Rwanda may have just a few national parks, but its Volcanoes N.P. contains 10 habituated gorilla groups and offers arguably the world’s most consistent gorilla trekking! The park is part of the Virunga Mountains range.
The famous Volcanoes National Park is home to 10 habituated gorilla groups, ensuring that visitors to the area enjoy some of the most productive and rewarding gorilla trekking experiences available anywhere! Due to the high number of habituated groups, on any given day you will encounter at least one group not only within an hour’s walk, but much farther away too, allowing for keen hikers to set out on treks lasting from 5 to 7 hours.
Besides the gorilla experience, Rwanda has a lot to offer from a cultural and historical standpoint – the 1994 genocide is at the heart of much of this. Museums and memorials in the likes of Kigali and Murambi are easily accessible and often combined with gorilla trekking safaris.
Chimpanzee trekking is also possible in Rwanda, specifically in Nyungwe Forest National Park, where approximately 500 individuals make up the last of the chimp population in this country. However, the chimps in Nyungwe are not fully habituated, so visitors hoping to see our closest relative in the animal kingdom up close and personal are perhaps better off visiting the densely forested Kibale National Park in Uganda or Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania.