Maria Sharapova, a famous Russian Tennis player is currently on an Africa safari holiday in Rwanda. Maria Sharapova began her safari Rwanda on Sunday this week. This morning, Maria Sharapova enjoyed a Rwanda Gorilla safari in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. Rwanda gorilla trek safaris are the most sought Africa tour activity. Just like Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park Rwanda too habits mountain gorillas. Volcanoes National Park Rwanda has about 11 habituated gorilla families that are trekked by tourists interested in Gorilla safaris in Rwanda. Interested in a Rwanda gorilla safaris tour, hook yourself a permit at only $1500.
Besides visiting Rwanda, Uganda gorilla safaris are as interesting as those in Rwanda since you will be trekking the same gorilla species; mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda is the most visited park in Africa regarding Africa gorilla safaris. Unlike Mgahinga National Park that has one habituated gorilla family, Bwindi Forest National Park has about 18 habituated gorilla families that are well distributed in its four regions; Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo. A Uganda gorilla trekking safari permits costs only $700 in both parks.
Besides Uganda and Rwanda, Congo too is home to mountains gorillas in Virunga National Park. A Congo gorilla safari permit costs only $400. Furthermore, Congo has another species of gorillas known as the lowland gorillas living in Kahuzi Biega National Park. The two parks are open to visitor’s interested in Congo gorilla trekking safaris.
Volcanoes national park is part of the Virunga ranges and the greater Virunga conservation area. Volcanoes National Park is bordered by Mgahinga National Park of Uganda in the north, Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo in the North West.
A Simple Background about Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional Tennis player that was born on 19th April 1987. She has lived in the United States since 1994. Maria Sharapova is a global tennis star, a five-time grand slam winner and former world number 1. Despite an injury-prone career, Sharapova has achieved a rare level of longevity in women’s tennis, having won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by three players; Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert.
Sharapova is the latest star athlete to visit the mountain gorillas in Rwanda after Arsenal defender David Luiz last month.
Tips About Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes national park Rwanda shelters the highest population of mountain gorillas in the Virunga conservation area. Rwanda gorilla safari tour has become a dream for most travellers in the world. A Rwanda safari is an amazing experience which brings you close to the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. The interesting stories and unforgettable experiences about the activity keep the potential gorilla trekkers wondering how the entire gorilla safari Rwanda can be from the start to the end.
All travellers must carry their valid gorilla permits and other related documents for clarification to see gorillas. A gorilla permit costs USD 1500 in Rwanda.
Dressing appropriate for the jungle is essential for a successful gorilla trekking experience. This is in good light hiking boots for easy movement in slippery muddy grounds, gardening gloves to grab the bushes for support and the rain gears for the unpredictable forest weather. Also, long socks tucked into trousers, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters. Insect repellents, hat, sunglasses, and waterproof bags are very helpful. A traveller with proper dressing code is assured of an ultimate memorable gorilla trekking safari experience in Rwanda.
Porter’s and hiking sticks are not compulsory but are among the key factors for an enjoyable and successful trek. Porters help in carrying traveller’s luggage and providing support where need be in the process of hiking. The hiking sticks enable easy movement If the steep slopes where hiking becomes difficult. Porters and walking sticks are hired from the park headquarters at a fair cost.
After the briefing, travellers start off an actual gorilla trekking safari Rwanda in the Volcanoes Park. Each group of travellers is led by an armed ranger and a park guide hiking up and down in search of the allocated gorilla family. It’s not an easy venture but rather energetic hiking via slippery muddy grounds with thorny bushes and cold weather inside the dense forests. Hiking time may vary from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the movement and location of the gorillas. Hiking is an opportunity to encounter other animals such as monkeys, baboons and many bird species, which together make the experience memorable.
After hiking for whichever length, you finally meet the gentle giants; relaxed in their families. The clock will start ticking for an hour. It’s here that all fatigue, panting and sweating due to the hike will disappear into excitement and joy as look into the eyes of a dominant silverback guarding the entire family. Travellers are reminded to keep calm and observe carefully the unique human-like characters of each gorilla in the family.
Rwanda gorilla safaris usually give you a chance to tourists who visit Volcanoes National Park to take a hike to the Dian Fossey tombs and have an insight into the life story of the remarkable Dr Dian Fossey who dedicated a big part of life towards conservation of these incredibly beautiful creatures. Volcanoes national park became a research station for an American natural researcher Dian Fossey who set up a research centre for mountain gorillas on land between the mounts of Bisoke and Karisimbi in 1967. Dian Fossey devoted her life to understanding these gentle mountain giants and she is greatly credited for making it her personal mission to make the whole world understand that these gorilla species faced extinction if nothing was done to ensure the survival and continuity of this species of gorillas. Unfortunately, in 1985, Dian Fossey was brutally murdered at her home by unknown assailants and its believed that this act of cowardice was perpetrated by mountain gorillas’ poachers who saw her works as a threat to their business of poaching. She was buried inside this park next to her favourite gorilla named Digit as a tribute to her outstanding work efforts to see to it that these gorillas are given a fair shot at survival. Dian Fossey’s works have been highly appreciated by the larger international community and her work and legacy have been portrayed in a documentary film entitled “Gorillas in the Mist” which is based on her autobiography.
Because there are lots of Rwanda safari attractions in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, their are also other tourist activities in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda that you can engage in after your gorilla safari tours Rwanda in the park-like bird-watching safaris Rwanda because this park is home to 178 bird species, or hiking any of the Virunga ranges like mount Bisoke, Karisimbi, Muhambura, Gahinga and Sabinyo.
Don’t be worried about Rwanda safari accommodation in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, there are many Rwanda hotels in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda that you can book for your stay ranging from Luxury, Midrange and Budget.
Here are some of the popular gorilla trekking packages in volcanoes National Park.
Short Gorilla safaris in Rwanda
- 1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari Tour
- 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari Tour Volcanoes Park
- 4 Days Gorilla Safari Rwanda- Tracking-Safari Dian Fossey Tomb Tour
- 5 days gorilla & chimpanzee
Long Gorilla safaris in Rwanda
- 8 days Rwanda adventure & classic gorilla trekking safari tour
- 8 days gorilla trekking safari Rwanda chimpanzee tracking tour
Are you interested in visiting other Africa safari destinations? Here is a summary of safari categories of Africa’s popular destinations;
|Uganda safari categories||Rwanda safari Categories||Congo safari categories|
|· Uganda Gorilla safaris||· Rwanda Gorilla safaris||· Congo gorilla safaris|
|Tanzania safari categories||Kenya safari categories|
|· Tanzania Wildlife safaris||· Kenya Wildlife safaris|
|Other Africa Safari Destinations|
|South Africa safaris||Zimbabwe Safaris Tours|
|Zambia Safaris Tours||Madagascar Safari Tours|
|Namibia Safaris Tours||Ethiopia Safaris Tours|
|Botswana Safaris Tours||Egypt Safaris Tours|
|Combined East Africa Safaris|
|· Uganda Rwanda safaris||· Uganda Tanzania safaris
|· Kenya Uganda Tanzania safaris|