How Long is a Gorilla Trek to See Gorillas in Rwanda?Gorilla Tracking Uganda
How Long is a Gorilla Trek to See Gorillas in Rwanda?
The amount of time spent hiking/walking to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda is one of the major concerns for tourists who wish to have a Rwanda gorilla trekking safari experience.
Many first time travelers for gorilla trekking in Rwanda always question how long it takes to trek to and from the gorillas as they would want to compare this with their physical ability to accomplish the hike.
There are very few wildlife safari activities as exceptional and memorable as gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking takes you on an arduous journey typically walking on foot along with other trekkers through Africa’s dense rain-forests. Searching for the endangered apes is such an amazing experience that takes an unpredictable amount of time.
In Rwanda, the estimated time spent gorilla trekking to and from is about 2- 4 hours or even more.
This is because the gorillas are part of those in the Virunga massif that live and move within a limited range in the forest unlike those in Uganda’s Bwindi forest that is known to trek for longer distances.
The time taken trekking to see the gorillas in Rwanda is also not so long because there are very many routes to trek into the park.
The many routes to the park make it possible to use the shortest trail to the gorilla family allocated. This is why it is possible to have a 1-day gorilla tour in Rwanda or 2 days Rwanda gorilla safari with arrival flights via Kigali International Airport.
However, although the gorilla trekking time is unpredictable and varies depending on where the gorillas spent their previous night, a maximum of 1 hour is what tourists can spend in the presence of the gorilla family.
What makes gorilla trekking time unpredictable? – Gorillas in Rwanda
Mountain gorillas are mainly always on the move and will not be in one specific place to be found by the trekkers. This is because they live in their natural habitat and move through the forest to find their own food.
Mountain gorillas live in families and their typical day starts as early as 6:00 am in the morning as they leave their nests to set off for another location in the forest to find food.
They do not move at a very fast pace since the infants move slowly. Before the trekkers visit the forest, gorilla trackers first visit the forest to search for the gorillas and then after communicate to the park rangers who are bringing in the trekkers. This makes it easy for the group to find the gorillas without wandering around the forest in circles.
How is a gorilla family allocated? – Gorillas in Rwanda
Each morning in the park, trekkers first come together and meet the park rangers for a briefing on don’ts and dos of gorilla trekking. During this time, tourists are allocated gorilla families according to physical fitness and hiking abilities.
In case you have any special requirements be sure to disclose them during briefing such that you are allocated a suitable gorilla family to trek. During group allocation, eight individuals are allocated a single gorilla family and go along with 2 armed rangers for protection.
Wondering how long it takes for a gorilla trek to see gorillas in Rwanda? It will take you an approximate time of about 4 hours or a little more.
Worry not on the capability of hiking because you can hire porters and a sedan chair to help you be moved to and from the gorillas. To book a Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, contact Acacia Safaris for all kinds of bookings.
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