Rwanda is a small land locked country making part of the East African community. The country is emerging up as one of the leading tourist destination in Africa. Among the places to visit in Rwanda include Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest and Akagera wildlife park as well as culture and genocide museums. The magnificent Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is the leading tourist destination in East Africa due to presence of the endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla tracking is the most popular tourist attraction into the country.travel tips

It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Below are the top responsible travel tips for Rwanda
1. Be considerate of Rwanda’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Descent dressing is highly recommended. In other words, visitors to Rwanda are advised to dress modestly and respectfully- Clothes which cover body parts are highly recommended especially in worshiping places.

3. Ask permission, remove your shoes and cover your shoulders with a jacket or wrap before entering a place of worship.

4. To protect the environment, avoid polythen bags or papers and try to avoid buying bottled water. Carry a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings and thanking will help break the ice.

6. Shop for locally made products like crafts and wooded materials. In doing so, you are supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

7. Avoid supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals and birds.

8. Always seek permission before taking photos of people, businesses, and buildings among others. Without people consent, please do not take photos.

9. When on community visits or home stays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals. However, if you are visiting orphanages, please give to the needy.

10. Respect Rwanda’s recent history. Try to avoid discussing politics, ethnicity or genocide because some Rwandans would not like to remind about their past bad experience.

11. Always follow instructions when trekking primates like Gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, colobus monkeys among others.

12. Always listen to your safari guides’ advise and try to ask where you have not understood.

13. Try to keep time set to start any activity. Gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking starts in the morning at around 8am among others.

trekking-with-gorillas-in-congoAt Gorilla Expeditions Ltd one of the leading tour and travel company in East and Central Africa, we can scale trips up or down according to the desires of our clients. We take visitors to visit the great apes, and researcher to search for rare sub-species. In most cases, we take couples or group of four and above into the Albertine Rift for 4 or 5 days of primates tracking and staying in brilliant eco-lodges.

There is untold amazing experience in these forests. Several years ago I was trekking through the DR. Congo side of the Virunga Forest, the oldest national park in Africa, with my friends James and David, who were taking me to see a gorilla family whose leader had been recently shot and killed by soldiers. Unusually, after the passing of the previous silverback, a wild, ex-solitary silverback had assumed leadership of what was a group/family of habituated gorillas (those familiar with human vicinity).

As we approached, it proves to be very uncomfortable and refused to allow us closer, yet he could not persuade other gorillas flee. He shouted, beat his chest and thrashed about the vegetation as an evil spirit. In the long run, we surrendered our pursuit and sat in a dry riverbed. At the same time, gorillas began to rise over the trees and cross the riverbed a few meters from us, great black, hairy, charismatic, mammals moving like shadows. They wanted to see us. This was the first time I felt their kinship.

Taking after 50% increased in cost of gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda, $750, trekking gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which costs only $400 per day, has got to be popular again. Although they appear as like high costs for park permits, there are just too few gorillas in the wild, and their home is too fragile, for it, making it impossible to cost less.

Johnson My driver and I have done incalculable trips across East Africa. But our most loved direction out of Kampala is to west. Few destinations in the world are amazing like the DR. Congo. On one occasion, we took a party to meet a small, separate population of gorillas in the Congo, considered to be unique subspecies. We crossed the border and headed to a higher Rift Valley escarpment, where we parked the car.

The difficult climb to Kalibina Camp at 3000m on the slopes of Mount Tshiaberimu took two and half hours. The last of our adventure to come nightfall, and we gathered around the campfire. I clarified that whether they were a unique subspecies of gorilla or not, the relative isolation of this population have a vital reserve in the gene pool of gorillas.

The next morning, with a light rain falling, we set off on our trek. After a few hours of trekking in the forest, the smell of rot and fresh growth bursting from every footfall, we found them foraging in a bamboo forest, a small group of gorillas including a silverback, an mature female, young women and infant male. Compared to other sub-species I have encountered, Tshiaberimu gorillas are quite small.

Commonly, while adults were busied themselves somewhere else, the youths paid us their full attention. The female was more interested in Jonson than anything else, pulling on his clothes and looking him and down. The ranger guide tried to discourage her, but every time she retreated her younger brother, 33% of its size, provoked her to return. She would clearly then pleasure herself, before charging back to grab Jonson by his trousers. She tried to us when we left, and it required a decent deal of effort to stop her. In my 20 years watching gorillas, I'd never seen anything like it.

It is possible to trek gorillas on Tshiaberimu by organizing with the Congolese Wildlife Authority (iccn.gorillacd.org) or any tour company operating in DR. Congo like Gorilla Expeditions Ltd. This is a trek everyone can do and it is certainly worth the physical effort, however there is as yet very little demand. But, if Tshiaberimu turns into a well known destination, the Congolese Wildlife Authority would be wise to limit the permits severely – there are just 21 gorillas on that mountain.