What You Need to Know to Trek to See Gorillas in Rwanda

LAST UPDATED: 4/22/23 – Trek to See Gorillas in Rwanda

Trek to See Gorillas - Mountains in Volcanoes National Park.
A view of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

Traveling abroad is almost always an adventure for us. We have had the fortune to travel to a lot of great places and have experienced many different cultures. We travel to see National Parks, to golf, to see wildlife, and to see bucket list sites. Of all the places we’ve traveled to, Africa is my favorite. And one of the coolest experiences you can have in Africa is to trek to see gorillas in Rwanda.

Trek to See Gorillas - Kigali
A view of Kigali, Rwanda.  It was a very nice city.

Landing in Kigali, I was immediately surprised at how modern and clean the city was. Kigali is a major financial hub for all of Africa. We toured the Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn more about the dark chapter where more than 250,000 people lost their lives. After our tour, we met up with our driver and headed to our destination in the mountains.

We headed northwest and winded our way up the Virunga mountains towards our lodge in Volcanoes National Park. The resort blends into its surroundings and sits in the shadows of the mountain jungles where the gorillas, and other amazing wildlife, roam. I would highly recommend the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge to anyone looking to trek to see gorillas.

We woke up early to depart for the base camp. This would be our first stop in our trek to see gorillas. Here, we meet our guides and porters, and were briefed on which gorilla troop we would be viewing.

From there, we drove to the park entrance and began our trek. Gorilla trekking can vary in many ways, so it’s hard to say that my experience is typical. For example, it may take hours of hiking to get to your troop, or it can be a lot shorter hike. I had the fortune of having a shorter hike.

Trek to See Gorillas - Rwanda
A view of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

The trek to see gorillas is moderately strenuous, and you will be hiking through jungle, with bamboo and other vegetation. The guides help hack through the vegetation and make sure the hike is not overbearing. The jungle is beautiful, and a vibrant green. It houses many species, including elephant, buffalo and golden monkeys (whom you can book a separate trip to visit and is highly recommended).

Trek to See Gorillas - Golden Monkey
Golden monkey inside Volcanoes National Park.  You can take a separate tour to view these beautiful monkeys.

We reached our troop after about an hour of hiking, and our guides signaled for us to proceed slowly. It is hard to overstate the adrenaline that hits you when you step through bamboo to find yourself mere feet from these amazing creatures, knowing that if they could trample you if they wanted. The gorillas did not seem to care that we were there and allowed us to watch as they ate and played.

Trek to See Gorillas
A baby mountain gorilla inside Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

We were fortunate to see some babies wrestling and were able to watch a large male silverback chew thick branches like they were nothing. We were able to view the troop for a while before they moved on as they do continuously as they seek food.

Trek to See Gorillas
A silverback checks us out as he enjoys lunch in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

I was thoroughly impressed with my time in Rwanda and the people that we met. The Rwandan people that we met were respectful and friendly. I would highly recommend that those contemplating a trip to Rwanda to go for it, and to stay at the Gorilla Mountain Lodge. The only regret that I have is that I only did one trek to see gorillas.

Two Juvenile Mountain Gorillas Wrestling

Trek to See Gorillas

If you haven’t seen it already, check out the video we took of two juvenile mountain gorillas wresting in Volcanoes National Park.  It’s adorable to watch. This is the type of incredible experience you can expect when you trek to see gorillas in Rwanda.

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  1. That shot with the clouds circling the volcano is awesome! The gorillas look fascinating as well. This is a new must-do for me 🙂 Awesome post man

  2. This is high on my bucket list. Loved this post! I especially love the photo of Volcanos NP with the clouds hugging the peak.

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