Both the primates and the staff of Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda are all smiles after welcoming a new bay gorilla early this week on Monday. This good news spread at around 5:00PM in the evening immediately after the birth of the magnificent baby gorilla. This has led to an increase in the number of these rare primates in the country and this has happened at the right time when Rwanda was expecting more gorilla tracking tourists since it is a peak season. Lucky visitors who will jet into the country will stand a chance of viewing this new member of Karisimbi family.
Mountain gorilla tracking is Rwanda’s leading tourism export and many people visit this East African country every year simply to look at these elegant primates in their natural habitats. With a total of around 900 gorillas left in the world, Rwanda is estimated to be a home to 30% of these primates making it second to Uganda which has almost half of this total population. These interesting mammals in Rwanda can only be found in Volcanoes National Park and this explains why the park receives more visitors compared to other parks.
However, there are some special considerations one should take note as he/she is planning to visit Rwanda for gorilla tracking and these include;-
- A mountain gorilla tracking permit is a must have before one is allowed to track the primates in their natural habitats. A permit goes for $700 per person per day and it is issues by the Rwanda Tourism Board. Intending tourists are advised to attain these permits 6 weeks before their safari to avoid inconveniences. The main reason why visitors are advised to get the permits before their safari I because they are competitive to obtain especially during a peak season when the number of trackers demanding for them is higher.
- One should be physically fit in order to have a successful tracking experience. The whole activity of searching for mountain gorillas involves penetrating through thick rainforests and climbing hills and this requires someone to be physically fit to avoid health complications.
- Another consideration before jetting into Rwanda for tracking the gorillas is that you must make sure that you use a trustworthy tour company to keep yourself safe from opportunists who may just take your money and leave you stranded in a foreign country. We, Maranatha Tours and Travel can help you have a classic adventurous gorilla tracking safari to Rwanda at low costs.