Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is one of the best and luxurious activities for the country and thus features a lot of experience on meeting mountain gorillas found in Volcanoes National Park. Encounter mountain gorillas in Rwanda is always a treasured moment that visitors experience once they encounter the primates in their natural setting accompanied by glamour and fear at the same time since these species are endangered and wild given the fact that they are habituated to relate with human beings but once disturbed they can create harm to human life due to their past history and nature of their environment they inhabit.
Mountain gorillas are characterized to be vegetarians feeding on leaves, fruits among others and live in groups/ families each headed by a supreme silverback to protect the family from foreign intruders and any harm, the way they sleep, eat, the play makes them quite similar to mankind and thus a glance at them in the jungle makes you end the encounter with many questions as of to what was at the back of the mind on your engagement with them in the jungle amidst being peaceful with no violence created.
Preparations for gorilla tracking in Rwanda start initially with your arrival in Kigali International airport which is only 2 hours’ drive to Volcanoes National Park but however before you reach you can have a city tour to learn and make more adventure about the city through visiting some of its historical places like Rwanda Genocide memorial, Nyamata and Ntarama memorial visit, market places among others.
On the day for trekking, on an encounter with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, you are given morning cultural coffee at tracking headquarters where you’re given instructions to follow in the jungle for you to have a wonderful and peaceful encounter with the primates in their natural habitats. This activity normally starts at 7:00 am in the morning which means that you must be timely to avoid penalties accompanied to delays in tracking.
At the briefing point, you are allowed to describe any illness or physical impairments so that you can be allocated a specific gorilla family that suits your abilities. More so when you’re found to be having any illness you will not be allowed to undertake the activity since the primates are sensitive and can quickly attract human diseases on the encounter. Any help can be rendered to you before the activity at this point.
The trekking time can take between 30minutes and half a day however on the trek in the jungle you can be able to meet and view other different species along the trail like monkeys, birds among others. Once you encounter the primates you are allowed to spend an hour with them observing them eat, play and take as many photos with them, try asking any questions of your choice to the rangers, and have the best experience before you return to your places of accommodation after the trail and be offered your certificate of taking part in the activity.
Note, while in the jungle ensure to adhere to the do’s and don’ts that are given to you at the pre-trekking point for a fruitful adventure and some of these regulations include but not least to; keep a distance of about 10 meters away from the gorillas, not making a lot of noise, not using flash photography and avoid imitating the behaviors of the gorillas especially beating the chest, littering garbage in the forest among others for safety and conservation of primates in the forest.
Ensure that you wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, carry a camera, lightweight hiking boots, sunscreen, Gardening gloves, rain jacket, packed food, Binoculars, get a walking stick and follow the guide’s instructions for a successful gorilla trekking safaris.
In conclusion, therefore, secure your tracking dates by making prior bookings for your gorilla permits and get the right local tour operator to organize for you the best and affordable facilities for your planned safari to Volcanoes national park. Inquire more from us upon your planned trip and our travel consultants will be ready to offer you the best services.