Volcanoes National Park Gorilla Safari
Volcanoes National Park, also known as Parc National des Volcans, lies adjacent to the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. The park derives its name from the rugged chain of steep volcanoes that form a chain stretching across into the DRC and is the habitat for the Mountain Gorilla and tours that visit these majestic animals. Five of the eight volcanoes in the chain lie within the Volcanoes National Park, which are covered in dense rainforest and bamboo.
Volcanoes National Park protects around 300 mountain gorillas, which amounts to roughly half of the world's existing population, and is the ideal place for a Rwanda gorilla tour adventure. It was here that Dian Fossey spent over 20 years studying the gorillas and campaigning for their protection, leading to far more stringent conservation efforts to protect their numbers. Her life was later documented in the film "˜Gorillas in the Mist' which was filmed in the park and gained much publicity for Volcanoes National Park and the plight of the mountain gorillas.
Volcanoes National Park Gorilla Safaris are by far the park's most popular activity, although it is not the only activity on offer here. Between gorilla tracking, visitors can explore the forested slopes on hikes and nature walks, while the more adventurous can go mountain climbing.
It is important to note that with the protected status of the mountain gorillas, Rwanda gorilla tracking expeditions are limited in numbers and to a duration of one hour of interaction with the gorillas. In addition, you'll also have to make your way through some often difficult terrain "“ it's soggy and muddy, and at times, quite steep. Costs and exertion aside there are also a stringent set of behavioural rules in place to ensure that visitors maintain a respectful distance from the gorillas and remain, as much as possible, undetected (please see our section in the 'Experience' menu on Gorilla Trekking for more information)