Sunday 18 February 2018
Peter Munro visited the gorillas in the Virunga National Park with Msaada
I visited the Volcanoes National Park, home of the Rwandan mountain gorillas made famous by Diane Fossey, in February 2014. Rwanda has about 50% of the world population of these magnificent animals.
After our briefing we drove the short distance to our drop-off point and then walked a couple of miles to the place where we crossed the dry stone wall which surrounds the park. A few hundred yards in our guide told us that we would leave our day packs with our porters alongside a track and as we were sorting things out “our” family of gorillas, a silverback, his three wives and three nippers strolled past. We followed them for the rest of the visit, getting up really close. At one point the silverback wandered past no more than arms length from me. During the day another small family joined up with the others and so we had 10 to watch and film.
The rangers, who speak gorilla, know where each family has bedded down for the night and so they know where to take their group in the morning. The chance of finding a family must therefore be close to 100%.
This is a unique opportunity to see these magnificent animals in the wild. Indeed you will never see a mountain gorilla in a zoo as they do not survive captivity. You can read more about the park and your day with the gorillas by following the link www.volcanoesnationalparkrwanda.com
From there you will be taken to Gisenyi on Lake Kivu which is on the western border of Rwanda. Lake Kivu is Rwanda's largest and the sixth biggest in Africa. Gisenyi is a former colonial beach resort of note where you can take boat trips, go cycling along the lakeshore or simply relax for a couple of days before driving back to Kigali for your flight home.
This is not a cheap trip but for me it was worth every penny.
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WHY NOT EXTEND YOUR TRIP?
SEE THE GORILLAS AND VISIT LAKE KIVU
Lake Kivu with Nyiragongo volcano behind
Fishermen on Lake Kivu
Silverback gorilla in Virunga National Park
Young gorilla in Virunga National Park