Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

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altHiking Rwanda's volcanoes and spend an hour with a gorilla family is without doubt a once in lifetime acheivement. Trekking gorilla in Rwanda's National Park in Musanze is by far Gorilla trekking main adventure in East Africa. We provide you with all the informations you need and help you to plan for your for gorilla trekking adventure in Virunga volcanoe Park in Rwanda, as well as giving you an insight on gorillas groups or families. Trekking gorilla in Rwanda is seen by many as the best adventure anywhere on the planet and no trip to Africa would be complete without a trip to see the gorillas in their mist in Rwanda's national park. Gorilla tours in Rwanda are orgnised to all gorillas groups or gorilla families. There are several groups or gorilla families to choose from:  The Susa is reputed to be the most difficult to trekk  as it requires a tough hike up the mountain.It is known for its surviving gorilla twins and got its name from the Susa River within their home range.


 Susa gorilla group had 42 individuals: 4 silverbacks, 5 black backs, 12 adult females, 3 sub adult females, 1 sub adult male, 2 non adult female, 2 juveniles and 13 babies but recently the group got spilt into two families. Before the split  when you reach this group, the first thing you noted was that there were gorillas everywhere.

The Number of Gorillas remains in this family are 29 Gorilla while the new gorilla family group is  Karisimbi named after the Rwanda's highest volcanoe. Rwanda gorilla tours can now be orginised for the new group Karisimbi.

Susa group that the American researcher Dian Fossey studied, and is the largest of the habituated family. Dian Fossey had set up a research centre high in the Virunga volcanic mountains midway between Karisimbi and Bisoke, naming it the Karisoke Research centre.  She is buried there next to her beloved mountain gorilla Digit. Her cemetery has now become a worldwide attraction. A guide leads the strenuous three-hour trek to her conservative centre and to the the susa family. You will need a good six hours to do the round trip, allowing time to explore.

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The other gorilla groups are smaller and tend to be less physically intensive to visit.
The Volcanoes national Park Consists of 125 km2 of mountain forest and home to the six Virunga Volcanoes and the world famous mountain gorillas. Protected within the PNV, the lushly forested slopes of the mountains form an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is arguably the most poignant  and memorable wildlife experience in the world: gorilla trekking.

 The exhilarating climb to the gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo forest offers fantastic views in all directions, before the trackers are immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colourful birds and the chattering of rare golden monkey. Nothing can prepare one for the impact of encountering a fully-grown silverback gorilla, up to three times the size of an average man, yet remarkably peaceable and tolerant of human visitors. A separate gorilla trekking tour in Uganda  can also be arranged.

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