How Tough Is Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda

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October 4, 2019
How Tough Is Gorilla Trekking In  Rwanda

The toughness and difficulty of trekking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National park is one of the major concerns for those planning Rwanda gorilla tours. YES, most people making gorilla inquiries to Rwanda have continuously asked how difficult it is to visit mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National park. It’s one of the frequently asked questions about gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The difficulty of gorilla trekking is asked along other gorilla safari inquiries such as gorilla group is easy or difficulty to trek, how physically fit should one be to trek gorillas, how long does a gorilla trek take, and what it takes to trek these endangered species. Trekking to see mountain gorillas is undeniably a strenuous adventure that involves hiking up and downhill through the jungle forest with slippery grounds, stinging nestles and thorny bushes. Some gorilla families are challenging to trek than the others but all experiences are memorable and life-changing. The day of gorilla trekking begins with a transfer from the lodge to kinigi park headquarters for briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking and then a transfer to the starting pint of the hiking trail. The toughness of gorilla treks in Rwanda varies depending on several factors.

The location of a gorilla family

Rwanda gorilla groups

A gorilla family in Rwanda

The nearness and farness of a mountain gorilla family from the starting point determines the difficulty of trekking. in Rwanda, Susa A group is the most difficulty gorilla family to trek in Volcanoes National park. Similarly, Karisimbi gorilla family is also challenging requiring travelers to hike on the slopes of Mt Karisimbi. The gorilla family is named after Mt Karisimbi, the highest Volcano in the Virunga Conservation area standing at 4507m above the sea level. Similarly, Amahoro gorilla family lives in the slopes of Mt Bisoke hence a bit challenging. Sabyinyo, Kwitonda, Agashya, and Hirwa groups are known to be less challenging hence the best gorilla groups for the elderly and the physically challenged. Therefore, the location of a gorilla family determines the ease or difficulty of trekking gorillas.

Traveler’s physical fitness
Your physical fitness will also determine the ease or difficulty of gorilla trekking. Even for the closest gorilla family, the physically challenged finds it difficult to trek. On the other hand, the physically fit travelers find no difficulty in trekking gorillas even the farthest gorilla family. Potential travelers coming to see gorillas are therefore advised to do physical exercise to ensure fitness for gorilla trekking. Among the recommended exercises include jogging, hiking, walking, gyming and sit-ups among others. Travelers with any kind of difficulties are advised to hire sedan chairs to avoid difficulties in the jungle.

Traveler’s age
The elderly normally find it difficult to trek gorillas especially those in high altitudinal areas. For this matter, aged travelers are usually given easy to trek gorilla families especially those living in low altitudinal areas.


Gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park

10 gorilla families have been habituated for trekking in Volcanoes National park. The gorilla groups in Rwanda are Susa A, Karisimbi group, Agashya family, Amahoro family, Umubano group, Sabyinyo family, Kwitonda group, Hirwa family, Ugenda group and Bwenge. Each family is visited by a group of eight travelers for an hour.

How to prepare for gorilla trekking in Rwanda
What to pack  for gorilla trekkingThe fact that gorilla trekking is not a walk away activity, you have got to prepare for it in advance. The preparation guide for gorilla treks to Volcanoes National Park include:
• Do physical exercises
• Bring a daypack containing cameras, hand gloves, insect repellants, and energy-giving snacks, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and extra batteries among others.
• Book a gorilla permit in time @1500
• Carry hiking boots
• Wear rain jackets for the unpredictable forest weather
Conclusively, trekking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National park is not as difficult as in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest. Contact Gorilla Trek Africa today, book your Rwanda gorilla trip and enjoy this magical encounter.