Experience Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Rwanda gorilla safari tour has become a dream for most travelers in the world. A Rwanda Safari tour is an amazing experience which brings you close to the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. The interesting stories and unforgettable experiences about the activity keep the potential gorilla trekkers wondering how the entire gorilla safari can be from the start to the end.
We bring you detailed information of what you should expect on a gorilla safari to ensure you are well prepared to enjoy the once in lifetime experience.
All travelers must carry their valid gorilla permits and other related documents for clarification to see gorillas. A gorilla permit costs USD 1500 in Rwanda.
Dressing appropriate for the jungle is essential for a successful gorilla trekking experience. This is in good light hiking boots for easy movement in slippery muddy grounds, gardening gloves to grab the bushes for support and the rain gears for the unpredictable forest weather. Also, long socks tacked into trousers, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters. Insect repellents, hat, sunglasses, and waterproof bags are very helpful. A traveler with proper dressing code is assured of a memorable gorilla trekking experience.
Porter’s and hiking sticks are not compulsory but are among the key factors for an enjoyable and successful trek. Porters help in carrying traveler’s luggage and providing support where need be in the process of hiking. The hiking sticks enable easy movement If the steep slopes where hiking becomes difficult. Porters and waking sticks are hired from the park headquarters at a fair cost.
After the briefing, travelers start off an actual Gorilla tracking in Rwanda volcanoes national park. Each group of travelers is led by an armed ranger and a park guide hiking up and down in search of the allocated gorilla family. It’s not an easy venture but rather energetic hiking via slippery muddy grounds with thorny bushes and cold weather inside the dense forests. Hiking time may vary from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the movement and location of the gorillas. Hiking is an opportunity to encounter other animals such as monkeys, baboons and many bird species, which together make the experience memorable.
After hiking for whichever length, you finally meet the gentle giants; relaxed in their families. The clock will start ticking for an hour. Its here that all fatigue, panting and sweating due to the hike will disappear into excitement and joy as look into the eyes of a dominant silverback guarding the entire family. Travelers are reminded to keep calm and observe carefully the unique human like characters of each gorilla in the family.
After this great Gorilla safari in Rwanda, a Uganda safari might be another opportunity for you to have a Gorilla tracking safari to Uganda. Here, you will experience various gorilla behaviors and it will also give you an opportunity to see other wild animals like monkeys, birds and also visit various tourism sites in Uganda.