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Visit to Dian Fossey's Grave

Guests will set off from the park headquarters and drive around 30 minutes to the trailhead to access the Karisoke Research Camp. Here, you walk for around ten minutes to reach the park boundary, passing through farmland on the way. The trek through the forest takes between an hour and a half and three hours, depending on your fitness levels and how often you stop to take in the scenery.

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, which is now something of a ruin. The descent back to the trailhead takes around one to two hours.

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Other experiences in Volcanoes National Park

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

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    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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  • 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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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.