With less than 800 mountain gorillas left in the world, approximately 300 live in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. A guide will take you up close to view these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. This awe-inspiring wildlife experience is the top attraction of those who visit Rwanda.
Each trek starts at 7:00 am with a briefing at the Volcanoes National Park offices in Kinigi. It is essential to be there on time, to book the permit in advance, and to have a suitable vehicle to conquer the rough park roads – all of which your tour operator will organize for you. Following the briefing, you then depart for your trek by 8:00 am.
Your trek takes you through the rich and diverse montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Once you've located the mountain gorillas, you'll have one hour to observe them as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting and raising their young.
For a very special thrill, one of the big silverbacks may get up and beat their chest to demonstrate their strength, which will surely make your heart beat faster. But don't worry – despite their size and appearance, the mountain gorillas are remarkably peaceful.