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.
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.
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.
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.