How Early Can I Book a Gorilla Permit in Rwanda?

Are you planning a gorilla safari in Rwanda and perhaps wondering how early you can book the permits? Do not fret, in this article, we will explain how early one can book a gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda. From our experience, we advise our clients to book their Rwanda gorilla trekking permits as early as 3 months before their trip. Incredibly, we have had cases where some visitors book their permits a year or even 2 years in advance.

Why book a gorilla permit early in Rwanda?

High demand

There are fewer gorilla permits available for booking yet the demand is high for gorilla trekking. A gorilla permit in Rwanda is only valid for a day. This implies that once you miss out on trekking, you will have incurred a loss. Additionally, mountain gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda are served on a first-come-first-serve basis. There is high demand for gorilla permits in Rwanda especially during the peak season. This is one of the reasons why you need to book your Rwanda gorilla permit as early as possible. Bear in mind that each gorilla family accommodates a maximum of 8 (eight) guests per gorilla trek –this is the overall standard as per the park authorities.

Saves you from panic

By booking your permit in advance, it saves you from last-minute panic. No need to stress at the last minute because Native Africa Tours ( is readily available to secure a gorilla permit early on your behalf.

Early preparation

Booking your gorilla permit in advance gives you adequate time to plan for everything else that is required to make your gorilla trip complete. Rwanda gorilla safari holiday goes beyond booking permits. You also need to have a means to reach your destination (Volcanoes National Park), and where to stay (different options are available for booking from budget, midrange to luxury). These should be accompanied by an essential packing list to make your gorilla trekking trip successful and memorable.

Enjoy discount offers

Aside from the regular gorilla permits that cost USD 1500 per person, there is also an opportunity to enjoy some discounted offers. Discounted offers are available on some special occasions, a case in point 10% discount offer on permits for visitors who visit Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

This is especially true if you plan to go gorilla trekking before/after your conference event. This discount offer is available for low or off seasons/months of March, April, May, and November. The other avenue visitors can benefit from is when you buy gorilla permits in bulk.

How early can I book a gorilla permit in Rwanda and how much does it cost?

Knowing how much a gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs is essential when planning for a gorilla trekking holiday. A single Rwanda gorilla safari permit is issued at USD 1500 per visitor. With this in mind, questions like how can I book a gorilla permit in Rwanda can be addressed, especially because there is high demand regardless of the cost.

Can I book a gorilla permit and gorilla tour in Rwanda last minute?

Gorilla trekking safaris to Rwanda are generally flexible. Even at the last minute, it is possible to have your gorilla permit booked. But bear in mind that this opportunity is ideal for guests on MICE in Kigali Rwanda. Reach out to our Reservations team to book yourself a Rwanda gorilla trekking trip combined with a conference.

Who is considered eligible to book a gorilla permit in Rwanda?

Once you have an idea of how early can I book a gorilla permit, it is also important to know who is eligible to go for gorilla trekking. Not anyone can be allowed to participate in gorillas and by standards, the acceptable age limit is 15 years and above.

What pack for the Rwanda gorilla tour?

Getting the best Rwanda gorilla trip is more than booking a permit early enough. It also depends on having the right packing list. Below are some of the items that one should consider for the best Rwanda gorilla trekking adventure or Rwanda safari. A waterproof daypack, long-sleeved shirts (should also be environmentally friendly), waterproof walking or hiking boots, a pair of trousers, a rain jacket, and passports.

In addition, you need gardening gloves, a sweater, insect repellents, a good camera with extra battery plus storage, bottled drinking, a pair of binoculars, snacks, a first aid kit or medical kit, a safari hat, sunscreen, and others.

Is it safe to see gorillas in Rwanda?

Unlike the D. R. Congo, Rwanda is very safe and secure, with about 2 decades of stable peace and security. Visitor safety is guaranteed not only during a gorilla trek but also right from the moment you set foot into the country.

To ensure visitor safety on the actual gorilla trek, there are several gorilla trekking regulations to be followed. Visitors get briefed before embarking on an actual search for a family of mountain gorillas and during the interaction with these apes in the wild, the park official/ranger guide can still remind you about the rules and regulations.

Gorilla treks are also carried out entirely on already habituated gorilla groups. Within Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, there exist up to 12 habituated gorilla families. Each family is assigned to a maximum of 8 (eight) guests per day. The park borders and interiors are also monitored regularly by park ranger guides who also work hand in hand with other security organs.

Gorilla trekking regulations to follow
  • Carry a valid gorilla permit.
  • On a single gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park, a maximum of 8 (eight) guests are allocated to visit one habituated gorilla family.
  • A distance of about 8 meters is a must to be observed when interacting with Rwanda gorillas.
  • Only trekkers free of infectious diseases like flu or cough are allowed to visit mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
  • When taking pictures, use a camera that is free from the flashlight.
  • Do not leave the gorilla habitat dirty.
Booking accommodation for the Rwanda gorilla tour

Choosing and booking the right accommodation facility for overnight is essential if you are planning to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda. There are various accommodation choices to consider booking right from Kigali’s capital to Volcanoes National Park.

Budget lodges in and around Volcanoes National Park Rwanda include Kinigi Guesthouse, Villa Gorilla, Hotel Muhavura, and others. Midrange accommodation choices around Volcanoes National Park include Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Garr Hotel, Garden Place Hotel La Palme Hotel in Musanze, and others.

Luxury gorilla safari lodges in and around Volcanoes National Park include Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Bisate Lodge. More so, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Kwitonda Lodge, etc.

When is the best time to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda?

The best time to visit Rwanda to enjoy gorilla tours is around the dry season. Volcanoes National Park Rwanda records two phases of dry season each year; the long and short. The long dry season starts from June, July, August to September. On the other hand, the short dry months run from December, January to February.

The short and long dry seasons are characterized by clear skies, clear vegetation, and a passable forest floor. But visitors who may desire to visit Rwanda gorillas during the off-season are also welcome. The off-season/wet season begins from March, April to May; and November to October.

Conclusively, consider booking a gorilla permit a must-do for you to enjoy an unforgettable gorilla trekking experience. Talk to an expert now to secure your gorilla permit early before the actual date of seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

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