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Trekking to See Endangered Mountain Gorillas in Virunga Mountains: A Guide for Planning Your Trip

Are you looking for a unique adventure that involves breathtaking scenery and rare wildlife sightings? Look no further than Virunga Mountains, home to 604 of the world’s remaining 1000 Mountain Gorillas. In this blog post, we’ll take you through our unforgettable experience of trekking up Virunga Mountains and give you fast facts to plan your trip.

Trekking in Virunga Mountains to see Endangered Mountain Gorillas

If you’re a nature lover, trekking in Virunga Mountains to see endangered Mountain Gorillas is a must-do activity. The forest is dense and likely to get your heart racing, but fear not as you’ll be accompanied by armed rangers and guides who will ensure your safety and help you scale the majestic mountains.

To start your trek, wake up early and drive to Kinigi to be on time for the 7:00 AM briefing. Only 96 permits are issued daily, so it’s essential to book ahead. The minimum age to Trek is 15 years old, and it’s crucial to be well prepared with hiking shoes, long pants, and tops to avoid nicks and bites.

The hike up the Virunga Mountains takes over three hours, with breaks to rest and have a snack. The guides are friendly and considerate of all participants’ varying fitness levels, making it an enjoyable experience for everyone.

As we were among the youngest and fittest participants for the day, we were assigned the farthest gorilla family to visit. Once we reached our troop of Gorillas, we were stunned to view these majestic animals who did not mind our intrusion into their Kingdom.

If you plan to visit Virunga Mountains to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas, we recommend staying at Serena Lake Kivu or Nyungwe House. These accommodations offer a comfortable and relaxing retreat after a day of trekking.

In conclusion, trekking up the Virunga Mountains to see endangered Mountain Gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that shouldn’t be missed. Plan ahead, be prepared, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in the heart of nature.

10 February 2023 Expert Insight, Gorilla Trekking
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