Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla Trekking In Uganda And Rwanda

Gorilla trekking is one of the most famous safari activities in Uganda and Rwanda. The population of mountain gorillas is less than 900 individuals according to the last census conducted in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park. It has been observed that the population of mountain gorillas has increased thanks to the conservation efforts of various non governmental and government support. These areas are safe for tourists and gorillas alike with minimal or no poaching incidences reported because of alternative sources of incomes available to communities in the area due to increase revenues from gorilla tourism.

The mountain gorillas are often found in the undergrowth feeding on the vegetation as they rest and or groom each other. The leader of each gorilla family or group is a silver-back which is very protective of the family, if frustrated it will grunt and beat its chest before moving off with the females, offspring and mature males.

To enjoy the experience of gorilla trekking, you need to prepare adequately starting with choice of tour operator to plan the entire safari, lodges and purchase of gorilla permits. The minimum age for trekking gorillas is 15 years. You require to purchase your permit much earlier especially if you want a specific date because only 8 people can trek a gorilla family per day.

In Rwanda, gorilla trekking happens in Volcanoes national park. The park has great scenery of the volcanoes and great sightings of the mountain gorillas for all those seeking to trek these great Apes in this area. This is the setting for the famous ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ a movie about Dian Fossey’s work in conservation of gorillas.  Rwanda has 10 families available for gorilla trekking after you purchase your permit from RDB through a tour operator.

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