RWANDA GORILLA TREKKING GUIDELINES
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking guidelines you need to know before you embark on your Gorilla Trek in Rwanda.
Volcanoes National Park is home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. The Park has 10 habituated Gorilla groups and only 8 people are permitted to track different families in a day. You are strictly given an hour while in the presence of these Gorillas, which is worth your time and money. The walk through the forest or thick vegetation is quite challenging depending on the weather, at times it’s muddy, wet, and steep as you search for the gorillas. Some level of physical fitness also is required to enable you to achieve your dream of spotting gorillas. You are requested to move at the same pace so that none is left lagging behind. You are allowed stopovers so you could catch a breath. In case you fail to make it, you can hire a porter for a small fee.
GORILLA TREKKING AGE LIMIT
Children below the age of 15 years are not allowed to track Gorillas. One thing you must know is that Gorillas are so accustomed to human beings, if you are lucky, they can come closer to you and even get to touch you. If this happens, all you should do is only stay calm and don’t panic because it wouldn’t bring you any harm. Follow closely what your Trekking Guide tells you while in the presence of these Gorillas to enable you to take pleasure in every moment with the gorillas. You may wish to track gorillas twice but this will depend on how much money you are willing to spend.
BEST TIME TO EXPERIENCE RWANDA GORILLA TREKKING
Travelers always ask when is the best time to track Gorillas in Rwanda. I must say it is one of the many activities that can be done any time in the year. Whenever you feel like traveling, I guarantee you will see the Gorillas. However, it is a bit difficult to predict the weather in Africa. It rains any time of the year even during the dry season around the Volcanoes. The experience of the trek depends on the location of the Gorilla family assigned to you. Some Gorilla Groups are hard to track and you are required to move longer distances in search of them. It can be challenging even more when it rains; the terrain becomes muddy and slippery. At the National Park’s Headquarters, you are asked whether you prefer a challenging trek or an easy trek. The choice will depend on what you want although the experience is the same once you see the Gorillas. Since we are not sure of what time you will get back to your Lodge, you are most times given packed lunch from the Lodge. As you Climb the Mountain, the Altitude ranges from about 2,500m to 4,500m which will require a lot more energy as you go Hiking through the dense vegetation. Walking sticks are provided to support you as you walk on the steep slopes.
RWANDA GORILLA TREKKING PERMIT
Gorilla Trekking Permit in Rwanda costs US$1,500 and you are requested to book months in advance due to the fact that they are always in short supply. Last-minute reservations are not recommended. Take time as you plan for your Rwanda Gorilla Safari.
WEATHER – VIRUNGA MOUNTAINS
The weather in the Virunga is often humid with varying temperatures. The dry season is the best time to track Gorillas although you should expect sudden rains. Such months include January and February, June to September. The rainy months include March to mid-May and October to November.
WHAT TO PACK WHILE ON GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI
Below is the list of items to pack for your Rwanda Gorilla Trek.
*Rain jacket since its keeps raining
*Waterproof back/day pack for your small items
*Waterproof walking shoes or boots with thick socks
*Gloves will help you as you move through the vegetation
*Long pants, short and long-sleeved shirt, Jacket and a hat
*Camera with batteries to help you take great pictures
With the right safari clothes, you will enjoy an adventurous gorilla trek in Rwanda. Bookings are always done in advance because permits are sold out on a daily basis.
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