8 April 2019

Gorillas in the mist: the thrill of trekking these incredible animals

Post by Editor

All of the world’s mountain gorillas live between Uganda, Rwanda, and the Congo. Due to civil unrest and the deaths of a number of rangers, Virunga National Park in Congo closed last year. You can use Volcanoes Safaris, which is an ecotourism company with lodges that will assist with trekking mountain gorillas. There are about 1000 mountain gorillas in the wild, with a growing population. Trekking these gorillas will cost anywhere from $400 in the Congo to $1500 in Rwanda, along with the cost of a tourist visa. To trek, you will need good hiking gear, and likely an armed guide, along with the ability to travel through heavy forests.

Key Takeaways:

  • All of the world’s mountain gorillas reside between Uganda, Rwanda, and the Congo, and trekking them may be physically exhausting, but rewarding.
  • While the mountain gorilla population has grown, they remain threatened due to civil unrest, destruction of habitats, and poaching.
  • Trekking these mountain gorillas can cost between $400 and $1500, along with a visa, but can be done through the services of Volcanoes Safaris that offer three different lodges.

“Founded in 1997 by Praveen Moman, who grew up in Uganda before moving to the UK as a refugee during the reign of Idi Amin, the company has been central to gorilla tourism in both Rwanda and Uganda, with a focus on sustainability and employing local staff.”

Read more: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/gorillas-in-the-mist-the-thrill-of-trekking-these-incredible-animals-1.3766800