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Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla Safari in Rwanda


I had the opportunity to track mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans. It was an incredible experience and this photo gallery charts the adventure. If you are planning a gorilla safari, or just want to know what it is like to spend some time with these amazing animals, you will enjoy these photos.

There are only 880 mountain gorillas left in the world and Rwanda is the premier destination to track them. The Virunga volcanoes are a 3 hour drive from Kigali, the capital. And the habituated gorilla groups are a little easier to reach from the Rwandan side, than those living in the same mountain range in Uganda and the DRC (just across the border). Having said that, tracking the gorillas takes some effort. The bush is thick with stinging and burning nettles, the slopes of the mountains are steep and muddy. But the hour you spend with the gorillas makes it more than worth the effort.

Thanks to Volcanoes Safaris who made my trip possible. They were flawless.

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Virunga VolcanoesThe View En Route to the Volcanoes National Park Kinigi, Volcanoes National Park HQKinigi, Parc National des Volcans HQSabinyo Group PhotoSabinyo Mountain Gorilla Family Group IntroductionBamboo ForestStarting the Trek in Search of the Sabinyo Gorilla Family
Close Up Black Back, First SightingFirst Sighting, A Large Black-BackSilverbackGuhondo, Rwanda's Largest SilverbackFamily PhotoThe Sabinyo FamilyMelancholy Close upMelancholy Close Up
GroomingMountain Gorilla Grooming HimselfMe and GorillasThe Black-Back and MeTrackers, Guides and PortersTrackers, Guides and Porters on a Gorilla TrekLeaving the GorillasLeaving the Mountain Gorillas, Mount Sabinyo, Rwanda
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