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Spend a full day with Chimpanzees in African Jungle

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Tourists can spend the entire day with the 1,500 chimpanzees and 12 different species of primates there. The Chex (Chimpanzee Habituation Experience) package includes seeing chimpanzees that are in the process of being acquainted with the vicinity of people.
As per sources from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the habituation process takes about two years. As tourism switches attractions, one can now be part of that process for one important day in the forest. Chances of seeing chimpanzees in the later past, stood at 20%, yet it has shot to 90% because of the habituation process.

Destined there?
An early breakfast and packed lunch might as well set you off for the chimpanzee tracking that start before day break softens up the forest. A park guide takes you on the strolls and can even shows to you where a chimpanzee built a night the prior night. The park guides identify the chimpanzee family to be gone by for the rest of the day.
If you have a Polaroid, you will be encouraged to keep the flash off when shooting. The treat is a charming experience. Prepare however for the rough and tough as you need to stalk them fast enough to keep them in sight. Chimps live in family of 10 to 100 members. They babysit one another’s young, kiss, groom each other and even hold hands. The young chimps come to be independent at the age of four.

Nonetheless, they could be aggressive and unsociable, if exasperates. Despite the fact that they spend some time on the ground, they feed sustain and do make their sleeping nests up in the trees. Their diet contains leaves, seeds, fruits and flowers. Each one of them has a physical identity. They too have scars obtained from their battles fought in life.

The forest usually transforms into a show of loud gasp hoots in the morning and the mood dims when they are nesting at night. Their dramatic days end with them climbing into their homes for the night. The Chex packages likewise permits tourists to go with researchers and habituation team to interact with the chimpanzees throughout their every day activities. Tourists may come across the chimps de-settling (in their nocturnal nests) between 5:30am and 6:30am until they make new nests for the night, around 7:00pm.

The perfect time to go for CHEX
The habituation experience is best in the months of March, April, May and November, when there is less sightseer congestion. In a small group (a ranger plus a maximum of four people), you get much closer to the chimps than throughout chimp tracking in bigger groups. The experience costs $220 (sh572,000) for foreign non-residents, $150 (sh390,000) for foreign residents and $70 (sh182,000) for East Africans.

Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda

In Uganda, there is a new tourism activity known as as Gorilla habituation. Currently, there are 3 gorilla families available for habituation experience in the southern sector known as Rushaga, and a maximum of 4 persons allowed on each gorilla group per day. In this case, you can book a 7 day gorilla safari package and do chimpanzee tracking and habituation experience in Kibale Forest, mountain gorilla tracking and habituation experience in southern Bwindi National park, its really a life time experience deep into the true African wilderness.

3 Day Rwanda Safari Review – Gorilla Tracking

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With my husband, our dream was to take a Rwanda safari and see the mountain gorillas in the wild jungles of Africa in Volcanoes National Park! We had several trips into the dark continent in countries like South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Egypt and Kenya. This year, we had our summer holiday in Tanzania. While in Arusha, my wife brought the idea of visiting the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. Though we did had not booked gorilla permits in advance, we inquired different tour companies in Kigali including Rwanda development Board and we were so lucky that, Gorilla Expeditions ltd had gorilla permits on re-sell.

A Juvenile in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
A Juvenile in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

They had received cancellations and therefore, we had to buy those 2 permits. We therefore had a 3 day Rwanda safari to see gorillas and golden monkeys in Parc National Des Volcans. We booked a flight from Kilimanjaro to Kigali by Rwanda Air (www.rwandair.com). We arrived in Kigali by 17:00 hrs. The Staff of Gorilla expeditions was already waiting for us at the airport, we immediately transferred to Volcanoes national park and stayed at Muhabura hotel.

Rwanda Air - Kigali International Airport
Rwanda Air – Kigali International Airport

The next day we got up early, had heavy breakfast at Hotel Muhabura in Ruhengeri, then we drove for about 20 minutes to the park headquarters at Kinigi. Here we found very many tourists from different countries, we interacted with them with free tea and coffee served at the headquarters. We were divided into groups of 8 persons maximum and allocated to different gorilla groups.

