Rwanda is all about incredible gorilla safaris and wildlife adventures. Mountain gorillas who share 98% DNA with humans are the most iconic attraction now worldwide due to naturalist Dian Fossey who devoted a big part of her life to the study of mountain gorillas, which are endangered now. Volcanic National Park is considered as the prime spot for Gorilla tracking in Rwanda, this also includes Bwindi forest national park in the list of Gorilla tracking.
Why Gorillas are so iconic:
- As sharing 98% DNA with human these huge mammals acts almost like a human which make them really interesting to watch.
- These species are non-territorial and live in groups called troops that generally consist of 1 to 4 adult males.
- The males are highly dominant and try to keep their control over the troop always.
- These species are quite shy however, much aggressive when provoked or attacked.
- Mothers are very protective of their infants and fight up to death to save them.
- These special creatures use tools like the stone, stick and other things available surrounding them as tools to achieve their work.
Watching these incredible primates are really attractive however there are some rules trekkers need to follow to stay safe as the Gorillas are huge enough to harm if got aggressive:
- Keep a distance of seven meters away from gorillas
- Do not throw rubbish in the jungle
- Keep within your groups
- Speak at the low tone and don’t provoke the gorillas
- Speak at a low tone
- Avoid direct eye contact with gorillas
- Don’t even dare to go near and touch them
- Avoid flashlight cameras