Gorilla tracking holiday in Rwanda
Description of Gorilla tracking holiday in Rwanda
This once-in-a-lifetime Gorilla tracking holiday trip in Rwanda is a six day, tailor made experience. After relaxing in Kigali on your first night you’ll head to famous Volcanoes National Park, where you’ll spend two full days tracking and encountering the mountain gorillas and coming face-to-face with these animals in their natural habitat; surely one of the greatest wildlife experiences imaginable. You’ll also spend a day walking through the stunning foothills of the volcanoes to visit the graves of Dian Fossey and the gorillas with which she worked. You’ll spend your fifth day in search of the delightfully cheeky golden monkeys, with time in the afternoon to relax or to explore the local area. The final day brings you back to Kigali, where there’s time to visit the thought-provoking genocide memorial before your flight home.
We operate this as a year-round trip, although the best time for sighting animals is during the dry season between mid December to March and mid May to mid October.
PlanetA unique gorilla safari in Rwanda that takes in the wildlife highlights including gorilla tracking and admiring the views of Volcanoes National Park.
All of our trips are conducted by local guides and drivers who specialise in this region of Africa. Through the employment of local staff, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism. As a result of this we minimise the impact on the local environment at the same time as providing the traveller with a high level of comfort.
The direct contribution we are making to conservation is evident from each gorilla tracking permit sold where a percentage goes directly back to the park staff and local communities.
This has resulted in a number of positive results: - Properly equipped park staff can now provide the endangered mountain gorillas with the protection from poachers, deforestation, etc that they require. In recent years this has meant that the mountain gorilla population has increased from 650 to 700 individuals. This is one of the most successful stories of wildlife conservation that we have enjoyed.
We aim to minimise our impact on the environment as much in the UK as we would do in any of our destination countries. We do this through recycling of any office waste including, paper, plastic, cans, glass, refuse, in partnership with the Brighton & Hove City Council. The purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects.
PeopleAll of our trips are conducted by local guides and drivers who specialise in this region of Africa. Through the employment of local staff, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism. Wherever possible we use locally run and managed accommodation; lodging does vary however and can be in environmentally low impact eco-lodges or luxury camps.
The purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects. We give our travellers advice on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the “thing to do”; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures, society and standard of living.
Local populations now have the support to set up their own small enterprises (local craft shops etc). Increased controlled revenue into the regions has resulted in a much more stable local economy If travellers would also like to contribute to the protection of primates throughout the world please request further details regarding our “Protect the Primates” wristbands from which all proceeds go to the conservation of endangered primates.
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