Mountain Gorillas & Primates

A visit with habituated mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is the number one primate experience in the world, it is an unforgettable thrill, and it is perfectly safe to get up close to these wonderful creatures.

The gorillas are very accepting of human visitors and since the relatively recent onset of the program of taking permit paying visitors up to visit the gorillas, the gorilla population is increasing again from dangerously low numbers. Porters with sedan chairs are also available to carry visitors with walking issues up and down the mountain sides.

The best place to visit habituated gorillas is in the countries of Rwanda and Uganda however there are a number of logistical advantages of visiting the gorillas in Rwanda. Another advantage that has occurred recently is that Rwanda has been moved off the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) list where a yellow fever immunization is recommended whereas Uganda is still on the CDC list where a yellow fever immunization is recommended.

Adjacent to the Rwandan gorillas, there is a fabulous opportunity to visit Golden monkeys, which can be easily incorporated into the gorilla tour simply by tacking on another day.

On the west side of Rwanda, driving several hours on decent winding roads through gorgeous hilly terraced terrain, guests will reach Nyungwe National Park, the largest block of montane forest in east or central Africa, dating back to before the last Ice Age with an impressive rain forest considered to be the origin of the Nile River.

Adjacent to Nungwe Park is Cyamndongo Forest, home to 13 primate species including human kind’s closest living relative; the chimpanzee, as well as the handsome Hoests monkey and hundred strong troops of the delightfully acrobatic Angola Colobus.

In Nungwe Forest, there is also the cable suspension Canopy Walkway built above a steep, deep ancient valley that affords the clients a platform from which to be at the “eye-to-eye level” with different primate and bird species, all of which are fond of inhabiting the upper scales of the forest.

Mountain biking, hiking, and cultural and village encounters, school visits and museum tours, etc. can also be experienced in an overall tour of Rwanda.

Because of the logistics involved, and the cost of the permits, the gorilla visit is geared mainly to the upper Mid-Range to Luxury clientele. In the busiest months of the year i.e. July, August and Christmas, it may be necessary to book gorilla permits at least 6 months away. Refer to map on right for location(s)
 

Timing a Tour to Visit the Gorillas and Primates

JANUARY | FEBRUARY
If planning a visit to the Mountain Gorillas at this time; it is useful to know that rain and humidity is prevalent in the country of Rwanda in January and February however the mountain gorillas tend to climb at lower elevations making for a less strenuous hike.

MARCH | APRIL | MAY
If planning a visit to the Mountain Gorillas at this time; it is useful to know that rain and humidity is prevalent in the country of Rwanda in March, April and May, however the mountain gorillas tend to climb to the lower elevations at this time making for a less strenuous hike.

JUNE | JULY | AUGUST
If planning a visit to the Mountain Gorillas at this time; it is useful to know that rain and humidity is prevalent in the country of Rwanda year round although the driest period is usually between mid-June and mid-September. However, during this drier spell, the mountain gorillas tend to climb to higher elevations making for a more strenuous hike.

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER
If planning a visit to the Mountain Gorillas at this time; it is useful to know that rain and humidity is prevalent in the country of Rwanda in SEPTEMBER OCTOBER; however the mountain gorillas tend to climb at the lower elevations making for a less strenuous hike.

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER
If planning a visit to the Mountain Gorillas at this time; it is useful to know that rain and humidity is prevalent in the country of Rwanda in NOVEMBER DECEMBER; however the mountain gorillas tend to climb at the lower elevations making for a less strenuous hike.

Timing a tour in combination with other locations

LDAS suggests that clients rely on our expertise to determine the best time for their custom African tour. When clients are able to go when the overall conditions are best, LDAS finds that it sends a good percentage of clients in January February and September October, when all the variables are considered.

Between the two periods, in the southern hemisphere, the weather is generally cooler in September October than in January February when the temperatures are hottest. The only bad time to go to Africa iswhen the rains are heavy in the regions being considered.

To find out the high temperatures and rain days, go to: www.weather2travel.com
More detailed climate information can be found at: www.climatemps.com

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