GO­RILLA TREKKING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - TRAVEL -

There are cur­rently 10 ha­bit­u­ated go­rilla fam­i­lies in Rwanda’s Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park that can be vis­ited by a max­i­mum of eight tourists day.

You can only spend one hour with the go­ril­las, to limit stress

and the risk of trans­mit­ting hu­man dis­eases to the an­i­mals.

De­pend­ing on your level of tness and the lo­ca­tion of your go­rilla group, the hike can be chal­leng­ing. Pace your­self and drink plenty of wa­ter. Porter – many of whom are ex-poach­ers now earn­ing a liv­ing through con­ser­va­tion – are on hand to help carry your back­pack. You need a per­mit for each hour-long trek, which can be booked in ad­vance through True Africa or your travel agent. Per­mits cost $750 (about R9 200).

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