Is it possible to trek Ugenda gorilla family alone? The Ugenda gorilla family is found around the Karisimbi area in Volcanoes National Park and yes it is possible to trek Ugenda gorilla family alone. Ugenda means “being on the move” in Kinyarwanda hence also called the nomadic family because of its regular movements. It is composed of 11 individuals with 2 silverbacks. Trekking this group requires more patience because you have to search for the gorillas whose location is not definite.
Are you are planning to trek Ugenda gorilla family exclusively alone and you are wondering if it is possible to block permits and trek this gorilla group commonly found on the slopes of Karisimbi Volcano in Volcanoes National Park exclusively alone, yes this is very possible with Eco Adventure Safaris. Trekking Ugenda gorilla family exclusively alone will give you an opportunity to see mountain gorilla members of this family privately that is a given travel group alone or as an individual. For you to block all permits and trek Ugenda gorilla family exclusively alone you can either pay 100%, 70% or 30% in advance of the total of each permit.
Each Gorilla permit in Rwanda Costs $1500 Per person per trek for the Foreign non residents, $500 Per person for foreign residents and $200 for East African Citizens (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan), this gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. If you are planning to travel alone you will need to block and pay for all the gorilla permits trekking that specific day for Ugenda gorilla family. For a foreign nonresident each gorilla permit costs USD1500 and Ugenda gorilla group has 8 permits available everyday this means you will pay for the entire gorilla permits that is 8 permits ($12000 for foreign non-residents) to block them and this will give you an opportunity to trek this gorilla group exclusively and privately alone i.e. with no other tourists only with ranger guides.
Important things to consider when planning to trek Ugenda gorilla family exclusively alone.
Booking and securing all the gorilla permits for Ugenda gorilla group in advance
Ugenda gorilla family has 8 gorilla permits available for sell every day. For you to trek Ugenda gorilla family exclusively alone you will need to block all these permits in advance so that no other tourists books in to trek in the same gorilla family. For you to block these permits you can either pay 100%, 70% or 30% in advance the total of each permit. We recommend you block the gorilla permits atleast 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. This is because during high season permits sell out in advance on first come first serve basis. Contact us here for more details on how to book all gorilla permits for tracking Ugenda gorilla family in advance to enable you trek gorillas exclusively alone.
Comfortable travel to Volcanoes National Park to trek Ugenda gorilla group
You should consider travelling in 4×4 Land cruisers this will give you comfort on the road to Volcanoes National Park. There is also an option of flying with a helicopter to the park from Kigali.
How to Block all gorilla permits for Ugenda gorilla family and trek this group alone and exclusively.
Once you have your planned dates of travel confirmed we will need you to send us an email here so that we check for availability of trekking permits online with the Rwanda Development board once we confirm permits are available for your planned dates we will let you know so that we can send you an invoice for you to make payment for the permits so that we block all the permits. Once the payment is done and we have received it on our account we will go ahead and purchase your permits immediately and send you a scanned copy of the permits for your records and perusal, this will confirm you are booked for exclusive gorilla trekking of the Ugenda gorilla family in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
How to get to volcanoes national park to trek Ugenda Gorilla Family exclusively alone?
The park can be accessed by road and its only 2 hours’ drive from Kigali city and about an hour drive from Cyanika boarder of Uganda and Rwanda. We use 4×4 vehicles for our all-inclusive packages that are very comfortable for your road trip to Volcanoes national park, they come with drinking water onboard, AC and driven by professional driver guides. For entry into the park, you will need to have secured permit for any of the activity of your choice or paid park entrance fees.
Where to stay in Volcanoes national Park during trekking Ugenda Gorilla Family exclusively alone?
There are many lodges and hotels in volcanoes national park ranging from budget to luxury, namely; Bisate lodge, Gorilla Nest and Virunga lodge are luxury options, Sabinyo silverback lodge, five volcanoes lodge, Le bamboo Mountain gorilla lodge are Midrange options to consider, Kinigi guesthouse, Hotel Muhavura and gorilla volcanoes lodge are some of the budget hotels. The hotel rooms can sell out quickly especially during the high season, your accommodation choice needs to booked in advance. You will also be able to get a discount on accommodation when you stay more nights and be treated to a great service while you stay.
What is the best time to trek Ugenda gorilla group exclusively alone.
The best time to trek Ugenda gorilla family exclusively alone is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of mountain gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact primates don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available in the forest compared to the dry seasons. Seeing Ugenda gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is possible throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing them in their natural habitat.
Why book your exclusive trekking of Ugenda gorilla family with Eco Adventure Safaris.
Eco Adventure Safaris takes pride in customizing tailor made gorilla trekking safaris to Rwanda Volcanoes National Park. It has a very diligent and trust worthy team. Your queries are answered within 20 minutes by our team of professional tour consultants. These consultants will make you a travel plan for you, answer to all your questions and make sure all your services are booked in advance for you to avoid inconveniences. We also have very knowledgeable safari guides depending on your language preferences. Feel free to contact us for your trek Ugenda gorilla family exclusively alone.