Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga massif that stretches across three countries – Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. The park was gazetted in 1925 to help protect the rare mountain gorilla and is one of Africa’s oldest national parks. Dian Fossey made what was then known as the Parc National des Volcans her base in the 1970s and 1980s and her research changed the way this great ape species was viewed and protected.
- Perfect habitat for mountain gorillas and hence high densities of these Critically Endangered great apes
- Considered the best place in East Africa to track gorillas with easy access to twelve habituated gorilla groups
- Home to five towering, extinct volcanoes that penetrate the clouds