Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is open throughout the year. You need to have ample time on your holiday period so that you can enjoy the full blast of gorilla tracking in Rwanda.
When making a decision to take on the gorilla tracking experience, you need to mind about the age as only people 15 years and above are allowed.
This is because hikes are involved yet one below this age may not have physical ability to take on this challenge.
Rwanda gorilla tracking safaris have seasons that is the high season which is June to September, December to January. So in case you have hope for a holiday in Rwanda during this period, you need to book your Rwanda gorilla permit at least 3 months to the commencement of travel.
During the low seasons that is to say March to May, October to November, competition for the few gorilla permits is slightly lower and even prices for accommodations are lower. There may be chances for discounted gorilla permits during this period too.
Having obtained a gorilla tracking permit for Rwanda which costs $1500 per permit, you have to prepare for this adventure.
You start by going for briefing at the ranger guide station where you will be advised on how to behave while you trek and when you meet the mountain gorillas.
Follow the trail where the gorillas where last seen the previous day and when you meet them wait for the ranger guide to advise you to take photos.
This is because the ranger has to first establish the mood in the forest as at times gorillas may be in a happy or somber mood depending on the prevailing conditions in the forest.
A family that has just got an infant is in a very happy mood and merry making while that one that has lost a battle or lost a member may be in a somber state is likely not to need visitors.
One precious hour with mountain gorillas is a life time experience so exhaust every minute to make memories of your African safari in Rwanda.
Other Rwanda Safari activities To Be Part of after Gorilla Tracking
Nyungwe Forest Canopy walk
To stimulate your adrenaline take a walk above the forests that make up Rwanda. This 170 meters long canopy walk is about 60 meters high.
From the top you have a clearer view of a network of hills, valleys, dense forest cover that provides adorable views.
As you complete the walk, you will return to Uwinka reception center where interesting details about conservation in this area once roamed by herds of elephants is found.
Chimpanzees roam this dense forest and meeting them is like winning a safari Lottery. First of all you need a chimpanzee tracking.
Wearing tracking gears during gorilla tracking in Rwanda and camouflaged long trousers and shirt will give you comfort while in the forest.
Ranger guides will lead and clear your way with machetes as they cut the dense crisscrossed creeping plants on the tree trunks. Making a clearer way for you to get through.
Dianne Fossey Grave Trek After Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda
She was a gorilla martyr who was brutally killed by local Rwandese for her love to preserve the today celebrated mountain gorillas. Her effort was backed by the UNESCO that gazette mountain gorillas as endangered primates.
All the research done currently about the mountain gorillas is first based on her work and the institute that she set up preserves some of the original work that she did.
When you take this trek, you walk in her footsteps and finally when you get to the grave you feel the attachment she had with the mountain gorillas.
Golden monkey Trek in Rwanda after gorilla tracking
Apart from the a thousand hills that Rwanda crafted its slogan from, Rwanda is a primate haven. The rare golden monkeys live within the Volcanoes Park. You need a special permit to see them. It is a full day trek that you can opt for after the day of gorilla tracking.
These beautiful monkeys are a rarer specie that is also endangered. It is a kind of monkey that is rarely seen amongst troupes that reside within the forest.
Visit Kamiranzovu Waterfalls in Rwanda after Gorilla tracking
Listening to the sweet sensation of the Kamiranzovu falls is exceptional. As you walk to get closer to the falls, you may have a chance of seeing primates like blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus and so many others.
Birds also bath from the water and others feed from the marshy ground. It is an interesting spot to visit while in Rwanda.
Tour the Tea Plantations of Rwanda After Gorilla Tracking
The green cover of tea plantations that shade the slopes of different hills of Rwanda provide a perfect view. When you look at tea farms, they look like an elevated soccer field and the pans that dissect each trail make walk way for those that pick the tea leaves
Lake Kivu in Rwanda
After gorilla tracking in Rwanda, you may take an excursion to Lake Kivu. It is located at the border of Rwanda and D.R. Congo. Very many fishermen make a living from this lake and you may have the chance to see them lay-out there nets, clean them and others spread there nets to catch some fish.
Take part in Kayaking on the lake and feel the cool breeze that comes off the lake.
Game Drive in Akagera National Park
Rwanda is gifted with incredible wildlife that feed from its grasslands and others hunt. During one of the game drives, you may have the chance to see herds of buffalos, elephants, impalas, lions the list is endless. Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema. Rwanda being a land of a thousand hills, you get a magnificent view of the rolling hills, lush vegetation that surrounds the park and so much more