Gorilla trekking is an excellent, unique safari opportunity to see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat that gives you the unforgettable safari memories on a Rwanda safari. Gorilla trekking is simply defined as hiking to the tropical forests of Africa to see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Gorilla trekking on a Rwanda safari is a popular safari activity because Rwanda is considered as the best place to see the gorillas of Africa.

Where to do gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

Trekking of the mountain gorillas on a Rwanda safari is done in the Virunga mountains park called Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes National Park has got over 10 gorilla families that includes Sabyinyo, Susa, Karisimbi, Umubano, Amahoro, Kwitonda, Hirwa, Bwenge, Agashya, Ugyenda. Volcanoes National Park is an incredible safari destination that harbors the country’s large numbers of the mountain gorillas.

Volcanoes National Park is one of the 8 Virunga mountains, where the park is a home of the 5 of the 8 Virunga mountains where the mountain gorillas to inhabit. Volcanoes National Park is located in the north western part of Rwanda.

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.

Gorilla trekking safari in Volcanoes National Park starts very early in the morning at the park headquarters with a briefing about the expectations, rules and regulations to follow while doing gorilla trekking. The briefing can be given to you by the park rangers on what they do except while carrying out the gorilla trekking in the tropical rain forest.

During the gorilla trekking on a Rwanda safari the briefing is the vital thing to follow and the one behind to why the tourists are always requested to spend a night before near the Volcanoes National Park in Musanze as not to be disrupted by time and not ending up missing up the safari activity on a Rwanda safari.

After the briefing you can be grouped in various groups of about 8 individuals, where every group can be assigned to different mountain gorilla group. Then the park ranger assigns you with the guides in the various trekking trails in Volcanoes National Park while ensuring your safety on the mountain gorilla trekking safari.

These ranger guides are well and fluent in both English and French speaking and they are well trained and selectively recruited by the Rwanda Development Board that means most of them are the locals that live around the park hence can be having the greatest knowledge and information about the mountain gorillas.

Your selected gorilla group will be assigned while considering your age, physical strength as these primates keep moving in various areas on a daily basis. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park takes a period of one hour to 6 hours regarding to the exact location of the mountain gorillas as these mountain gorillas keep moving in the forest while looking for food.

Along the way looking for the mountain gorillas in the forest you can be rewarded by various sightings of biodiversity including the animal species, bird species, plant species, flowers, butterflies and among others that makes your gorilla trekking safari the incredible one.

During gorilla trekking inn Volcanoes National Park you can be led by your park guides from the beginning of the trek up to the end of the trek. Immediately you find the gorilla family it can be led by the male silver back that can be identified by the grey hair on the lower back.

You and the fellow gorilla trekkers you can be given one hour with these giants in their natural habitats while keeping a 7 meter distance from them, as that’s the moment when you enjoy watching them playing, feeding, watching how the elder ones are grooming the young ones, during that one hour that’s when the tourists are allowed to take pictures and record videos of these wonderful creatures through using the cameras with no or less flash to take and show people home after the safari.