In the steep slopes of the verdant forest in the depth of the destination Rwanda frequented by Rwanda gorilla safari undertakers, the mountain gorillas appear both intimidating and endearing.
One of the travelers on gorilla safari in Rwanda named John Scott noted that one might not tell what the gorillas are thinking. It is an adventure which takes back the time to the ancestral days when the ancestors of the two used to thrive together.
It can be noted that in the past, these giant apes were surrounded by a tragedy of decreasing populations arising from the habitat encroachment by humans, poaching and illness. The change of this trend with a positive curve with the population of over 880 mountain gorillas apparently in the three adjoining states can be considered a new dawn in their world.
In the destination Rwanda alone, conservation is considered a big business. It breeds gorilla safaris in Rwanda and these safaris attract revenue to the country. It can be noted that a gorilla permit for each person goes for $1500 and a count of eight people are allowed to track one gorilla family. Since Rwanda features ten groups of gorillas that are habituated, it can be observed that the country reaps happily.
The 5% of the income generated from each gorilla permit is dedicated to the local communities that surround the protected area to assist in direct community projects development. This makes Rwanda safaris not only relevant to the state but also the local people themselves.
Considering the fact that over 20,000 people undertook a gorilla tracking safari in Rwanda in the recent years which is close to 3 times to the numbers of about 4 years ago, gorilla tourism in Rwanda is destined for greater heights. These travelers come from Australia, USA, Germany, Britain and Canada among other countries.
Simple but important rules are always availed to the travelers who are set to meet the gorilla including avoiding pointing, loud speaking, flash photography, coughing or sneezing in the direction of gorillas and maintaining the 7m gap from the apes. In case the gorilla draws closer, the traveler as to crouch down, avoid eye contact and make a low sound as if clearing the throat that gorillas apply to demonstrate friendliness.