In their bid to save the remaining endangered mountain gorilla populations, scientists have spent decades habituating family groups in the Virunga Mountains which straddle Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Half of all surviving mountain gorilla live here, a significant number within the Volcanoes National Park.
Just 96 gorilla permits are issued in Rwanda each day, so tracking gorilla in the wild is an incredibly exclusive, intimate experience. To preserve the pristine nature of the forest, you will hike the mountainous forest trails on foot, though the sightings are well worth the effort:. The excitement build as you hike, and it’s a magical moment when you come across the first habituated gorilla group. All the groups are named, as are many of the individuals and your expert guides will be able to make a proper introduction to the band you encounter.
In this case, the journey is half of the adventure and regardless of the time it takes to find the troops of gorilla, you will have an enchanting hour in the company of these gentle giants. Along the way you can also expect to see golden monkey, black fronted duiker, and a plethora of colourful birds.