The Volcanoes National Park is home to around half the world’s population of Mountain Gorilla and is the best place to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. Located in the northern part of Rwanda, and also bordering the Mgahinga National Park of Uganda, a Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda will take you completely off-the-beaten-track. Volcanoes National Park Named after the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains, and home to five of them, the park is filled with remarkable tropical rainforest and volcanic scenery. Sitting for a few special moments with the rare mountain Gorilla is an unforgettable, once in a lifetime, experience. Do take note, Gorilla trekking is not for the faint of heart, as you have take quite an intense hike in mountainous terrain before you track them down, and therefore requires a moderate level of fitness.
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The best time to do a gorilla tracking safari is during the drier months between December & March, however tracking can be done all year round. Temperatures are high all year round (up to around 29°c) but during the drier months hiking conditions are better and the trek to see the gorillas is more comfortable. However still take wet weather gear as weather patterns can be unpredictable.
The experience of spending an hour with habituated but wild groups of mountain gorillas is unparalleled in the wildlife world. There is simply nothing like it. Professional guides & trackers will lead your hike, cutting away dense forest roots with machetes to clear narrow pathways up the steep volcanoes. Through skilled tracking techniques you will locate the gorilla families and are allowed to sit (at a safe distance for you and for them) and watch them play, groom and frolick amongst the trees. As with all wildlife encounters, catching sight of these incredible primates can never be guaranteed, but any time spent with them will never be forgotten.
Volcanoes National Park is just a 2 hour drive from Kigali, therefore is very accessible and it is easy to travel from Kigali to all other major African air hubs. Gorilla safaris in Rwanda can be combined with a trip to Uganda or elsewhere in East Africa, and for the complete safari experience travel to Kenya‘s Masai Mara or the Serengeti in Tanzania.