It is just 2 hours from Kigali City to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze. This short distance has made it possible to carry out 1 day Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda.
The only difficulty is waking up as early as 0500 hrs and getting on road to the northern province of Rwanda so that you make it for the morning briefing meeting in time. The meeting begins at 0730 hrs and lasts for an hour. It is from this same meeting where you will be assigned to random groups of 8 and given random mountain gorilla groups to track.
It is very vital to attend this meeting because there could be important information to be communicated. Besides, this is a perfect opportunity to clear all your doubts. If you have any questions about gorilla trekking, feel free to ask the wardens. After this meeting, you would have gained more confidence to encounter these mountain gorillas.
1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari Overview
This safari requires you to already be in Rwanda or alternatively if your flight can arrive later than 00:00 hours then the better. You will get to trek gorillas and depart Rwanda on the same day.
Our tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation facility or Kigali International Airport as early as 04:00 hrs and get on road to transfer you to Volcanoes National Park in the northern province of Rwanda. The drive is approximately 2 hours or less.
When you arrive, you will immediately get transferred to the park offices in Kinigi for a briefing. After the briefing, you will hit the jungles to search for mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking can last from 2 to 8 hours depending on how long you take to locate the gorillas. This has been made much simpler nowadays because park rangers move ahead of you and locate the gorillas before then direct your group to the right direction so that you do not take a lot of time locating the gorillas.
When you meet the gorillas, you have 1 hour with them. This is your magical hour to bond with them, take photographs with flash lights off, watch them play and get to know more about that particular family.
When your time elapses, you will then return to the park headquarters for your respective gorilla tracking certificates and then transfer to Kigali City to catch up with your flight back home. If you intend to spend a night in Rwanda before you depart then our guide will transfer you to your accommodation.