How to friend a gorilla on a safari to Rwanda

friend a gorilla on your safari to Rwanda

How to friend a gorilla on a safari to Rwanda

January 6, 2015
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This may sound ridiculous to some people especially those who have never had a chance of viewing a mountain gorilla face-to-face. One of the hard-to forget moments one can ever have on a trip to Africa especially to Rwanda is spending some memorial moments with the gorillas in the tropical rainforests. With the world left with less than 900 gorillas, Rwanda is one of the few countries where a tourist is guaranteed to see these great apes in their natural habitats by simply tracking in them in the thick rainforests of Virunga. Many people make it a point to visit this small adventurous East African country specifically to track the apes and this is the reason why Rwanda is ranked as one the most visited countries in the world.

However, there is a difference between tracking and befriending a mountain gorilla. Few people take note of this and many tourists just want to go to Rwanda and track the apes, take pictures and probably spend some view hours witnessing their lifestyles and leave out the most important part of adventure. One of the special things a visitor can do while on a trip to Rwanda is becoming a friend to a mountain gorilla. Though it is somehow different from the way human beings become friends, there are some similarities when a person wants to become a friend to a mountain gorilla. The trick is simple; you just have to study the lifestyle of a particular gorilla you are interested to befriend and as soon as you know that, then go on and make certain steps to see that you attract it. One of the best ways to bring a mountain gorilla close to you is by calling it by its name (name given to it by the park authorities).Once you do that, then it will recognize your voice faster and the moment it looks at you, make sure you look inviting to it in a humble way. In case you have some bananas with you, then go on and give it at the same time calling it by its name. Trust me, it won’t forget you after this incidence wherever you find it in the park. It will always differentiate you from other trackers. Depending on the number of hours you track, but it is better you spend at least two days in the park with the gorilla so that you build a strong relationship with it. Just like human beings, the relationship with the gorillas takes time and it is important for one to patient and wait for the gorilla to adapt to the new environment.

After sometime of passion and togetherness in the wild, the gorilla will now accept you as a friend and incase this happens, things become simpler. You can now make contacts and even carry the primate and take some photos. Play the whole day with your new friend and roam about the whole park. This is a lifetime experience which is hard to forget and I recommend you to try out this year with us (Maranatha Tours and Travel).