Volcanoes National Park

Intore dancer, Rwanda. Image © Volcanoes Collection.

Terrain – Rainforest
Park Size – 125 km²

The lushly forested slopes of Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) form an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is arguably the most poignant and memorable wildlife experience in the world: tracking the ‘gorillas in the mist’. The national park lies along the Virunga mountains, with 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Visitors can pay homage to the legendary scientist and gorilla advocate Dian Fossey with a hike to her grave or a visit to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund that continues her legacy of research and advocacy to this day.

Gorilla tracking, golden monkey tracking, Dian Fossey’s research camp hike, Batwa (pygmy) trail.

Key Species:
Mountain gorilla, golden monkey, spotted hyena, buffalo, forest elephant, duiker, bushbuck, 178 bird species recorded here.