Is It Safe To Trek Gorillas In Rwanda? Best Planning Tips

Is It Safe To Trek Gorillas In Rwanda? Yes, gorilla trekking in Rwanda is safe. Rwanda is believed to be the most shielded country for Gorilla trekking in Africa. Even though Rwanda is politically stable and safe, many travelers are concerned and curious about the country’s safety and security because her neighbor Congo is known for insurgencies and other forms of instabilities and insecurities. The fact that Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park shares the gorilla habitat with Congo’s Virunga National Park raises fear and concerns.

While talking about the above concerns, the Rwanda Development Board in conjunction with the Rwanda Défense Forces (the country’s army), guaranteed hefty deployments in all tourist attractions, national parks, and all the border areas. Throughout gorilla trekking and other activities at Volcanoes National Park, tourists are accompanied by armed soldiers, park rangers, or guides and the purpose of doing this is to ensure high level safety.

Safety of the tourist before the Gorillas

To begin with, gorilla trekking occurs in habituated gorilla families whose members are familiar with human presence. Furthermore, the Gorilla trekking rules, guidelines, and regulations that were put in place point to the safety and security of the gorillas and the visitors. As a requirement, visitors must keep a distance of 7 meters away from the gorillas. In circumstances where a gorilla could charge at the visitor, the rangers lead the visitors away or shoot in the air to scare away or calm the aggressive animal.

Is It Safe To Trek Gorillas In Rwanda

Besides the security provided to tourists throughout the gorilla trek, Rwanda is well known for being a peace-loving country with amicable people. Rwanda is among those countries in the world where tourists are treated like queens and Kings.

Unquestionably, gorilla trekking is Rwanda’s major tourist activity whose preservation, conservation, and protection are highly regarded. This is visible with the exceptional state of conservation in which the mountain gorillas and their habitat are. In addition to the gorilla conservation and protection policies put in place, the security and safety of the tourists remain a vital focus for the park guides, rangers, the army, and the Rwanda Development Board.

Where To Stay During Gorilla Trekking

There are various security standards to be met by lodges and hotels set to host tourists for gorilla trekking and other tourist activities at Volcanoes National Park regardless of their class (budget, mid-range, or luxury). Choose from a selection of the below lodges:

Budget: La Locanda Hotel, La palme hotel, Classic resort, Hotel Muhabura

Mid-range: Five Volcanoes boutique hotel, Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge Hotel, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Tiloreza eco-lodge, Sambora Kinigi

Luxury: One & only gorilla’s nest, Amahoro songa, Singita Kwitonda, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge, Bisate Gorilla Lodge, The Bishop’s house, Volcanoes Virunga Lodge.

Is It Safe To Trek Gorillas In Rwanda? “YES”

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