There are now seven groups of habituated mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, and trekking in the PNV to see these endangered animals is a poignant experience that you will never forget. Here you will have every chance of successfully tracking a 400lb silverback, or mother caring for her young as they show off in front of you. We only use the best guides who, with their expert knowledge and tracking abilities, are there to lead you in your quest to find these endearing creatures in their natural habitat.
The park was made famous by the work of American primatologist, Dian Fossey, whose pioneering studies on the behaviour of mountain gorillas became known to the outside world through the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, which was released three years after her death. During your time here you have a great opportunity to trek the jungle to visit her grave, right next to the grave of digit, her favourite gorilla.
Most people visit the park to encounter the mountain gorillas, but that’s not all you will find in the PNV. You might spot mammals, such as elephant and buffalo, giant forest hog, Colobus monkeys, bush pig, bushbuck, black-fronted duiker, spotted hyena and over 200 colourful bird species.
Tracking the distinctive golden monkey is another popular activity within the park, where they are now fully habituated – great to slot into one itinerary alongside your gorilla tracking.