For us we were allocated to Hirwa gorilla group, we were briefed about this gorilla group and the trek in general. Later on we boarded our safari vehicle to the trekking start point. We are accompanied by park guides and rangers with guns just in case of any animals that may want to attack us such as forest elephants.Gorilla-filming

It took us about 3 hours to meet Hirwa gorilla group, we were given one hour to stay with gorillas, we took photos and videos. This was highlight of our safari in East Africa. We wanted to do another gorilla trek the next day but there were not gorilla permits available. We decided to return next year and this time we shall combine Uganda and Rwanda. In the evening, we took a community walk through Musanze town and we found out that the Rwanda people are so friendly, lovely and hospitable. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Muhabura.

On day 3, our departure flight was scheduled at 18:05hrs, we had ample time to go for golden monkey tracking, we came back early by mid day, we had lunch in Ruhengeri and later drove fro 90 minutes to Kigali, we visit Gisozi genocide memorial museum, later we transferred to Kigali International airport for our scheduled departure flight. This marks the end of our Gorilla safari in Rwanda.

Gentle Giants in their Natural Habitat
Gentle Giants in their Natural Habitat

Some advise to everyone visiting East Africa for wildlife and beach holidays, never miss gorilla tracking activity in either Uganda or Rwanda. It’s such amazing experience to interact with the mountain gorillas in the wild. The experience is totally different from that of Zoo. Just an hour with the gorillas offers lifetime memories. However, you are advised to book your gorilla permits in advance because their demand is very high in both countries. Visit rwandasafarigorilla.com for details and more safari packages.

Amazing Gorilla experience in Africa

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For several times I have been reading about Africa and quite five years I have been reading about Africa and my emphasis has been on countries like South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya and my interest on these countries I have been for whole along planning to go and see the big cats and other wildlife, but later on read about the wild beet migration between Kenya (Masai Mara national park) and Tanzania (Serengeti National Park) and started to save my money before I contact any travel company in these countries to arrange for such amazing expedition in East and Southern Africa.

gorilla-trekkingThen as I went on researching about travelling to Africa, I came across Rwanda and Uganda and the first thing to know on these 2 countries is the mountain gorillas that can not be found anywhere else in Africa apart from Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rwanda is much known for the mountain gorilla safaris in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, and the 3 day gorilla safari Rwanda package is the top selling to most tour operators, because it offers extra opportunities to track the rare golden monkeys or climb mount Bisoke and visit Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali. the country is famously known as the land of thousand hills which attracts very many international tourists to Rwanda.

Uganda on the other hand is much known for inhabiting half of the remaining world population of the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, water falls, big game viewing includes cats and the Big five African Animals, sightseeing and then the amazing culture of the several regions, but nothing is much interesting than the Batwa culture who were once forest dwellers in the Virunga.

When my sister who was volunteering with Peace Corps in Uganda and Rwanda returned back home I had to much interact with her consulting her about Rwanda and Uganda, and she told about these countries and by the time she left for other African country Tanzania for her work she had already inspired me to travel to Africa and that is Uganda and Rwanda.

With my first visit to Africa, I traveled to Tanzania to visit my sister and I spent 3 month in Tanzania where I visited parks like Serengeti National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area that is regarded to be the world’s 8th wonder, Tarangire National Park and Zanzibar. From here then I started with her to plan our gorilla safari in Rwanda and Uganda, and on my search who would arrange the best safari I met African Jungle Adventures online and started to arrange a 10 day safari package combining Uganda and Rwanda, and it was based on Mid-range lodges / deluxe lodges and comfortable 4×4 safari jeep. Then in the due process Steve sent us a detailed tour itinerary / travel program and quotation and it was finally fitting in our budget and we went ahead to confirm the safari and Steve advised us to pay first only money for gorilla permits and then pay cash upon arrival, and this built trust between us and the this service provider and therefore for genuine service I highly recommend everyone to travel with this company. They have their main offices in Kampala (Uganda Capital) and a sales office in Kigali, the Capital city of Rwanda.

Then upon our arrival at Kanombe International Airport, we meet our guide Emma and then transferred us to Chez Lando Hotel in Kigali where we had our overnight stay, and then the following day we went to Volcanoes National park Rwanda, a home to mountain gorillas in Africa. The park is located about 2 hours drive from Kigali city. At first we visited Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali, lunch at Kanakazana, later we hit the road north words to Parc National Des Volcans. Apart from gorilla trekking, another specific interest we had was to visit the Dian Fossey Center at Karisoke, once a great primatologist who advocated for the survival of the mountain gorillas in the mist. Much of her work can be seen in the movie known as “Gorillas in the Mist”. Dian Fossey spend here close to 20 years studying and habituating the mountain gorillas. However, she was murdered by poachers in 1985. She is always remembered and her grave site is visited by many tourists from different parts of the world. We also had to track the rare golden monkeys, also found in this park.

