Embark on a journey into the heart of Africa, where the majestic mountain gorillas dwell, not only in Rwanda but also across the continent, spanning countries like Uganda, DR Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, Cameroon, and more. Each destination offers a unique experience with different gorilla subspecies, including mountain gorillas, eastern lowland gorillas, western lowland gorillas, and cross river gorillas.
Mountain gorillas carve their existence in the elevated forests, perched between 8,000 to 13,000 feet. Adapted with thicker fur, they withstand freezing temperatures. Human encroachment has driven them higher into the mountains, subjecting them to perilous conditions.
Recent years have seen a positive turn for mountain gorillas despite challenges like civil conflict, poaching, and human intrusion. Conservation efforts have resulted in a notable increase in their population, marking a triumph in the realm of gorilla trekking in Africa.
Distinguished as the largest among gorilla subspecies, the eastern lowland gorilla, or Grauer’s gorilla, boasts a robust physique, large hands, and a short muzzle. Civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo has impacted their population, causing a significant reduction in their historical range. Conservation endeavors, supported by organizations like WWF, aim to reclaim stability and protect these majestic creatures.
The most numerous and widespread among gorilla subspecies, the western lowland gorilla thrives in countries like Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo. Despite their sizable population, poaching and disease have caused a staggering 60% decline in numbers over the past two to two and a half decades. Recovery, even without threats, is estimated to take 75 years.
Resembling western lowland gorillas, the Cross River gorilla subspecies faces threats from human encroachment, deforestation, and poaching. Conservation efforts focus on securing their habitat, with initiatives led by WWF and government collaborations in Cameroon and Nigeria.
Volcanoes Gorilla National Park: Home to over 400 mountain gorillas.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Houses an estimated 600 mountain gorillas.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park: Home to over 20 mountain gorillas.
Virunga National Park: Hosts over 200 mountain gorillas.
Kahuzi-Biega Gorilla National Park: Sanctuary for eastern lowland gorillas with over 1000 individuals.
Lope Gorilla National Park: A haven for western lowland gorillas with over 100 residents.
Dzanga-Ndoki Gorilla National Park: Shelter for western lowland gorillas with an estimated population of 2000.
Cameroon-Nigeria Gorilla Region: Habitat for the critically endangered Cross River gorillas, with fewer than 250 mature individuals.
Trek Africa Expeditions stands as your premier partner for Rwanda safaris, ensuring meticulous care for your gorilla permits and all safari-related services. We facilitate an unforgettable experience with the iconic mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.
While Rwanda welcomes visitors throughout the year, the dry months of June to early September and December to February offer an ideal safari experience with minimal rainfall. These periods provide comfortable conditions, unlike the wetter months of March-May and mid-September to November. Discover the allure of mountain gorillas in Rwanda and embark on a safari with Trek Africa Expeditions for an unparalleled adventure.