Editor’s note: Due to COVID-19, a government-issued travel advisory by the Republic of Rwanda has closed the Rwandan borders. Stay updated here.
Anyone who has gone on safari in Kruger National Park, Serengeti National Park, the Okavango Delta, or any of the other popular game reserves in Africa will tell you it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But trekking through the forest on foot in Volcanoes National Park next to a family of silverback gorillas—that’s something else entirely.
Thanks to a surge in luxury hotels and a recently reinvigorated capital city of Kigali, Rwanda is quickly becoming the must-visit African destination for its unique gorilla trekking experience. But planning a trip still requires a bit of knowledge and forethought, so here’s what you need to know to get started.