The film Gorillas In The Mist brought our collective attention to the plight of the endangered mountain gorillas, gentle giants whose existence has for years been threatened by poaching and habitat destruction. While these animals are still listed as critically endangered, enormous efforts have been made over the past couple of decades to combat this risk and improve their chances of survival.
The Virunga Mountains are home to around 800 gorillas, the last remaining wild mountain gorillas in the world. Gorilla trekking is one of the key conservation efforts created by the three African countries who share these mountains – Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC – where the cost of the permits is funneled back into the conservation programmes that protect the animals.
Coming face to face with gorillas is something truly special, a powerful and humbling experience that leaves you feeling changed. In addition to your time with them, you’ll also discover a little of the beautiful and complex country that is Rwanda. From the Genocide Museum in Kigali to the terraced hillsides and sweeping mountain landscapes that precede your entry into Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda will have a hold on your thoughts long after you’ve left.
Note: gorilla trekking is available to visitors aged 15 years and older.