Volcanoes National Park is Rwanda’s premier destination. An extension of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, the park is synonymous with mountain gorilla tracking safaris.
The Virunga Mountains are home to around half of the world’s mountain gorillas and five of the eight volcanoes that form these mountains are found in Volcanoes National Park. This makes Rwanda probably the best place to track mountain gorillas in Africa.
Watching mountain gorillas up close is an extraordinary experience that remains with the visitors for a very long time. This is despite the one hour allocated to visitors to be with the gorillas once they are tracked. Other animals in the park include the endemic golden monkeys, rare forest elephants and buffalo. Also present are giant forest hogs which are the largest in Africa, bushpigs, bushbucks, black-fronted duikers and spotted hyenas.
Volcanoes National Park is also home to around 200 species of birds. They includemany of the Albertine Rift endemics, three globally threatened species namely; Lagden’s Bush-shrike, African Green Broadbill, and Kivu Ground Thrush.