Important things to consider before booking a gorilla safari in Rwanda

Important things to consider before booking a gorilla safari in Rwanda. Embarking on an unforgettable Gorilla Safari in Rwanda with Pamoja Tours and Travel requires careful consideration of various factors to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you plan your gorilla trekking adventure:

Best Time to Book

Deciding when to book your gorilla safari depends on personal preferences. While gorilla trekking is available throughout the year, the dry season (June to September and December to January) is popular due to favorable weather conditions.

Important things to consider before booking a gorilla safari in Rwanda
Important things to consider before booking a gorilla safari in Rwanda

Gorilla Permit Booking

Gorilla permits are essential, and securing them well in advance is crucial. A gorilla permit is USD 1500 per person. The Rwanda Development Board issues permits on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended to book 6 months to a year ahead, especially during peak seasons, to guarantee availability.

Accommodation Considerations

Choosing the right accommodation is key to a successful gorilla safari. Accommodations are categorized into Luxury, Mid-range, and Budget options. Staying near Volcanoes National Park ensures a stress-free morning before gorilla trekking, preventing disqualification due to missed briefings.

Volcanoes Accommodations: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Kinigi Guest House, La Palme Hotel, Hotel Muhavura.

Transportation to Volcanoes National Park

Road transport is the common means to reach Volcanoes National Park. Ensure you have a reliable 4×4 vehicle, especially if you opt to stay overnight in Kigali and drive to the park in the early morning. Charter flights are also available for a more private experience.

Additional Activities

Maximize your time in Rwanda by exploring other attractions. Consider activities such as game drives in Akagera National Park, chimpanzee trekking, canopy walks in Nyungwe National Park, a Kigali city tour, and birding.

Packing the Right Gear

Prepare for the gorilla trek by packing essential gear. Items like safari boots, long-sleeved shirts, trousers, a safari hat, insect repellent, and a safari backpack are recommended for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Pre-Gorilla Safari Exercises

Given the mountainous terrain, it’s advisable to engage in simple exercises to prepare your body for the trek. The Virunga volcanoes present a challenging landscape, and some level of fitness is beneficial.

Selecting the Right Gorilla Safari Package

Identify a gorilla safari package that suits your budget. Pamoja Tours and Travel offers packages categorized into Upmarket, Mid-range, and Budget. Understanding the inclusions helps you plan and save accordingly.

Age Restrictions

Note that the age limit for gorilla trekking is 15 years and above. The challenging trek may not be suitable for younger children, and it’s essential to brief eligible children about the trek’s expectations.

Carrying Hard Cash

Credit cards are not widely accepted, and it’s advisable to carry hard cash for on-ground purchases. Local currency, Rwandese Franks, is necessary for souvenirs, drinks, and other expenses.

Rules of Gorilla Trekking:

Respect the rules set to protect these endangered primates. Avoid littering, spitting on vegetation, stay in a tight group, refrain from using flash photography, and adhere to specific hygiene guidelines.

Planning your gorilla safari with Pamoja Tours and Travel ensures a well-organized and memorable experience. Contact us for more information, and let us tailor the perfect itinerary for your Rwanda adventure.

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