Luxury Gorilla Photo Tours in Rwanda
Many tourists move to Rwanda for various activities in its national parks, Kigali city tours and Cultural sites safaris and it is one of the most enjoyable activities in any of Rwanda’s national parks and Rwanda as whole.
Rwanda consists of three major national parks namely; Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park and Volcanoes National Park.
East Africa’s hilly and mountainous paradise (Rwanda) is a haven for travelers that are impressed in visiting primates and wildlife lovers.
The country equipped the nickname known as “Land of a Thousand Hills” due to its mountainous landscape and its famous Volcanoes National Park home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
This park is the most visited park in Rwanda being home to 5 active volcanoes (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabyinyo) and you will also experience the best tracking safari to view the rare endangered mountain gorillas.
Volcanoes National Park borders both Virunga National Park in the Congo and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
When it comes to wildlife, Rwanda is made up of 13 species of primates including the world’s famous mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, the rare golden monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, Blue monkeys and the red-tailed monkeys plus many others.
Rwanda’s wildlife cast also includes a wide range of antelopes, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, golden cats, bush bucks, elephants, rhinos and forest hogs.
Enjoy the best luxury gorilla photo safari in volcanoes National Park which protects the steep slopes of the Rwandan section of the Virunga Mountains, a range of five active volcanoes.
A dense green and misty realm offers immeasurably ancient forest, massive stands of bamboo and crisp Afro-alpine moorlands dominated by giant Lobelia and scenario plants.
The park offers 50km of walking trails, tours of lakes and caves plus a fascinating selection of mountain climbs.
Of the approximate one thousand mountain gorillas that exist on earth, over 200 of them are inhabited in Volcanoes National Park.
And so heavily protected are these shy and gentle creatures of which only 80 trekkers per day are allowed into their natural home and 8 individuals per group are allowed to trek. The Virunga Mountains in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo are home to the world’s population of mountain gorillas.
Some of the gorilla families have been habituated to human presence and it is possible to visit them in their natural habitat within the forest.
Take a short drive to the Park Headquarters and meet with local guides and trackers who present an orientation about gorilla tours ethics. Spend two days in the Volcanoes National Park visiting mountain gorillas and the other visiting the Golden monkeys.
The search, with experienced Park guide trackers leading the way, can take up to 8 hours although the gorillas are usually found after 2 to 8 hours. Once the gorillas are spotted the encounter is a most profound natural history experience.
The 1 hour is utilized by the taking photo shots of the mountain gorilla as you watch and observe there social behaviors. You can spend the two overnight at any of the Park’s lodges.
The next you can go for the Golden monkey experience in Volcanoes National Park. Like the mountain gorillas, the golden monkeys are habituated and are used to the presence of the humans. This is a guided hike with trackers and guides and is about 3 hours long returning in time for lunch at the lodge.
After tracking the golden monkeys, there is also an optional village visit at IbyI’wacu Cultural village which is a great place to get a cultural insight into Rwandan life.
The local people will teach you the hunting and gathering ways of the old times like how they used to live in the ancient forests, what they ate, hunted, gathered, the medicine they found in the forest and much more, overnight at Bisate Eco-Lodge, Mountain gorilla view lodge, Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge, Jack Hanna’s Guest House, Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Virunga Lodge and many more.
From these lodges/Park’s shelters are in a good condition and you will acquire brilliant and beautiful views. The following is how you can enjoy your stay at the following lodges;
Bisate Eco-lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone. Bisate is within easy driving distance of Park Headquarters from where gorilla treks depart daily.
Its vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest is invited to participate in its biodiversity conservation efforts as well as engage and meet the local community – in addition to learning about and making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic Critically Endangered primate (the mountain gorillas).
Other recommended luxury gorilla accommodations you can opt to stay in during your gorilla photo safari include the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge located in Kinigi in northern Rwanda and on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park.
The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif.
The lodge is about 10 minutes’ drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts. Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an Eco-lodge with 30 spacious chalets. To ensure the least disruption of the surrounding environment, the Eco-lodge was constructed with locally available material.
Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge is another luxury gorilla accommodation located in Musanze district close to the volcanoes national park headquarters excellently located for gorilla safaris in Rwanda as it’s quite near the Kinigi head offices.
Sabyinyo lodge is situated at the foothill of the Virunga ranges comprising of a wonderful view of the Volcanoes rolling hills and the surrounding countryside.
Virunga Lodge is also a luxury accommodation set on the crown of a high hill overlooking the five Virunga Volcanoes and has almost 360-degree views of the surrounding area.
A patchwork of farmland and the beautiful volcanic Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera lie below ringed by the volcanoes and far hills. Volcanoes Lodge is built in the local style from wood and stone and has a tranquil atmosphere.
In the evenings, you can relax around a log fire and tell stories about the day’s adventures in the jungle, tracking gorillas or golden monkeys.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge also a luxury gorilla accommodation located in Kinigi in northern Rwanda and on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 minutes’ drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts.
Jack Hanna’s guest house is located in northern Rwanda’s Musanze district perched in a forest of Eucalyptus trees. The lodge offers a family sized magnificent accommodation at the Jack Hannah’s guest house with beautiful views of Rwanda’s hills and slopes of the Volcanoes national park.
Jack Hanna’s guest house feels like a true home away from home and ideal for trekking out to meet rare Mountain Gorillas.