5 independent reviews for Gorilla safari in Rwanda5 star rating

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HELEN DRYDEN review 14 Sep 20135 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The enormous privilege to spend time with the majestic Mountain Gorillas. It is one of those experiences that stays with you for life.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Try to do more than one gorilla trek if possible. Each group and/or trek is unique, plus you really can't take it all in on the first visit!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely. Without the cooperation and commitment of the local people the gorillas would not be surviving let alone growing in number. It is therefore important that tourists respect that aspect of their trip and recognise the crucial roles of the trackers, rangers and guides - from a monetary perspective and by abiding with the Park regulations.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Outstanding, moving and a huge privilege.

Fiona Dolman review 31 Aug 20135 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the gorillas was absolutely amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We used local porters, and hope that local people were employed at the lodge.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a fantastic time, once in a lifetime event.

Angela Huffman review 9 Jul 20135 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The gorillas were all I had dreamt they would be.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Wear thick trousers and donít forget the gloves for trekking.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes absolutely. Paul our guide was amazing. Felt very informed.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous, excellent, wonderful, inspiring, thought provoking... a joy!

Diane Rowe review 19 Jun 20124 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the Mountain Gorillas in their natural environment at very close hand - literally right next to them when they decided the quickest way to the next part of the forest was to walk right through our small group.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be well prepared for wet weather and very slippery/muddy conditions when trekking in Rwanda. And take 'gardening' gloves as the Parc Des Volcanos is full of very large stinging nettles and thorny plants. And use a porter - they not only carry your belonging but provide a safe pair of hands when climbing up and down the most 'challenging' areas.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


People trekking the gorillas and other animals are a crucial source of income for the local people who act as porters and guides and give them a reason to help support the wildlife.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


9/10 (only because of the challenge of numerous flights and general travel issues impact on the overall experience)

Nadine Furber review 17 Jul 20115 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Sitting watching the gorillas so very close and seeing them looking back at us with almost a sense of recognition was magical.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you've ever remotely thought that you might like this, go - it's amazing. You don't need to be super-fit but it would help. I had a wonderful porter who literally hauled me up the mountain!!!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I do. The more the local people can realise that gorilla tourism brings a certain prosperity, they will help to preserve these amazing creatures.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


THE best thing I have ever done, can't wait to go back. The operator did absolutely everything to make this trip run to the best. Very well organised, we all felt very secure and well looked after.

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