Gorilla Trekking Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda, Volcanoes national park.

In Rwanda gorilla trekking is a major activity that happens in Volcanoes National Park. The park is located in the northern province of Rwanda bordering Virunga national park in DR Congo and Mgahinaga Gorilla national park in South western Uganda. Hiking through lushy slopping hills and spotting gorillas feeding with their babies on your Rwanda gorilla trekking is what people call a once in a life time experience. Volcanoes national park is apparently the oldest park in Africa and is the setting for the famous ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ a movie about Dian Fossey’s effort in conservation of mountain Gorillas. As an epicenter of Gorilla conservation in Rwanda, Volcanoes national park is also a place where visitors hike to see the the burial place of legendary Primatologist – Dian Fossey. At the same time you can visit Dian Fossey gorilla fund, that continues her legacy of research and gorilla advocacy. On a Safari with Adventures To Gorilla Africa, we turn your dream to a reality where you explore the home to the endangered mountain gorillas and other primates like Golden monkeys.

About Gorilla Groups:

There are 12 habituated gorilla groups in Volcanoes national park open for Gorilla trekking. Few other families are habituated solely for research purposes. Some of the gorilla groups include Susa, Hirwa, Agasha, Sabyinyo, Ugenda, Kubyama, Amahoro, Kwitonda, and many others. The Gorilla group consists of a fully grown up male called a Silverback, along with several females and youngsters. It also possible that you can find a group of gorillas having more than one Silverbacks, but one of the two Silverbacks must be the Alpha male.

Visitors are required to report at the park headquarters in Kinigi at 7 am. At this time you will  join other people looking forward to also do a gorilla trek. After all visitors have gathered at park office, allocation of a family group of gorilla is done to visitors based on fitness levels. Eight gorilla tracking permit are usually issued per group, this means 8 visitors will be able to trek a group of gorillas per day. Gorilla trekking will then start with the briefing by a ranger guide.

Gorilla trekking Rwanda

Groups of gorillas live and feed in different locations of the Park. Some of the families groups may be close to the park office while others may require driving for a certain distance before the start of the trek. After the briefing, you will be requested to go back to your vehicle and drive for about 30 minutes. This usually depend on which group you are allocated to. Gorilla trekking takes between 3 and 5 hours or even more depending on their movement. After finding gorillas, visitors are usually allowed a maximum of one hour with gorillas before they return back to the base. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is conducted the same way as tracking gorillas in Uganda, therefore the rules and preparation may be the same.

Gorilla Trekking Preparation:

  • Remember to pack your rain Gear, this may be Jacket or poncho.
  • Carry spare battery for your camera or spare camera.
  • Wear appropriate walking sturdy shoes or hiking boots.  It’s essential to carry the ones you have used before. This is to avoid being uncomfortable while hiking.
  • Wear long sleeved shirt,  long trouser and long socks. These will protect both your arms and legs from itching plants.
  • Pack Insect repellent, sun cream to avoid insect disturbance while walking.
  • Take packed lunch with you on trek or snack. This will keep you for the day in case gorillas move further.
  • Carry enough drinking water that can push you for a day.
  • Porters are available at the trek start point. The porter will help to carry your back pack for a small charge. Hiring a porter is a minimum of USD.15.

Gorilla Rules:

  • Photography is permitted, although you must not use flush light as it scares away animals.
  • You will not be allowed to trek gorillas, if you are sick. Diseases which are communicable like flue, cough or diarrhea may spread between gorilla and human beings. Gorillas share 95% of their DNA genes with human beings. This is to avoid disease transmission.
  • Do not litter in the park, in other words what you take inside the park should be brought back with you.
  • If you feel you want to ease yourself, inform your guide.
  • Minimum age limit is 15 years, People who are not 15 years and above may be refused to trek gorillas.
  • Do not touch the gorillas if in case they approach you.
  • Turn back if you want to cough of sneeze while in the presence of gorillas.

The above gorilla tracking Rules may also apply to visitors trekking gorillas in Uganda. However, you may do the same while tracking Chimpanzee in Nyungwe forest or Kibale forest national park Uganda or any other habitat.

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