BEST Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Group Safaris
Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda gives travelers a chance to visit the volcanoes national park which is also known as the Pac National des Vulcans and it is the only park that accommodates the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda and one of the three gorilla homes worldwide. The park has magnificent surroundings of which travelers on a gorilla safari in Rwanda get a chance to sight, including the twin lakes, ancient caves, scenic plantations, cultural villages and so much more.
A gorilla safari is an ideal adventure which involves hiking through the verdant thick rainforests in search for these mighty giants that dwell only in the Virunga massif. Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park is an ultimate wildlife encounter and a prime pulling factor for millions of travelers who come for safari holidays in Rwanda and East Africa. Spending a splendid one hour with a family of these mighty humble apes is life – changing and a must-do for intrepid travelers. Other than mountain gorillas, Volcanoes national park is also home to two habituated troops of golden monkeys which are quite playful, entertaining and delightful for visitors to watch.
Chimpanzee Trekking in Rwanda
Although mountain gorillas almost take the entire show, but chimpanzees are as well another priority for anyone taking a safari to Rwanda. There are plenty of chances to sight chimpanzees than they are for mountain gorillas, but most importantly to note is that Nyungwe forest alone is home to 13 different species of primates making it a “primate capital of Rwanda”. Species include the endangered Rwenzori colobus, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, and chimpanzees which are stars of the show. Nyungwe forest’s primates usually dwell in spectacular communities of hundreds, and are believed to be among the biggest population worldwide.
Wildlife Safaris in Rwanda
Remarkable Rwanda is another choice of typical wildlife safaris in East Africa and the Akagera national park in particular is the country’s savannah hub which is worth exploring. Scenically, Akagera national park is obviously one of the most magnificent wildlife parks in Africa and beyond. With its pleasantly rolling hills, deep undulating valleys, extensive savannah plains and the lush papyrus vegetation on the shores of Lake Ihema in the east of the park, Akagera favors the existence of varied wildlife including the largest protected wetland systems in central Africa, about 480 bird species including the rare shoebill stork, some 8,000 animals and most importantly the park is once again a home to Big 5 mammals after re-introduction of Black rhinos in 2017.
Rwanda Safari Lodges
Although there are excellent and quite many up-market hotels and jungle lodges in every park Rwanda, also expect a variety of basic and standard accommodation facilities which might be a little lower than other basic facilities elsewhere in the western world; but it all depends on your budget. However, most of the lodges are designed to offer excellent sight-seeing opportunities and their African – styled architecture is a great way for visitors to get a close connection to the ancient unknown Africa. Other hotels especially in major towns and in Kigali city are designed with contemporary designs offering ultra-modern services and a mixture of African and western lifestyle.
When to visit Rwanda for Tours
Travelling to Rwanda for safari holidays is possible all year through, but there are obviously popular seasons when you expect more than average safari encounters. The best travel period in Rwanda is usually during long dry spells, that is June – late September and also during the shorter dry seasons from mid-December to February. During this peak season, travelers are reminded to plan their safari holidays well in time; that is book their accommodation and reserve gorilla and chimp permits in advance especially from June to August. The longer wet season of Rwanda is around March – May which is the lowest for tourism and shorter rains happen between October and early December.
Joining a group for Rwanda safaris
Whether small or big, known or unknown joining a group tour to Rwanda is another great way of exploring even the least known but interesting destination. With a company of fellow Travellers, even the scariest places become seemingly familiar. As a group, you can explore the Dian Fossey grave on the outskirts of Volcanoes national park, engage in enticing cultural performances in numerous cultural centers scattered across the country including the Ibyiwachu cultural center, ethnographic museum in Nyanza, presidential museum palace in Kigali and engage in more safari activities. as a group, you can also engage in hiking adventure to one of Rwanda’s highest mountains, mount Karisimbi or Mount Bisoke. An adventure safari in Rwanda is absolutely life changing when engaged in as a group.