Meeting face to face with mountain gorillas in the jungle is one the most breathtaking and unforgettable experiences for trekkers but planning on where to go, when to go and what to pack is important before you head for you mountain Gorilla trekking destination.
Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda live in Volcanoes National Park which is situated 113.1 km from Kigali International Airport approximately a 2hours and 30minutes drive. The park lies in the Northwestern part of the country at the border with Uganda and DR Congo.
The short distance and less time spent while traveling to the home of gorillas gives Rwanda the biggest advantage over the other two countries hence it makes Rwanda the easiest option for travelers especially those that want to spend one night and have lesser activities to do while on safari.
Since Rwanda is well-known for its high-end tourism strategy, there are many exclusive resorts attracted which are also promising an increase in income for the local people who live around Volcanoes National Park, home to the mighty gorillas. Therefore, this means that going for a gorilla safari in Volcanoes is one of the most expensive safari experiences, apart from the gorilla permit at $1500, also gorilla lodges are costly with lesser options, for example two people spending two nights at Bisate Lodge can spend around $10,000 in that short period of time. The prices are higher but they come with higher standards and unforgettable experiences.
In Congo, trekking gorillas in Virunga National Park is cheaper at only $400 one can purchase a Congo gorilla trekking permit (foreigners) whereas Congolese can get it at $150. The park is Africa’s oldest Park and is endowed with the highest biodiversity.
The park still stands as one of Africa’s most unique destinations with a number of breathtaking features like the active volcanoes; Nyiragongo which can be hiked in one day and the Nyamuragira Volcano which last erupted in 2011.
If you are most interested in more exclusive and intimate experiences? Rwanda answers you well. The lodges around Volcanoes National park are luxurious, located in spectacular areas and have famous names in the luxury travel.