Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan portion of the Virungas Volcanoes range. Besides the wealth of extraordinary rainforest life it safeguards, the park protects around half the world's existing population of mountain gorillas, and is a top choice for a gorila trekking safari.
Easily accessible from Rwanda's capital Kigali, located only 80kms away, Volcanoes National Park offers several comfortable lodges set in the foothills of the range. Gorilla trekking permits must be arranged before arrival, and potential trekkers should be aware not only of the rigours of hiking through mountainous rainforest but the strict conservation rules governing this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Although gorilla safaris are the main reason people come to this 13 000 hectare park, an encounter with these highly endangered primates is not the only activity on offer. A Volcanoes National Park safari will take you into a forest packed with other creatures which include several types of monkey and some 180 bird species. Head out on guided nature walks or even a challenging hike to experience one of Central Africa's most bio-diverse destinations.