1 recommended wildlife location.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
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
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.
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 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: Group tour
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
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
Oct to Nov: Rains are quick and heavy
Short dry season
Dec to Feb: Good for animal sightings
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
2 recommended places to stay.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge provides good value, spectacular views of the volcanoes and easy access to Volcanoes National Park (PNV).
Set on a remote hillside with breathtaking views of the volcanoes of the Virunga massif and shimmering Lakes Ruhondo and Bulera.