The one-day Rwanda Gorilla trekking tour is designed for visitors who are already in Rwanda and want to take a quick tour of one of the Volcanoes National Park.
Volcanoes National Park is located in the Musanze district of Rwanda’s northwestern region. The park is distinguished by open grasslands, bamboo forests, and swamps. A portion of the Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of the Congo was originally included in the Volcanoes National Park. The park’s size was decreased following the two nations’ independence. The park is located in a hilly region of Africa that is home to five volcanoes: the Karisimbi, Sabinyo, Bisoke, Muhavura, and Gahinga volcanoes. The tallest of them all, Mount Karisimbi, has a height of 4,507 meters. The National Parks of Mgahinga and Virunga in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo both abut the Volcanoes National Park.
In addition to hyenas, forest elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes, the Volcanoes National Park is home to over 200 different species of birds. Mountain gorillas and golden monkeys are two of the most popular wildlife attractions. The mountain gorilla is one of the most fascinating animals on the planet. A dominant male leads his family of tranquil, well-organized mountain gorillas. Although he does so peacefully, the family’s dominating silverback uses force when necessary to control everything that happens. A gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500 even before accounting for lodging, transportation, and other charges. The opportunity to go gorilla trekking is priceless. As primates don’t live in zoos, you would be one of the lucky few to view them in the wild. Also, you get to support the preservation of these incredible primates.
Dian Fossey, a great primatologist, was based in the volcanoes national park for her study about these endangered species. After receiving an invitation from Richard Leakey, she established her base between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke in 1967. Dian Fossey was instrumental in bringing to the world’s attention the plight of mountain gorillas, which were on the verge of extinction due to poaching. She shifted her focus from solely on research to conservation. Fossey went after the poachers with her group of armed guards as an active conservationist. Her adamant opposition to poachers is what is blamed for her gruesome 1985 murder. She created a lasting impact, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation carries on her work. The management of the park and its operations is the responsibility of the Rwanda Development Board.
By 5:00 am, a Dav Safaris tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Kinigi, where the national park offices for the volcanoes are located. You will see why Rwanda is known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills” during the two to three-hour journey through a stunning mountainous countryside. You should arrive at the Kinigi offices by 7:00 am to allow for the customary head guide’s briefing on the policies to be observed when viewing mountain gorillas. Following the briefing, you can move on to finding the gorilla family. Once you locate the gorillas, heed the guides’ recommendations. Mountain gorilla viewing is breathtaking. Unfortunately, you only have an hour with these powerful apes. You could spend hours just watching the young ones roll about and play. Mountain gorillas are quite interesting and lively, and they will frequently approach you. So, when you are with the gorillas, pay attention to your guide’s instructions and maintain your composure. Never take a quick step.
After your gorilla hike, you will leave the forest and go back to Kigali, arriving there in the late afternoon or evening in time to make your departure, if it is that day.
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