Airport, Kilimanjaro Airport (Tanzania) Bujumbura (Burundi) Kigali, Gisenyi (Rwanda). Cars available for hire include toyota land cruiser prado, safari land cruisers, mini vans, toyota rav4s, toyota premio and a multiplicity of other cars.

We do hotel bookings through out East Africa.

We organize wildlife safaris to famous national parks like Maasai (Masai) Mara, Samburu,  Lake Nakuru, Meru, Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Amboseli, Buffalo Springs (Kenya), Mgahinga, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth (Uganda) Volcanoes, Nyungwe Forest, Akagera (Rwanda) Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro.

Out safari safaris also feature Laikipia Kenya, a premier destination visited by celebrities- film stars, great athletes and the Royals.  Laikipia is home to the famous Rutundu Log Cabins where Prince William Proposed to his wife Kate.  Also in Laikipia are famous tourist resorts like Ol Pejeta, Mt Kenya Safari Club, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Other places of interest in Laikipia include Muktan Retreat,  Sanctuary at Ol Lentille, Loisaba Wilderness, Il Ngwesi, Makenna’s Hills

Famous Beach destinations visited by our guests include Lamu, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Mombasa. Luxury beach hotels exists in Zanzibar North Coast, East Coast.

Contact Gorilla safaris Rwanda @ rnxploresafaris@gmail.com Tel +254723684974 or visit our website http://gorillasafarisrwanda.com/index.htm

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