This little gem of a country in the middle of equatorial Africa has been known as “the land of 1,000 hills”. A watershed between Africa’s 2 largest river systems, the Congo and the Nile, Rwanda is a mountainous country with a moist tropical climate year round. All the greenery and water makes it home to some amazing wildlife and forests. The most notable and biggest tourism driver is the endangered Mountain Gorilla. These remarkable creatures are found in the Parc National des Volcans on the border of Uganda in the Virunga Mountains.
Rwanda has established itself as a leading destination for adventure Gorilla Trekking. Whether you only have time for the 4-Day Itinerary or want to add Rwanda to your journey through Kenya or Tanzania, it is an exciting holiday destination. Rwanda has picked itself up from the Genocide that plagued the country in the early 90’s and tourism is now one of the biggest income drivers for the country.
Tracking the rare Mountain Gorilla through the rain forests of Rwanda will be one of the highlights of your life! It is an endangered species with an estimated 790 remaining in the wild. Gorilla Trekking is carefully monitored and only a certain number of permits are issued each day. The fact that travelers are able to get so close to them, in the impenetrable forest they dwell in, is an amazing feat in itself. In Rwanda the Gorillas all reside on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains and experienced guides will be on hand to get you as close as possible to these magnificent creatures.
There are several guidelines to follow. One permit gets you one hour with the Gorillas. All details are highlighted in a briefing before your Trek commences. Walking conditions can be tough with thick rain forest, valleys and steep hills, often very wet conditions and sometimes 5-7 hours of walking before you find the Gorilla group. It is all worth it in the end and most people return from the encounter looking to walk straight back into that dense forest for another round!
In the words of one of our Gorilla Trekking consultants – “We were so close to them and mesmerized by how calm they stayed and how easy-going they are. It was an extraordinary experience and a powerful encounter!”