Fly-in Rwanda gorilla safaris – Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda is one of the overwhelming safari destinations for family safarissolo travelers, and private safaris, the country’s location near the equator has given it one of the most contusive weather conditions that are favorable for traveling all year round except some months of the year that are heavily involved with rainfall.

Fly in Rwanda gorilla safaris is one of the best ways to access Rwanda’s famous volcanoes national park in a Helicopter, this will give you a very scenic view of the country of a thousand hills.

It’s important to note that there is no major airstrip near volcanoes national park; however, clients can still fly to volcanoes national park using charter Helicopter flights which can land near the lodges close to the park. Clients can charter their own helicopters into Rwanda or through Akagera aviation which is one of the leading helicopter companies in Rwanda when it comes to wilderness flights to the country’s top safari destinations like Nyungwe forest where chimpanzee tracking takes place and Akagera national park where the wildlife viewing takes place, Wilderness explorers Africa who is trusted African travel specialist with operations in 16 top African countries including some of Africa’s top wildlife viewing in southern Africa and the annual great wildebeest migration in Kenya and Tanzania can help book the helicopter flights from Kigali to volcanoes national park for the mountain gorilla tracking experience.

Volcanoes national park is Rwanda’s top most visited park and is located northwestern region of Rwanda which is home to 11 eleven habituated gorilla families that are open for tourism all year round.

Volcanoes national park topography comprises of the tropical rain forest, bamboo zone, inactive volcanic mountains. Its mountains are Muhavura, Gahinga, Karisimbi Bisoke, and Sabyinyo

Its home to the endangered mountain gorillas and the golden monkey which attract lots of tourists all over the world to come and track them and this activity is all year round.

Why book Fly-in Rwanda gorilla safaris

Apart from Road transfers, there are no other ways to get to the North western Rwanda area which is a rich volcanic area comprising of 5 volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Karisimbi, and Bisoke respectively perching near the Albertine rift valley which has provided a huge habitat for wildlife and the Abundant birdlife including some rear Albertine rift endemics in the area.

For clients that have limited time in the country or you prefer a quicker means of getting to volcanoes national park, the flight which is about 30 minutes will be the perfect way to get to the park’s boundaries as you can enjoy a luxurious friendly services at one of the most authentic African style lodges in the edge of the tropical rain forest in the heart of Africa.

All you need to know before booking Fly-in Rwanda gorilla safaris

This safari must be booked 1 year in advance as a lot of preparation is required.

Travellers are required to book the safari way in advance as services like gorilla permits, booking the charted Helicopter flight and booking the best lodges in volcanoes national park may require bookings in advance for busy months like June, July, August, September, December, January and February which are busy tourism season in Rwanda.

Flights start in Kigali and return to Kigali

Kigali is the main international airport of Rwanda and clients will be transferred to the main airport to take the charter flight to volcanoes national park and this allows clients to take later flights depending on their arrival in Kigali and those in Kigali can take the day at leisure and can fly to the park in the Afternoon.

Safari flights are done using a helicopter

Due to the mountainous nature of Rwandan topography, there are no airstrips to fly in smaller plains like caravans so the only option is to fly in using Helicopters, however, there are plans by the Rwandan government to build an airstrip in the area but as of now, there is no airstrip in the area.

Tour takes place in volcanoes national park

The main gorilla tracking tourist hub in Rwanda is the countries rainforest located northwest of the main capital Kigali and all gorilla and golden monkey activities still take place in the same area through the newly promoted Gishwati Mukura national park will provide another tourist hub for golden monkey and chimpanzee tracking once opened, the small national park is located in the Lake Kivu belt which is one of the tourist hubs in Rwanda for the nice beach and water activities including the coffee experience tour.

Tour package is available on double gorilla tracking experience

It’s highly recommendable that clients trek the gorillas two times as it’s the best way to experience and get the best encounter with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, this will also give clients opportunity to trek two different gorilla families in the park’s dense rain forest cover and this can be one of the ultimate encounters one can enjoy as you come face to face with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Transfers between the Lodge and the gorilla tracking Area

Wilderness Explorers Africa will ensure transfers from the lodge to the Kigali international airport and also transfers from the lodge to the gorilla tracking areas as there are no Helicopter landing areas where clients start trekking into the rain forest in search of the endangered mountain gorillas.

Safari is guided by a private guide

Safari will be Guided by a private safari guide who is a link between Wilderness Explorers Africa office and the travellers, this is to ensure that clients are taken good care of without having to worry about any travel issues and also during gorilla tracking the well trained and knowledgeable guide will ensure clients have the best experience with mountain gorillas.

Safari is available on Luxury travel only

This safari package is Luxury travel and it usually involves high-quality services that are at a high African standard to give clients the exact value of their money with the expertise of our safari consultant we will always handpick the best safari lodges that will give you comfort amidst African wilderness and highly trained professional safari guides with diverse knowledge of the destination will take lead as you will enjoy your adventure with us.

Suggested travel plan for the Fly-in Rwanda gorilla safari

Day one

Clients will arrive at the Kigali international airport upon arrival they will be received by a guide from Wilderness Explorers Africa and transfer to your hotel in Kigali for relaxation and overnight.

Lodge option: Kigali Serena hotel or Haven boutique hotel.

Day Two

Morning breakfast at leisure, transfer to Kigali genocide museum for a city tour and return to the lodge for lunch and after lunch transfer to the airport for a Helicopter flight to volcanoes national park for check-in and relaxation at the ambiance of a true wilderness.

Lodge option: One&only gorilla nest or Singita Kwitonda Lodge.

Day Three

You will start your day with a wakeup call which will be a campaigned with a cup of coffee and cookies as you get ready for full breakfast and later our guide will transfer you to the starting point for gorilla tracking, here you will meet the ranger guides who will brief you on the rules and regulations of gorilla tracking before you will drive to the trailhead as your start trekking to the forest to find the mountain gorillas after viewing the gorillas for one hour you will return to the lodge for relaxation and hot lunch and our private guide will plan for the rest of the day based on how clients feel.

Lodge option: One&only gorilla nest or Singita Kwitonda Lodge.

Day Four

Second gorilla trekking day, based on the yesterday’s experience clients will head out again in the rain forest to trek a different gorilla family and this will give the clients totally different experience with the mountain gorillas.

Day Five

This an optional day for clients as the entire morning can be at leisure or clients can do optional activities like Golden monkey tracking or they can visit the Karisoke Diana Fossey museum in Musanze town before having their lunch and saying goodbye to the staff taking their Helicopter flight back to Kigali, upon arrival based on the schedule clients may have a day room if they are flying out on a later flight or they may connect with their outbound flight or they can stay overnight in Kigali.

Best time to visit Rwanda

Rwanda is open for tourism all year round but the best months to visit are the dry months of June-August and December to February which has seen less rain fall compared to the wet months of March-May and September-November.

For more information contact our experienced expert travel consultants who will assist you with making all arrangements for this safari via