Rwanda is among the three countries in the whole Africa and world where gorilla safaris are taken from in the Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla safaris in Rwanda mainly starts from the Kigali hub or any other safari park in Rwanda and the experience takes place in Volcanoes National Park which is found in the North-west of Rwanda. Rwanda is found in East Africa and allows with tourists from each and every region of the world to explore the rare endangered mountain gorillas with the help of the various tour companies all over East Africa which will help you in doing the bookings and the purchase of the gorilla permits.
Rwanda sells her gorilla permits at US$ 1500 in high seasons but fortunately it offers discounts on the permits but only at certain conditions. A gorilla permit in Rwanda can be discounted when someone is to have a conference in Rwanda and he or she plans for a visit to Volcanoes National Park for gorilla tracking after having his or her conference. On this occasion, a gorilla permit will be sold to you at US$ 1275 meaning that you will have been given a discount of US$ 225 thus getting a permit on an affordable price and be able to have a chance of viewing these rare endangered primates which are so great world-wide but rare to find.
A permit will also be given on a discount if at all a tourist is to take his or her safari in another national park in Rwanda to be added on his gorilla tour in Volcanoes National Park. Here you will be given a discount of US$ 450 and you will then need to pay only US$ 1050 for the gorilla permit. Therefore, you are emphasized to at least have more than one national park on your safari budget such that you get a chance of viewing the rare endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda (Volcanoes National Park) but also traveling in low season from November to May every year.
With these discounted gorilla permits, you will then be able to visit and view the Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park (in Rwanda) at a discounted and affordable price plus your journey to the park being luxury and comfy due to the good tarmac roads which help you to access the Park in whatever weather condition (dry and wet seasons). The Park is too close to Kigali city (Rwanda’s capital) and it is a two- and half-hour drive to reach the park of which you will enjoy a sight to various things besides the rare endangered mountain gorillas.
Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park starts in the morning with the pre – gorilla briefings which start at 07:00am and then start tracking at around 08:30am. Tracking is done through groups of 8 individuals per group and the activity is accompanied by experienced Park rangers who will help you in tracking and finding the primates easily since they can guess where to start tracking from depending on where the primates were left the previous day.
In the Park you will not only do gorilla trekking but also a sight to other animals such as golden monkeys, bush bucks, spotted hyenas, black-fronted duikers and at times you may also see elephants. A variety of bird species is also seen in the park and this will increase on the excitement you will achieve from the park.
The park is also made up of five volcanoes which also give a nice view to the gorilla trekkers and you can also enjoy the hiking of them of which the most enjoyable one to be hiked is the Karisimbi volcano which is a two days hike. Other volcanoes include Bisoke volcano which is a one-day hike and Sabyinyo, Gahinga plus Muhabura.
The park’s accommodations are of high quality which fit every tourist in the park and these accommodations are; Virunga Lodge, Jack Hanna’s Guest House, Bisate Eco Lodge, Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel among others.