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Volcanoes National Park

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Volcanoes National Park - or Parc National des Volcans as it's called in French - is the main reason that travellers come to Rwanda. The volcanoes in question are those belonging to the Virunga Mountain range, shared with neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Six volcanoes in the range are extinct, three active. The highest of all is the 4,507-metre-tall Mount Karisimbi.

The rainforest-covered Virunga Mountains are one of the few remaining habitats of the mountain gorilla. There are believed to be no more than 700 in the world, around a third of them living in Rwanda. The volcanic mountain region is known as the place where American primatologist Dian Fossey undertook her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour. The fact that there are any gorillas left at all is largely down to her dedication to curtail poaching, prior to her brutal and still unsolved murder. Her life was recounted in the film Gorillas in the Mist, filmed in the park.

Gorilla trekking enables travellers to get up close to the mountain gorillas, which move in defined troops led by a silverback male weighing up to 200 kilos. Harems of females, other males and infant gorillas make up the family groups. Seeing them among the trees, foraging for insects, chewing on leaves or playing around is an exhilarating travel moment. There are eight gorilla troops in the park, among them the 30-strong Susa group originally studied by Fossey and named after the Susa River.

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Best of Uganda and Rwanda

14-day tailor-made journey from £8,595 pp incl. flights

This in-depth 14-day safari takes in the best that Uganda and Rwanda have to offer with several chances to track mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

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Top places to stay in Volcanoes National Park

Virunga Safari Lodge, Rwanda


The magnificent Virunga Safari Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The terraced gardens on this high ridge are now well established, with a magical sunken paradise garden as their focal point. Aside fro…

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