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Volcanoes National Park, popular for gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda, is located in the northwest of the country and borders Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mountain gorilla safaris and golden monkey trekking trips draw tourists to the national park, which is renowned as a home for these primates. The park served as the starting point of the naturalist Dian Fossey’s famous hikes and treks. This park is the best location to monitor the rare and intriguing mountain gorillas. It is a stunning chain of seven volcanoes. The region, which forms a natural border between the DRC and Uganda, is one of the most stunning safari locations.

Volcanoes National Park is a part of the 433km2 Trans Frontier Conservation Unit, which also covers the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. The three national parks are currently run independently.  Despite the pressing issue of overcrowding, Rwanda’s new leaders affirmed at the time of independence that they would keep the gorillas that were already well-known internationally.

This chain of steep, all free standing mountains linked by fertile saddles which were formed by solidified  lava flows , is one of the most stirring and memorable sights in East Africa.

Things to see in Volcanoes National Park

In June 1993, the park reopened to visitors, but because of the genocide, it was closed in April 1994.  Later in 1995, it reopened to tourists once more before closing once more a short while later.  In July 1999, after a sharp rise in the number of visitors to the Virungas, gorilla tracking in Rwanda was finally resumed permanently.  Later in this part, we’ll go into more information about gorillas and gorilla tracking. Primates are underrepresented in compared to other forests in Rwanda and Western Uganda, with the exception of gorillas and golden monkeys.

However, more than 70 species have been identified in Uganda’s adjoining Mgahinga National Park, the majority of which probably only exist in the bigger Rwanda region of the Virungas. Little is known about the present status of other large animals.  Elephant and buffalo are still extremely widespread, as evidenced by the quantity of feces found on forest routes, although they are very shy and rarely seen. Also present are giant forest hog, bush pig, bushbuck, black-fronted duiker, spotted hyena, and several varieties of small predators.

The enormous yellow-backed duiker and leopard are recent extinctions that were likely brought on by deforestation.

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