Wildlife locations

1 recommended wildlife location. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Parc Nacional des Volcans

Parc Nacional 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 population of mountain gorillas (360). It was 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, also known as the ‘land of thousand hills’, with a mountainous and volcanic geography; is hosting an estimated one third of the world’s mountain gorilla population. The gorillas here have become particularly famous thanks to Dian Fossey pioneering studies of their behaviour for more than 20 years.

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

Gorillas & Chimps

Take a safari across the equator, tracking gorilla in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans and Bwindi National Park in Uganda. Observing these gorillas in their natural habitat is a magical experience, and you will also be able to visit Kyambura Gorge to track the equally fascinating chimpanzee.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 12 days

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.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 4 days

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


  • 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



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