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Are you searching of how to book a trekking safari in Rwanda? Whether gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking, mountain trekking or chimpanzee trekking, all travelers are required to pose a license allowing them enjoy the trekking in Rwanda. Therefore, as you are planning a safari in Rwanda, it is important that you as well consider the Rwanda trekking permit as soon as you make the decision to travel in the land of thousand hills. There are various safari activities in Rwanda that do require a trekking permit for any traveler to delight in the thrilling lifetime experience.Whether you are planning to track down primates or hike a mountain, you always have to book a trekking permit in advance.

Rwanda is situated just below the Equator with in the western Arm of the great rift valley in Africa. A visit to Rwanda allows you to encounter with the mesmerizing land of Volcano ranges as well as the dense Equatorial forest jungles. You can choose Rwanda car rental services for your travel options in Rwanda, there is variety to choose from including self drive in Rwanda and guided safaris in Rwanda throughout the year. Rwanda is dominated by the lush landscapes, the rare and unique Wildlife plus the flexible spirits of its people. The country is known for increasing numbers of travelers and it prides in offering exclusively luxury authentic safaris of a life time experience.

Rwanda is dominated by a mountainous terrain one of the reasons why it is referred to as the “Land of a Thousand hills”. The country hosts the mist shrouded tropical forests found on the volcanic peaks of its motherland providing a safe haven to fascinating primate animals such as; the Rare Mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys among others. Rwanda is one of the best and great places to encounter with the close relatives of human beings.

Here are some of the categories of the Rwanda primate trekking permits which travelers will require on a safari in Rwanda;

Gorilla trekking permit

Gorilla trekking experience is one of the key leading activities in Rwanda that offers extremely thrilling adventure experience in the jungle. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done in only volcanos national park that is home to about 12 habituated gorilla families ready for gorilla tourism.

To participate in gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park, you need a gorilla trekking permit that is acquired from the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). Acquiring a gorilla permit in Rwanda requires advance planning and booking at least 5-6 months prior to the date of travel. It is important to note that, the permits are very competitive especially during the dry season which is the peak season for tourism in the country. 

The dry season is the best time to enjoy gorilla trekking in Rwanda, therefore early booking of permit saves you from the last minute hassels or panic. During the peak/ dry season permits get sold out due to the high demand. Remember that the Rwanda tourism board allows a maximum of 8 people to participate in the trekking experience. Apparently, the gorilla permits for Rwanda goes for 1500 USD per person to allow travelers to trek the mountain gorillas in their natural environment for about one hour from the time you encounter with the gorilla family. Trekking can last for about an hour or 30 minutes depending on the location of the gorilla family.

To acquire Rwanda gorilla trekking permit, contact RDB head offices in Kigali or you can contact Mumwe Safaris one of the leading experts in organizing gorilla safaris in Rwanda.

The minimum age of gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda allows a person of above 15 years of age to participate the trekking. A person below 15 years of age is referred to as a child and it is had to predict their behavior when they encounter the mountain gorillas.

The price of the gorilla permits is inclusive of entry fees, ranger guides plus the gorilla trekking experience. 20% of the fees paid is used to support the local community and the rest goes to conservation of gorillas. For more information and inquiries regarding your gorilla trekking safari experience in Rwanda feel free to contact our reservation team that assists you to customize your safaris with other activities in the park.

Golden Monkey Trekking in Rwanda

Golden monkey trekking is one of the active tours in Rwanda as compared to the chimpanzee trekking safaris. These fascinating creatures are unique rare species spotted in the Virunga volcano ranges that is shared by DR-Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. golden monkeys are found of moving from destination to another therefore on trekking these wonderful animals, you are required to follow them. They feature a small size and known for their fast movement. They are found of moving through the bamboo forest section with an intention to enjoy their favorite food the bamboo shoots.

