Covering 160 square kilometres of rainforest in northwestern Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is home to the mountain gorilla and the golden monkey. In addition, the park encompasses five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains: Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura and well
Volcanoes shares a border with Virunga National Park in the DRC and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Together they form a huge tract of protected forest.
As well as gorilla trekking, it is possible to track the rare and beautiful golden monkey, which are endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley.
Volcanoes National Park was the base of famous American primatologist Dian Fossey, conservationist and author, made famous by her book and subsequent film, Gorillas in the Mist. Fossey spent 18 years living and working in Volcanoes National Park and played a huge part in shining the spotlight on this unique region, and ultimately ensuring the gorillas’ survival.
There is a well-trodden three to four-hour hike to Dian Fossey’s grave located on Bisoke Volcano. Your guide will tell you all about Fossey and the impact and legacy of her valuable research as you retrace her steps through hagenia-hypericum forests and meadows of giant lobelia.