After a long waited time full of imaginations, then you encounter the rare mountain gorillas relaxed in the wild is the best moment of truth! Despite the fact that several forests exist in the world, but few of them offer the world with magnificent wild creatures like the tropical rain forest in Uganda, Rwanda or Democratic Republic of Congo. One would ask if there are still forests in African continent given the fact that deforestation is claiming the natural forests at higher rate. Well, it all leaves imaginations running in our minds still, not until you get yourself to jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest-Uganda, Virunga National Park in Congo basin or Montane forests in Rwanda. In the world, only Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) make up the 3 (three) destinations that offer useful values to world travelers in terms of wilderness experiences specifically being the habitats to world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. The rare mountain gorillas do not live in the zoo and handful of them are still surviving in the world with total population of less than 900 individuals that are shared amongst the three destinations. You may wonder why these creatures are regarded as the critically endangered species in the world but it is best explained based on the several threats that have claimed the lives of the mountain gorillas. Gorillas are many in the world, but thousands of world trackers/trekkers flock into Uganda, Rwanda and DRC purposely to see the rare mountain gorillas and hence gorilla trekking forms one of the world’s sought after adventures.
Currently, tourism is basically dependent on the mountain gorillas although other wildlife species do inspire our senses. Like any wildlife species, the main threat to the life of the mountain gorillas has been poaching and habitat encroachment especially by adjacent local communities not until the government of Uganda and Rwanda have made efforts to establish the Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and the Virunga National Park in DRC which also have implemented anti poaching patrols especially through recruiting park rangers and other security bodies to protect the lives of the mountain gorillas in the wilderness. These conservation mechanisms don’t come from anywhere but from the gorilla fees that are collected from visitors during gorilla trekking; a reason why you should book your gorilla safari to any of the destination. Your support is highly appreciated as it will help to enhance visitor experiences!
Don’t bury your dreams! Although seeing the mountain gorillas in the wild is based on the probability, it is now a bit easier for you in Rwanda.
Below are highlights why you should book a gorilla safari to Rwanda.
It is estimated that around a 3rd of the world’s mountain gorillas are found in Rwanda. Previously, it has been difficult traveling from the United Kingdom (UK) to Rwanda not until recently that the RwandAir, the national flag carrier of Rwanda is yet to conduct three (3) weekly flights to Kigali-the capital city of Rwanda form London Gatwick International Airport.
Besides the rare mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, tourists can as well pay a visit to Nyungwe House in Gisakura famous place for tea plantation adjacent to the Nyungwe National Park. When it comes to primates, Nyungwe Forest takes the largest part with 13 various primate species and about 75 various mammal species. In Africa, Nyungwe forest forms one of the ancient jungles in the continent.
Nature resorts have also been established by Ultra Luxury brand, one and only incredible resorts is the “Gorilla’s Nest” that are situated on the foothills of the Virunga Volcano range. Famously, this is a remarkable refuge for the critically endangered mountain gorillas! You can now explore the magnificent gorilla habitat while viewing these extraordinary wild creatures at ease. This is one of the unique adventures that you should not miss to take up while in Rwanda.
For long, gorilla fees have supported the conservation and protection of not just the mountain gorillas but also other wildlife species. This however, can lead other destinations like the Virunga National Park that is still recovering from insecurity to borrow the knowledge especially by encouraging his game rangers or conservationist to appreciate the value of conserving wildlife.
To some other people this might seem news in the ears but the fact is that mountain gorillas have previously been in the film industry specifically the Hollywood film in 1987, famously called “Gorillas in the Mist” especially at the time of the Weaver and Dian Fossey. Weaver was famous zoologist as Dr Dian Fossey was one of the great primatologists who conducted her research study on mountain gorillas in Rwanda. If you have ever heard about the first person to start gorilla habituation then the name “Dian Fossey” should ring in your mind! Today while you pay a visit to Gorilla Nest in Rwanda, don’t miss to reach Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Camp.
Further still, Sir David Attenborough also had remarkable moments with mountain gorilla around the Virunga Volcanoes. Probably if you have ever read about personalities who had great TV experiences in this destination, then Sir David Attenborough should come first in your mind. He further filmed series about “Life on Earth” for BBC in 1978 especially at the time when he interacted with these humble creatures face to face in the Virunga Volcanoes. While in the Virunga Volcanoes David enjoyed his moments with some of the young ones and he regarded it as “one of the most unforgettable moments of his career.” Don’t miss these incredible experiences especially as you enjoy the playful gorillas.
Whether you are planning for gorilla safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park or Virunga National Park; your mind should not think about mountain gorillas alone but lots of fascinating primates and forest birds. In the Virunga National Park for instance is a home to Eastern Lowland gorillas and Chimpanzees which makes it the only outstanding destination in the world that offers 3 (three) types large primates.
While in the Virunga, don’t expect only the primates to be juggling in this tropical rain forest but also the “Okapi” an elusive wild species that portrays the zebra in out look but mostly takes the largest part of the giraffe appearance.
If others have achieved their dreams with these extraordinary primates, then why not you! It is a golden opportunity to interact with these beautiful creatures in the wild. If you think about human close relatives then meet the gorillas in the wild. Encounter these intelligent and gentle creatures that share about 98% of their DNA with humans. Interacting with the mountain gorillas offers wonderful experiences especially when you learn more on their dignity.
At the time of Dian Fossey, she asserted that “The more you learn about the dignity of mountain gorillas, the more a person will wants to avoid people” and to prove her statement, then get yourself gorilla permit and track mountain gorillas in the wild. The gorilla permit costs $600 for Uganda, $1500 for Rwanda and $400 for Democratic Republic of Congo.
In conclusion, viewing mountain gorillas is a life changing experience that comes once in a life time. Gorilla trekking is more than just mountain gorillas but serene of other primates that come along the trek. Visit Uganda, Rwanda or DRC for ultimate mountain gorilla experiences and you won’t regret in life!