GORILLA TREKKING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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).