Then, after being filled with such experience, we crossed to Uganda through Cyanika boarder to southern Bwindi National Park. This park today inhabits 14 habituated gorilla families available for tourism purposes. We arrived and checked in Lake Mutanda Resort with a fantastic view of the lake, after which we took a fantastic boat ride to some islands on this lake. The following day, we spent the whole day with the Batwa once forest dwellers participating in their cultural performances and then evening we relaxed at the shores of this volcanic Lake.

The next day, we went for the amazing gorilla trekking experience on the Uganda side, we would do this in Rwanda but gorilla trekking in Rwanda a permit cost $ 750 dollars compared to Uganda where the permit cost $ 600 dollars for foreign non residents and it is much interesting that after this experience, you are awarded gorilla certificate for surviving the trek. It also acts as a souvenir! We tracked Nkuringo gorilla group, very amazing experience but you must be physically fit to make it. You are also advised to hire a porter for only US$15. Hiring a porter is direct creation of employment opportunities and a big support to the conservation of mountain gorillas because, some porters were once poachers.

From Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, we connected to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The southern sector of this park is so amazing with tree climbing lions. Though I had seen them in Tanzania, It was great exciting to see them again in Ishasha sector of this park in Uganda. Here we also so other animals and we had a fantastic boat cruise a long the Kazinga Channel that connects Lake Edward and George. Bird life is prolific with over 600 species, mammals like Elephants and buffaloes seen drinking water in the shores, marine wildlife like Nile crocodiles and Hippos also seen basking along the shores. Here we stayed at Mweya safari lodge. Our trip ended with Chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale National park and white water rafting and Bungee jumping in Jinja.

Don’t Miss the mountain Gorillas with amazing Golden Monkeys

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Just Go! We went twice – two days in a row. We feel as if we own part of Rwanda for what we paid. The two experiences were very different. The first day we hiked for about 1.5 hours which seemed perfect. When we met the gorillas we were on a slope of plants that were hard to stand on – we kept slipping down between the branches.

golden-monkey-rwandaThe gorillas came very close to us – one even pushed me aside to get past with her baby. It wasn’t scary. Guides were great. The second day we were in a bamboo forest and the gorillas came swinging down to greet us. They were very active and playful – more so than the other group. The second day the walk was shorter – maybe 45 minutes. Again the guides were wonderful. It is quite an adventure and you bond with your group and guides. The encounter with the gorillas is unforgettable.

The golden monkey (Cercopithecuskandti) is a species of Old World monkey found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, including four national parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga and Kahuzi-Biéga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is restricted to highland forest, especially near bamboo.

This species was previously thought to be a subspecies of the blue monkey (Cercopithecusmitis), and the two are similar overall, but the Golden Monkey has a golden-orange patch on the upper flanks and back.

Not much is known about the golden monkey’s behaviour. It lives in social groups of up to 30 individuals. Its diet consists mainly of leaves and fruit, though it is also thought to eat insects.

Due to the gradual destruction of their habitat and recent wars in their limited habitat, the golden monkey is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List

Due to its diet the golden monkey prefers a habitat with abundant fruit and bamboo. The golden monkey will move in between areas depending on the season. During the season where ripe fruit is available they will remain in those areas. When the rainy season begins this causes bamboo shooting to occur and the golden monkeys are found more in these areas. Studies have found that if there is an area consisting of mixed fruit and bamboo, the monkeys will tend to frequent that area more than an area of just bamboo. One study reported that golden monkeys are most frequently seen in forests with bamboo, and this may suggest that this is one of the major preferences of the species.

The golden monkey can travel in various group sizes, and have been seen in small groups of three up to large groups of 62 monkeys. The groups that are found at higher elevations tend to be smaller. The golden monkey will often return to one of several different sleeping areas after a day of feeding. The monkeys often sleep in small subgroups of four, at the top of bamboo plants. They will often use a dense bamboo plant, or a combination of several bamboo plants that weave together to make a sufficient foundation for sleep. The golden monkey will often feed near the sleeping area and return to this same sleeping location day after day.

