Enjoying gorilla trekking in Rwanda with a budget plan would definitely be fun. First you need to put side the Rwanda gorilla permit funds which costs $1500 per head.
Securing affordable accommodation with services that will make your Rwanda trip comfortable and enjoyable is top priority. Some accommodations to pick from for your Rwanda gorilla trekking safari include Kinigi guest house, Hotel Mille Collins, Mountain gorilla View Lodge, Lebambou Gorilla Lodge, Hotel Muhabura, La Palme Hotel and so much more.
As long as you have a Rwanda gorilla permit, secured accommodation for your overnight stay in Rwanda then you can confirm your Rwanda trip.
Transfer vehicle from Kigali airport is necessary on arrival as the drive may take about two hours and half to Volcanoes National Park. At Arch Safaris and Tours, we arrange transfer vehicles with a guide for our clients upon request.
Our trusted guide driver awaits you at the arrivals so that you are weighed off the burden of picking any random person to drive you.
Pre-tour or Post-tour accommodations in Kigali City are available but majority are on Bed and Breakfast basis. You need to carry some hard cash on you because majority do not use credit cards. Some of the available accommodation in Kigali include hotel
Purchase Travel Insurance as this is safe for you when on holiday. It is best to purchase it from you country as this may not be available for you while on safari in Rwanda.
Reserving the East African safari visa for anyone planning to cross to Uganda for gorilla trekking from Rwanda would be very helpful. This is because it allows you into other East African countries without making new Visa payments. You save yourself from the lengthy visa application procedures at the border.
In case you want to tip, there is no particular price but as a token of appreciation for the service well done, you may tip as you wish.
Extra payments like laundry, snacks, souvenir may not be included in most Rwanda gorilla trekking packages. Set aside some extra hard cash to do such purchases in Rwanda.
In case you have extra days on safari, you may take part in activities like game drives in Akagera National park, A Kigali City Tour, a visit to Dianne Fossey Grave, a canopy walk to mention but a few. Budget in advance for these incredible additional adventures.
Saving money for your gorilla trekking safari in Africa is one of the smart ways to make it comfortable to book a Rwanda Safari. While On Safari spend according to your budget. Avoid getting too excited to take part in activities that may require you to spend beyond your budget.
Rwanda is the only country in the world where you can comfortably do 2 day gorilla trekking. The minimum days for gorilla trekking safari in Africa is normally 3 days but Rwanda has the option of Two days gorilla tracking. To save on the Rwanda Safari expenses which are charged per day, you may opt for two days.
Booking late night flights for your arrival in Rwanda and Departure from Rwanda after 2 day gorilla trekking would absolutely be a nice decision.
Discounted gorilla trekking permit prices in Rwanda are normally given by the Rwanda Development Board. They are at times sold at $ 1050 in the Low seasons normally which is November, April. You may inquire about them as you book. This however doesn’t guarantee that they are available every year.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda through Rwanda is another enjoyable and cost saving experience. Not only do you see the gorillas but also enjoy the amazing environment of both countries. The price for gorilla trekking in Uganda is $700 per person compared to $1500 per person per trek in Rwanda. The road trip from Rwanda to Uganda is about 5 to 6 hours.
What To Wear For Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda
Long trousers that are water proof and camouflaged are comfortable when searching for the gorillas because they protect you from getting cold and dirty.
A sound proof camera to take photos of your moments with the mountain gorillas is very helpful. It should have no flash light as this may scare the mountain gorillas.
Some warmers like fleece, sweater protect you from getting cold as the forest is usually chilly and it rains any time without warning.
Insect repellant keeps your skin safe from biting nettles that roam the forest.
A light proof water proof bag secures you property from getting dirty and lost in the forest.
Energy bites to keep you energized while you trek to find the Rwanda gorillas.
Tracking boots keep you safe while in the forest which is muddy and boggy.
A mask and hand sanitizer is a must as the Covid 19 virus is still around and to prevent spreading of the infection to the Vulnerable mountain gorillas.
Day 1 Drive To Volcanoes National Park
A driver Guide from Arch Safaris And Tours will pick you from your overnight hotel or Kigali Airport . Drive through the green lash vegetation cover displayed on the mountain slopes of Rwanda.
You may opt for a Kigali city tour where you may get a chance to visit the genocide memorial, Museum, mazing city center building and so much more.
Day 2 Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda
Getting up early in the morning for breakfast then head to ORTPN for briefing. Listed to the rules of gorillas trekking as these will assist you to comfortably meet the mountain gorillas.
Keep a keen eye on the other forest dwellers like black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons that linger the forest all day. Thousands of birds including the unique Albertine endemics can easily be identified.
When you finally meet the gorillas, try to stay calm although first times usually get scared to there sheer size.
Try to avoid staring directly into the eyes of the shy gorillas as this may send them into hiding.
Take as many photos as you can to keep memories of your Rwanda gorilla trekking experience.
After returning from the forest, drive to Kigali Airport to catch up with your flight. In case you wish to freshen up after your trek, book request for a day room.