Prepare for your Gorilla Safari

7 November 2016
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It’s always good to go on a gorilla safari and came back when satisfied, however this can be reached through a series of things including prior planning and organization. This is very essential before setting your gorilla safari to one of the three countries which host these endangered mountain gorillas in the world including Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gorilla tracing is the most loved adventurous safari activity, since they cannot be seen in zoos/ under captivity, this factor pushes many people to come and see them in their natural habitat over 900 individuals are said to have been left in the world. Over 80% of travelers to East Africa come specifically to see these endangered mountain Gorillas. So due to this factor, it’s better to plan and secure your gorilla permit earlier to your tracking dates to avoid disappointment. However the first thing you should put under your consideration is to know the country in which you will track these Gorillas Uganda (Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga gorilla national park) , Rwanda (volcanoes national park)or DRC(Virunga national park). Each country offers the best mountain gorilla safari activities, however the experience may become totally different and each country charge differently as far as gorilla permits is concerned. Uganda charge a fee of USD 600 for foreign non-residents, USD$400 for foreign residents and UX250, 000 for east African citizens during the high season and USD $400 for foreign non- residents, us$350 for foreign residents and UX150, 000 east African citizens during the low season in the months of April and September. Rwanda gorilla permits cots USD 750 for non-residence, USD 375 for foreign residents, and Rwandan citizens are charged 30,000Frw per person per trekking and permits in Democratic republic of Congo costs usd 450 all charges include park entry fee and guide fee.
Gather also relative tracking information including which country offers the best gorilla tracking activity, the best time for gorilla tracking, you should know that gorilla tracking is suitable during the dry season this is because the roads and trails leading you to the gorilla family are passable, and you can climb the steep sloops with a lot of easy. You should also prepare the tracking gears including sturdy pair of walking shoes/boots, rainy jacket since African weather is unpredictable, it’s subjected to change at any time, and a bag is also essential to carry your accessories like camera, battled water, and jacket and sometimes packed food. Search and write to different tour and travel companies organizing gorilla safaris in order to choose one offering the best service fitting your budget. So ounce all are observed well you will go ahead and book your gorilla permit for your tracking dates.
In order to secure your gorilla permit, it’s advised to book earlier at least 2-5 months, this is due to the fact that gorilla permits are sold on first come first served basis the earlier you book your permit the better and in the high seasons permits get finished so easily. It’s good to book your gorilla tracking permit with a tour and travel company or travel agent, they have 80% access to these permits than an individual. You will only send money for the gorilla permit after being confirmed by the tour agents about the gorilla permit availability on the stated dates. After permits are bought, you will be requested to send your passport details then after a receipt will be sent to you as an attachment to confirm your payment.
On the day of tracking, you will be prepared to report at the park headquarters early before 7:30 to receive short briefings about the dos and don’ts while with these apes, and also get you allocated to the gorilla family and guide. After, you will set into the forest to begin the activity possibly the most interesting safari activity done on earth. Ounce they have met you strictly allowed on hour with them while observing their behaviors as well as taking photography. Ounce you are well prepared to do the activity you won’t meet any difficult during the process of gorilla tracking. Gorilla tracking activities is incomparable it’s regarded as a breathtaking activity difficult to forget. In order to be satisfied it needs good preparation with a good tour operator. For more information about gorilla tracking contact us at info@gorwandasafaris.com we will get back you ASAP

THINGS TO SEE AND DO ON A SAFARI TO RWANDA
When in this land of ‘’a thousand hills’’ as it’s sometimes referred to, is gifted with many incredible things to see and do activities ounce on a safari to this small central African country. Looking at this country, you can’t even think that it outcompete many other huge nations when it comes to tourist attraction, it has more than what you can expect. The tourist attractions that inhabit the country and many are untouched have attracted a big number of travelers to this country since a number of them can’t be found elsewhere in the world. Few people especially foreigners don’t really know what exactly makes this small country unique that almost everyone wishes not to miss visiting, below are some of the tourist activities enjoyable on a Rwanda.
Gorilla tracking;- you can’t visit Rwanda minus going for a gorilla tracking activity in the volcanoes national park which is located in Ruhengeri Musanze district about 2 hours’ drive from Kigali city. Gorilla tracking is the most done tourist activity attracting a big number of travelers to Rwanda. Over 75% of travelers to this nation go gorilla tracking making it the number one done tourist activity, contributing to a lot of revenue to the government of Rwanda. It is one of the most highly charged activity but known as the most done Rwanda tourist activity. A Rwanda gorilla permit cost usd 750 per person per tracking. Rwanda is known as the best gorilla tracking safari destination housing almost a half of the world remaining mountain gorillas over 380 individuals live only to this country out of an estimated 900 mountain gorillas left in the world. Spend some magical time with the gorillas in their natural habitat very deep in the forest. For any tourist interested in this safari activity you are advised to secure your gorilla permit earlier before the tracking dates at least 2-5 months during the high season and 1-3 months during low season. Rwanda gorilla permits are at a very high demand they can get finished so early so the earlier you book your gorilla permit the better.
Chimpanzee tracking; Rwanda offers the best primate safaris, as its one of the few countries which houses the largest percentage of primate species over 13 species of primates live in Nyungwe forest national park, however the most known primate at the park is the chimpanzee the closest relative of man sharing almost 98% of human genes. Nyungwe forest national park is located in the south western part of Rwanda at the border with Burundi just about 7 hours’ drive from Kigali city. Chimpanzee tracking is one of the most interesting safari activities as these apes are fabulous fan to watch when jumping from tree to tree. Like gorilla tracking ounce they are met only one hour is allowed staying with them while observing their behaviors as well as taking photography. Other primate species that inhabit the forest include the black and white colobus monkey, baboons, red colobus monkey; civet monkey mona monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, owl-faced monkey, golden monkeys the list is endless all these can be seen during the process of gorilla tracking
Wildlife Tours;- wildlife safaris are conducted in Rwanda’s protected national park that’s Akagera national park in the eastern part of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. The park houses a variety of animal species and all can be viewed in a tourist vehicle with pop up roof. Games always concentrate in the savannah grassland or woodland area of the park, games expected to see on a wildlife safari to Rwanda include warthog, giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah, and more than dozen types of antelopes live in the park including the handsome chestnut-coated impala, cape eland, secretive bushbuck, oribi. Lions, elephant, buffalo, leopard, hippos are also inhabitant to this park, so wildlife safaris is a thrilling moment one should not love to miss.
Cultural Tours;- cultural encounter with the local people is regarded as a magnificent experience most especially for those who want to learn more about how Africans live. A walk through some of the villages Ibyiwacu cultural village gives visitors a chance to meet and interact with the local community. The center exhibits Rwanda culture through Art and crafts, traditional clothes, cultural demonstrations, hunting attires among others. At the site, Visitors are taught Rwandan skills of dressing, Skills in Art and crafts, singing among others. Cultural experience is one of the things you should not miss ounce you take a safari to Rwanda.
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Other things to do on safari to Rwanda include; – hiking adventure, nature walks, city tours, boat ride, Lake Kivu tour and more. Visit our website for more things to do and see while in Rwanda

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