Apart from kahuzi Biega National park being the ideal destination for eastern lowland Gorilla trekking adventures in Congo ? The Second primates to be visited in Africa are the mountain gorillas that are found in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. Various Tour operators are offering gorilla trekking safaris to Rwanda including Rwanda car rental the destination experts for transportation of private Independent Travelers that select to undertake gorilla trekking on their own through the purchasing of the gorilla permits directly with the Rwanda Development Board.
There are two populations of mountain gorillas. One is found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, within three National Parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN. The other is found in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. As of September 2015, the estimated number of gorillas remaining is fewer than 900.
Lowland gorillas live in dense forests and lowland swamps and marshes as low as sea level, with western lowland gorillas living in Central West African countries and eastern lowland gorillas living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near its border with Rwanda.
Kahuzi Biega National Parks recommends adding gorilla trekking of the mountain gorillas in Rwanda which is possible on self drive safari in Rwanda.
Mountain gorilla livelihood
The mountain gorilla is diurnal, most active between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Many of these hours are spent eating, as large quantities of food are needed to sustain its massive bulk. It forages in early morning, rests during the late morning and around midday, and in the afternoon it forages again before resting at night. Each gorilla builds a nest from surrounding vegetation to sleep in, constructing a new one every evening. Only infants sleep in the same nest as their mothers. They leave their sleeping sites when the sun rises at around 6 am, except when it is cold and overcast; then they often stay longer in their nests. The mountain gorilla is highly social, and lives in relatively stable, cohesive groups held together by long-term bonds between adult males and females. Relationships among females are relatively weak. These groups are non territorial; the silverback generally defends his group rather than his territory. In the Virunga mountain gorillas, the average length of tenure for a dominant silverback is 4.7 years.
The dominant silverback generally determines the movements of the group, leading it to appropriate feeding sites throughout the year. He also mediates conflicts within the group and protects it from external threats. When the group is attacked by humans, leopards, or other gorillas, the silverback will protect them even at the cost of his own life. He is the center of attention during rest sessions, and young animals frequently stay close to him and include him in their games. If a mother dies or leaves the group, the silverback is usually the one who looks after her abandoned offspring, even allowing them to sleep in his nest. Experienced silver backs are capable of removing poachers’ snares from the hands or feet of their group members.
Experience the trek
The trek up the Virunga Mountain is a wonderful and unique experience. The trek takes three to eight hours depending on where the family has been located. The anticipation of seeing the silver back makes the trek very easy. It’s recommended to wear gumboots, full sleeve Tee shirt & a good pair of leather gloves to protect you from a possible brush with stinging nettles along the way. A rain coat will be useful to carry. An hour in the midst of the gorilla family (usually 11 to 15) is an absolutely brilliant & a bucket list experience. The trek back will take about the same time. People with health problems should trust that the beauty of the mountain the purity of the nature and the hospitality of the gorillas will miraculously cure you of any ache of pain. Rwanda is a beautiful country also called a Land of a thousand mountains, Having short time in Rwanda for Vacation? book 1 day gorilla tour Rwanda with Rwanda Car rental to enjoy the primates visit in Rwanda and the double gorilla tour in Rwanda .
The Park manages the gorilla tracking in a very professional, ethical, and educational manner. From the moment you arrive at the Park Headquarters everything unfolds smoothly as visitors with permits are put into hiking groups of no more than eight and assigned to guides. The gorilla families on the mountain are classified into tourist families, research families, and wild families so only a very few habituated families are visited by tourists. After a short drive to the trail head, and a hike up the steep slopes of the park which can be for a few or many hours, the assigned family is reached. The families have been located each morning by Park Rangers/Trackers who then communicate with the guides so that one is nearly always guaranteed a sighting. Once located one magical hour is spend observing the family under the close supervision of the guides. It is absolutely one of the most amazing wildlife encounters one could have.
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