Volcanoes National Park

Details

Details of Volcanoes National Park

With its population of over 300 mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National Park draws thousands of visitors each year eager to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat. With twenty family groups in the park, visitors are able to meet members of ten groups, while the other ten are kept away from tourists so as to be studied.

Also within the park is the final resting place of gorilla researcher and anti-poaching activist, Dian Fossey, a woman whose work raised awareness of the plight of gorillas and ultimately led to her murder.

 

Gorilla tracking

Gorilla tracking is another extremely popular tourist activity in this area; however, the trip is advised only for fit adults, since the bamboo forest in which the gorillas live is high up in the mountains. Standing face to face with a wild mountain gorilla is something you will never forget. The gorillas may seem terrifying, but they are in fact very friendly creatures that even try to interact with their human visitors. You may even witness a gorilla greeting your tour guide by touching him. The young gorillas may show off a bit and show you their chest-beat display, while a female gorilla might walk up to you and stare into the lens of your camera for a while before, satisfied, wandering off again. This is truly an unforgettable, once in a life-time experience!

Volcano trekking

Upon visiting the Volcanoes National Park you may wish to go trekking up and along the volcanoes. This is a highly popular activity that awards you with magnificent views of the surrounding peaks and valleys, a surprising change of vegetation and a glimpse of the famous mountain gorillas.

There are various trekking possibilities

  • Trek up to the top of either Bisoke or Karisimbi on a two-day excursion, during which you will meet the mountain gorillas.
  • Go on an easy two and a half hours walk to a group of crater lakes, during which you will observe the amazing bird life and meet the golden monkeys.
  • Visit Fossey’s grave (1-3 hours long walk, depending on how fit you are and how often you wish to stop to enjoy the beautiful scenery).
  • Ascend Mount Visoke up to its crater (a two hour walk).

 

Short Overview

Dominated by five towering volcanoes, the heavily rain forested Volcanoes National Park is the jewel in Rwanda's national parks, a stunning mist-shrouded forest that is home to over half of the world's extant gorilla population.

Let us plan your dream
African trip!

Have you seen Netflix’s Our Great National Parks series yet? Are you feeling inspired by the episode featuring Kenya’s incredible Tsavo? The biggest national park in Kenya hosts an amazing variety of animals, plants, and adventure! The new Netflix documentary series, narrated by none other than former American president Barack...
It has long been a thorn in the side of travel agencies like us to send out safari vehicles packed with single-use plastics. Our Tanzania team has already found and implemented a solution: we have now installed refillable water canisters in our safari vehicles. We designed custom brackets to fit...
A safari can be much more than sitting in a car - one of the coolest ways to explore the natural beauty of Tanzania is by bike! There are so many things you can do with a mountain bike in Tanzania. From a short 2-hour ride through the coffee plantation...
The thrilling drama of the crossing at the Mara River is arguably the highlight of the wildebeest migration. Every year, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest brave the treacherous currents and lurking predators in the water to reach the safety of the Maasai Mara on the other side and continue on...
Witness Tanzania’s breathtaking landscapes from the sky If you ask the average person the best way to enjoy a safari, the idea of flying over the wilderness in a balloon may not come up. But, if you ask us, we will definitely tell you all about the wonderful and unique...