Further more, while on our gorilla safari in Uganda or Rwanda, we learnt it from the rangers that a golden monkey has a diet that consists primarily of young bamboo leaves, fruits, bamboo branch lets, bamboo shoots, invertebrates, flowers, and shrubs. However, the golden monkey is an opportunistic feeder and diet can easily be influenced by the availability of fruit. During seasons where ripe fruit is available, the golden monkey tends to feed more on fruit. The golden monkey may also feed on various flowers and shrubs when they are available. The most frequent invertebrate eaten is the pupae of lepidopterist larvae picked from leaves. Bamboo tends to be the most frequently eaten because it is often more available year round.

The golden monkey is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Certain activities may threaten the conservation of the golden monkey. Illegal activities that harm the ecosystem such as tree extraction and bamboo removal are serious threats. Some research indicates that tree removal poses a more serious risk. This park not only offers these 2 great primates there are other more resources offered like the Dian Fossey center where Dian Fossey a primatologist was buried after losing life by her agitating the right of gorillas and the hunters killed her. For more information about primates in Rwanda / Uganda, log-on to http://www.rwandagorillasafaris.com.

An Adventurous Wildlife tour & Mountain Gorilla Tours

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Are you one of those people who like adventure and excitement in your life? Or are you one of those tedious people who like to do the same old thing without actually attempting to have new experiences? If you should be the type of person who craves new things, who wants to see exotic areas, and who likes to break free from the dull drum of day to day living then maybe a Uganda safari to see gorillas and other wildlife is a good choice for you.

It is difficult to imagine a more interesting trip the other to the Uganda jungles. Only consider how enjoyable it is to see Africa up close and personal, to bask in their organic and national beauty. And just consider all the great memories and photographs you will buy with you to share with all your household and friends. A holiday in Uganda would have been a really adventurous vacation that will certainly please your wild side.

Going Away Today

Today I am eventually doing it, I am finally getting away for a safari holiday in Uganda to see the mountain gorillas in the wild and other wildlife like giraffes, lions, buffaloes, elephants, hippos, birds, chimpanzees, Golden monkeys, Baboons, etc. I understand people must think that I am crazy but I am fed up with my corporate job it appears I do the same thing day after day and I’m actually great at it, but everybody wants a break now and then I need something extraordinary something which I really could never find for a rigid Paris or perhaps a Haughty Berlin.

Luckily I discovered the right option there’s this service that offers a 10 day Uganda safari package in a 4×4 safari vehicle and I can not be any happier about this possibility, who understands what I will see in this safari, there’s truly nothing out there to prevent me from doing something like this and I can not start to spell out how greater it’s coming up for me personally to complete anything similar to this, it’s great to just get out and I can’t wait to be on the back on that truck seeing all the crazy things that happen. The guide should get in contact with me about when to meet him and how to get there, I’m so nervous, but I’m more excited!

African Mountain Gorilla Updates

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According to the testimonies given by many tourists from gorilla trekking, it has been confirmed that, Gorilla tracking in either Uganda or Rwanda is one of Africa’s most memorable wildlife encounters. In Uganda, the 3 days gorilla safari package is most popular, while in Rwanda, they have a 1 and 2 days safari packages. However, there are longer gorilla safari packages depending on your interests! The short gorilla trips are mostly booked by people with other safaris in Kenya, Tanzania or Zanzibar, they pass by Rwanda or Uganda for gorillas only!

According to gorilla census of 2011, there are approximately 880 mountain gorillas remaining on earth and it is fortunate that half of them live in the Virunga Mountains which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and another half lives in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda.

Uganda has two Gorilla National parks namely Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park while Rwanda has Volcanoes national park. Democratic Republic of Congo on the ther hand has gorillas in the magnificent Virunga National park.

Gorilla Groups in Bwindi Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla families in Uganda include; Mubale, Rushegula, Habinyanja, Oruzogo, Bitukura, Nkuringo, Kahunje, Nshongi Mishaya, Bushinje and so on. These are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Mgahinga Gorilla park on the other hand has only one gorilla group called Nyakagezi.

Time taken while searching for gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest is unpredictable however, some times range from 2 to 8 hours or a full day depending on their movement in their natural setting.

african-mountain-gorillaBut the thrill of meeting gorillas in mist erases the difficulties trackers go through in trying to search for them. It should also be noted that a maximum of eight people visit each gorilla group per day. This is done to avoid annoying gorillas which can cause danger to the visitors, and to minimize the environmental impact of crowds in the forest.

