Rwanda in the contemporary times has been known to the world in negativity following the bloody genocide that befell the country in the year 1994, something that did not only destroy the internal cohesion but also affected the international image and eventually safaris to Rwanda.
However, as it is always put up that worst moments never last, the
country has re-evolved to regain its status and even beyond. It is
recorded as one the smart prospering nations on the African continent
and as a result her international stature has started to elevate
prompting international travelers to buy Rwanda safari tour
packages. This resurrection has come along with internal unity,
infrastructure development, people again taking pride in their heritage
and Rwanda appreciating herself as a home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
One would wonder about the mountain gorillas of Rwanda! Noted as the
descendants of old world monkey, the Mountain gorillas are known to be
living in the Virunga massif where Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is
located along with Congo’s Virunga and Uganda’s Mgahinga. Other
populations are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south
west of Uganda. A count of 480 live in Virunga mountain chain while
other 400 live in Bwindi presenting a ground for gorilla safaris in Uganda.
Rwanda has a count of ten (10) habituated gorilla families along with
two (2) research gorilla groups. The research groups include the Pablo
Shida and Beetsme. The other ten are fully habituated and are spread in
different park landscapes including slopes of the Volcanoes where they
are always visited by travellers on gorilla safaris in Rwanda.
Ranging from Susa A and Susa B to Amahoro, Umubano, Bwenge, Ugenda,
Hirwa, Sabyinyo, Ubumwe and Kwitonda, Volcanoes National Park has the
capacity to take eighty (80) people per day on Rwanda gorilla trekking safari
since eight (8) are allowed to track each gorilla family. Undertaking a
2 – 8 hour gorilla adventure in the volcanic mountain of Rwanda
presents a life time memory.
Encountering the mountain gorillas of Rwanda,
one needs to be in possession of a gorilla permit and this costs $750.
This therefore puts the total figure collected per day assuming all the
gorilla groups have been fully tracked to 60,000 USD. This is a good
foreign exchange earned by a developing country like Rwanda from a
single export. This combine to make the mountain gorillas of Rwanda
beyond the ordinary and as a result, by undertaking a gorilla safari to Rwanda is helping to build the local economy and contribute to its recovery.
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