Table of Contents
- 1 There are just 880 left…
- 2 Rwanda is…
- 3 You will fly into Kigali – a great city
- 4 Dian Fossey is for real
- 5 You will be going to Virunga National Park
- 6 What…the entrance fee is $1,500 per person???
- 7 This Rwanda Gorilla Safari is no mass event
- 8 What does a Rwanda Gorilla Safari/ Tour cost?
- 9 Yes – You can stay in the park
There are just 880 left…
The world only has 880 mountain gorillas left – that’s a pretty small number!
Let’s get this out of the way first – Rwanda is a small, land-locked country ins Easter Africa, south of Uganda.
Rwanda has been victim to one of the world saddest genocide but has been (much like Germany) come up like a phoenix ever since and is now likely the safest country in Africa. It is also dubbed the Switzerland of Africa.
You will fly into Kigali – a great city
Kigali is building a world class airport and building a world class airline alongside. The current infrastructure is pretty good and the Kigali has plenty to do for you for a few days.
Kigali is as safe as it gets in Africa and you can walk around almost anywhere day and night with your expensive cameras and iPhones and you won’t be bothered.
Dian Fossey is for real
You will be going to Virunga National Park
Virugna National Park in Rwanda is an easy 2-3 hours drive from the Kigali airport on excellent roads (read better than anywhere in California).
The park is near the town of Ruhengeri. There is no public transport.
What…the entrance fee is $1,500 per person???
Yes you heard that right – the entrance fee to Virunga National Park just doubled in May 2017.
Now this is Africa and you will think it will all land on someone’s bank account in Switzerland – not in Rwanda – the conservation of Gorilla’s is a success story and fueled by the fees paid.
This Rwanda Gorilla Safari is no mass event
There are just 56 gorilla permits issued every day. The sky-high price makes sure the lines are not exactly long…
What does a Rwanda Gorilla Safari/ Tour cost?
Unsurprisingly tours start at $1,500 per person per trek (yes that is the entrance fee). You can do it all in one day from the airport or Kigali city but that would waste that high entrance fee a bit.
Plan about $3,000 per person for 5 days.
Yes – You can stay in the park
There are a number of good lodges inside the park.
Virunga Lodge is the best place to stay in the park. The lovely location, view and service make this place a winner but the price tag will make sure you won’t say “This is cheap” but you’ll likely says this is “Very unique!”.
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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]
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