Wildlife & Animals – Volcanoes NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Tracking mountain gorillas is one of Africa’s top wildlife experiences and Volcanoes National Park is arguably the best place for it. There are more habituated troops here than in the other parks that offer this activity. If their budget allows, some people book two gorilla treks on two different days. Each troop has its own family structure and offers a different experience. The troops each have different territories, making some of them more accessible and easier to find than others. Difficulty of access and the relative fitness of visitors is generally considered when allocating tourists to the different troops.

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GorillaCommon
LionNone
HippoNone
ZebraNone

Wildlife Highlights

In addition to mountain gorillas, a troop of habituated golden monkeys, endemic to the Albertine Rift, can also be tracked. Other mammals resident in the park (but rarely seen) include: buffalo, elephant, bushpig, giant forest hog and several antelope species.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Gorilla tracking is available throughout the year. Sightings are almost guaranteed at any time. In heavy rain, the trails become slippery, therefore tracking gorillas is easier during the Dry season, from June to August, and to a lesser extent in December and January when it also rains a bit less. Gorilla tracking in the Dry season may require booking far in advance to ensure you get a permit.

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