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The Volcanoes National Park protects the Rwandan section of the Virunga Mountains and is contiguous with the Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.

The mountains are linked by fertile saddles, formed by lava flows, and are one of the most striking sights in East Africa.

Mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park

Male silverback gorilla, Volcanoes National ParkAlthough home to elephant, buffalo, and duiker they are best known for the 300 mountain gorillas that reside among the bamboo forests on the upper slopes. About half of these gorillas live permanently in the Rwandan sector of the mountains and gorilla tracking here is one of the wildlife highlights of Africa.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Volcanoes National Park

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Volcanoes National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Volcanoes National Park

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    Accommodation choices for Volcanoes National Park

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Volcanoes National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Volcanoes National Park

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Volcanoes National Park, and which use the best local guides.

    • Golden Monkey Tracking
      Golden monkey, Volcanoes National Park

      Golden Monkey Tracking

      Golden Monkey Tracking

      The golden monkeys live in the bamboo vegetation toward the base of the volcanoes and have overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit by researchers and tourists.

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    • Visit to Dian Fossey's Grave
      Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park

      Visit to Dian Fossey's Grave

      Visit to Dian Fossey's Grave

      Forest hogs, buffalo and various species of monkey live in the forest, so keep your eyes peeled as you trek! Once you get to the Karisoke Research Camp you will be shown around, and can see Dian Fossey's grave as well as the hut where she spent so many years living close to the gorillas.

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    • Gorilla Tracking
      Silverback gorilla, Volcanoes National Park

      Gorilla Tracking

      Gorilla Tracking

      Mountain gorilla tracking is one of Africa's most superb wildlife experiences. It is difficult to describe the exhilaration attached to first setting eyes on a wild mountain gorilla.

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