The host to both the lowland and mountain gorilla species that reside on the foothills of Virunga volcanoes, which sprawl through three distinctive destinations of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. Gorillas are humans' closest relatives sharing 98% human genes, 50% of social life and behavior replicated. A collection of them is called a family or group led by a dominant silverback, which ensures that the entire group is safe and happy. Once in a while when a fight erupts, the less dominant silverbacks tend to overthrow the one in charge and if that happens, the one defeated has to leave the previous family with those that trust it and form a new family or leave alone. Whereas the females that are dominant in the group are very selective when it comes to getting mates, yet have the role of nursing their young ones.
Gorilla trekking is a very exciting activity that has gained momentum in the most recent years as millions of tourists travel from all parts of the globe to the continent of Africa to just admire the way these gentle Apes interact with each other in the wild. This exercise entails using your foot through Hills, Valleys, and thick bushes in search of these creatures that don't have a permanent habitat in the Jungle but keep moving from one area to another, in search of food and security. They leave in families led by a dominant silverback, who heads the movement to the next destination within the forest where a night is spent; only the strongest hold the price and rank. Hooting, feeding, and playing is what any tracker will not need to miss as you find these gentle creatures, who can predict what family drama will unfold as you watch the creatures.
Given the high need of conservation, the following are some of the rules that will be elaborated by the park rangers as you arrive for your tracking exercise in Africa; Obeying a 7mtr distance from the primates, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing to avoid infecting them, avoiding the apes in case you have flue or cold, no littering the park, use of flashlights while taking photos is restricted, no making noise, no facing the gorillas on their eyes and possessing a valid gorilla permit. There is luxury lodging, and transportation within the different gorilla trekking destinations, across Africa, starting with Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National parks in Uganda. You can have a chartered flight to a nearby airfield from which you can connect to your destination of trekking; this makes the entire experience so special since there is an opportunity to have rest, as well as a broad spectrum of Africa's aerial space.