What to expect on a gorilla trekking in Rwanda

What to expect on a gorilla trekking in Rwanda article is a great one to read ahead of your booked Rwanda safari or even if you still anticipating and deciding on which destination to visit for the experience.  Trekking the mountain gorillas in Rwanda is an activity done in the Volcanoes national park. The Volcanoes national park is Rwanda’s smallest yet most visited national park in the country.

The distance of the Volcanoes national park from Kigali is one of the greatest factors to opt to do this activity in Rwanda. The home of the Rwanda gorillas is located only 2 hours away from the Kigali International airport making it the most accessible mountain gorilla home. The other homes of the mountain gorillas are the Virunga national park of the Democratic republic of Congo, the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and the Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda.

The Virunga national park can be accessed by flying into Rwanda and drive 5 hours to cross into Goma or opt to fly Ethiopian airlines direct into Goma at the Goma international airport which is 30 minutes away while the Mgahinga gorilla national park and the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be accessed from the Kigali International airport and also from the Entebbe International Airport however these are 4 hour and 9 hour road transfers away from the Uganda gorilla homes respectively.

Once you decide to take on the gorilla trek in Rwanda, there are few things you will experience as compared to the other destinations and what you will be expecting on this Rwanda safari heading to the Volcanoes national park. Here are a few of these expectations listed below.

What to expect on a gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes


This country is one of the cleanest African countries you may come across and the Kigali city was previously named the cleanest city on the African continent. You will witness this and if you are looking for this as a highlight of your safari, Rwanda is the ideal destination. The people of Rwanda every last Saturday of the month do a routine community service where they close businesses for half the morning to clean and pick up litter on the streets.

Rwanda also banned the use of polythene which are the biggest pollutants in Africa and this has contributed to the cleanliness of the country.

Secure destination;

Rwanda is a small landlocked country however the security of this country is top notch and guests will surely feel safe and protected throughout their visit to Rwanda. You will come across security personnel at a number of points in the country and also while on the activities, guests are accompanied by skilled and usually armed ranger guides.


As earlier mentioned Rwanda is a very accessible country as one and this is majorly attributed to the fact that the country has a national airline and this is lands at a number of major airports around the world and also the Kigali International airport serves major international airlines. This makes getting a direct flight or connecting flight to Rwanda an easy and possible one.


While on a Rwanda safari, expect to enjoy a safari full of lux despite which class you may have booked. Tour operators offer budget, midrange and luxury options which are majorly determined by the accommodation. Rwanda has marketed itself as a luxury African destination and you will notice this by the cars used on the gorilla safari, the services offered at a number of tourist points or even the amenities at the hotels, What to expect on a gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Friendly and professional Rwandans;

The Rwandan people are already known worldwide for being very friendly and accommodating to visitors so you are sure to enjoy your Rwanda safari visits and even get to directly interact with the local people without worry. The staff you will encounter on your Rwanda safari and very knowledgeable and skilled people so once you are in Rwanda, sit back and enjoy their company.

Shorter treks

Rwanda shares the gorilla trekking experience with the neighboring countries, Uganda and the DR Congo however the gorilla trekking in Rwanda is less strenuous as guests take a shorter time under 2 hours at times before the trekking experience.

What to expect on a gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Volcanoes Gorilla Trekking Safari

On top of the gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda taking a shorter time, the vegetation found in the park is majorly bamboo which gives great view of the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Hilly terrain

The terrain in Rwanda is majorly hilly so expect to reach high altitudes both on activities and also as you drive through the country. On your visit to Rwanda is when you will understand why this country is referred to as the land of a thousand hills as you will see the hilly land at almost all spots of the country.

Even on a gorilla trekking in Rwanda, you will hike up some hilly land but will spend less time searching and yet still enjoy your magical hour with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.

Do you still have some concerns about a safari to Rwanda, get in touch and let us discuss further on how to explore Rwanda and what to expect on this Rwanda tour.

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