This question is asked frequently when it comes to gorilla tracking in Rwanda. Gorillas are wild apes staying in Rwanda’s volcanoes national park site only in 2hours away from Kigali the Rwandan capital city.
Volcanoes national park makes the great Virunga trans-borderline tourism area encompassed Uganda’s Mgahinga gorilla national park and DR Congo’s Virunga national park.
Volcanoes national park masks an area of 160sq km and it’s a home of about 11 gorilla families available for tracking in Rwanda.
Rwanda’s gorilla national park is managed by the Rwanda development board(RDB) and tourism is the large income earner to the economy of Rwanda.
Other national parks in Rwanda are Akagera national park that is well known for boat safaris, walking safari, birding safari, and game drives, Nyungwe forest national park that is famous for chimpanzee tracking, canopy walks, and last but not least Giswati national park that is soon opening for tourism as it is home to golden monkeys and chimpanzees.
Gorilla permits in Rwanda cost USD1500 per permit and you will only be allowed to spend one 1hour with the gentle giants, the gorillas in their natural habitat.
It is key to mark that the gorilla tracking process begins with the trackers entering the rain forest very early in the morning for tourist briefing and guidance at the park headquarters before they are dived into different family groups and the big number to each group is 8 before kick-starting the trek such that as you start trek led by the park ranger guide, the ranger will communicate with the trackers about where the gorillas spent their night and then you will walk towards the said spot of gorillas and the walk entirely depends on where the gorillas are located at that time.
Reality chances of seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda
In real talking, the chances are above 99% that you have to see the mountain gorillas on your tracking safari.
Typically, gorilla movements are to a large extent dependent on the food availability of food implying that during the dry season, there is less food distribution. So for unfit travelers, may actually oppose walking faster and this can lead to the annulment of the trek.
Interaction with other gorilla families
Gorillas are sectional and the sectors are led by adult males who may be silver or black back gorillas, so if two gorilla families meet, the less powerful silver or black back may go so far exceeding their home range of around 1sq km radius range on daily basis and this may change and it makes trackers fail to locate the gorillas easily.
Safari vacations and travel services provide you with accurate and reliable details on what are chances of seeing mountain gorillas though always through the help of the advance team, tourists always see the mountain gorillas.