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16 additional gorilla permits now available in Rwanda for August and September 2011

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Due to the high demand for gorilla permits over the forthcoming months, the Rwanda Development Board and ORTPN (National Parks department) have added two further gorilla families which can be visited, bringing the number of permits available to 80. This latest move should help those with last minute permit requirements. Contact us now to arrange your safari into gorilla territory.

Gorilla trekking tips: A good level of fitness is required as the terrain over which tracking takes place can be extremely difficult. Please remember that you will be at altitudes of between 8000 and 9500 ft above sea-level. Treks can last anything from an hour to well over five, traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines, often clambering over nothing but suspended vegetation. Although walking sticks can be hired, you will most likely require the use of your hands, so do not carry anything that does not have a long strap. The inclement weather doesn’t help either. Temperatures can range from being fairly warm and humid to being very cold, and rain can fall at any time. Children under 15 years of age are not allowed to trek.

Using the proper clothing will help a great deal. Long trousers, good walking boots with good ankle support and a tread which does not suck in mud (your local guides will probably wear Wellington boots!), gaiters are useful, a long-sleeve shirt and a sun hat (preferably a floppy hat, but not white) are essential. Tough, preferably leather, gardening gloves will protect your hands from nettles and provide extra grip on the wet vegetation. A lightweight sweater can also be useful. If you want to carry a small pack, make sure it fits you well and is not cumbersome. Carry extra water (porters can be hired to carry day packs and lunch) and some lightweight wet weather gear. If you wear glasses, carry a de-mister/anti fog and make sure they cannot fall off. It is worthwhile taking a camera, a pair of binoculars and a couple of plastic bags to keep them dry if it rains.

N.B. You will not be allowed to track if you are suffering from any illness including a cold or flu which can be transmitted to the apes. You will be ask to declare this before you start off. We would ask your co-operation in not endangering the lives of the already endangered great apes – if you are sick, do not track. Unfortunately, the downside is that permits may not be refundable.

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