Rwanda is Africa’s gorilla tour destination where a 1 day gorilla trek is possible. This is the shortest time possible for a person to plan for a gorilla tracking tour in Africa. Gorillas in Rwanda are found in Volcanoes National Park which is the closest gorilla habitat to an international Airport out of all the four national parks that inhabit the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. This implies that it is possible to leave Kigali city and visit Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking then return to Kigali city in the same day.
A 1 day gorilla trek Rwanda itinerary will start from Kigali City with a very early morning pick up for a transfer drive to Volcanoes National Park. Arrive in the park in time for briefing and have a gorilla trekking etiquette briefing. Briefing is at 8:00am. After the guides take you through the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking, you will then go to the forest in search of the mountain gorillas. When you meet the gorilla family, you then spend a maximum of 1 hour seeing the gorillas interact among themselves and enjoy the bamboo forest. After the experience, you then trek back to the start point where you meet your driver guide for a transfer drive back to Kigali. This trip requires early morning departure and you may return late to Kigali.
Note: You must have a COVID 19 PCR negative result test about 24 hours before visiting Volcanoes National Park for this 1 day gorilla tour.
Short Rwanda Gorilla Safaris
Gorilla trekking is a top primate tracking option in Rwanda and short tour itineraries are popular because of how they are affordable. Rwanda is the only gorilla safari destination where the mountain gorilla habitat which is Volcanoes National Park is a short drive distance from the national airport. Unlike Uganda and Congo that also have mountain gorillas and take about 8 estimated drive hours, In Rwanda it is only about 2 hours drive from Kigali International Airport to Volcanoes National Park. This makes it a very accessible gorilla trekking destination and therefore suitable for short Rwanda Gorilla safaris itineraries. The top short itineraries for gorilla tracking are 1 day Rwanda gorilla tour, 2 days gorilla tour Rwanda and the 3 days Rwanda gorilla safari.
Rwanda is a possible destination for a 1 day gorilla trek and this express kind of tour is suitable for people who do not have much time for safari or are traveling on a small budget. We also plan Uganda gorilla tracking tours and Congo gorilla safaris.