Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
Rwanda Gorillas can be found in the Parc National des Volcans situated is in Virunga which park connects with Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park as well as the Virunga National Park. Actually Gorilla Safaris have turned into a domestic name in this country because of the of vegetation plus Terrain Nature and its nearness to the Airport. While on a visit to Rwanda- ( the Land of a Thousand Hills), you should never miss-out the great chance to visit Parc National des Volcans (PNV) covering a total expanse of 125 sq km of mountain forest which holds the 6 Virunga Volcanoes in addition to being home of the mountain gorillas an internationally renown species.
Sheltered in the PNV, the green forested slopes of these mountains form an suitably impressive natural scenery for what is perhaps the most breathtaking and unforgettable wildlife experience across the globe – gorilla tracking. The exciting climb to the natural habitat of the mountain gorillas through the cool bamboo forest presents fantastic sights in all the directions, plus a chance to immerse in the unexplained intimacy of this rainforest, made alive with the echoes of vivid birds in addition to the chattering of uncommon golden monkey.
There isn’t a thing that can best prepare a visitor to encountering a mature silverback gorilla, which can grow up to 3 times the normal size of an normal man, nonetheless outstandingly peaceable as well as tolerant of its human guests.
Parc National des Volcans is under the management and protection of the Rwandan Office for Tourism & National Parks (ORTPN). Accessing the park starts in the active Musanze town, located at the foothill of the park’s entrance. Musanze has for years been the start point for the gorilla visits and also offers a beautiful background of Muhabura , Karisimbi, Mgahinga , Bisoke, Sabyinyo as well as Mikeno volcanoes.
It is only a 90 minutes drive to Musanze from Kigali Rwanda’s capital. From Kigali you can reach Musanze using a private vehicle or using a public taxi-minibus. In case you wish to have a gorilla visit, then you will be required to arrange your private transportation from Musanze town up to the park boundaries, from there you will proceed on foot. Fortunately, Vehicles are available for hired for this very purpose within Musanze town. This town is as well just 45 minute drive from the eye-catching Lake Kivu and Gisenyi.
Kinigi Guest House found on the bottom of Mount Sabyinyo is currently open. It provides very comfy accommodation within its cottages for 8, 4 or 2 people. It as well has a fancy restaurant plus bar. Within Musanze town Hotel Muhabura as well offers great accommodation in its affordable single plus double rooms. This hotel additionally has a sound restaurant plus bar as well as telephone facilities plus a fax.
Fees for mountain gorilla permits:
starting June 1, 2012 the price for gorilla a gorilla permit will be US$750 per individual for foreign visitors.
On the day of you are scheduled to trek, you will head to ORTPN offices found in Musanze for a mandatory briefing on the morning of your trek which will be at 7:00 AM. Presently ORTPN has a team of eighty trackers plus anti-poachers, most of whom speak English or and French .
People planning to have a gorilla tracking experience in Uganda, the information below would apply (as it is in the printed-leaflet offered by the Uganda Wildlife Authority- UWA; ‘the Gorilla Rules’).
Prior to setting out on your gorilla tracking in Rwanda
1. At most 8 visitors can visit a habituated group of mountain gorillas per day. This reduces behavioral disturbance of the gorillas as well as the risk of exposing them to human-borne-diseases.
2. At all times wash your hands just before you set out to see the gorillas.
On the way to the gorillas:
1. Please endeavor to maintain your voices down. You will as well see the rich bird life plus additional wildlife within the forest.
2. DO NOT leave any rubbish within the park. Everything you taken into the forest must be taken out as you leave.
3. You will go to where the park-guides last observed these gorillas the previous day and from there you will begin trailing the gorilla. Watch out for the nesting places of the gorillas along your way!
4. When you close in to the mountain gorillas, your guides will certainly inform you.
When you are with the gorillas:
1. A distance of seven meter or 21 feet must be observed always from these gorillas. Actually the further you are from them the more the group is relaxed.
2. You should stay together as a group whey you are close to the gorillas.
3. Maintain your voices low always. But , it is all right to ask your guide questions.
4. Do not eat, smoke or even drink or when you are near the gorillas. Drinking or even eating inevitably will raise the danger of food or drink morsels or droplets falling, that could increase the danger of transmitting diseases.
5. at times these gorillas charge. Follow the example of the guides (squat down slowly, don’t look directly into the eyes of the gorillas and wait for them to pass). Don’t try to run away as this will increase the threat.
6. Flash photography isn’t allowed! if taking pictures move unhurriedly and cautiously.
7. Don’t touch the mountain gorillas. Remember they are wild.
8. The utmost time visitors can spend with these gorillas is 1 hour. but, if the gorillas turn to be restless or nervous, your guide will end the visit earlier.
9. following the visit maintain your voices low until you are two hundred meters from the mountain gorillas.
General health rules:
Keep in mind that mountain gorillas are extremely susceptible to any human diseases. The rules below are ways to reduce the risks your visit could pose to them:
1. Respect the restrictions put on the number of visitors permitted to see the gorillas ever day. This reduces the risk of transmitting diseases as well as stress to the gorilla group.
2. In case you are feeling sick, or suffering from a contagious disease, please remain behind. An alternative visit will be organized for you, or be refunded the money.
3. In case you feel the urge to sneeze or even cough when close to the gorillas, please turn your head away from them and cap your nose plus mouth so as to reduce the spread of viruses or even bacteria.
4. At all times stay seven meters or 21 feet from these gorillas. This is to safe guard them from getting human diseases.
5. Do not leave rubbish (such as food wrappers) within the park as all foreign items can port diseases or additional contaminants.
6. In case you want to go to the toilet when in the forest, please request the guide to actually dig you a hole using his panga. Ensure that the hole is thirty cm deep and properly fill it in after you have finished.
What to bring on your Gorilla Safari:
- Wear comfy hiking shoes appropriate for sheer muddy slopes.
- wear ear plugs if you feel uncomfortable with the sounds of the jungle.
- Carry adequate drinking water plus packed lunch.
- Carry a rain-gear, sunscreen lotion plus a hat (since the weather is very unpredictable) as well as an insect repellent.
- carry along a photo of film-camera. Remember flashlight is not allowed so we advise using films of 400-800 ASA.