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Are you planning a trip to Visit Rwanda to see the Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and you would like to know How far in advance should I book Gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Booking a gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda should ideally be done well in advance, as it’s a popular and limited activity that often sells out quickly, especially during the peak tourist season. Here are some general guidelines for when you should consider booking based on your planned travel dates:
- Peak Season (June to September and December to February):
- For peak season, it’s advisable to book your gorilla trekking permit at least 6 to 12 months in advance. These are the busiest months for tourists, and permits tend to be in high demand.
- Shoulder Season (March to May and October to November):
- During the shoulder season, which is less busy, you may have more flexibility. However, it’s still a good idea to book your permit at least 3 to 6 months ahead of time, especially if you have specific dates in mind.
- Low Season (April and November):
- This is the low season due to heavier rainfall, and permits may be more readily available. You might be able to book a permit a few weeks to a few months in advance if you’re flexible with your travel dates.
To book your permit, you can either do it directly through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) or work with a reputable tour operator Eco Adventure Safaris that specializes in gorilla trekking experiences. Tour operators can help you with permit acquisition, transportation, and accommodation, making the process more convenient.
How to Book Rwanda Gorilla permit?
When you contact us at Eco Adventure Safaris about your planned trek and desired dates, we shall check the availability of permits online system of the 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 the 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 Gorilla Permit for Rwanda
How far in advance should I book 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.
Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is a peerless primate experience, and one of Africa’s indisputable travel highlights. Gorilla permits are very essential for gorilla trekking to see the amazing Mountain gorilla, gorillas are remarkably peaceful creatures, certainly by comparison with most primates, gorillas try to interact with their visitors, often approaching them, and occasionally touching one of the guides in apparent greeting as they walk past.
The magical hour with the gorillas is relatively expensive and this can be achieved by securing a gorilla permit for this experience. The hike up to the mountain gorillas’ preferred habitat of bamboo forest involves a combination of steep slopes, dense vegetation, slippery underfoot conditions after rain and high altitude.
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.
Booking Gorilla Permit for Rwanda through Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure safaris is one of the best local tour operators to help you in Booking last minute Rwanda gorilla tour and permits, 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. Contact us here about How far in advance should I book Gorilla trekking in Rwanda?