In Rwanda golden monkeys are found in volcanoes national park that is home to about two habituated troops of golden monkey ready for tourism. It is important to note that golden monkeys are found in groups or troops of about 30 or even more. In volcanoes national park, the largest golden monkey troop is spotted along the slopes of Mount Sabyinyo and this has about 100 individuals. It is the most visited group in park.

There is also a surviving small group of golden monkeys in Nyungwe forest and Gishwati forest but these have not been habituated for tourism thus they are still wild and not familiar to the presence of human beings.

Golden monkey trekking is one of the affordable and safe safari activities with out age limits restriction and tourist numbers. In volcanoes national park, golden monkey trekking begins with briefing at the headquarter park offices around 7:00 am. Trekking Golden Monkeys in Uganda is less difficult compared to gorilla trekking and less effort is required while searching for the troop.

To see the golden monkeys in Rwanda, you need to purchase a permit so as you are allowed to participate in trekking with a ranger guide. In the golden monkey trekking permit currently costs 100 USD per Person and the cost is inclusive of Ranger guide, park entry fees. Permits are acquired from the Rwanda Development Board or you can contact us to assist you book your golden monkey trekking permit in Advance. Our professional and knowledgeable reservation team can assist to customize your golden monkey trekking safari with gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park. The safari can as well be customized with mountain trekking in one of the volcanoes mountains in the park.

Chimpanzee trekking permit in Rwanda

Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda is done in Nyungwe forest national park. There are about two sections where chimpanzee trekking is carried such as Uwinka and Cyamudongo. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest starts with briefing at the park head quarter offices. Here you join the ranger guide and begin the trek at around 6:00 am. When you encounter with the chimpanzee family, your allowed to spend one hour with the chimpanzees as you watch the juvenile young ones play, take photos as you observe and learn more of how they manage to survive in the jungle.

The Rwanda Development Board charges chimpanzee trekking permit Rwanda 100 USD per person. You can book your permit directly from the headquarter offices or call our reservations to assist you plan the entire chimpanzee trekking safaris. Enjoy our 6 days primate trekking safari including the chimpanzee trekking experience in Nyungwe forest.

Mountain trekking permit in Rwanda

Are you thinking about to enjoy an adventurous and special safari to experience in the land of a thousand Hills? Delight in a 1-day Bisoke trekking experience in volcanoes national park. Mount Bisoke is an active volcano situated with in the Virunga volcano ranges in the central and East African regions. The mountain lies on the board of Rwanda and DR-Congo. Trekking Mount Bisoke exposes you to its summit that is home to two scenic crater lakes.

Bisoke mountain trekking experience offers you a chance to encounter with the rare mountain gorilla on its slopes, explore the Bisoke crater lake which is the biggest within the Virunga mountain ranges and enjoy the mesmerizing scenic beauty of the bamboo forests while at the summit.

The activity is extremely rewarding, adventurous and offers exciting moments on a safari. Trekking to the peak of mount Bisoke takes about 6 hours and coming down takes us 2 hours depending on the pace of hiking. Don’t forget to carry the mountain trekking gears like the gloves, gum boots, insect repellent among others. Though the mountain is steep, it is manageable by first time trekkers and the temperature levels can get low.

Trekking mountain Bisoke starts with briefing at the park headquarters offices in the morning. Here you are assigned a ranger guide and you can as well hire a port at 10 USD to assist carry your back-packer luggage. To participate in the trekking experience, you are required to have a hiking permit, a valid passport and other documents. After briefing, you are transferred to the hiking point and ride to starting point takes us 40 minutes on road.

Trekking mount Bisoke costs 75 USD per person and permits can be purchased directly from the park headquarters. The fee is exclusive of the transfer fees to the starting point therefore you need to hire a car to the park plus the head trail. When you contact our reservation team, we assist you to organize your hiking safaris that is inclusive of the trekking permit, all road transfer transport and also book a suitable accommodation. Feel free to send us an inquiry at info@rwandacarrentalservices.com or call us on +256-700135510 or Tel +256-414699459