GORILLA TREKKING IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK 2022
Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park 2022 should not miss out on the top activities in Rwanda for an amazing Rwanda safari. It should be noted that Rwanda is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas that are habituated into Rwanda gorilla families that tourists will have the chance to spend one hour with the gorillas observing their behavior in the wild and also a number of interesting features of the gorillas for an amazing experience in the park.
There are a number of activities in volcanoes national park you can take part in like birding in Rwanda where you will get to see a number of Albertine endemic species, species from the Congo biome like the long-crested eagle handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Batis Dusky turtle love, paradise flycatcher, archer’s ground robin, African Rwenzori, double collared sunbird, marsh harrier, Ruwenzori turaco, common moorhen Ruwenzori night jar, grey throated tit, the dusky crimson wing, red-faced woodland warbler. You will get to take part in hiking the Virunga mountains in Rwanda that will give you access to a number of rewarding views like the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, lake kivu the largest fresh water lake in Rwanda. However, with all the activities, gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park will give you the most rewarding adventure watching the largest of all the primate species carrying out their daily activities to understand more about their interesting behavior like their strength, their diet, how they co-exist with one another, mountain gorilla reproduction among other interesting features of the primates.
How to access the habituated gorilla families in Rwanda
Once you make your way to volcanoes national park, after your briefing session at the park reception area about the rules and regulations to follow during your gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda. For tourists to access the habituated gorilla families in Rwanda, they will have to participate in the Virunga mountains hike like mount gahinga, mount muhabura, mount sabyinyo, mount bisoke and mount karisimbi that will give you access to the habituated gorilla families that are accustomed to human presence. In east Africa you can take part in gorilla habituation in Uganda to see how the gorillas are trained to get accustomed to human presence.
During the hike to the gorillas, you will have the chance to see a number of interesting features like rewarding views of the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, you will also have the chance to see numerous primates species in the park like the endangered golden monkeys that you can also get to see when you participate in golden monkey trekking, you can also visit the musanze caves among interesting attractions in the park. The habituated gorilla families can be seen along the slopes of the Virunga mountains this is because the mountain gorillas inhabit the upper slopes of the mountains where they can access the gorilla families to understand their behavior in the wild.
Facts about the gorillas in the wild
While participating in gorilla trekking in Rwanda, you will have the chance to understand the different facts about the gorillas in the wild. Some of the interesting features about the primates you will get to see include how they co-exist with one another, the dominant silver back is the overall head of a gorilla family who has all the mating rights with the adult females of the family. the way the silverbacks become the heads of by challenging the dominant silverback of the group to a fight, winner becomes the head of the family and the loser is chased away from the family.
You will also get to understand that they are nomadic species that construct nests every night to avoid them being breeding grounds for blood sucking parasites. You will be able to understand gorilla reproduction, the adult females have a menstrual cycle of about 28-35 days and they have three days of ovulation they use to entice the dominant silverback into mating with them.
You will also get to see the gorilla diet which comprises of edible leaves, wild celery, bamboo shoots because they are herbivores however during their diet you will get to see them eating a number of vertebrates like the millipedes, centipedes, caterpillars, larvae. Important to note about the gorillas is the fact that they can move up to a distance of 500metres looking for food and it is believed they can eat about 18 kilograms of food which has contributed to their overall strength making the strongest of all the primate species with very strong canine teeth with a strong bite force.
You will also get to see that the gorillas move on all fours which in a way helps their hands to gain strength with the numerous exercises they make as they walk all the time. It should be noted that the gorillas are believed to have one of the strongest punches and this can weigh about 1300-271300-2700 pounds y00 pounds therefore while participating in the activity you should consider following the rules and regulations to avoid being in tricky situations in the park that will trigger the gorillas to attack you.
Other destinations you can take part in gorilla trekking in Africa include gorilla trekking in Mgahinga national park, gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park if you’re interested in gorilla trekking in Uganda. You can also have an amazing time participating in gorilla trekking in kahuzi biega national park which will give you the chance to understand more about the endangered eastern lowland gorillas in Congo, you will also visit and participate in gorilla trekking in Virunga national park a park also known for mount Nyiragongo hike where you will get to see the largest lava lake in Africa.