Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari will present you the most updated guide to gorilla trekking in Rwanda, what primates to see, the tour and travel agents, when to visit and the safari lodges where to stay.
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari
In the whole world, you can only see the mountain gorillas ( Gorilla Berengei Berengei) in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. In Rwanda, these primates can be seen in the Volcanoes National Park, Parc Nationale Des Volcans, As of 2016, there are 7 mountain gorilla groups habituated making it 56 gorilla permits for visitors to Rwanda available every single day. 8 people per group can trek these endangered apes. Susa group is the best to track with 41 gorillas! With a gorilla permit costing US $ 750 per person per trek, part of your contribution goes to conserving these mountain gorillas.
Why trust us for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda ?
We encourage you to book your gorilla tour with us . . Albertine tours arranges for your gorilla permit, book for you accommodation close to the park, offer transport and also send you a scanned copy of your gorilla tracking permit a few weeks before the tour. Make sure that the total cost of the safari per person includes the permit.
What To expect from Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari
Here are a few highlights! You have to wake up early morning, meaning that you must find accommodation closer to the park entrance. Your African gorilla guide will be briefing you at 7 am about safety precautions as well as the etiquette. There are over 80 gorilla tracking guides provided by the Rwanda Development Board, well trained and speaking English and French. Together with other members of the group, you proceed to the forest and start the hike which may be tiring depending on your physical strength. Remember they are called mountain gorillas so an element of hiking is a must. The adventure takes anything from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. The English-speaking forest guides are amazingly good, and will lead you to the specific ‘habituated’ mountain gorilla group, which certainly will be acquitted to human presence.
A mature silver back male gorilla may weigh as much as 200kg, or even 3 times the overall weight of an average man, however the anxiety normally disappears once you set eyes on the group. Normally the gorilla group will be scattered over a small area of thick vegetation. They will carry on with their interactions and even feed without any concern of their human visitors although they will be observing you with interest. Rarely one, normally a playful youngster, will boldly approach you with inquisitiveness, at times coming really close that you will need to move away. (You are not allowed to move less than 7 meters close to them; this is to safe guard the gorillas from contagious human diseases.) The climate in Musanze ( 1,700m above sea level) is mostly cold. Please carry along warm clothing.