When planning a safari to Rwanda expect a real life adventure as the country is endowed with interesting and adventurous attractions most of them can’t be seen elsewhere in the world. Rwanda’s volcanoes national park is the only destination in Rwanda housing the endangered mountain gorillas, this gorilla species is rarely seen and only three African countries world-wide house these endangered apes the other two are Uganda in (Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks) and the democratic republic of Congo (Virunga national park). Rwanda is perhaps known as the leading home to these endangered apes and also known as a chief mountain gorilla safari destination in the world.
Safari planning to Rwanda in the volcanoes national park starts with the identification of your travel dates and gorilla tracking dates, selecting a reliable safari operator/ a tour and travel company that offers best gorilla safari packages to Rwanda at an affordable price. Also identification of reliable Airlines from your home country to Kigali international airport, know also the things to pack for a gorilla safari in the volcanoes national park among many others are very vital when planning a safari to volcanoes national park in Rwanda.
volcanoes national park is known as the best Rwanda national park to visit, with very many safari activities one can enjoy, although gorilla tracking is the major highlight to many safaris in volcanoes national park, the park also offers other safari activities like golden monkey tracking safaris, bird watching safaris, hiking safaris, Dian Fossy hike among many others. You can also combine gorilla tracking with chimp tracking in Nyungwe forest national park and wildlife viewing in Akagera national park.
After identifying your travel dates, check availability of international flight to Kigali international airport, if the available flights fit your travel dates go ahead and make a tentative booking, the second step is to check the availability of gorilla tracking permits, if they are available go ahead and book your flight, if they are not available regarding to your travel dates better get a better alternative. Once you arrive at Kigali you will find a representative from the company you booked with waiting for you usually they carry a placard bearing your name, however getting this you should inform your agent about your travel date and time. And if you organize with a local company, they will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel in Kigali. Gorilla permits are best to be booked through a tour and Travel Company or a tour agent since they have a high chance to purchase them in advance than an individuals, and gorilla tracking permits are sold at the Rwanda tourism board in Kigali or at the park headquarters in Kinigi.
The demand for gorilla permit in Rwanda is very high so it’s better to book your gorilla permit early at least 2-3 months prior to your travel dates to avoid last minutes bookings. Rwanda gorilla permits are sold on first come first serve basis, the earlier you book your gorilla permit the better. Furthermore you should book accommodation you will be staying while at the park. If you need, you can also rent a car and take a self-drive to Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes national park is located just 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri Musanze district passing through rolling hills and beautiful scenery.
How to pack for gorilla safari, packing for a Holiday Safari is very vital especially when going for gorilla tracking, it’s advised to pack light clothes to reduce on the weight as gorilla tracking involve hiking the jungle forest to search for the endangered mountain gorillas in the wild deep into the forest. Packing lights helps you to reduce on the charges that the airline may impose on you as Extra Charges. packing list for gorilla tracking include 1-2 long sleeved shirts or blouses, 1 pair of shorts, sun glasses, insect repellent, water proof and wind proof jacket like a Gortex, 1 sweater or sweater shirt, strong water proof walking shoes/boats, a bag, camera, hat-wide brim or with a visor from sun protection, lightweight wool socks, gloves-gardening or similar, all these are suitable for gorilla tracking safari in volcanoes national park. Gorilla safari in volcanoes national park is regarded as one of the most memorable and interesting safari activity on earth. Enjoy a guided gorilla safari this year and win a chance of a discounted package to view the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Follow the above tips and you’ll find that Safari planning for your holiday travel and flights will be simpler than you ever.