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Offline Legadema

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Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« on: October 25, 2013, 12:43:08 pm »
Any of the WD’s done the Gorilla experience in Africa?

I’m planning on seeing the Gorillas in Rwanda in August next year. (One of the things still on my bucket list).  Planning on  4x4-ing to Jungle Junction (home base) in Nairobi en then fly to Kigali for 3 days for the Gorilla experience. Then a few days in Massai Mara and probably Serengeti. The thing is, that you need to book Gorilla walk 6 months in advance, and therefore have to start planning as early as possible.
Things I need to know – (first hand info)
•   Best time of year
•   Country Rwanda /Uganda?
•   Drive in or fly in?
•   What Gorilla group to see NB!!!
•   Short walk or Long Walk (1-6 hour)
Any info will be appreciate
 

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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013, 11:27:56 am »
We did an Africa bike tour in 2011 June. Our group tracked gorillas in Uganda. Stayed at Lake Bunyoni, rented a 4x4 Hi-Ace that took as to the departure point in the forest( if it rains the dirt roads are like snot and we were scared of damaging the bikes.) They can arrange all for you at Lake Bunyoni, book in advance, we paid US500 and it was the 6hours one. All was done over the internet, visas, permits, bookings at Lake Bunyoni and experienced no issues.

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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2013, 11:51:38 am »
B, ping vir Fingers.
Hy bly en werk al 'n geruime tyd in Rwanda en soos ek op sy FB posts check was hy juis 'n paar dae trug by die sanctuary.
Hy sal jou baie info kan gee.


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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2013, 11:56:52 am »
Dankie boys, gaan nou eers bike ry vir die naweek, en Maandag hierdie thread deurgaan
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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013, 12:46:39 pm »
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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2013, 12:56:40 pm »
I can take you there?   :lol8:
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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2013, 12:57:33 pm »
Any of the WD’s done the Gorilla experience in Africa?

I’m planning on seeing the Gorillas in Rwanda in August next year. (One of the things still on my bucket list).  Planning on  4x4-ing to Jungle Junction (home base) in Nairobi en then fly to Kigali for 3 days for the Gorilla experience. Then a few days in Massai Mara and probably Serengeti. The thing is, that you need to book Gorilla walk 6 months in advance, and therefore have to start planning as early as possible.
Things I need to know – (first hand info)
•   Best time of year
•   Country Rwanda /Uganda?
•   Drive in or fly in?
•   What Gorilla group to see NB!!!

Howzit Bob

I am in Rewanda for almost two years now and have done the gorilla trekking in December with my kids .

June to July is the dry season here but then you will most likely Walk the whole day as they move higher up on the mountains . December it was green and muddy but they were low down on the Mountain and we were back down around 14H00
They devide tourists into groups of not more than 10 and will tell you that day which group you will visit'

Rwanda is the most beautiful to track as it's the origin of the Dain Fossey foundation and a permit will cost you $750.00 if you drive yourself to the reserve . You can hire a Toyota Rav 4 for about $ 50 a day for selfdrive

Roads are good but to safe timee from Nairobi it might be better to fly to Kigali.

Inbox me should you require any further assistance.

Philip
•   Short walk or Long Walk (1-6 hour)
Any info will be appreciate

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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2013, 02:52:38 pm »
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Thanks, will pm you closer to the time. For now still a lot of planning to do as I want to do Masai Mara in same trip. Contacted the Rwanda Tour and travel Association, but not getting any reply from them.
 

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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2013, 08:58:47 pm »
Another option is to do the tracking just across the border in Uganda. We tracked the gorillas in Mgahinga National Park, 14 kms from Kisoro. The permits are a lot cheaper than Rwanda and more easily obtainable. We tried in Rwanda first but could not get a permit (we had not pre arranged and just rocked up on the day). In Uganda we had a permit organized in minutes and at only $350 pp. I believe in the high season this could be $500 pp. We were in luck on the day. The weather was perfect and after a 45 minute hike we found the  Nyakagezi group with 11 individuals.

We paid R400 for a taxi to take us to the start point but, in hindsight, we could have taken the bikes. If you go from Kisoro to Mbindi the drive is a bit longer but easy with own transport.

I will post a few pics once I am I the computer (I.e. Not the phone).
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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2013, 05:40:48 pm »
Permits can only be obtained from the RDB (Rwanda Development Board) in Kigali.
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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2014, 03:19:06 pm »
Permits can only be obtained from the RDB (Rwanda Development Board) in Kigali.
Fingers...Paid and booked for 10 August 2014. Will contact you closer to the time, for more info.
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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2014, 12:24:22 pm »
Just saw I had promised to upload some photos but never did.  Here they are.  The last (and out of focus picture) was when this big gorilla suddenly charged towards us.  He grabbed a big branch, dragged it along and hit me on the shins with it as he ran past.  I was a great day.

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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2014, 12:52:57 pm »
Ongelooflik...Is seker as hulle kon bike ry sou dit GS 1200 ADV gewees het.
 

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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2014, 01:01:46 pm »
Permits can only be obtained from the RDB (Rwanda Development Board) in Kigali.
Fingers...Paid and booked for 10 August 2014. Will contact you closer to the time, for more info.
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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2014, 11:32:45 am »
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I'm leaving next Friday, and will arrive in Kigali around the 8th August. I'm booked for the 10th (full moon) Can you recommend a camping spot close to the start of the gorilla tracking point.
 

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Re: Gorilla tracking in Rwanda
« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2014, 08:38:18 am »
Let us know how it was!! pics look awesome
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