Reviews: Gorilla Trekking Safari
Below are independent comments from 40 of our travellers who have done this activity and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
"Once in a life time wildlife exeprience"
Our group walked about 2.5 hours to find the PAblo family group and this forest experience was interesting in itself.
The experience with the Gorillas cannot easily be described and photos do not do it justice either. You have to go !" Read more about this whole safari
"Gorilla Trekking Safari review"
The Park is beautiful, and we enjoyed the walk in as well as actually seeing the gorillas. We asked to go to the most remote group so that we could see as much of the area as possible. Maybe because of this we ended up on a 'private' tour: us two guests plus the local people.
Could not have been better." Read more about this whole safari
"Think very carefully about this activity"
Unfortunately this proved not to be the case and it took a gruelling 4 hours of walking through mainly a narrow pathway which the guide had machete their way through the mix of bamboo and vines. Spent 1 hour with the family before we had to descend. The exit was as painful as the climb and again it meant cutting a pathway through and while so doing there was a thunder storm with torrential rain which made the ground very slippery. It took 1 1/12 hours to reach the edge of the jungle and a further 15 minutes to reach the waiting transport back to the lodge.
The reason given for the longer than anticipated trek was the gorillas had moved much deeper than expected. It took and age for the trackers to find them but meanwhile it seemed to us we had been constantly moving often in the wrong direction ie. 4 hours up and 1 1/2 coming down. We were exhausted but fortunately we both had opted for the assistance of a porter (20 $ per person) who will carry your backpack, hold your hand to help you up the climb, assist when there's a steep slope to be navigated and without them we would not have made it." Read more about this whole safari
Our group was Kwitonda, a large group of 29, which we saw probably a dozen of including lots of young ones who were very actively playing and generally showing off. It was so amazing to be so close to them and them completely unconcerned. In fact we had to keep backing up to avoid making physical contact.
We reached them fairly easily, which was great since one of our group was elderly and had sustained a sprained knee on the way to Rwanda and had to be carried the entire way in a litter. The porters did a wonderful job getting her up and back while also giving others a hand as needed.
All in all we couldn't have hoped for a better experience" Read more about this whole safari
"Unique and Fantastic"
"An experience that should be on eveyones buck"
A tip to those who are going to do this trek - hire a porter. The lads were well worth the money." Read more about this whole safari
My only confusion was around tipping. We were informed in advance of what an appropriate tip would be for trackers, guides etc. But when we got up on the mountain, there were more trackers than we anticipated. it was hard to figure out who everyone was and what their role was. This led to some awkwardness around tipping. I would have preferred to have Expert Africa handle the tipping on our behalf." Read more about this whole safari