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The Behavior of Female Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

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The Behavior of Female Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda has lots of Rwanda safari activities to offer travellers interested in Rwanda tours like Rwanda birding safaris, Rwanda gorilla safaris in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Nyungwe Forest National Park, a canopy walk in Nyungwe, a Kigali city tour or a Rwanda wildlife safari in Akagera National Park. Even though there are several attractions, mountain gorillas are the most famous. Mountain Gorillas are a popular ape for Rwanda safaris only trekked for sighting. Gorillas have both the females and males and with a study by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund scientists, female gorillas are proved to be important in the success of the males. Gorillas usually move or transfer from one gorilla group to other several times during their life span. An incident is seen in all of the gorilla species. In mountain gorillas, the females emigrate from their natal group once they reach the age of sexual maturity. With the increase in the mountain gorilla population over the years due to their daily protection, this has resulted in more groups, which has likely facilitated the increased numbers of transfers. Almost without exception, the females transfer during intergroup interactions -in other words, when two family groups come together.

Behaviour of female Gorillas among groups

Yes, female gorillas are known to transfer from one gorilla family to another but then what are the reasons for these movements;

The one major reason for female movement is certainly the avoidance of breeding with males of her own family (inbreeding). For instances where females transfer from a non-natal group where they don’t have male relatives, it is believed that the reasons are more related to the quality of the dominant male (silverback gorilla).

Another cause of transfer can be a loss of an offspring by the female gorilla. They move to perhaps seek a stronger male who can protect her offspring better. Planning for a transfer doesn’t just start overnight.

A female gorilla can take several attempts as they check each group just to find the right family or silverback. As females move from different groups to seek powerful males to ensure their protection and the safety of their future infants, the success of the males is also dependent on the number of females and therefore offspring he has.

Therefore, the female choice in which group to settle in undoubtedly plays a key role in defining which males are most successful within the habitat! The female transfer is also key in the formation and transformation of a particular group.

The silverback gorillas may lead the group and protect the family but then the females are critical in ensuring the success of the family made by the choice on which silverback is suitable for the lead role.

Gorillas are amazing apes and with the strong conservation measures, the numbers are increasing! The surest way of seeing the gorillas is by undertaking a Uganda gorilla trekking tour, gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda or a Congo gorilla trekking safari. To catch a glimpse on the way of life of the gorillas in Rwanda, plan to visit Volcanoes National Park since its the major attraction in Volcanoes National Park. Otherwise, you can also visit Virunga National Park in Congo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Tanzania safaris offer one of the best Africa wildlife safaris including Tanzania birding safaris. A Tanzania wildlife safari offers you the chance to visit Africas’ most famous Serengeti National Park while Kenya safaris offer Kenya birding safaris and Kenya wildlife safaris that bid you the chance to visit Masaai Mara National Park.

More Rwanda Travel Guide Information

If you’re travelling to Rwanda for the first time for a Rwanda safari tour, is it a Rwanda city tour that you’re interested in? a Rwanda gorilla trekking safari or a Rwanda chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe National Park, you must be cautious about the security of your property. For Identification and security concern about your luggage, just in case the worst comes to the worst, it’s advisable to detail all your identification information, make copies of it and distribute a copy into your luggage, and definitely put some close relatives and friends contacts in case. Put travel insurance policy details and a 24-hour emergency contact number, passport number, details of relatives or friends to be contacted in an emergency, bank and credit card details. Importantly, include also email and contact information of your destination, company, organization or friends and family.

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Best Time to Visit Rwanda

Every time can be the best time but then there is always the best time for Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris, but then how do you know. Right here is the response to that. Volcanoes National Park -the Rwanda gorilla safaris destination is open all year round for tourists who come in for quality gorilla trekking safaris. Although Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris are regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Rwanda for a Rwanda gorilla tour is during the short dry season in Rwanda. However, take note that the gorillas are present all year round, with a great record of sightings that give you a chance to interact with these gorillas for a maximum of an hour.

Best Time for Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safaris

The dry season is the best tome for Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris and the country has two seasons.

  • June to September

This is the peak season and the longest dry season in Rwanda. It is apparently one of the best times for Rwanda gorillas trekking safaris. Getting to the park is easy because the roads are often dry and the hiking trails are not muddy and slippery as it is in the wet season. Tourists interested in gorilla trekking in Rwanda during this time must book their gorilla permits in advance as there is a very high demand for permits, so if you book late, you may miss out. This can be done through your Rwanda Gorilla trekking tour operator.

  • December to February

This is the short dry season in Rwanda and also one of the best times to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Gorilla trekking trails are also easy to access in this period and birding safaris in Rwanda are perfect because migratory birds are present. Since it’s a dry season remember to carry along sunglasses, a hat and sunscreens alongside all of the other necessary safari equipment.

Rwanda safari packages

1 Day Rwanda gorilla safari

2 Days Rwanda gorilla trekking tour

3 Days Rwanda gorilla safari

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla & wildlife safari

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla & wildlife safari

6 Days Rwanda gorilla safari tour

7 Gorilla Chimpanzee & Wildlife safari Rwanda

8 Days Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking safari

9 days Uganda Rwanda gorilla, chimps & wildlife safari

Interested in other Rwanda safari activities and Africa tour activities a side gorilla safaris in Rwanda, below is a guide for you;

Uganda safari categories Rwanda safari Categories Congo safari categories
·       Uganda Gorilla safaris

·       Long Uganda safaris

·       Short Uganda safaris

·       Uganda Wildlife safaris

·       Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris

·       Days Tours in Uganda

·       Uganda Birding safaris

·       Uganda Fishing safaris

·       Uganda Hiking safaris

·       Cultural safaris in Uganda

·       Group safaris in Uganda

·       Adventure vacation holidays

·       Scheduled group safaris

·       Uganda Agricultural safaris

·       Luxury safaris in Uganda

·       Budget safaris in Uganda

·       Rwanda Gorilla safaris

·       Rwanda Wildlife safaris

·       Rwanda birding safaris

·       Long Rwanda safaris

·       Short Rwanda safaris

·       Rwanda Self-Drive safaris

·       Adventure vacation holidays

·       Scheduled group safaris

·       Congo gorilla safaris

·       Congo Wildlife safaris

·       Congo Hiking safaris

·       Short Congo safaris

·       Long Congo safaris

Tanzania safari categories Kenya safari categories
·       Tanzania Wildlife safaris

·       Long Tanzania Wildlife safaris

·       Short Tanzania Wildlife safaris

·       Kenya Wildlife safaris

·       Short Kenya Wildlife safaris

·       Long Kenya Wildlife safaris

Other Africa Safari Destinations
·       South Africa safaris ·       Zimbabwe Safaris Tours
·       Zambia Safaris Tours ·       Madagascar Safari Tours
·       Namibia Safaris Tours ·       Ethiopia Safaris Tours
·       Namibia Safaris Tours ·       Egypt Safaris Tours
Combined East Africa Safaris
·       Uganda Rwanda safaris

·       Kenya Tanzania safaris

·       Uganda Tanzania safaris

·       Rwanda Congo safaris

·       Kenya Uganda Tanzania safaris

·       Uganda Rwanda Congo safaris


By |January 7th, 2020|Categories: Safari News|
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