Gorilla trekking: A Must Do Experience in Rwanda

Rwanda is a landlocked country located in the east of Africa just underneath the imaginary line of the equator. This is why Rwanda’s climate is one of the most favorable climates in Africa as the country receives sun and rain throughout the year. This country is regarded as the land of a thousand hills due to the fact it has numerous ranges that run from the east to the west of the country. Within these hills, there are a lot of natural beauties to enjoy from the natural sceneries, flora species to the exotic animals.  However, the most exciting experience in Rwanda is trekking the mountain gorillas in their natural environment. Mountain gorillas are one of the most sought after animals in the eco tourism world. These animals are very exciting to watch and rare species of animals that cannot easily be found anywhere in the world. These species of gorillas are only found in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo though Rwanda is the most amazing country to hang out with these huge primates. Due to the presence of gorilla trekking experience, Rwanda has become a mainstay in the tourism industry in Africa as millions of tourist flock to the motherland to watch the exhilarating mountain gorillas in their wild.

The gorillas in Rwanda are found in volcanoes national park in the northeast of the country in Musanze district at the border of Uganda, Rwanda and democratic republic of Congo. It is a 2 hours drive away from Kigali the starting point of every Rwanda safari expedition which is also the capital city of the country. Rwanda has a third of the world’s population of the gorillas that is 320 gorillas out of about 900. The gorilla trekking experience involves hiking the montane and bamboo forests of Virunga ranges in search of a certain gorilla family under the guidance of the gorilla patron. while searching the gorillas, the trackers are able to see some other wildlife like different bird species, tree species and monkeys furthermore the patron narrates stories about the mountain gorillas which uplifts the trackers’ excitement about the meeting the gorillas in the wild. It takes 2-6 hours to find the gorillas in their natural setting since the gorilla are never in one place for a day as they keep on moving from one day to another looking for food and shelter.

Nonetheless meeting the gorillas makes the trackers forget the long hiking session since the moment is very amazing. It is such a nerve cracking moment when the tracker makes an eye contact with the silverback but fortunately enough these huge primates are very peaceful and harmless to the trackers. While with the gorillas, the trackers watch the gorilla feed, play around and also communicate intelligently as if they are humans. Their interaction amongst themselves always leaves the trackers mesmerized. Above all is taking the sublime photos of the gorillas in their natural world. These pictures are so beautiful like the Monalisa painting. The interaction with the gorillas takes strictly one hour due to conservation and preservation reasons.  Furthermore, while watching the gorillas, the trackers have to be 7 meters away from the gorillas in order to intrude their privacy by competing for space with them.  After the one hour, the trackers lead out of the forests to get back to their lodges or Kigali city.

Note to track the gorillas in their wild one has to acquire a gorilla permit from the authority which costs USD 1500$ or one can get it through the a local tour operator and then one is good to have a lifetime experience while hanging out with gorillas in the wild.

A traveler can either do a Rwanda gorilla safari through booking with a local tour operator by choosing one of the tour packages that are always displayed on the websites or may just have to hire a 4×4 rental car in Rwanda to explore the gorillas on his/her own without any guidance. The latter is very adventurous.

Therefore embark on a Rwanda safari to experience gorilla trekking where you will have the best time of your life as you interact with one of your closest cousin in the animal kingdom.