It is important to note that Uganda, Rwanda and the D.R. Congo share the Virunga range which is the home to the gorillas. Some of the gorilla families do cross boarders from time to time as they move in search of food. Our company conducts gorilla tracking packages in Uganda and Rwanda and occasionally to The D.R.Congo. The ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda is a small and impressively mountainous country in the heart of Africa. Lying between the ecosystems of the Congo Basin and the Great Rift Valley, it shares the natural riches of both – resulting in a country of exquisite beauty and unsurpassed biodiversity. Rwanda’s captivating natural features offer some great experiences of the mountain gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans. So gorilla tracking may be done in Uganda or Rwanda or both to maximize ones experience.
Tracking in Rwanda was hence forth described “In the heart of Central Africa, so high up that you shiver more than you sweat,” wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, “are great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest – the Virungas”. Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range – home of the rare mountain gorilla – and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. An exhilarating trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas offers stirring views in all directions.
Then, abruptly, the trail enters the national park, immersing trekkers in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colourful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, easily accessible and among the highest in Africa, beckoning an ascent.
Parc De Volcano has five groups : Sabinyo Group : 10 individuals, 2 silverbacks; Amahoro A Group : 15 individuals, 2 silverback; Amahoro B Group : 7 individuals, 1 silverback; Susa Group : 37 individuals, 4 silverbacks; Group Treize : 10 individuals, 2 silverbacks. The choice of the group to track is allocated the morning of the tracking depending on whether one wants a longer walk or a nearer walk.