Volcanoes National Park, hidden away in the deep, dense jungles of northern Rwanda, is the best place to see the rare and majestic mountain gorillas. Five of the Virunga Mountains volcanoes create a fascinating, rugged landscape where lush greenery clings to every surface. Vines dripping in curling cascades from tree branches and sky-high groves of bamboo have created the perfect habitat to support and shelter these gentle giants. There are 350 individuals, or around half of the world's remaining population, that live within the park's boundaries, so it is considered a the absolute best place to visit for gorilla tracking. While the heavily vegetated terrain does not make for the easiest treks to find the gorilla families, it is well worth the effort to have an intimate encounter with the creatures. In spite of efforts to protect the dwindling mountain gorilla populations, they are still considered to be under threat so a journey to see them is a once in a lifetime opportunity. In addition to the mountain gorillas, visitors may also see golden monkeys, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena, bushbuck, rarely an African forest elephant, giant lobelia, giant forest hogs, groundsel and over 170 species of birds. The fascinating geography of the area makes for the perfect place to explore with day hikes or overnight camping expeditions. There are tours of the many lakes and mysterious caves, guided climbs up the Karisimbi and Bisoke Volcanoes and chances to visit the tomb of famous gorilla researcher Dian Fossey.

A collection of lodges have been developed in the area. They all place an excellent focus on visitors having the best encounters with wildlife.

A collection of lodges have been developed in the area. They all place an excellent focus on visitors having the best encounters with wildlife.