12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Zambia SafariSeptember 3, 2023
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda Starting from Bujumbura BurundiSeptember 3, 2023
Combining Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda with Mozambique Beach Holiday is one of the best African Safari itineraries that takes you on a gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda or Uganda after you will proceed to Mozambique for a relaxing beach holiday which is an unforgettable and diverse travel experience. Here is a suggested itinerary to help you plan your trip:
Day 1-3: Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda
- Fly into Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.
- Spend a day exploring the city, visiting the Genocide Memorial, and local markets, and enjoying the vibrant culture.
- On the second day, embark on a road trip to Volcanoes National Park, the home of the mountain gorillas.
- Overnight near the park to prepare for your gorilla trekking experience.
Day 4-5: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
- Set out early in the morning for your gorilla trekking adventure.
- Spend a full day tracking and observing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
- Immerse yourself in the beauty of the rainforest and the incredible experience of being close to these magnificent creatures.
- On the following day, you can opt for a second gorilla trek or explore nearby cultural attractions.
Day 6-9: Fly to Mozambique – Beach Relaxation
- Fly from Kigali to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.
- From Maputo, take a domestic flight or drive to a pristine beach destination like Tofo Beach or Bazaruto Archipelago.
- Spend the next few days unwinding on the white sandy beaches, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, and enjoying water sports like snorkeling, diving, and kayaking.
- Indulge in fresh seafood and local cuisine at beachside restaurants.
- Take a dhow cruise to explore nearby islands and enjoy breathtaking sunsets.
Day 10-12: Island Exploration and Relaxation
- Travel to another island within the Bazaruto Archipelago or Quirimbas Archipelago.
- Explore the island’s unique offerings, which could include snorkeling, visiting local fishing villages, or simply basking in the sun.
- Engage in activities like whale watching (seasonal) or deep-sea fishing, depending on the time of year.
- Dedicate your time to relaxation and soaking in the tranquil island atmosphere.
Day 13: Return to Maputo and Departure
- Travel back to Maputo from the beach paradise.
- Depending on your flight schedule, you might have time for some last-minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing.
- Depart from Maputo to your home country, with unforgettable memories of both gorilla trekking and beach bliss.
Combining Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda with Mozambique Beach Holiday, this itinerary offers a perfect blend of adventure, wildlife, and relaxation, ensuring you get the best of both worlds during your unforgettable trip.
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is also known as Parc Des Vulcan’s in French and Pariki Yigihugu yibirungu in Kinyarwanda (Local language) which is found in North-Eastern in a small town called Musanze, Rwanda in East Africa. Volcanoes National park is one of the major national parks in Rwanda and East Africa and one of the oldest parks in Africa, it is a home to the endangered apes and primates that include the Mountain Gorillas and golden Monkeys, there also many species of birds, Monkeys, trees, forest hogs, bushbucks among others in the forest as well as the unique culture. Volcanoes national park is part of the Virunga Conservation Area including five extinct volcanoes namely; Mountain Muhabura, Mountain Sabyinyo, Mountain Gahinga, Mountain Karisimbi and Mountain Bisoke. Gorilla tourism in Volcanoes National park has earned Rwanda economic development as it has attracted more visitors every year. Gorilla trekking is a life time experience of seeing the endangered gorillas in their natural environment and half of the population of the remaining gorillas is found in East Africa.
How many gorilla permits are available in Volcanoes National Park per day?
Gorilla trekking is an activity that involves visiting the habituated endangered mountain gorillas in their natural environment, as you view the way they feed, move, rest and live in harmony. Volcanoes National Park has 10 habituated gorilla families for trekking every day, only 8 visitors per gorilla family are allowed to trek every day. That means there are 80 permits available each day for trekking, the chances of seeing the mountain gorillas are 99% as you are guided by trackers, guides and park rangers. Gorilla trekking starts every day in Kinigi at 7:00am with briefing on guidelines to follow while on the trek, even though the gorillas have 99% DNA as the humans, they still remain wild and you are advised to follow the dos and don’ts from the guides. The gorilla trek can take 30 minutes to more hours depending on the movement and location of the gorillas in the forest.
What is the cost of Rwanda Gorilla permit?
For one to be allowed to do gorilla trek in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, you must have a Rwanda gorilla permit for a particular date secured from Rwanda development board. The gorilla permit costs USD1500 for all nationals and you are allowed one hour of viewing the gorillas and taking photography. Booking Rwanda gorilla treks to volcanoes National Park is a life time experience to complete your bucket list, Encounter Africa safaris will help you book and tailor a gorilla trek tour that is affordable and memorable.
How to Book Rwanda Gorilla permit?
When you contact us at Eco Adventure Safaris about your planned trek and desired dates, we shall check availability of permits online system of Rwanda development board and if permits are available, we shall send you an invoice to make payment for the permits as they are top priority and if they are not available, you will choose other dates that have availability of permits (We advise you book months in advance to get you exact date). Once we receive payment, we shall book and secure your permits and send you copy of the receipt with booking ID to confirm your trek. The process of acquiring the gorilla permits is easy and transparent, you will surely give you a lifetime experience with the gorillas.
The gorilla trekking permits normally sell out so very quickly during the high season (January, February, July, August, September, and December every year. Booking the permits in advance is ideal for your gorilla trek.
Last minute Booking Rwanda Gorilla permit
Booking Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda. We as well organize last minute booking of Volcanoes Mountain gorilla permits in Rwanda for travelers, you may visit Rwanda for a conference, Seminar or you many have change of program while in Rwanda/East African countries/ Africa and you instead opt to do a gorilla trek on a weekend or any day you are free, once you contact, we shall try our best to get you a gorilla permit from either Rwanda development board or from those reselling the gorilla permits for you not to miss out. Booking the gorilla permits will require you to make payment for the permit to secure a spot for trekking. Once you contact us, we shall send you a quote for the number of days as you require, and then you fix dates which we shall consider when booking you’re your permits and accommodation as they are key priorities. Once you make Payment, we shall pay off all your services as per the travel plan and ensure all is in order for your gorilla safari.
Combining Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda with Mozambique Beach Holiday through Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure safaris is one of the best local tour operators to help you in booking Rwanda gorilla treks, we also offer amazing gorilla safari experiences to Uganda and Rwanda. Contact us for our discounted packages and also tailor made trips to Rwanda. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have overtime assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. We are highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor to help you learn on the experiences of the other travelers who have traveled with us.