Gorillas30 June 2014
Look into the eyes of a large silverback gorilla and he’ll look back with a thinking, intelligent gaze, mindful that you’re another individual. Any apprehensions or nerves you might have had during your trek will melt away the minute you see your gorilla family. Gorilla trekking safaris offer a magical encounter that transcends any other ‘wildlife’ experience we know – this is a once in a lifetime experience – not to be missed.
The Virunga Mountains straddle the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to around 480 mountain gorillas, more than half of the world’s entire population (the rest live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda). In Volcanoes National Park, the Rwandan part of the Virungas there are ten gorilla groups which have been habituated for gorilla trekking.
Gorilla trekking can be done throughout the year. Hiking itself is more strenuous in the rainy seasons which is from April – May and November. The most popular time for gorilla tracking is during the drier months between December and February and from June to mid-September. Securing permits for trekking the gorillas over these popular periods can be challenging at short notice, so we urge you to book well ahead of time if this is something on your bucket-list.