Volcanoes National Park

The stunning Volcano National Park is situated in north-western Rwanda and covers 160 square kilometers (62 square miles) of prime rainforest, encompassing five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains range. Gorillas are critically endangered primates and highly sociable creatures that spend most of their waking hours searching for food on the ground, moving less than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) a day which makes them easily trekkable. Volcanoes National Park was the base for pioneering primatologist Dian Fossey, which makes it authentic Gorillas in the Mist country you can even pay your respects at Fossey's grave. It's a well-protected and monitored reserve full of different plants and trees monkeys (including the rare golden monkey) and forest birds. At least 10% of the revenue from tourism goes to community projects around the park, reinforcing the positive impact of gorilla trekking in Rwanda and making conservation of these great apes meaningful to rural communities in a very practical way. Reformed poachers are employed by conservation projects that allow them to earn a legitimate income.