my 9 Day Gorilla Trekking Expedition Safari in Africa Rwanda
A few suggestions for the people who help you on the treks: Porters…Hire a porter, even if you don’t need the help. The cost is very minimal ($5-$10 US) and it keeps the locals employed. Trackers…Perhaps the most understated of all the helpers are the trackers. They have a huge job…they go out very early in the morning to find each family and then follow the families, ensuring your group actually gets to see the gorillas. So in my opinion, everyone should give them some sort of tip. (We tipped $5 US/tracker). Keep in mind that the trackers don’t follow you all the way down the mountain so make sure you tip them before they leave the group. Guides…The guides are extremely knowledgeable, patient and eager to give everyone a good experience, so tip accordingly. (We tipped our guides $10 US/guide).
The next day we visited the golden monkeys and, having seen the gorillas first, the golden monkeys were almost a bit of a disappointment, although they really shouldn’t have been. They’re very cute and interesting in their own way but simply can’t compare to the gorillas. If I had it to do over again, I’d do the golden monkey trek first, using it as kind of a ‘warm up’ to the gorillas.
We used cheap Rwanda Safaris for our trip and I can’t say enough well about them! During the booking process I communicated with Sam and Moses and I found both of them to be professional, courteous and prompt in responding to my emails. I had a ton of questions and they were both quick to help and make suggestions, all of which turned out very well.
Tony was our driver and we really enjoyed our time with him. He made us feel safe and well looked after the entire time we were there. From the first time I email’s Sam to the day Tony dropped us off at the airport in Kigali for our flight out, Cheap Rwanda Safaris took care of every little detail. I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend them to anyone and I will certainly use them again!
Rwanda may not be on any list of the ‘top 10’ destinations in the world to visit but between the wonderful people, the beautiful countryside and the magical gorillas, it definitely won my heart and my highest recommendation!
From my own experience and after talking to others at the Lodge, it’s safe to say that there’s a huge range of difficulty when it comes to the Gorilla treks. Although you can ask your driver to make a request for you, they can’t always accommodate everyone. Both treks I did and both families I visited were very different but both experiences were fantastic in their own way. And, having experienced these 9 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari first hand, I’m extremely thankful that no matter how habituated they seem to be, they’re wonderfully wild and free to safely roam wherever they want!
A few practical suggestions for the gorilla/golden monkey treks: Wear long pants, preferably ones that are water resistant, definitely not jeans. Good walking or hiking boots and a raincoat are a must. Wear long socks that you can tuck your pants into to prevent red ants that you may come across from crawling up your legs. A good pair of gardening gloves is highly recommended; ones that will protect your hands from the stinging nettles you might have to grab onto or push out of the way. Find the great listing of the Gorilla Safari Companies that can all you to go Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park or Bwindi National Parkhttp://www.abovethecloudtrekking.com/blog/my-9-day-gorilla-trekking-expedition-safari-in-africa-rwanda.htmlGorilla Trekking Expeditions 9 Days Rwandablog