How to Plan a Gorilla Safari in Rwanda

Gorilla tracking is an amazing activity that every tourist would wish to do as soon as he visits the East Africa. If you wish to track gorillas, contact your safari expert and they will be able to arrange for you a successful amazing safari to see the mountain gorillas.

The tour operator will be able to make a booking for hotel/ lodge after knowing which permits are available and the gorilla families. In order to ease the movement, accommodation should be near the tracking starting point. Even after booking and making a payment, you need to keep in contact with these lodges for the updates and any changes that may occur.

Transportation is so essential in any safari. Having booked for the permit and the lodge, you have to get the means of transport. There are several car hire companies from which you can book with for the airport pick-ups and transfers including all the days you will be on a trip. Also, there are public means of transport, the buses, Matatus, bodas that can take you to the final destination. These public means of travel are in most cases cheaper hence the best for budget travelers. But to avoid inconveniences its better to contact a tour company.

You have to be well prepared for forest life and get to know what to pack before starting the activity. Mountain gorillas live in forested areas with unpredictable weather, slippery grounds and much undergrowth with thorny bushes. You must therefore pack hiking boots, long sleeved shirts and panties, hat, hand gloves, rain coats to mention but a few. These help in case of unpredictable weather changes. Putting in mind that photographing is the only activity allowed while with the gorillas that you should not forget a non-flash light camera.

Despite the fact that the tour company can arrange for your safari, you can also plan for a gorilla trekking tour yourself. Mountain gorilla safaris offer lifetime experience no matter who makes the arrangement but preparing it yourself makes it feel extraordinary. Get to know whether there are available gorilla permits. The information about permit availability can be accessed from the websites of any government body responsible for issuing out these permits. For the case of Uganda, the Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) provides the information whereas the Rwanda development board provides permit information for Rwanda. After knowing the available permits, book through any of these bodies and then pay for the deposit in advance. Booking should be at least 6 months before the trekking date. This is due to the amplified demand for these permits and for the purposes of timely allocation of the gorilla families among trekkers.


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