Where to See Gorillas

Where to see Gorillas in Rwanda

Many tourists ask this question ‘Where to See Gorillas in Rwanda’ to those coming to see them. Rwanda Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla Gorilla Berengie), the world’s most endangered ape, is found only in small portions of protected afro Montane forests in northwest Rwanda, southwest Uganda, and eastern DRC. The mountain gorilla is one of many species unique to these forests. The forests are also home to many wonderful birds, primates, large mammals, reptiles, insects, plants and also ensure continued water and medicinal plant resources for the local communities.

Hidden high among the forested volcanoes of  East Africa, the mountain gorilla was unknown to science until 1902, when two were first encountered by a German explorer and promptly killed. It set the tone for the relationship. For much of the time since, due to deforestation and poaching, it has seemed that the mountain gorilla was swiftly destined to be lost to the world again. Not long after the species’ greatest champion, the American zoologist Dian Fossey was killed in Rwanda in 1985-there were fewer than 300 of the giant primates left in the wild.

The world has an estimation of 700 remaining mountain gorillas and half of them live in the Virunga Mountains of central Africa, live in the Virunga Mountains of central Africa. The volcanic slopes here are dense with tropical forests and diverse mammal, bird, and reptile species but they are also at the heart of a region in crisis.

Gorillas are always found in a group of communities of up to 30 individuals, though they like climbing trees. These troops are organized according to fascinating social structures. Troops are led by one dominant, older adult male, often called a silverback because of the swath of silver hair that adorns his otherwise dark fur. Troops also include several other young males, some females, and their offspring. The leader organizes troop activities like eating, nesting in leaves, and moving about the group’s 0.75-to-16-square-mile (2-to-40-square-kilometer) home range. Mountain gorillas have longer hair and shorter arms than their lowland cousins. They also tend to be a bit larger than other gorillas.

Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park, the oldest National Park in Africa, was originally established in 1925 as a conservation area for Mountain Gorillas. It was originally very small, but soon after its establishment was expanded to its current size of approximately 160 km2 and divided over the border between Rwanda and the Congo.

Most of the world’s current knowledge about gorilla families comes from the park’s Karisoke Research Center, established by Dian Fossey, after security concerns drove her team out of the Congo in 1967. Fossey, an American Zoologist, dedicated her life to researching the Mountain Gorillas in the park and protecting them from poachers. Tragically, she was murdered in the park and buried there in 1985.


Mountain gorilla tracking is a squint wildlife experience in the Virunga; these vast animals weigh three times the weight as well as the average man. Mountain gorillas have no tails, shorter arms and dense black hair than lowland cousins, Gorillas are visited on a daily basis than any other wild animal, and they are fascinating animals to the extent that some try to interact with their visitors, often approaching them and greeting them as they walk past.

Volcanoes National Park is a very popular Rwanda safari destination because of Mountain gorilla trekking expeditions. Mountain gorilla trekking is probably the best wilderness adventure activity on the African continent that gets travelers more personal than ever to wildlife.

Volcanoes National Park has a number of habituated Gorilla families living within its forests, each as attractively chaotic and offering a very memorable experience as the rest of them. However what you should note is that the time for tracking each of these groups varies from one group to another. Down the foothills of the Virungas, you will have an opportunity to see the rare Golden Monkeys, a great profusion of colored birds, in addition to elephants plus some buffaloes.

Suggested Gorilla Trekking Tours

10 Days best Rwanda Gorilla Tour

10 Days best of Rwanda safari holiday taking you to explore the land of a Thousand Hills. This tour takes you to visit the genocide memorial sites of Gisozi and Murambi, gorilla trekking, golden monkeys, wild chimpanzee tracking and so much more.

7 Days Epic Rwanda Experience Safari Experience

Your 7 Days Epic Rwanda Experience Safari Experience is one of our most magical and most like safaris as it gives a great encounter of the land of the thousand hills. The safari will give you a great chance to do a canopy walk and chimpanzee trekking at Nyungwe National Park, a boat ride and visit different islands in the Kivu Lake, gorilla trekking and experience of the Rwanda culture as you sum up your safari with us.