Perhaps the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experience to be had anywhere - to see the mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. Roughly one third of the world's wild population of mountain gorillas are resident on the Rwandan slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. Seven habituated families of gorillas are visited, and these families are comprised of from seven to over thirty-five individuals.
Virunga Volcanoes National Park
The rainforests of the Virunga Volcanoes are the last refuge of the Mountain Gorilla. The Virungas span Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the Parc National des Volcans being the Rwandese element of this ecosystem. Covering an area of 1,953,000 acres the park comprises an outstanding diversity of habitats, ranging from swamps and steppes to the snowfields of Rwenzori at an altitude of over 15,000 feel and from lava plains to the savannahs on the slopes of volcanoes. The park was established in 1925 as Africa's first national park and is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site since 1979.
Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes and lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Here you can enjoy the lush jungle surrounding the lake or simply relax on the beautiful white sand beaches.