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Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, Tracking, Trekking, Hiking tours, safari,

Gorilla tracking also called gorilla trekking safari is an organized adventure with the sole purpose of tracking and sighting gorillas in their natural habitat and the associated thrill of encountering and interacting with the particular family. From the onset the idea of advance organization is clearly evident. Flights, permits and accommodation  must be booked in advance, more so for summer trekkers. Besides prior booking, one must be of moderate physical fitness as tracking involves hikes in moderate altitude elevations. For more details Email: rnxploresafaris@gmail.com


Gorilla tracking a 365 days event

Gorilla trekking is a daily event.  Each morning, participants meet with their guides at Kinigi Park headquarters for group allocation and briefing.  The guides are professionals with lots of information on their field of work,  gorillas in their natural habitats and will answer all questions  as pertains mountain gorillas. Gorilla tracking, trekking  or gorilla hiking in Rwanda takes place daily in Volcanoes National Park.  


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Briefing is all about dos and don'ts of gorilla tracking.


Gorilla tracking is a million dollar practice with immense economic benefits to the local community, without which the mountain gorilla conservation would be a liability.  This daily adventure has made the mountain gorilla one of the most expensive animals though not in league of the teddy bears.


Gorilla tracking is a clean practice (eco friendly) which ensures minimal impact to the local community, the environment and the gorillas. Rules and regulations have been put in place for the safety of the trackers, the gorillas and to check adverse environmental impacts. Besides these rules and regulations guarantees the continued existence of the gorilla as species, that is to avoid the extinction of the gorillas.


Encounter with the Gorillas has been described as "thrilling, evocative and even emotional."   The gigantic silver-backs are gentle and will rarely attach unless provoked.  Young gorillas are a bit adventurous even playful and will come to touching distance of individual trackers.  Our advice is avoid them.


" Gorilla Trekking Rules and regulations / dos and don'ts have been put in place for the safety of the trackers, the gorillas and to check adverse environmental impacts. Besides these rules and regulations guarantees the continued existence of the gorilla as species, that is to avoid the extinction of the gorillas."


Rwanda Gorilla Families/ Groups

Rwanda gorilla families or groups are divided into two.  The study groups/ families which are accessible to scientists and the tourist groups/families which are open for tourist tracking.  The Study groups have the largest number of individuals.   Study groups include Beetsme, Pablo’s Shida’s and Bwenge.  Besides these, there are seven(7) tourist groups-Susa, Sabyinyo, Amahoro, Kwitonda, Group 13 (Agashya), Umubano and Hirwa.  Sometimes, these are joined by a migrant  group from Uganda.  Potential gorilla trackers have diverse questions ranging from the best time to track, the existing gorilla families, accommodation facilities, when to buy permits, tracking rules and regulations.

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Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, Rwanda Tracking, Trekking, HikingYou could be that close to the gorillas.  However look at rules and regulations before you land into lots of trouble. 

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Gorilla Safaris In Rwanda -the facts
  • There are currently approximately 700 mountain gorillas in the wild.

  • Thus these animals are classified as endangered species.  If unchecked gorilla trekking can endanger the life of gorillas.  

  • Gorilla tracking safaris  are restricted to 8 persons per day per group.   That makes a total of 56 permits per day.   

Gorilla tracking Rwanda What to Bring
  • Hiking boots-not mountain climbers-anything hardy above the ankle is ok.

  • Gloves 

  • Water proof container for your camera

  • A warm cardigan

  • If you desire to wear a headgear, a base ball cap is recommended

  • Long trousers and long sleeves are ideal

  • Enough film.

Gorilla Tracking Rules and Regulations

1.  Gorilla tracking in Rwanda - Submissiveness

When you encounter gorillas, you are required to portray total submissiveness.   Do not look at them straight in the eyes and avoid standing over them.    If the male gorilla charge at you, crouch down.  Gorillas have freedom of way. Do not drum your chest.


2.  Rwanda Gorilla Tracking/ Gorilla  Photography/Photographic Safaris

Flash photography is prohibited.  Tourists are allowed normal photography and filming for domestic use.  Special Photographic and filming safaris may be organized for particular gorilla tracking groups or families. These will include those who want to film specifically for commercial use and documentaries.  These will require accreditation cards unlike normal tourists.


3.  Health of the Gorillas

There are currently approximately 700 mountain gorillas in the wild.  Thus these animals are classified as endangered species.  Gorilla tracking if unchecked can endanger the life of gorillas.  Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is restricted to 8 persons per day per group.   That makes a total of 56 permits per day. Read additional rules at  Rwanda gorilla Tracking Rules and Regulations,

  • Avoid tracking gorillas if you suffer from contagious disease.  In case you develop a sever case of flu, your money will be fully refunded if you make this known in advance. However if you attempt to track and       fail for whatever reason, or if the guides discover that you cannot    track due to disease, you do not qualify for any refund. 

  • Do not sneeze towards them

  • Do not spit in the forest or defecate carelessly.  If you need to the guides will help you with a machete to dig a hole to bury your waste. 

4.  Environmental consciousness

Gorilla tracking is a clean activity.  Leave  only your steps in the national park.  Do not litter and if you spot any litter, collect it and take it down with you. Read more on rules @ Gorilla Tracking Rules and Regulations


5. Tracking gorilla in Rwanda and Uganda- Gorilla Hiking and Trekking facts


How hard should one prepare for gorilla tracking in Rwanda?  The facts below will help you to answer this question.

  • Gorilla Trekking,  hiking and tracking takes place at altitudes of 3000 metres-this means that moderate/ average physical fitness is what is necessary and not athletic fitness.

  • Trekking, hiking and Tracking gorillas is conducted by patient, qualified and knowledgeable ranger guides with wide experience in natural history with particular attention to gorilla behaviour

  • Trekking hiking and tracking is conducted at a moderate pace with plenty of stops for resting, fielding questions further briefs etc.  Competitive hiking is discouraged as the aim of the guides, porters       and rangers is for all the group members to make it to the gorillas      and back to the base.  Believe it or not, the slowest hiker/ trekker     will determine the pace of the trek.

6.  Eating while tracking gorillas

You can carry your picnic but do not eat in the vicinity of the gorillas.

7. Chest beating

Please do not imitate the male gorilla chest beating. It may take that as a challenge and charge after you which can result in severe injuries.

8. Age Limit:  Only people of 15 years and above can track gorillas.

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