The park covers a total area of 8,000km², encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes. The park has more than half of the world’s last mountain gorillas.
Even without the mountain gorillas, this park would be fascinating. Its altitude ranges from about 2,500m to the peak of Karisimbi, at 4,500m, resulting in extensive bamboo forests, and some of the last remaining afro-montane forest habitat on the planet. The gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park are fascinating, and a gorilla tracking safari with experienced guides can be amazing. You can also carry out a guided hike up into the mountains for a day allows you to spend more time looking at the other wildlife in forest, and getting a better understanding of the overall ecosystem. Other options are; a guided trip to a troupe of habituated golden monkeys and a hike to Volcano Bisoke and the Dian Fossey’s grave.
Apart from the mountain gorillas, the park harbors a stunning collection of rare and endangered animals and plants. There is a variety of other primates, including the endemic golden monkeys, plus forest elephants, buffalo, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, bushbucks, black-fronted duikers, spotted hyenas, and around 200 species of birds. On the higher slopes you’ll find an almost otherworldly habitat of thick moors with endemic giant lobelia and groundsel.