Gorilla tracking in the Virunga is a unique wildlife encounter, and one of Africa’s indisputable travel highlights. It is difficult to describe the simple exhilaration attached to first settle eyes on wild mountain Gorillas. These are enormous animals the silverbacks weigh about three times as much as the average Man and their bulk are exaggerated by a shaggily luxuriant coat. Gorillas are remarkably peaceful creatures, certainly by comparison with most primates.
The remarkable an hour with the mountain Gorillas is relatively expensive in Rwanda and getting there can sometimes be hard work. The hike up to mountain gorillas in their natural habitat involves a combination of steep slopes, dense vegetation, and slippery terrain conditions, especially in the wet season.
There are eight habituated mountain gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park, a total of 64 gorilla trekking permits are issued daily, gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda cost USD 1,500 per person. Tracking mountain gorillas is easily the most popular tourist expedition in Volcanoes National Park, however a wide variety of other activities are offered to make it possible to spend several days in the park.
What to wear
If you are to track mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda it’s a must to put on hiking boots, heavy coat, garden gloves, and a raincoat.
How to get there
The park is just 2 hours drive from Kigali the capital city on road transport which is the main means of transport that is used by most tourists willing to go for gorilla tracking, golden monkey trekking, birding, and hiking. On this safari we usually, use a 4x4 luxurious Land Cruiser for your safety and comfort and a well trained guide.
Where to stay
· Luxury – Mountain Gorillas Nest
· Luxury – Sabinyo Silverback Lodge