Where to see gorillas in Rwanda

Rwanda Gorillas, Where to find them, What to see

Where to see gorillas in Rwanda
Where to see gorillas in Rwanda

Mountain Gorillas are one most giant ever known largest living primates that inhabit the primeval forests of the central Sub-Saharan Africa. Their distinctive features and unique abilities have seen hundreds of Tourists come from the whole universe to enjoy one of the most thrilling gorilla tracking Safari experience that gives a unique mind blowing safari.

They are ground dwellers and most of the time, you see Mountain Gorillas in their cold winter jasmine vegetation, they are predominantly herbivorous apes and can be seen feeding on the Vegetation in the jungle. For most of the Mountain gorilla trekking safaris, One has to think of either a visit to Uganda or a Visit to Rwanda.

The famous drama film, Gorillas in the Mist, a must look for Movie, was directed by Michael Apted and starring Sigourney Weaver as the naturalist Dian Fossey. It gets you through the memorable true adventures of her work while in Rwanda. The movie scenes were depicted from the Gorillas in the Mist Novel that was published 2 years before death. The Movie was nominated for the five Academ Awards.

Dian Fossey was born January 16m 1932 and later murdered in 1985, She was by then known as an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda.

Where to see gorillas in Rwanda
A mother Gorilla with her Baby in Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park plays a key role for the gorilla tracking Rwanda Safaris. It’s seen in the northwestern part of the country and records over 160km2. Thw whole expanse of the park is covered by the tropical rainforests encompassing the voluminous five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains, namely Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. The Park borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The Park is home to the Rwanda gorillas and the golden monkeys, and  this was the base of the late primatologist Dian Fossey.

Gorilla visits as of January 2015 were as: there are ten habituated gorilla groups open to tourists, allowing for a total of 80 permits per day. Each Rwanda Gorilla permit costs $1500 compared to the Uganda Gorilla permit which is 600 USD.  Tourists report at the park head office by 7:00 for a pre-tracking briefing about gorilla tracking. Once tourists meet the gorillas they spend an hour with them.


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