Getting Your Gorilla Trekking Permit
Gorilla trekking is becoming an increasingly popular tourist activity in Rwanda. For this reason, it is vital that you secure your permit before finalizing your trip!
To book your permit, you can contact the Rwanda Development Board via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. One permit for foreign citizens costs $750.
Alternatively, you can book your permits through one of many knowledgeable tour operators in your home country.
Please find the latest and greatest information on booking your permits here.
The Gorilla Trekking Experience
In order to keep human-impact on the gorillas in Rwanda to a minimum, tourism-governing bodies have set stringent rules on trekking.
You will embark on your journey on foot in a small group, plus your guide and a few porters. Field guides in the park will have already established the approximate whereabouts of a habituated gorilla family - but gorillas move often!
This means that you may be trekking for hours in high heat and dense vegetation to find gorillas that love to hide on the steep, slippery slopes of the park's mountains.
The best advice is to enjoy the journey! As you hike, you will see the vegetation change from farmland to bamboo forest, to dense rain forest as you climb. The scenery alone is spectacular enough to make it onto your bucket list. But, you may even be lucky enough to spot other species like Golden Monkey as you walk.