Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund staff will lead several hikes to Dian Fossey in Rwanda. Taking a safari to see the mountain gorillas with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is an expedition of a lifetime. You will be picked in Rwanda by guide who will be with you the entire trip and will not only share personal insights but will also introduce you to the current staff and researchers working to continue Dian Fossey’s legacy and they will offer you the best information about the gorillas and the centre, the founder of the centre and her effort towards the stay of mountain gorillas in the mist of volcanoes.
Experiencing an hour in the midst of a close-knit living group of mountain gorillas in the wild will confirm all the best things you have heard about them. The infants are playful and adorable while the juveniles can be rambunctious – all of them under the watchful gaze of their mothers and the protection of the immense and dignified, dominant silverback. During your trip, you will have an opportunity to see Dian Fossey’s original Karisoke Research Center high in the volcanoes and visit her grave in the tree-shaded clearing in the gorilla graveyard, next to that of Digit, her favorite gorilla. Guests on our tours will have experiences not available to other groups – the unique opportunity to meet Dr. Fossey’s successors, a team of expert scientists and researchers at the present day Karisoke Research Center, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, see them at work and learn more about their day-to-day activities through presentations and intimate chats over dinner. All our trips include all of this and the knowledge that you are helping the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s crucial conservation efforts in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, with its warm yet temperate climate and lush, fertile land, is renowned for its population of majestic gorillas that freely roam steep, mountainous rain forests. This, alongside an abundance of other wild flora and fauna, proves Rwanda to be a very well kept secret. The highest peak in the impressive Virunga Volcanoes is Mount Karisimbi (4,507metres or 14,786 feet).
Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcano) ranks as one of the best places in Africa to go gorilla trekking, and also supports a number of other mammal, bird and plant species. The park protects the Rwanda sector of the Virunga Mountains, a range of six extinct and three active volcanoes which straddle the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Seeing some of the last remaining 200 out of the 800 mountain gorillas in the world is a fantastic experience. This safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. It offers an opportunity to track gorillas. Volcanoes National Park has 10 habituated gorilla families. Tracking most groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes only a few hours. There are many other nature experiences and sightseeing options in the area and each day.