Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda is home to 340 of the earth’s 780 Mountain Gorillas remaining in the wild. This is the ultimate guide to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, one of the 3 homes of the endangered mountain gorillas within the Virunga Mountains. It features all you need to know about the park and everything in it including Wildlife, gorilla safaris, vegetation, Volcanoes, Dian Fossey tomb, among others. We also offer travel tips including how to book gorilla permits, what to wear for gorilla trekking, best time to visit Rwanda and accommodation in Rwanda. A gorilla tour to Volcanoes national park is a purely life-changing experience which rewards travellers with a close encounter to our wild cousins, the endangered mountain gorillas with whom we share 98% of our DNA.

About the Volcanoes National Park / Parc Des Volcans

The most famous destination in Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park has become synonymous with mountain gorilla tracking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.

Named after a chain of dormant volcanoes making up the Virunga massif, volcanoes national park covers 160 sq km in the northern province of Rwanda, 116 km (72miles) from Kigali. The park is a reservoir for the rich biodiversity and is one of the three destinations in the world where lucky visitors track the remaining families of mountain gorillas, widely portrayed as one of the marvelous wildlife encounters. The park has got as well habituated groups of the little, endangered and endemic golden monkeys; striking primates with bright orange-gold fur and playful nature, Dian Fossey tomb, the Musanze caves, Buhanga sacred forest, and various hiking trails. Volcanoes national park is one the country’s hotspot for birders, counting 178 bird species (13 endemics within this area).

Volcanoes National Park also has a historic connection with gorilla conservation. It was the base for the ground-breaking work of primatologist Dian Fossey which started in the late 1960s and is evocatively portrayed in the book and film Gorillas in the Mist.

Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes

Encountering mountain gorillas is the most thrilling and enchanting tourism adventure in Volcanoes National Park. It offers an incredible opportunity to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. During the encounter, you can witness the gorillas playing, sulking, teasing, eating, and engaging in many other fascinating activities. Our affordable and well-planned gorilla tours guarantee a magical experience unlike any other in Africa.


To begin your gorilla trekking adventure, you will receive a briefing at the Park HQ early in the morning before being divided into groups of eight with a guide and trackers. Although gorilla trekking can be challenging, especially when some of the groups wander high up the mountainsides, the experience is always incredibly rewarding. For more information on gorilla trekking etiquette, tips, and the overall experience, consider looking into gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda.