Rwanda Gorilla Tours8 tours available
RW1 Rwanda & Kenya Tour
14 days from Kigali to Nairobi
The initial portion of our Rwanda & Kenya Tour, an exciting adventure through two highly rewarding East African destinations, finds us roaming… Read more
RW2 Kenya & Tanzania Tour
20 days from Kigali to Arusha
Sign up for this wondrous Kenya & Tanzania Tour (as well as Rwanda) and be treated to once-in-a-lifetime wildlife viewing opportunities the likes of… Read more
RW3 Kenya & Tanzania Tour
25 days from Kigali to Zanzibar
This unbelievable Kenya & Tanzania Tour through four world-class destinations (includes Rwanda and Zanzibar) combines stunning sceneries,… Read more
UG1 Uganda & Rwanda Tour
13 days from Entebbe to Kigali
The outstanding natural beauty and diversity of landscape in Uganda has long served as focal point of inspiration for travellers, and features… Read more
UG2 Uganda, Rwanda & Kenya Tour
21 days from Entebbe to Nairobi
No longer a country plagued by civil war and unrest, Uganda has recently come to enjoy a period of relative political, economic and social stability.… Read more
UG3 Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya & Tanzania Tour
27 days from Entebbe to Arusha
Uganda, a country that has been striving to put its troubled past firmly behind it, has recently been emerging as one of Africa's most exciting and… Read more
UG4 Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania Tour
32 days from Entebbe to Zanzibar
Experience the great diversity of East Africa on this mammoth, month-long Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania Tour through four incredible countries and… Read more
More About Rwanda
Few things in life can prepare you for a meeting face to face with a gorilla. As the shot of adrenaline and excitement rushes over you, so too does the sense of being so fortunate to witness the mountain gorilla and their habitat in such an intimate way. On our Rwanda Gorilla tours, you may come for the singular experience of witnessing a gorilla family up close, but you'll leave with an overall wonder at the natural beauty of Rwanda that you'll also encounter.
In the world, there are only three countries to encounter gorillas: Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. For Rwanda gorilla tours, there are two national parks in which the gorillas reside, with Volcan National Park being the only park where we track gorillas. Residing in the high mountains of Virunga, the mountain gorillas are found at altitudes between 2,300m and 4,500m (7,500 feet to 14,700 feet). This 13,000-hectare national park protects the Rwanda sector of the Virunga Mountains, a range of six extinct and three active volcanoes which straddle the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bamboo forest is interspersed with alpine moorland, grassland and marsh.
Visiting the mountain gorillas is an adventure like none other. Starting early in the mornings, our groups will hike through the dense jungles of stunning scenery until we reach the gorilla groups. While tracking the gorillas with a local expert, we expect to be trekking for at least 30 minutes but have the possibility to be hiking for a few hours.
The specific group of gorillas we will visit on our Rwanda gorilla tours are used to human presence although they are still a wild animal. The Mountain Gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans are part of a worldwide population of just 740 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to one of five habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild.
In most groups there are several dozen gorillas, with the largest of the group being the male silverback weighing up to 200 kg or 440 lbs. It is an exhilarating sight to behold any gorilla from the inquisitive youngsters to the large silverback. Most of the adult primates are used to human presence and will continue on with their feeding without doing much more than just observing our groups themselves, however, the youngsters may try to approach.
The scenery around the gorillas is nothing short of spectacular, with beautiful terraced hillsides characterizing much of Rwanda's landscape. "In the heart of Central Africa, so high up that you shiver more than you sweat," wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, "are great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest - the Virungas." Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range that is home of the rare mountain gorilla and a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath.
For an adventure like none other, our Rwanda gorilla tours will leave you with experiences you'll treasure forever.