Tucked into the far north-west corner of the country, the Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is one of the few remaining havens of the the mountain gorilla, with its landscape’s gentler slopes and more open bush allows for some of the most effortless tracking and observation of these animals than other parks.
Home to five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga mountains massif and with hills richly blanketed with rainforest, bamboo forests as well as open grassland, swamps, marshes and small lakes – this is also a prolific sanctuary for the likes of the golden monkey, bushbuck, spotted hyena and prolific birdlife. There are 10 habituated gorilla groups in Rwanda, all within this national park.
You may also have heard of this park thanks to the famous American primatologist Dian Fossey who based most of her research here, founding a centre to bring worldwide attention to the gorillas endangered status and possible extinction by poachers (made later into the film “Gorillas in the Mist”).
All our guided treks to track gorillas and golden monkeys are led by expert naturalist guides and always in a conscientious way for minimal impact on the lives and habitat of these creatures. There is a maximum of eight tracking permits per day allowed in the park.
When to go
All year round. Please bear in mind that the altitude of the park can range from 2,500m-3,000m (8,200-9,800ft), so a good level of fitness is required for tracking.
What to do
- Tracking mountain gorillas
- Tracking golden monkeys
- Visit to the twin crater lakes Bulera and Ruhondo
- Cultural tour
- Dian Fossey Hike