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Family of mountain gorillas with a baby gorilla and a silverback, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park

The forested slopes of the Volcanoes National Park are spectacular and full of drama and this was the very first national park to be created in Africa.

A chain of free-standing volcanoes are home to local snake spirits, active volcanoes and the place where Dian Fossey lived – and died – for mountain gorillas. With peaks reaching nearly 4,500 metres, rare forest elephants and a network of rugged trails, this is a park that is as spectacular as it is thrilling and despite its popularity, it is still the best place to see mountain gorillas.

Straddling the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC, the massif itself includes six active and three extinct volcanoes so wherever you look there is a photograph waiting to be taken. Whilst the gorillas are the draw, an extra day or so spent at one of the lodges will allow you to explore the rural villages dotted around the region, taking in a few lively markets and traditional Intore dancing – something which the region is also famous for.

Lake View, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Why visit Volcanoes National Park

  • Release your inner Attenborough and come face to face with mountain gorillas
  • Take in the breath-taking views of mist-shrouded mountains and volcanic lakes
  • Pay your respects at Karisoke – the final resting place of Dian Fossey
  • Try and keep up with the endemic and nimble golden monkeys
Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Baby mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Gorillas of Volcanoes National Park

Spend time at the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, with whom Steppes has worked closely over the years to gain a privileged insight into gorilla conservation. Alternatively, join the great and the good at the annual Kwita Izina ceremony in Ruhengeri, where each June, gorillas born in the last year are officially named.


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Volcanic Landscapes

Take in the breath-taking views of mist-shrouded mountains and shimmering crater lakes.

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Golden Monkeys

Try and keep up with the endemic and nimble golden monkeys.

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Karisoke Trek

Pay your respects at Karisoke – the final resting place of Dian Fossey.

Track Mountain Gorillas

Set out on foot into the park’s dense cloud forest. Come face to face with mountain gorillas and spend an hour in their company.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.

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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.

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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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