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Luxury Gorilla Trekking Rwanda
Rwanda is a top luxury gorilla safari destination because of the cost of gorilla tours in the Volcanoes National Park. Rwanda has focused on luxury tours and so are most of the gorilla trekking safaris.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is luxurious but surely offering great experiences worth the cost of the trip. There are ten habituated groups of mountain gorillas in Rwanda and these are available for trekking by tourists from the world over.
To have a gorilla trip in Rwanda, there are requirements that a person should fulfill and these include a minimum age of 15 years and purchase of a gorilla trekking permit.
Each Rwanda gorilla trekking permit costs US$ 1500 for all types of travelers. The permit price is general for all tourists be it luxury or budget.
A luxury gorilla tour in Rwanda constitutes luxury transport and Luxury accommodation. Luxury transport mainly is by hiring safari vehicles that offer very comfortable sitting with room for refrigeration, enough leg space, and charging.
For the luxury lodges, world-class services are offered with various menu options and comfortable bedding arrangements.
Among all of the three countries in Africa that have mountain gorillas which are, Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo, it is only Rwanda that has a very expensive trekking permit. Therefore, with the expensive permit and luxury accommodation, the trip is considered a luxury.
Why is Gorilla trekking very expensive?
Gorilla conservation is such a costly investment with the need to pay for conservationists, rangers, doctors, and anyone who contributes to the wellbeing of the gorillas.
The survival of mountain gorillas is much dependent on conservation efforts which makes it expensive. The cost of keeping the mountain gorillas is high and this makes the total cost of each permit expensive.
However, the fact that a part of the gorilla trekking permit cost goes towards conservation makes it all worth it.
Gorilla trekking permit funds contribute to the development of the surrounding communities. The communities living around the park depended on the forests for survival and due to conservation efforts, they were forced to live outside the forest.
Therefore, the park management contributes to the community by helping with the construction of infrastructure, schools, and health facilities. With proceeds from your permit being of help to the communities it makes it all worth it.
Luxury Lodges for Rwanda Gorilla Safari accommodation
- Virunga Lodge
The magnificent Virunga Lodge, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2019, is the luxury gorilla experience in Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and most renowned lodges.
The lodge is perched high on a ridge with the finest views in Africa, overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east.
The iconic property has defined Rwandese Afro-chic since the lodge was built by Praveen Moman in 2004. The understated, timeless, hand-made style has been further refined to meet the needs of today’s luxury travelers during 2020.
Fantastic food and exceptional personalized service by our carefully trained staff make it the first accommodation choice for tracking the endangered mountain gorilla.
Each of the ten luxurious Bandas has a private terrace from which the guests can watch the sunrise over the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes, an individual fireplace, a shower room with double vanity.
The two deluxe Bandas – called Ibirunga and Ibiyaga – have their own private sitting room and more refined interiors and will also include a hot tub and a larger terrace overlooking the majestic Virunga volcanoes or the twin lakes.
- Bisate Lodge
Bisate is located in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone, with dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes rearing up through Afro-alpine forests. Encountering one of the gorilla groups in the nearby Volcanoes National Park is a unique experience.
Six opulent en-suite Forest Villas maximize comfort and views while adhering to environmentally responsible principles and reflecting the rich culture of rural Rwanda.
Bisate is within easy driving distance of the Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Walks on Bisate’s property offer birding and participation in the reforestation program.
- Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge – Luxury Gorilla Trekking Rwanda
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located close to the headquarters of the Volcanoes National Park from where clients trek on foot to see the magnificent Mountain Gorilla.
Accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge comprises six cottages, two suites, one family cottage. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms finished with Venetian plaster a dressing room, and a sheltered veranda.
Heat exchangers in the fireplaces provide a plentiful supply of hot water. The family cottage comprises two independent ensuite rooms connected by a shared verandah.
The main lodge building comprises a reception, sitting room with a snug area, dining room, library/games room, a responsible tourism/community awareness room, shop, and bathrooms.
Three large fireplaces provide warmth and all rooms are finished with a polished wooden floor. Two patio areas afford wonderful and dramatic views to the Virunga Volcanoes and the surrounding lowland farmland.
We offer very well-tailored luxury gorilla trekking Rwanda itineraries and therefore book with us for any desired trip.
We also plan gorilla trekking Uganda safaris with luxury, mid-range, or budget trips. Our popular Rwanda gorilla trekking packages include;