Where to do gorilla trekking in Rwanda?
Rwanda is considered as one of the best destinations for tourists looking for the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. Because of Its beauty coupled with hill and mountains, Rwanda has been dubbed the land of a thousand hills. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is carried out in volcanoes national park, the park that becomes famous in Mist move of Diana Fossey’s work on gorilla conservation in Rwanda.
It is only in volcanoes national park where gorilla trekking takes place. The other parks in Rwanda include Akagera national park, Nyungwe Forest national park, and Gishwati-Mukura National Park. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda has become a prominent tourist activity that has attracted several tourists from various parts of the world to Rwanda which has boosted her tourism industry.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s volcanoes National Park involves tourists moving up and down the steep volcanoes via the dense bamboo forested areas in search of a well-habituated mountain gorilla family. Volcanoes national park is situated in the northwestern part of Rwanda in the district of Musanze covering 1600 hectares of land. The park is regarded as Africa’s oldest park since it was first gazetted in 1925 to conserve the magnificence of endangered mountain gorillas.
In Volcanoes national park, there are only 12 gorilla family groups that are open for tourism (gorilla trekking) the rest of the gorilla families are available for research purposes. Gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park in Rwanda is the most exciting activity that presents to you over 95% of you seeing the gorillas.
Gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park commences with the briefing of the visitors by professional guides at the park headquarters and visitors will be divided into groups and assigned a particular gorilla family to trek. You will be provided with 12 gorilla families from where you will select and choose from which one you wish to trek.
Remember mountain gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park commences early at around 8 am and may last between 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on the location of the family being trekked and the ability of the trekkers (tourists) to cope up with the speed of the ranger guides and that’s why it paramount that for visitors need to be physically feet to avoid unnecessary muscle pains created as a result of walking for long as you trek gorillas.
Once the mountain gorilla being trekked is cited, visitors are only allowed 1 hour counter with the gorillas. Within this one hour, you will be able to take photos and learn more about the behaviors of these humans like creatures. You will learn and understand the copulation mechanism, feeding habits, and other behaviors of these gorillas. Feel free to ask any questions you feel like. Mountain gorillas are very excited animals especially when they sense and see human beings. They can come even close to you but what you have to do is stick to the instructions that your guides have given you to avoid any instances that may lead to these gorillas getting charged.
Tourists intending to go to Rwanda for mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park will need to secure a gorilla trekking permit from Rwanda Development Board or through booking with a trusted with a tour operator like Africa Adventure Vacations at accost of 1500 United States dollars person to all international travelers. You may bed also to high the service of a porter who will help you with the language and they are always available at the starting point of the gorilla trek. These were normally hunters and poachers who were later incorporated into conservation efforts by park management.
You will need to have hiking gumboots, long-sleeved raincoat, be disease free, insect repellant to make your gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda so memorable.