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) and was the site of Dian Fossey’s 20yrs of 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, Birdwatching

2 recommended trips. All our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Gorillas & Chimps

Take a safari across the equator, tracking gorilla in some of the best national parks to observe these majestic and beautiful animals, and visiting Kyambura Gorge to track chimpanzee.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 13 days

A Weekend with Apes in Rwanda

Immerse yourself in the dense cloud forests for a weekend to meet a family of gorillas.

  • 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

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

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