The dense jungle slopes of the Virunga volcanic mountains
that lie on the north east border of Rwanda are home
to the magnificent Rwanda gorilla. The area is famous
for the opportunity to embark on Rwanda gorilla tours
to view them in close proximity, but it certainly isn't
a glamorous feat to get to where these mighty apes live.
A Rwanda gorilla excursion entails trekking through
the misty depths of the damp undergrowth of the rainforest.
Whilst making your way past low slung branches covered
in lichen and dense forest vegetation, you will come
across some magical species of animals, insects and
birds that thrive in this region. Soaking up your environment
of the rugged terrain and all the inhabitants of the
Virunga Mountains is all part of the adventure of Rwanda
The Rwanda Gorilla Tour Experience
Once you have travelled through the jungle and come
across a family of gorillas - you will understand why
Diane Fossey dedicated 18 years of her life to protecting
this incredible species. You will have time to observe
the Rwanda gorillas as they go about their daily life
by foraging for food, looking after their young as they
jostle playfully and resting in their home environment.
When embarking on a gorilla tour, you will learn that
there are strict protocols in place to ensure the safety
and preservation of their species. The habituated Rwanda
gorilla groups receive a maximum of 8 visitors per day.
The trip through the forest can entail anything from
a 1 hour to a 4 hour walk and you will always be accompanied
by trackers who have years of experience and knowledge
from living next to the forest and having spent much
of their time with the gorillas.
Spending time in the company of these animals is a heart-warming
and magical experience and it's a true privilege to
be in such close proximity of these distant relatives
of ours. A Rwanda
gorilla tour will stay etched into your memory bank
Interesting Facts about Rwanda Gorillas
In Uganda and Rwanda, the gorillas have adapted specifically
to their living environment. Before you embark on a
Rwanda gorilla tour, be sure to do a bit of research
into their species so that you enhance your experience
by possessing knowledge prior to coming into contact
* In both Rwanda and Uganda, gorillas can be identified
by their nose prints, which are unique to each individual.
* The adult male Rwanda gorillas have more pronounced
bony crests on their skulls, giving them a more conical
shape in comparison to the females.
* Adult male gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda are referred
to as "silverbacks", this is because of a saddle of
grey or silver-coloured hair that develops on their
backs as they age.
* Rwanda and Uganda gorillas that live in the Virunga
Mountains have longer and darker hair than other gorilla
species. This allows them to live in hot or cold weather,
even in areas where the temperature drops below 0 (32
* Mountain gorillas are diurnal and active during the
hours between 6am and 6pm.
* Every evening, the mountain gorillas build a new nest
to sleep in for the night using surrounding vegetation.
Tips For Your Rwanda Gorilla Tour
Remember that when you enter the mountain gorillas'
terrain, you need to show the utmost respect for their
habitat. This means that you will have to keep in mind
to preserve the environment and leave it just as you
found it. Littering is strictly prohibited, along with
spitting (which can cause contamination and introduce
When you come across the gentle mountain gorillas, your
guide will remind you to keep your voices low and cough
with your hand over your mouth, turned away from the
gorillas. You should also avoid rapid movements that
may frighten or disturb them and at all times, follow
your guide's directions. Your viewing time is limited
to 1 hour, so make sure you make the most of it by taking
time to observe and pay respect to these gentle giants
as they go about their daily business.
About the Author
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