Wildlife locations

1 recommended location. Species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Parc National des Volcans

Parc National des Volcans is part of the Virunga Conservation Area that straddles the borders of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It contains 76 mammal species and over half the world’s 720 mountain gorillas. It was also the site of Dian Fossey’s pioneering behavioural studies.

  • Where: South west Rwanda
  • Ideal for viewing: Black-fronted duiker, Cape buffalo, Golden monkey, Mountain gorilla, Spotted hyena
  • Excellent for: Gorilla trekking

Wildlife trips

Rwanda is known as the ‘land of thousand hills’ due to its terrain of mountains and volcanoes. Roughly half of the world’s mountain gorilla population is found here. These gorillas have become particularly famous thanks to Dian Fossey and her pioneering studies of their behaviour.

3 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Gorillas & Chimps

Take a unique primate safari, gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans and Bwindi National Park in Uganda, as well as tracking the equally fascinating chimpanzee in Uganda’s Kibale Forest. Observing these magnificent apes in their natural habitat is a wildlife experience of a lifetime.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

A Weekend with Apes in Rwanda

A short trip to Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans to track a family of mountain gorillas in the dense cloud forests and slopes of the Virunga. This is a unique opportunity to interact with these charismatic creatures in their natural habitat, and a magical experience like no other.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 6 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Classic Africa Explorer

This 37-day comprehensive itinerary, which visits no less than seven countries, delivers the ultimate African safari experience and a wealth of contrasts. Travel to some of Africa’s best National Parks and stay in a range of classic lodges, hotels and tented camps on this wildlife trip of a lifetime.

  • When to go: Apr-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 37 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £16,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

Gorillas are best seen from late December to early March, and May to early October. All other periods are rainy and, though challenging, tracking is easier as they are less active

Seasons

  • Long rains

    Mar to May: Rain is heavy and persistent
  • Long dry season

    Jun to Sep: Generally the best time to visit, perfect time for gorilla tracking
  • Short rains

    Oct to Nov: Rains are quick and heavy
  • Short dry season

    Dec to Feb: Good for animal sightings

Wildlife events

  • Apr to May: Gorillas descend to lower altitude to feed on bamboo shoots
  • Dec to Dec: Short dry season – good time to see mountain gorillas

Accommodation

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