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Volcanoes National Park

Activities

Gorilla Tracking

A gorilla visit can entail anything from a 1 to 4-hour trek through the forest, led by experienced trackers who have spent their entire lives living in or close to the forest. Your trek will be enchanting as you weave through overhanging vines, moss-covered Hagenia trees and giant Lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate. You may spot golden monkeys or see buffalo, bush duiker and a wide variety of bird life. But the high point, of course, one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth, will be spending an hour with the gentle giant gorillas as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting, raising their young. At the end of your visit you will understand what kept conservationist Dian Fossey living in this same forest for 18 years protecting these wonderful animals.

Golden Monkey Tracking

Guided walks to observe a fully habituated group of rare Golden Monkeys.

Hiking  Karisimbi Volcanoes

This is a two day climb with an overnight camping at an altitude of 3,800m.

Hiking Bisoke Volcanoes

This is a slightly less strenuous climb then the Karisimbi trek, but does involve some fitness. The upward climb is approximately two hours, but the view from the top is breathtaking and the beautiful crater lakes situated at the summit of the Volcano definitely makes it worth it.

Tours of the Lakes and Caves

A guided tour of the lakes and caves of the park is an extremely pleasurable activity and is especially rewarding for bird watchers.

Hiking to Dian Fossey Tomb

A visit to the tomb of Dian Fossey and the nearby gorilla cemetery is a memorable experience. There is a two – three hour climb through the forest to get to the site and then the plunge down takes between one – two hours depending on how many times you stop to admire the marvellous scenery and observe the abundant wildlife of the park.

The majority of the revenue from tourism goes towards maintaining the park and conserving wildlife. The remainder goes to the government and to local projects in the area to help local people benefit from the large revenue stream generated by the park.