Gorilla trekking is one of the key reasons why thousands of tourists visit Rwanda or Uganda because it is an exceptional activity conducted within only three countries of the World that include Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In most cases, the issue of safety and security as far as gorilla trekking is concerned has been a subject of debate for tourists across the globe. But did you know that a face to face encounter with the mountain gorillas is safer than encountering any other wildlife species? Yeah that’s the fact and on your next gorilla safari, do not be worried of the experience;

Safety of Countries

When it comes to security of the countries, Rwanda and Uganda are very safe for tourists to visit. Most tourists are always scared of guerillas and not gorillas, which is why the Governments of these two countries are doing the best to make sure that tourists are safe. When venturing into the jungles, tourists track gorillas in the company of armed rangers and an experienced tour guide.

The Actual Gorilla Visit

When it comes to interaction with the mountain gorillas, it is totally safe because these creatures are very gentle and not aggressive as they are portrayed. Before tourists are allowed to go on gorilla treks, these great apes undergo a habituation process for over three years to make sure that they get used to human presence. Tourists are only allowed to track habituated gorilla families that are now used to the presence of humans hence are not dangerous to tourists who visit the Parks to track them. Habituation of the mountain gorillas usually takes 2-3 years then mock trials are conducted before they are fully tracked by tourists.

Gorillas are very peaceful creatures! If you have ever watched the King Kong movie, you will see how these creatures are portrayed which is contrary to what they are. They are very friendly until provoked, and will respond by beating their chest. However, the fact that they are wild animals, is should not be ignored that they can turn aggressive and hence to ensure safety and security, several rules and regulations (guidelines)-with dos and don’ts exist to ensure safety of the tourists and tourists as well.

Protective Set Guidelines

Before a tourist is allowed to enter the National park for gorilla trekking to search for the Mountain gorillas, he or she has to first attend a pre-tracking briefing at the park Headquarters–to understand what to do or not to do during gorilla trekking. What every tourist needs to understand is that the critically endangered mountain gorillas are not aggressive and dangerous as long as they are relaxed and not disturbed.

You will be guided by Rangers

The park rangers are very clear and critical on the issue of distance (7 meters away from the Mountain gorillas) which is the accepted distance for tourists when observing the Mountain gorillas. If the mountain gorillas come closer, do not run away but extend away slowly or sit until these animals move away from you.

Pay Respect to Your Hosts

Like in human behavior it is important to respect the homes of the hosts. You are just a visitor not the owner of the home. Tourists are not allowed to eat or drink in the presence of the Mountain gorilla family. You can eat when you are not in the presence of these creatures. Tourists are advised to avoid staring directly into the eyes of the Mountain gorillas because these animals can perceive it as a provocation and hostility. In case they charge, you look away which shows submission

Speak quietly when tracking or when with the mountain gorillas because noise startles them and avoid making fast and sudden moves because it is perceived as a threat to these exceptional primate species.

Also, avoid using flash cameras when taking photographs because it also scares them and can make them to charge. These stringent rules and regulations (guidelines) are supposed to be followed by every tourist/gorilla trekker with non exception of everyone. In case the rules and regulations are followed to book, there is no way that the Mountain gorillas-known to be Gentle Giants would become aggressive to anyone.

In conclusion

Mountain gorillas are safe to be tracked within Rwanda and Uganda because they have undergone 2-3 years’ habituation to make them used to the presence of humans and there are no guerillas due to the increased security around the National parks and the countries in general.

When it comes to comfortable accommodation in the Wilderness, Rwandan Lodges are among the best in Africa. Are you planning to go on a wildlife safari in the Akagera National Park. Stay for less at the new upgraded Akagera Game Lodge, a must visit while on a Rwanda safari through the only savanna park of Rwanda.

Akagera National Park is one of the wonderful national parks in Rwanda, and so far the only savannah Park that offers views of the savannah wildlife species such as the Big five animals that include Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, Rhinos and Elephants. This Park is found in the North-east of Rwanda with over 1122 square kilometers (112200 hectares) in terms of size. Established in 1934, it is one of the must visit destinations during a safari in Rwanda and having elegant facilities like the Akagera Game Lodge would make a safari memorable.

This safari lodge is nestled majestically on a ridge at the Southern side of the park and offers breathtaking views of Lake Ihema at the heart of the savannah plains, the bushes and varied landscapes of rolling hills, deep valleys, numerous Lakes and bog lands. Akagera Game Lodge is known as a serene venue that provides splendid and relaxed ambience for tourists looking for places to unwind and encounter a tranquil wilderness or for unforgettable conferences and meetings.

This midrange lodge offers at least 60 beds inform of single, Double, Family, twin, Executive suites and luxury rooms in cottages and interestingly, all of their rooms have private patios that overlook the magnificent Lake Ihema and relish a breathtaking sunrise or sunset in a typical African wilderness. Each of the rooms is designed with a classic African flair, to feature two beds, reading table, chair and satellite TV to keep you updated on what is happening around you. The most mind-blowing thing about their rooms is that their interiors are personally decorated in line with true Pan-African themes.

Akagera game Lodge also provides the best customer care services to guests and housekeeping services are right on-time due to their courteous, efficient, responsive, highly qualified staff trained to serve to your satisfaction. Each of the rooms in Akagera Game Lodge is carefully laid-out to maximize space and privacy with large and cozy beds, freshly-washed sheets and spectacular décor and lighting. Also feature private/adjoining bathrooms that will make you breath freshness.  The Lodge also features the Shoebill Restaurant with stunning atmosphere and serves mouth-watering cuisines especially a la carte menu from breakfast, lunch to dinner. Interestingly, the Chefs prepare meals with a number of ingredients and spices that are inspiration for preparing the food.

Not only that, there is an Elephant Bar adjoining the shoebill Restaurant and offers visitors with all kinds of drinks such as beers, wines and other soft drinks. A cozy Paradise for serene moments by nights with spectacular views of the African starlit sky. The garden and terrace overlooking the swimming pool and Lake Kivu offers a simple a la carte menu between the meals of long drinks as the sun beats down on the African Savannah landscape. There is also a lounge that overlooks the swimming pool and the Lake. There is nothing as breathtaking as enjoying cocktails, beer, wine or whisky while relishing sweet melodies of soft music, Jazz, blues or local music.

Therefore, other facilities within Akagera game Lodge include Conference rooms for meetings, a swimming Pool for relaxing and cooling to relieve stress and a spacious tennis court. The swimming pool is free for in-house guests and come in with certain poolside services such as clean towels, drinks and snacks.

In conclusion, the Akagera Game Lodge is one of the most comfortable Safari Lodges in Rwanda and features 60 beds, an on-site restaurant, well stocked bar, a conference facility and tennis court among others.

Lake Kivu is one of the most romantic destinations in inland Africa! Lying on the border of Rwanda and Congo, this is one of the dream destinations that offers the unforgettable leisurely experience. At the shores of Lake Kivu is the 5 star Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, the only 5 star hotel in Rwanda.

The luxurious hotel offers the best intercontinental and African cuisine. You can enjoy  the spacious hotel restaurant, swimming pool or at any area of your interest at the hotel. Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, has nice and fabulous rooming which are on international level and for your overnight stay at this lodge really you feel at home.

There are big sized bed rooms which overlook the Lake and during your stay you will relax in the room you can experience the cool breeze from the Lake Kivu.

You can also go for a boat cruise along the Lake Kivu visiting several fish villages. This is highly recommend any on your vacation trip in Rwanda to visit this Lake Kivu beach and stay at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.