Only one hour is given to visitors enjoy the view of the gentle giants in their habitat but visitors are free to take photos and films for record keeping.

About Gorillas in Rwanda

It is much easier to meet and see gorillas in Rwanda as the near by gorilla groups can easily reached in a maximum of 3 hours. More so, visitors are allocated to gorilla families according to their level of fitness unlike in Uganda.

Rwanda gorilla groups

There are currently 10 main groups habituated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda; the Susa, Sabyinyo, karisimbi, Amahoro, Umubano, Hirwa, Bwenge, Ugenda, Group Thirteen, etc.

The groups vary in number from around 9 to 39 individuals and all currently have at least one silverback male. Of the seven groups, there are a couple that tend to be found on the saddle between Mount Sabyinyo and Mount Gahinga which is around a two hour walk from the park entrance.

Nothing is guaranteed though and you may find yourself tracking a group such as the Susa, first studied by Diane Fossey and often found on the slopes of Mount Visoke, a five hour hike away.

Single Traveler on a vacation in Africa

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This is the right time to go on a Uganda safari adventure in Africa! I understand people must think that I am crazy but I am fed up with my corporate job it appears I do the same thing day after day and I am actually great at it, but everybody wants a break now. I need something extraordinary, something which I really could never find for a rigid Paris or perhaps a Haughty Berlin.

A vacation to Africa seem to be the best option. That is, Uganda safari adventure to see the Big Five animals and the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The Big five animals are found in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison falls National park as well as Zziwa Rhino sanctuary. The critically endangered mountain gorillas are found in the misty jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga national park. Note that Uganda is the only country in the world where one can see the big five animals and the moungtain gorillas

I can not be any happier about this possibility, who understands what I will see during this vacation in Africa, there is truly nothing out there to prevent me from doing something like this and I can not start to spell out how greater it is coming up for me personally to complete anything similar to this.

It is great to just get out and I can not wait to be on the back on that truck seeing all the crazy things that happen. The guide should get in contact with me about when to meet him and how to get there, I’m so nervous, but I’m more excited about this!

Absolutely Amazing – A must do gorilla safari Africa!

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gorilla-safari-tourWe visited two families on our gorilla tour (on two separate days); the Amahoro family and the Susa family (studied by Dian Fossey). We were fortunate to visit the Amahoro family when they were lounging in a clearing so were able to get up very close and watch the family (including the dominant Silverback) interact with one another. On one occasion, an adolescent gorilla approached my sister curious of her camera. Of course, she had to back away though not for fear of the young gorilla which really just looked like it wanted to play.
The Susa family is one of the larger families’ habituated to human contacts and has many Silverbacks, females, adolescents and young babies. One particular moment of awe for me occurred when a young mother walked within a foot of where I was sitting with a 3 month old baby on her back, pausing briefly to eat. At that moment, the baby looked at me with big round, almost opaque eyes, and I knew I would have to return (indeed, we are planning a trip to Uganda in the next few years).

We saw 17 gorillas in all, including 1dominant silverback, which is the head of the family. We were told only male gorillas become silverbacks. Their backs become silver around 12 to 15 years of age. It is similar to how men get gray hair when they get older.

We also saw many other young adolescents playing in the trees, swinging from branch to branch and spent several minutes observing a young brash male, apparently inebriated from eating too many fermented bamboo shoots, try to impress with the occasional beating on his chest. While, the cost to visit with a gorilla family may be prohibitive for some, the chance to see these amazing animals (that share 97% of our DNA) in their natural habitat and contribute to Rwanda’s larger conservation efforts, well justifies the expense. Highly recommended!

Once we met up with the other two trackers, we had to take discuss more about the trek before we were awarded our gorilla tracking certificates at the headquarters. The certificate has your name and confirms that you successfully participated in a gorilla safari in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. The first tracker we met had me follow directly behind him so I was the first person again to appreciate the group we tracked. The first feeling that swept over me was one of relief that we actually got to see the gorillas. The tracker who guided us to the family took very good care of me. He always positioned me in a great spot to see the gorillas. I was very thankful to him.

Once in a life-time experience with the mountain gorillas in the mist!

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The mountain gorilla is highly social, and lives in relatively stable, cohesive groups held together by long-term bonds between adult males and females. Relationships among females are relatively weak. These groups are non-territorial; the silverback generally defends his group rather than his territory. In the Virunga mountain gorillas, the average length of tenure for a dominant silverback is 4.7 years.

