Rwanda can rightly be credited as one of East Africa’s most enticing countries to visit. The diverse landscape of the country, and the bustling metropolitan cities offers its tourists a range of activities that they can actively choose from.
From romantic safari getaways, to rainforest walks, to gorilla trekking hikes whereby you get a chance to see the planet’s one of the most endangered species up close.
With only 1004 of the total population remaining in the world, Rwanda boosts the largest population of the mountain gorillas, safely inhabiting in the Volcanoes National Park.
As the Volcanoes National Park provides a safe, and protected natural habitant for the gorillas, the gorilla trekking permit comes at a cost of around $1500 per person.
It may sound ridiculous to spend a staggering amount to be in the company of mountain gorillas, but preserving an endangered species and providing a safe sanctuary is indeed a costly endeavor.
Here are some reasons why we recommend a trip down Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, and observing the friendly giants from a close proximity.
- The walking safari and the trekking itself is an adventure to remember. While you walk through the lush forests of the Volcanoes National Park, the thrill of being alert at each step, and looking for the gorillas, creates a sense of excitement like no other. Knowing the fact that these gentle beasts are walking the same ground as you are, is an unforgettable feeling in itself.
- The Rwandan government takes special care of the sanctuary for the mountain gorillas, while giving equal attention to the communities surrounding the area. Thus, ensuring that in order to create a trekking spot for the tourists, neither the human communities, nor the wildlife is disturbed or put at risk.
- Easy spotting, and a less draining trek. Compared to the gorilla trek in the neighbouring Uganda, the trek in Rwanda is less physically demanding, plus the fact that the forest is not very densely populated, makes it easier to spot animals.
- Finally, being in the company of these majestic beasts, observing them imitate human beings, nurturing their offspring, or simply going about their lives, undoubtedly creates an unforgettable experience for tourists.