Gorilla Trekking Itinerary
Day 1 - Travel to Ruhengeri
On arrival at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda, you will be met by your driver/guide and depart for a 2 hour drive to Ruhengeri, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – the Virunga's. Arrive at hotel for lunch, dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - Gorrilla Trek
After an early breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and proceed to the National Park Headquarters in Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we embark on a once in a lifetime experience of trekking to see mountain gorillas. Your guides are experts at tracking the gorilla groups as they move around the mountains, and once you spot them, you will get within metres of the family and be privileged to spend an hour among them, watching your closest long-lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth, as you get so close to these awesome giant primates. Trekking to see the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga's is a magical experience as these massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today.
The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude, so we encourage for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are fit and healthy prior to the trek. It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rainforest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Return to your hotel and overnight.
Day 3 - Continue onwards to next trek or climb
After breakfast you will depart for Kigali. Engage in last minute shopping, if time allows, in this friendly African capital, before flying onwards to Arusha or Nairobi for your Kilimanjaro or Mt Kenya trek or climb.
Who is it suitable for?
Gorilla trekking can be arduous work, so it's important that you're fit and in good health. Trails climb through thick forest at heights of up to 3,000m, traversing steep-sided mountains and valleys. To minimise the possible transmission of human disease to the gorillas people who are unwell on the day will not be allowed to continue. No children under 15 years of age are allowed to go gorilla tracking.
Gorilla Trekking Permits
Only a limited number of permits are issued each day, and therefore it is essential to book well in advance. Cost is currently US$1500 per person per day and in the rare circumstance that gorillas move out of range there is no guarantee of seeing a gorilla troop. A percentage of the permit goes towards communities living around the parks.