Gorillas are one of Man’s closest relative, sharing approximately 98% of our genes. They are curious by nature, and interested in humans as much as we are fascinated by them. They are extremely powerful, yet despite their formidable size and strength, their numbers in the wild are dwindling. Visiting gorillas through a controlled system of gorilla permits assists authorities in protecting the remaining gorillas and ensuring the survival of the species.
What to expect
As the first light of dawn breaks through the curtain of mist clinging to the summits, we meet the park authorities and make our way into the Parc National des Volcans. Tracking the gorillas through the unique vegetation can take several hours of challenging walking, in wet and muddy conditions. To see a gorilla, the trek will have been worth the hardship. Indelibly etched in your heart and mind, will be the memory of this close encounter with the gorillas.
Conservation of gorillas
Eco-tourism is nature-based tourism that meets conservation objectives. Gorilla tourism depends largely on the conservation of these magnificent animals. Some rules have been developed to protect the gorillas and the park rangers will brief you before the trekking. Please respect them.
Permits to visit an assigned gorilla family are in high demand, and need to be booked well in advance.
Why book your gorilla trek with Falcon Africa Safaris
Founded in 1990, Falcon Africa Safaris is owner-run, and has built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise over two decades.
- We organise knowledgeable guides who know each gorilla family, and are comfortable in the terrain that the gorillas call home
- Falcon Africa Safaris pre-book gorilla permits to avoid disappointment. These permits are very hard to come by, and we wouldn’t want you to be turned away without the chance to see these magnificent creatures.
- We offer a variety of accommodation within an easy drive of the gorillas – from luxurious accommodation to decent, basic accommodation to base yourself.