Gorilla trekking is one of the most done tourism activities in the world. Thousands and thousands of people visit the gorillas in their natural setting throughout the year. There are only three places in the whole world where one can track the gorillas in their natural environment. These are Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and among these Rwanda is the most popular and preferred one.
This is why it has a higher rate of a gorilla permit compared to its counterparts. Rwanda has about 400 mountain gorillas in its perch which is almost a third of the total population of mountain gorillas in the world. Rwanda gorilla safaris take place in the magnificent volcanoes national park in the northeastern part of the country. This amazing gorilla hub sits at the Virunga ranges which are straddled by the three countries of Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo.
We have seen lots of high profile people visiting Rwanda to track the gorillas and below we make a discussion as to why Rwanda is a prime gorilla safari destination.
- Rwanda is very sound and safe
In the 1990s, Rwanda was distorted by the genocide plight but this has come to the past and now the country is one of the most secure destinations in Africa. Thanks to its government that has worked tooth and nail to ensure that no havoc is caused in the country again. In Rwanda, a tourist is guaranteed security at any time and any given place. With the security granted, the tourist is likely to have a peace of mind and hence having an enjoyable gorilla safari.
- The proximity of the capital city to the gorilla habitat
Volcanoes national park is 2 hours’ drive from Kigali the capital of Rwanda. With the volcanoes national park near the getaway point of Kigali International Airport, tourists find it easy to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda compared to other destinations. For instance in Uganda, a tourist has to travel for about 11 hours to reach Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga national park.
Rwanda has a third of the world population of the mountain gorillas (400 individuals) and out of the 400 mountain gorillas in Rwanda, 17 families are habituated. In context 17 gorilla families can be tracked by the tourists. This implies that tourists have a variety of gorilla families to track basing on their preference of experience.
It should be noted that the locales of the gorilla families defer as some gorilla families live near the start point of the tracking and others live in the far forests of the park. Therefore tourists of all sort for example the adventurous one and less adventurous ones are all catered for.
- Rwanda has world-class tourism auxiliary services
The roads in Kigali and those that lead to various tourism destinations are in very good conditions to conveniently ease the passage of tourists to their preferred destinations. More to that the accommodation facilities in Rwanda are top notch especially those that are in Kigali and volcanoes national park. These safari lodges and guest houses accommodate different people of different financial background. The financial services are also well placed from the banks offering international services, forex bureau and also some tourist places accept credit cards and foreign currency as a medium of exchange.
- Rwanda as a tourism destination is multilingual
Personnel that work in the tourism industry can speak English, French and Swahili henceforth pulling tourists from Anglophone and francophone countries. The tourists enjoy coming to a place where they can easily communicate with the natives.