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The Virunga Conservation Area, around the upper slopes of the dramatic Virunga volcanoes, comprises three contiguous national parks, Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, and Parc des Virungas, commonly called Djomba, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

About 350 mountain gorillas make their home in these afro-montane forest against the dramatic backdrop of the Virungas. In Parc National des Volcans (PNV), there are five habituated gorilla families and it is arguably the best place to trek the mountain gorillas. Other activities in the region include birding, tracking for Golden Monkeys, visiting local philanthropic projects or enjoying the natural beauty of the landscape and its people.

There is a selection of accommodation available within the vicinity of the park itself. One of which is Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge which is situated on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans in North Western Rwanda, with fabulous views towards the Parc National des Volcans


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Fly to

Kigali via Nairobi

Flying time

10 hours 10 minutes

Time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required

Best time to travel

July - September, December - January

Weather

The driest months in Rwanda are between July and September and from December to January. The rains tend to fall between April and May and then again from October to November. However, trekking for gorillas involves entering the rainforests so you need to be prepared to get wet and muddy most of the year.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Rwanda

Nights: 8 | from £5,535pp

Compact Rwanda delivers a mighty punch. This is one of the only places in the world in which you can experience intimate encounters with wild mountain... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Gorilla Tracking from Nairobi

Nights: 3 | from £3,225pp

A chance to witness mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Rwanda on this exciting 3 night trip with expert trained guides on-hand. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located approximately fifteen minutes from the park offices, at the base of Sabyinyo Volcano. All the rooms are individual... Find out more

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a luxurious lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 feet volcanoes stretching through... Find out more

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Virunga Lodge

Virunga lodge has a magical setting with 360 degree views of the Virunga Volcanoes and shimmering lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera. The main area of the lodge... Find out more

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I tracked the Susa group which is the one I really wanted to see - it was almost as if gorillas were tumbling out of every bush, shrub and even at times they seemed to fall from the sky.

- MM, Edinburgh


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