1 Day Gorilla Trekking Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park from Kigali
This 1 day Gorilla Trekking Rwanda begins early in the morning from Kigali and ends in the evening at the same city. The day trip to Volcanoes National Park can best be executed when the guest is already in Kigali to enable an early wake up. Usually, this safari begins between 4:30 a.m from Rwanda’s capital city. The guests wakes up at 4:00 am to be able to shower and take breakfast in preparation for a life time gorilla tour adventure in the Land of thousand hills. This short gorilla tour gives you an opportunity to visit gorillas in Rwanda in the least time possible and attain same satisfaction like those who undertake more days.
After breakfast, you will start at 5:00 am a two and half hour drive to the Volcanoes National Park, the only park in Rwanda that is a home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Move to Ruhengeri going through the superlative hilly landscape that qualifies Rwanda the title of “Land of a thousand hills”. Upon arrival early morning at in Ruhengeri, you will go to the Park headquarters for briefing and shortly be guided by park rangers on how to stride looking for the gorillas in the forest. This movement in the forest is one of the most memorable experiences of life duration.
While at the briefing point, gorilla families or groups for trekking are allocated, however, some guests may be given gorilla units whose hiking to reach is easy. You will hike up and across the gardens and steep slopes with vegetation, enjoying some misty views of the nearby mountains up to when you will reach your hosts, the gorillas.
After the trek, you will go to any of the lodges or hotels in Ruhengeri for a delicious lunch before driving back to Kigali, where you will arrive in the evening. This marks the end of the thrilling one-day gorilla trekking safari. This gorilla safari in Rwanda in one day is one of the budget day trips in Rwanda that can be done from Kigali. Alternatively, if you do not take a day trip to Volcanoes National Park, you can do a similar one day gorilla trekking tour in Uganda from Kigali in either Bwindi Impenetrable forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The Volcanoes National Park is located in Musanze district in the north-western part of Rwanda. The park features bamboo forests, open grasslands, and swamps. Volcanoes National Park once stretched all the way to parts of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, when the two countries attained independence, the park was downsized to its present size. The tourist attraction is seated in one of Africa’s most mountainous zones including five volcanoes, Karisimbi, Sabinyo, Bisoke, Muhavura and Gahinga. Mount Karisimbi is the tallest of them all at an elevation of 4,507 meters. The Volcanoes National Park is bordered by the Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.
The Volcanoes National park is natural habitat to about 200 species of birds, hyenas, forest elephants, antelopes and buffaloes among others. The main tourist attractions are the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. The mountain gorillas also christened as Gorilla beringei beringei are debatably the most charming creatures on earth. Gorillas resemble and act like humans. Mountain Gorillas live in pacific and organized families headed by a dominant male. This principal silverback calmly commands everything that transpires in the group but will use power if needed. A gorilla permit in Rwanda is at USD 1500 excluding accommodation, transport and other expenditures. However, despite all such costs, the gorilla trekking experience is worth every currency. You are among the lucky ones who see the gorillas in the wild now that they are not found in the zoos. The money you pay for gorilla trekking partly contributes to the conservation efforts of these astonishing primates.
Just like mountain gorillas, golden monkeys are also endangered and live off the park’s bamboo sprouts. These monkeys are very cute, fearful and full of fun. The primates’ only adversaries are the African Eagle which want to eat them.
The volcanoes national park was the base for the prodigious primatologist, Dian Fossey who worked hard for the conservation of the mountain gorillas by fighting poaching. Fossey put her base in between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke in 1967 when she was invited by Richard Erskine Frere Leakey who was a Kenyan paleo-anthropologist, conservationist and politician. Dian Fossey efforts helped in bringing to the attention of the world the predicament of the mountain gorillas that were likely facing imminent extinction due to of poaching. She put her efforts on research as well as conservation. Fossey actively went after the poachers with a team of armed guards. Sadly, her ruthless killing in 1985 is ascribed to her resilient attitude against poachers. She left an everlasting legacy and her conservation work is ongoing through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation International.
The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is in charge of managing the park and its activities. Besides mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkeys tracking plus visiting the grave of Dian fossey, tourists may as well visit the Musanze caves, the magnificent twin lakes (Burera and Ruhondo) and Iby’iwacu Cultural Centre in our 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla safari holiday packages.