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How difficult is the Trek to see the Gorillas in Rwanda?

How difficult is the Trek to see the Gorillas in Rwanda?

How difficult is the Trek to see the Gorillas in Rwanda?, Gorilla Trekking Adventure is not as difficult as the trek in the Himalayas. However, it is also not an easy task. Stamina is more important than speed when it comes to this activity. It is not a race as you only get an hour with the gorillas regardless of how early you arrive. Therefore, there is no need to rush. This is because, the research shows that exposure to humans for more than an hour can cause distress to the gorillas. And it also increases the risk of spreading transmittable diseases.

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda done in the Volcanoes National Park (Parc National Des Volcans) which is located within the Virunga Area. The Virunga Area in Rwanda made up of volcanoes. Some of which are active and some are extinct and are covered in bamboo and evergreen forests. These mountains provide an ideal habitat for gorillas, but trekking to see them is not an easy task. According to our partners, it’s best to assume that the trek could take anywhere between one to five hours.

However, gorilla treks in Rwanda are comparatively easier than in Uganda. This is because most of the habituated groups of gorillas are located about two hours of the trailhead. And the trails are more open and gentle in comparison to those in Uganda. Trekking gorillas in Rwanda is much easier and more accessible compared to Uganda.

The Gorilla trekking duration can take anything from 30 minutes to 5 hours or even more depending on the location of the particular gorilla family that you are trekking. Usually, it is not easy to predict the exact amount of time you may take to allocate the gorilla family. Thus making it impossible to provide a more specific estimate. Because gorillas move around independently and not directed to be in a certain place at a certain time.

However, this should not create worries as your park rangers and guides track the gorillas every morning and report their location to the trekking groups. This makes the whole experience lest difficult. Although you will have to navigate the challenging terrain and thick vegetation. Each trekking group assigned a gorilla family based on their fitness level, with the more physically fit individuals assigned to more challenging routes. If you’re concerned about your stamina, then you will be allocated to more near and easy to trek gorilla groups. You can also opt for a Rwanda gorilla safari, as it typically requires less trekking.

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