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The Amazing Primates of Rwanda

Rwanda the most organized country and visited several travelers every year. With the ten families of gorillas, your day start early with an early breakfast. Afterwards you will be taken to the park headquarters in Kinigi. At the headquarters you and others scheduled for gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda and that day will be divided into groups of 8 and briefed on gorilla etiquette and safety.

Afterwards you will be driven to the start of the trail and your guide will lead you as you track through gorillas along the designated trails and enjoy its nature. Gorilla treks in the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda are uphill hikes, so even at an unhurried pace the altitude makes the trek a bit tiring. It is very natural to be a bit anxious about the whole experience, especially with your expectation of what it will be like when you finally see the gorillas.

Although you will have been well assured that the gorillas are habituated, chances are,  you have never seen one, habituated or otherwise, so a little anxiety is allowed just don’t let it overshadow the excitement and your ability to enjoy your trek through the forest. Your anxiety will probably go away when you finally come face to face with the gorillas and realize you have nothing to fear. The playful young ones might occasionally stray closer than expected, but as long as you follow your tour guide’s instructions you will be just fine.

Nyungwe is an ideal destination for lovers of primates, with 13 different species living here, and most visitors will go for at least one tracking experience, the most popular of which is chimpanzee trekking. Starting very early in the morning, chimps are tracked in groups of eight and as with the mountain gorillas, you will have just one hour in their company once they’ve been located.

Sightings aren’t as reliable or as clear as gorillas however, since they often remain in dense forest, but their engaging playfulness and human-like characteristics make the long day worthwhile. A safari to Nyungwe Forest National Park will also expose you to an excellent birding experience.

Nyungwe forest harbors almost 300 bird species of which 24 species are endemics of the Albertine rift region like the great blue Turaco, the Rwenzori Turaco, paradise flycatcher, a long-tailed blue, orange and white bird, and the forest horn bills among others. Interested in all the above activities, Rwanda Gorilla Safaris is at your desk. You only need to book with us in advance for the best preparations such that you do not miss out on which group to go for.

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