Take part in a Gorilla Safari in Rwanda
Rwanda, also fondly referred to as the land of a thousand hills, is an East African country that is bordered by Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Uganda to the North and East, and Burundi and Tanzania to the south. It boasts a tropical equatorial climate, being just a few degrees south of equator.
The country is known for its mountain Gorillas that are found in the Volcanoes National Park. Amazingly, the Safari will be a complete package of gorilla tracking, mount trekking, adventurous explorations, sightseeing expeditions among others.
From the comforts of Kinigi Guest house, Muhabura Lodge, Mountain Gorilla Nest lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Lapalme Hotel or Volcanoes Lodge; tourists are treated to daily excursions into the rainforests of Volcanoes National Park to track the Gorillas. Rwanda has over time developed this tourism circuit to include some of the most exciting excursions in the world.
There are 10 mountain gorilla families in Rwanda. This includes; Susa Group (28 members), Karisimbi Family (15 members), Sabyinyo Gorilla Group (8 members), Amahoro Gorilla Group (17 members), Umubano Group (11 members), Agasha Group (13 Members), Kwitonda Family (18 members), Hirwa Group (9 Members), Bwenge Family (11 Members) and Ugenda Family with 11 members. Note that each of these families has their own territory and tracking difficulties depend on how far they are into the mountain. Of the 10 families, Susa Group is the easiest to track while Kwitonda and Karisimbi are the hardest to track.
Note that to be able to track the mountain Gorillas; you will need to get a tracking permit from Rwanda Development Board at a cost of $750. After payment, you will get an email with the scanned copy of the permit.
There are also rules associated with tracking the gorillas including; keeping low tones when viewing gorillas, collecting your rubbish, 7 meter distance between you and the gorillas, staying in groups and always doing what the guide advises.
Visitors to the park are advised to carry; hiking shoes, packed lunch and water, rain gear, sunblock lotion, insect repellant and a camera.
Seeing the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats is one of the most exhilarating experiences. If you are yet to see the Gorillas, you need to add this destination to your bucket list.