No spectacle is as overwhelming and humbling as coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. In the Volcanoes National Park – celebrated as the setting for the book and film Gorillas in the Mist – approximately 400 of these endangered animals live peacefully, making the area one of the best and easiest places to track gorillas.
The 16,000ha park – the oldest in Africa - offers the life-changing opportunity to trek through dense Afromontane forest with golden monkeys swinging overhead, in search of these grandiose animals. The beady eyes of three-horned chameleons will watch your feet trampling across the forest floor. Gorilla trekking is not the only activity on offer in the park, as guided nature walks and challenging hikes take visitors through this incredibly biodiverse area.
It was in this park that Dian Fossey spent 20 years of her life studying mountain gorillas and it was largely her dedication to these animals which ensured their safety from the terrors of poaching. The park now acts as a conservation area for mountain gorillas and is home to around half of the world’s population. It is for this reason that gorilla trekking permits must be arranged before coming to the park and strict conservation rules be abided by.
- One of the best places to track Mountain gorillas
- Home to 400 critically-endangered mountain gorillas, which amounts to around half of the world’s population
- Home to interesting creatures such as the three-horned chameleon, the Rwenzori turacos, and over 180 different species of birds
- Guided nature walks and hikes through the park are daily occurrences
- Lauded as one of the most biodiverse parks in Central Africa
- Acts as an important conservation area for mountain gorillas