When is the best time for Rwanda gorilla tours?
The best time for Rwanda gorilla tours is June, July, August and September. Gorilla Adventure tours recommends, January and February as the best time, due to the climate in Rwanda. Uganda Gorilla tours too can be done in the same period, as the average temperatures of Uganda are at 21.5 C and 71 F, these also drop at night time to around 54 F which affects the altitude.
Rwanda gorilla tours permits, cost and availability
To qualify to go for Rwanda Gorilla trekking tour, you will need to secure a valid permit for trekking gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park. During the peak seasons mentioned above, it is quite difficult to obtain a permit and therefore, we recommend that you plan ahead and book your permit at least 3 months earlier to avoid final-day frustrations.
Gorilla Adventure tours will make all the necessary arrangements to buy your permits and will make sure a copy is sent to you within the shortest possible time, we will also go ahead and organize your transport and accommodation in line with the Rwanda Gorilla trekking Itinerary. Contact us today
A Rwanda gorilla trekking tour permit costs US$ 1,500 per person, for a one-hour visit to a particular assigned gorilla family. However, there are special discounted gorilla permits for travelers spending a minimum of three nights in either Nyungwe Forest National Park or Akagera National Park during the months of November to May. The discount comes at a 30% discount – (US$ 1,050) per person.
How fit should I be for a Rwanda gorilla trekking tour?
You may need to be physically fit to a certain level to go for gorilla trekking in Rwanda. However, being honest with your trekking abilities will help to enhance your overall enjoyment of the experience as you will be assigned a gorilla group basing on that fitness ability. The whole experience of gorilla trekking safari doesn’t generally require a fitness level since throughout the trek, you will be walking slowly, and in groups, with time for peculiar breaks if needed. Depending on which group you track, and the time of year you go, you might find yourself walking on some pretty steep slopes for several hours.
Can I take photos during Rwanda Gorilla tours?
If you’re a keen at taking photos, taking your own pictures of mountain gorillas is one of the most magical photo moments you’ll ever experience with Rwanda gorilla tours. Do bear in mind that the light can be poor in the rain forest and that use of flash is not permitted. You might also need to protect your camera against heavy rain.
What is the age limit for gorilla trekking?
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Uganda or Congo must be 15 years of age and above. Visitors below 15 years are not allowed to trek mountain gorillas despite his/her physical appearance and capabilities. Age limit is put to ensure the safety of travelers and mountain gorillas in the jungle. However, if a child is almost making 15 years, his/her parent can sign an agreement as fully responsible for anything that may happen to the child during the trekking time. The letter is written and signed by the parent and then submitted to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or Rwanda Development Board (RDB) for confirmation.