Why Volcanoes National Park?
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Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park


What We Love
  1. Home to half the world’s gorilla population
  2. Africa’s easiest gorilla-trekking safari
  3. Home to 6 extinct & 3 active volcanoes
  4. See over 180 bird species
  5. Conservationist Dian Fossey spent 20 years studying the park’s gorillas
  6. Location for the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’

Why Volcanoes National Park?

The dramatic, thickly forested Virunga Volcanoes Mountain range is spread out between Uganda, the DRC & Rwanda & comprises 6 extinct & 3 active volcanoes.

Experience The Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan portion of the Virungas Volcanoes range & protects 300 mountain gorillas – around half the world’s existing population.

Over a period of 20 years, the conservationist Dianne Fossey spent her time studying the gorillas of Volcanoes National Park after which the international blockbuster ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ was filmed here.

The park is often described as Africa’s easiest gorilla trekking & can be reached from Kigali, the country’s capital that is located only 80kms away.

In addition to spending time with the iconic mountain gorillas, guests can also see a range of monkeys & over 180 different species of bird.

Activities Not only will guests be able to set off on an unforgettable gorilla-trekking expedition during their stay at Volcanoes National Park, but they can also go on forest hikes to find the rare golden monkey or visit the beautiful lakes of Kivo, Burera, Ruhondo & Karago.

At some lodges, guests can also book an optional scenic helicopter flight to experience the forest from a bird’s eye view. Nature walks to the grave of Diane Fossey can also be arranged.

When To Travel Volcanoes National Park is open for gorilla trekking & hiking throughout the year.

Sightings of gorillas do not depend on the weather. However, the trails become very slippery in heavy rain and hiking is easier in the dry season months, from June to August, & to a lesser extent in early September, December and January.

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