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    by ari1974 Written Jul 22, 2012

    Visiting the mountain gorillas was an unforgettable experience. There are 18 mountain gorilla groups in Rwanda, 10 of which are visited on a daily basis for 1 hour by 8 tourists each. To protect the gorillas from infection, you do your best to keep 20 feet away, but the gorillas are on the same trails as you are, and will brush by your leg at times. The groups that are visited by tourists are habituated to humans and will mostly ignore you, allowing you to see them playing and eating at extremely close quarters. The video and photos I’ve uploaded will give you a much better sense for that than anything I can describe in words.

    You have to apply for a permit to visit the groups well in advance, especially during peak times. There are only about 850 mountain gorillas left in the world, and about 300 live in Rwanda. The start of the trek in Rwanda is only a 3 hour drive from the capital, Kigali, making gorilla trekking significantly easier than in the other two locations with mountain gorillas, Uganda and the Congo.

    The groups range in their location, and move around a few miles each day. You can end up walking anywhere from about an hour to 4 hours each way to visit the group, depending on which group you are assigned to. We visited the kwitonda group the first day, which was a group of over 20 mountain gorillas, about 1.5 hours away walking through dense secondary growth. We visited the sabyinyo group the second day, which was a close walk through a bamboo forest.

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    by MikeAtSea Written Dec 10, 2008

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    One of the most unique experiences is seeing some of the few mountain gorillas that are left in the world. The hike through the rain forest in the Volcano National Park is an absolutley stunning experience and coming near to our closest relatives is a unique and thrilling experience.
    Demand to visit the Gorillas is high - hence ensure that you book your permit well in advance.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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    by lotharscheer Updated Mar 22, 2014

    Many places in Ruhengeni have only buffet which i am not fond if, the La Paillotte has a italian and french menue, pizza, pasta, baguettes and brochettes.

    Favorite Dish: I had a Brochette de Bouef which came with Avocadosalade and Frits, i had also a Baguette with lokal Gouda cheese, both where quite goode.

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