1 Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda A Beginner’s Cheat Sheet

1 Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda from Kigali is the Quick One Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda. 1 Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park is done by tourists already in Rwanda. With a very early morning pick-up and late evening drop-off in Kigali town. This (1 Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda) one-day Rwanda Gorilla trekking from Kigali is the cheapest Quick Gorilla Tour to Volcanoes National Park which is the only habitat for Mountain gorillas in this land of a thousand hills. Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is about a 2 hours 20 minutes drive from Kigali via the fastest route. 

One Day Gorilla Trekking Rwanda is a 1 Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda from Kigali designed to suit travelers who do not have much time for a tour but want to have a Gorilla trekking experience in the Virunga Volcanoes. This itinerary applies to visitors who are already in Rwanda, especially in Kigali. Though very exhausting the gorilla tour offers a thrilling trekking experience and 1-hour encounter with the world’s endangered mountain gorillas

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Quick Tour Details

Number of People: Tailored
Start/End: Kigali, Rwanda
Availability: All year throughout
Activities: Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Destinations: Volcanoes National Park
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Detailed Itinerary of the 1 Day Gorilla Trek Rwanda From Kigali

The inclusive 1 day gorilla trek Rwanda starts from Kigali (one-day gorilla trek Rwanda – gorilla trekking from Kigali starts from $1895pp) very early in the morning as early as 5:00 am local time. Inform your hotel to provide early morning breakfast or organize a packed breakfast for you.

How To Book Your a 1 day Gorilla Trek in Rwanda

Your Rwanda tour guide will pick you up from your place of residence in Kigali for the transfer. About 2 hours spent on the drive take you through the picturesque backdrop of Rwanda. Arriving at the park, you transfer to the park headquarters in Kinigi where you first have a briefing by on the dos and don’ts of Gorilla trekking in Rwanda by the park warden. By 8:30 am, the park ranger guide will transfer you to the trekking starting point for a gorilla trek. A total of 8 tourists with a trekking permit of Rwanda which costs USD 1500 per permit are allocated, one gorilla family. 

Every 8 individuals take about 2-6 hours in the jungle trekking through the bamboo forest along with armed ranger guides. However, only 1 hour (60 minutes) is spent in the presence of the mountain gorillasThe trek lasts an unpredictable time depending on the Gorilla group movements but the population in Rwanda is known to move for shorter distances and therefore makes it easy to trek. After 1 hour in the presence of a gorilla family, you walk back to the park headquarters where you meet the tour guide for a transfer back to Kigali.

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Safari Inclusions

  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Entry fees and taxes
  • gorilla permit
  • Safari van
  • Meal Plan – Lunch
  • Water on board
  • Transport

Safari Exclusions

  • Any purchases of personal kind
  • Any changes to the itinerary
  • International flights and visas

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What to Expect on a Gorilla Trek in Rwanda

How much does it cost to see the Gorillas in Rwanda?

A Gorilla Permit in Rwanda Costs US$ 1500 each and you are required to purchase a permit to see the gorillas in Rwanda. Each person buys a permit at 1500 USD to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park spending a maximum of 60 minutes in the presence of the mountain gorillas.


Is the Gorilla trekking permit cost worth it?

Gorilla trekking is the most expensive Rwanda safari activity and many people always wonder whether it is worth the cost. The cost of a Gorilla Permit in Rwanda is worth it because the high price regulates the number of people who visit the Mountain Gorillas each day and therefore protects the Gorillas from catching human diseases.

What to wear for Gorilla Tour in Rwanda?

To have a Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda, you will have to wear and pack right for the jungle. Here is all you need to know on what you will have to wear to keep you safe, warm, and comfortable during trekking;

  • Wear long waterproof trousers and long-sleeved shirts for the trek for protection against bites directly to your skin and also to keep warm.
  • Wear gardening gloves for hand protection especially from bristles in case you would hold onto any tree species during the trek.
  • In the rainy season especially, wear a waterproof hat for protection on the head
  • Carry a small waterproof zip lock bag to put in your camera and other gadgets.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes. Always try on the shoes before the hike to make sure they do not cause any ache on the ankles or toes.
  • Always remember to carry Insect repellent for protection from insect bites.

What is the best time of the year for Trekking Gorillas in Rwanda?

If you are wondering when to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda, the best time is still the best time to visit Rwanda. Though gorilla tours in Rwanda are an all-year-round activity, the best time of the year to go Gorilla Trekking is during the long and short dry seasons. The long dry season is during the months of June to September and the short dry season is during the months of mid-December to early February.

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