Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Rwanda is most famous for its mountain gorilla tracking, which takes place on the slopes of Volcanoes National Park. The park is home to twelve mountain gorilla families which have been habituated for tourism purposes, with a maximum of eight people able to track each family per day. These families are have been named as Umubano, Muhoza, Igisha, Agashya, Kwitonda, Bwenge, Karisimbi, Hirwa, Sabyinyo, Ugyenda, Susa and Amahoro.
On completing the gorilla trek to find a gorilla family which can take up to 4 hours to complete, you can enjoy one hour of watching these incredible primates. Watch their close knit family dynamic as the forage, feed, play and socialise, all set to the scenes of their natural rainforest habitat. We think you’ll agree this is one of the most magical wildlife encounters to be had in nature.
Golden Monkey Tracking
The less famous resident of Volcanoes National Park, but the charismatic golden monkey isn’t to be missed! These playful monkeys are endemic to the Virunga massif, and are a popular attraction to those guests already visiting the park to track the mountain gorillas. Golden monkey treks offer the perfect opportunity to further explore Volcanoes National Park, giving a greater insight into the region. This is only one of two places where you can readily track these primates, the other being Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
Two groups of golden monkeys have been habituated in Volcanoes National Park, one on Mount Karisimbi and the other in the bamboo forested slopes of Mount Sabyinyo. These habituated groups have been regularly tracked so they become accustomed to human presence, allowing you excellent close up views as you observe their natural behaviour as they scamper through the trees.