It is also home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains, which are characterised by their blanket of rainforest and bamboo. The park was the base for primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey who, through her work, created a conservation strategy for the gorillas and contributed immensely to the protection and survival of the existing gorillas found here today.
Hidden amongst the dense, misty forests of these treacherous volcanic slopes you will discover a truly unique African safari experience. A hike on one of the park’s famous mountain gorilla tours can bring you into contact with these highly endangered creatures and allow you to experience one of the most intimate and poignant of African wildlife safari encounters first hand.
The film Gorillas in the Mist, the biographical account of Dian Fossey, was set and shot in the park, and it remains one of the few places left to experience an intimate encounter with these amazing creatures by tracking one of the four habituated gorilla families.