Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is an amazing experience that involves getting a once in a while chance to look into Silver-back’s eyes and even watch them as they go by their day, from feeding, taking care of the young, nesting to mention but a few.
There is a total of 10 gorilla groups in the park that are habituated and have been trained to tolerate human presence.
The gorilla tracking activity always starts early morning, as early as 7:00 am or even 7:30 am latest and it ends by 7:00 pm, the same time but in the evening. Two groups will be assigned according to age and fitness majorly. The first group will consist of the older (45 years and above) and even the young, but unfit and this group is called the “Easy to Track”, and they will be recommended to track the nearest gorillas, though it is also a tough experience at times because gorillas will not be in one place at all times. The second group – “Challenging to Track” will consist of the young, energetic and fit trackers who can be able to follow the gorilla tracks anywhere they are led by the guide, and even hike small hills at some times.
To easily achieve an ultimate Rwanda Gorilla Tour, Each group will be assigned the main guide and two more scouts. Some tracking will take as less as 30 minutes with others going for as long as even 7 hrs, depending on the group tracking, weather, location of the primates and a few more factors.
Sick trackers who will make it to the site in time will most probably miss their Rwanda gorilla trekking safari as they may not be allowed to track these gorillas for they might transfer their sicknesses to the gorillas, but they will be refunded 50% of their money paid. Children of 15 years and under will also not be allowed to undertake this tracking experience.
Trackers are advised to stay calm and quiet while tracking these animals, plus sudden movements, eye contact, flash photography and camera sound should be avoided since they might scare the gorillas away.
Gorilla tracking in Rwanda can be all year around though in some wet months of April to May can make the experience challenging due to muddy slippery grounds and very cold conditions. The other months of June, September, December and February are drier hence give a better tracking experience.
Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda can also be combined with Uganda Gorilla Safaris as well as Congo Gorilla Safari Tours, to make up an Ultimate, once in a lifetime Africa Safari Tour. Bookings can be done with a local tour operator, and Prime Uganda Safaris would be recommended, as it plans tailored safaris to
Gorilla trekking Permits in Rwanda should be obtained for the activity and they are got at a cost of US$1500 (for non- Residents),