Rwanda is one of the smallest country in Africa when it comes to size but in nature and tourism it is a very rich nation with vast of wildlife. The mountain gorillas are one of the tourism product that make it very famous since these animals are a beauty to watch and hang around with them and also they are almost getting extinct. Many people travel to the Volcanoes National Park in Northern Rwanda to eagerly see these animals before they become history. Although gorillas are awesome to see one has to plan for a gorilla tour to be enjoyable for him/her.
Before you take up a gorilla tour you have to get all the information about Rwanda and its tourism industry that is the visa requirements, accommodation facilities, the money currency, people and their culture, the weather and many more. One can get this information from friends who have ever been to Rwanda, tourism magazines and also through the internet.
Then after you seek information about core reason as to why you have to go to Rwanda that is the gorillas. Here you will to know the history of gorillas in Rwanda, how they behave and more so the places they inhabit in Rwanda that is the volcanoes national park and Virunga National Park. You make up a choice which place will go to Virunga or Volcanoes National Park. This will help you to get what you will need like cameras, back pack, jungle clothes and many more tools.
Booking the gorilla permit
You have to book a permit as early as possible like 6 months before the really tracking. You will have to contact Rwanda development Agency for booking and it can also be done through a tour company like ours. As long as you are 15 years and above you are eligible for gorilla trekking. Normally in July the competition is high for the gorilla permits and it can cost one 750 US dollars and in November it is low you can easily get a discount of up to 350 US dollars.
Planning for your transportation to the gorilla trekking. Asyou will need 4×4 vehicle since the national parks are found in remote areas so the roads are muddy and raged. So you can hire a land cruiser, rav4 or a super custom in case you are many.
Alternatively you can take a public vehicle from Kigali to Musanze town where you will hire a special cab of 4×4 that will lead to volcanoes national park.
Booking where to stay during gorilla trekking. As you go for a gorilla safari you will need where to sleep after gorilla trekking for example you taking a 3 days safari. There are many hotels and lodges situated in Rwanda since the national parks are near Kigali you can book a hotel in the city. There hotels like hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali Serena hotel, hotel Chez Lando, grand legacy hotel and many more. One can opt to stay near the national park they also hotel to stay in.
Hiring helpers or porters and trekking. Normally you will need porters for carrying your packs and walking sticks since moving around the hilly terrains is hectic. Ti takes a lot of time to find the gorillas as sometimes It can take about 3-8 hours to the gorillas.
Finally joining the gorilla trekking to get ready for the excursion around the hilly bushes to the huge primates. You will be guided by the gorilla patron.
Good planning can really make your gorilla tour in Rwanda enjoyable and educative.