Is it safe to go on safari in Rwanda?
Rwanda is generally considered a safe destination to travel to, known for its friendly atmosphere and significant strides in security and stability. The country's efforts to enhance visitor safety have made it a popular choice, especially for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. While crime rates are relatively low, travelers should adhere to common-sense safety precautions, respect local customs, and stay informed about any travel advisories.
Does accommodation have mosquito nets?
Not all camps and lodges in Rwanda have mosquito nets. It all depends on their individual location, e.g. the altitude, distance from open water and so on. Much of the accommodations are tented camps which are sealed tightly and zipped up, avoiding the need for mosquito netting.
In the lodges, while you enjoy your dinner, house-keeping will complete a turn-down service and spray the rooms with mosquito repellent.
Regardless of mosquito netting, you should always bring insect repellent with DEET, trousers/slacks, sports/long sleeved shirts and/or blouse and dress/skirt for ladies. Keeping your skin covered will reduce your risk of being bitten.
What should I wear on a gorilla safari?
For a gorilla safari, the basics include lightweight and moisture-wicking clothing that allows ease of movement, including long-sleeved shirts and trousers to protect against insects and vegetation. Sturdy, waterproof walking boots are crucial, and consider tucking trousers into socks to prevent insects from entering. A lightweight waterproof jacket and fleece/sweater provide warmth and protection from rain.
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How far are lodges from the gorilla tracking HQ?
When tracking the gorillas you will be located within easy access of the park headquarters, but the distance will depend on which accommodation you opt for. The distance to the headquarters will vary from a minute walk to an hours drive.
In Rwanda, the mid-range lodges of Gorilla’s Nest and Mountain Gorilla View Lodge are a 10 minute drive while the luxury Sabinyio Silverback Lodge is situated 3 kilometres from the main entrance to the park, strategically located to offer spectacular views. From here, you will have to walk a tough 15 minutes to the park headquarters. The eco-lodge comfort of Virunga Lodge is a 45 minute drive to the park headquarters.
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