The 61% of groups are composed of one adult male and a number of females and 36% contain more than one adult male. The remaining gorillas are either lone males or exclusively male groups, usually made up of one mature male and a few younger males. Group sizes vary from five to thirty, with an average of ten individuals.

A typical group contains: one dominant silverback, who is the group’s undisputed leader; another subordinate silverback (usually a younger brother, half-brother, or even an adult son of the dominant silverback); one or two black backs, who act as sentries; three to four sexually mature females, who are ordinarily bonded to the dominant silverback for life; and from three to six juveniles and infants.

Most males, and about 60% of females, leave their natal group. Males leave when they are about 11 years old, and often the separation process is slow: they spend more and more time on the edge of the group until they leave altogether. They may travel alone or with an all-male group for 2–5 years before they can attract females to join them and form a new group. Females typically emigrate when they are about 8 years old, either transferring directly to an established group or beginning a new one with a lone male. Females often transfer to a new group several times before they settle down with a certain silverback male.

The dominant silverback generally determines the movements of the group, leading it to appropriate feeding sites throughout the year. He also mediates conflicts within the group and protects it from external threats. When the group is attacked by humans, leopards, or other gorillas, the silverback will protect them even at the cost of his own life.

He is the center of attention during rest sessions, and young animals frequently stay close to him and include him in their games. If a mother dies or leaves the group, the silverback is usually the one who looks after her abandoned offspring, even allowing them to sleep in his nest. This is a form of all parental care which is a common behavior and is seen in many other animal species such as the elephant and the wolf. Experienced silverbacks are capable of removing poachers’ snares from the hands or feet of their group members.

When the dominant silverback dies or is killed by disease, accident, or poachers, the family group may be severely disrupted. Unless he leaves behind a male descendant capable of taking over his position, the group will either split up or be taken over in its entirety by an unrelated male. When a new silverback takes control of a family group, he may kill all of the infants of the dead silverback. This practice of infanticide is an effective reproductive strategy, in that the newly acquired females are then able to conceive the new male’s offspring. Infanticide has not been observed in stable groups.

How can one express the most amazing experience trekking to see the mountain gorillas! It is quite a hike, not really steep for my group, buy a workout nonetheless. Porters are very helpful. The whole experience was amazing. For one to go for a Rwanda gorillas tour, there is a 750 USD entry permit per person, this acts as the permission to enter the park and search for these gentle giants in their natural setting. Make reservations in advance as the number of visitors are limited. For details about mountain gorillas and different gorilla tour packages, click here.

Gorilla trekking Experience a Lifetime Adventure of Africa

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Visiting the gorillas in Rwanda is a must. If you’re looking for an experience of a lifetime, this is it. We went on a Rwanda safari in Oct 2013 and we didn’t want to leave. We trekked with the Gorillas for two days and the Golden Monkeys one day. With the Gorillas, we visited the Amahoro family the first day which is one of the largest. It has 5 silverback gorillas and close to 20 total gorillas.

The trek to find them was about 90 minutes, a medium level hike. The second day we visited the Agasha family, what a joy they were. A very friendly and playful family. The trek to find them was just over an hr. We couldn’t imagine anything better for each day, as both were awe inspiring, emotional, and full of joy. It truly is an amazing experience and well worth the money. The guides, porters, and trackers are excellent at what they do and make the experience even better.

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Virunga Lodge in Rwanda

I was anxious about getting a permit before we left so arranged one well in advance but when I was there I noted that it was possible to get them at relatively short notice so while it is always sensible to get them in advance, if you are traveling on spec don’t give up the chance of seeing them at short notice. I know some people went trekking for a couple of days but one day was fine as it is so expensive and you are almost certain of a sighting.

Try and see a bit of Rwanda as well as it is a lovely place with happy helpful people. I would suggest the genocide museum in Kigali and maybe Lake Kivu which is less than two hours from the gorillas. I would advise going with an established firm; we travelled with Volcano Safari and they were very good, but you hear some horror stories as detailed in some of the reviews about Rwanda and further afield.

It is run by an excellent organization who knows how to treat the tourists and give them an excellent experience. The landscape that you trek through is amazing as well, as you see volcanoes, local farming, and local people working. Do yourself a favor, and explore an opportunity like no other.