GORILLA TREKKING IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK OF RWANDA
Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park takes place in the northwestern part of Rwanda in Musanze village within the Virunga conservation area near Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and also bordering Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda. Volcanoes national park is characterized by bamboo forests, swamps, thickets, grasslands, alpine forests, and five of the eight Virunga chained volcanic mountains such as Mount Karisimbi, mount Bisoke, Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Sabinyo.
Volcanoes national park harbors various wildlife species like the endangered mountain gorillas, magical golden monkeys, mammals like forest elephants, cape buffaloes, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, bird species like Bateleur, Ruwenzori double collared sunbird, handsome francolin, blue-spotted wood dove, and many more.
Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park takes place due to 10 habituated mountain gorilla families who are ready for trekking daily. Gorilla trekking is adventurous which involves moving on foot deep in the African jungle searching for the habituated mountain gorilla families.
Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park is done throughout the year although it is best done during the dry season also termed as the peak season which is into two sessions, in the months of June, July, August, September, and the second session starts in December, January, and February. During the dry season, little rainfall is received which makes gorilla trekking trails in the jungle passable compared to the wet season.