Volcanoes National Park Rwanda | Gorilla Trekking Park in Rwanda
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans ) – In view of the fact that the permit holders are required to check in at the park headquarters in the nearby Kinigi at 7am on the day of tracking, staying in Musanze (Ruhengeri) is a much safer option than leaving Kigali at the crack of dawn. Nothing can prepare you for an encounter with mountain gorillas in the mist especially if you have never been to a forest before.
Despite their intimidating size, they are surprisingly non-aggressive animals and you will find your stay around them very welcoming. Please note that gorilla trekking is no bliss ride; it involves a lot of strenuous effort through the dense forest, steep and muddy hillsides. But coming up close the gorillas at last after all the effort will be worth your input.
While most of the tourists to the park are understandably driven by the desire to have a face to face encounter with the gorillas in the mist, there is a good reason to stay in the park areas once the tracking is finished. The mountain gorillas share the park with a troop of rare golden monkeys, which are being slowly habituated to human contact.
Mountain Gorilla Families in Volcanoes
There are 7 gorilla groups noted to reside in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda including the Susa group which consists of 35 and more members that most visitors are always interested in visiting, although it is the hardest to reach.
- Susa group the largest gorilla group with presently 42 members including 3 silver backs
- Amahoro group
- Sabinyo group
- Umubano group
- Kwitonda group
- Hirwa group
- Group 13
- Note; These gorilla group may increase or decrease at any time
Lodges in Volcanoes National Park, Mountain Gorilla Trekking Area
MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE
This is a luxury property that will offer you first class stay for your gorilla trip. Enjoy all luxurious services this lodge offers and you will find your stay very awesome. Enjoy the mouth watering 3 course meals with a warm service from the staff.
LE BAMBOU GORILLA LODGE
Enjoy your stay at Le bambou gorilla lodge, there is none second to the beauty of this facility, mid-range and affordable yet offers luxury services. Situated in Kinigi the commencement point for all the gorilla tracking, Le bambou gorilla lodge is a home away from home.
This is a clean budget accommodation very affordable and very close to the park headquarters for early morning briefing. Enjoy your gorilla trip at Kinigi guesthouse with spacious rooms all well equipped with cold and hot running water. This is the gateway to the majestic volcanoes.
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