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Summer Safari 2009: About Gorilla Treks

Thursday, 3 September 2009 09:47 by BillGiven

Bill has already moved on to other parts of Africa, but I wanted to share a bit more with you about the amazing experience that he just had in Rwanda. This post will cover what exactly a gorilla trek is. The post covers the process, including where you stay, how you get to the gorillas, and what to expect. I'm hoping to get another post in today that describes the accommodations at the base of the volcanoes.  For his full itinerary and links to his entire trip, click on the appropriate link below:


Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park

Photo of a Gorilla taken on a gorilla trek
Photo of a Gorilla From a Gorilla Trek
Photo Courtesy of Sandy Schepis
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Gorilla trekking is considered to be one of the most magical wildlife encounters on earth. It is rare to have intimate wildlife experiences while on foot, and it is heightened by the fact that we share about 97 to 98% of the same DNA with this magnificent creature, making this a chance to commune with a close relative.

The Gorilla Trek

There are 7 groups of habituated gorillas in Rwanda. The day starts at 7 a.m. with park rangers at which point visitors are assigned to spend an hour with one of these gorilla family groups. The experience is very low stress for the gorillas, and very intimate for tourists. In fact, only 8 tourists visit each group in a day. The trek to the gorillas is somewhat challenging. The hills of the rainforest are very steep, but the reward of spending an hour with gorillas makes the experience well worth it. Bill has already experienced two of these treks during this trip.


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