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Volcanoes National Park

This flagship national park protects Rwanda’s portion of the Virungas, a stunningly scenic chain of six dormant and three active volcanic mountains that rises to almost 15,000ft on the border with Uganda and the Congo. Home to a wealth of Albertine Rift endemics, the forested slopes of the Virungas are most famous for providing refuge to more than half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Volcanoes National Park specifically is also where the primatologist Dian Fossey undertook the pioneering study of gorillas immortalized in the book and movie Gorillas in the Mist. 

Discover Volcanoes National Park

The most popular activity is tracking one of several habituated mountain gorilla group. The hike up can be tough, make no mistake, but it’s more than worth it for the opportunity to spend time with these gentle giants – arguably the world’s single most reliably rewarding wildlife experience. 

Visitors can also track a habituated troop of golden monkey, an Albertine Rift endemic now all but restricted to the bamboo zone of the Virungas due to deforestation elsewhere in its limited range.  

A demanding but worthwhile day hike through steep forested slopes leads to the 12,175ft summit of Mount Bisoke, a dormant volcano capped by a beautiful crater lake nestled in an ethereal landscape of giant lobelias.  

Marginally less demanding is the day hike to the abandoned Karisoke Research Camp, where Dian Fossey was murdered in 1985, and is now buried alongside several of the gorillas to which she dedicated her life. 

Gorilla Guardians (also known as Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village) runs a busy cultural tourism program that includes traditional Intore dancing and drumming, and an archery lesson with a local Batwa hunter-gatherer. 

Camps & Lodges

We have curated a selection of accommodation options for Ngorongoro Crater. Our recommendations are based on firsthand experience and are chosen for their unique character, location, and exceptional service.  Our consultants are able to suggest properties that are perfect for your travel style.

Featured Trips

Our itineraries will give you taste of what is possible when you travel in Ngorongoro Crater, and they showcase routes we recommend.  Consider them as inspirations because each of our programs are uniquely created by our knowledgeable consultants.

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