Gorilla Tracking in the Virungas and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Straddling the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC, the Virungas are not a mountain range as such, but a chain of isolated freestanding volcanic cones strung along a geological fault line. The chain is comprised of six inactive and two active volcanoes, all of which exceed 3000m in altitude (the tallest being Karisimbi at 4,507m).
The most famous denizen of the Virungas is the critically endangered mountain gorilla, Gorilla beringei beringei, which inhabits all of the 6 extinct/dormant volcanoes. They also form the main stronghold for the endangered golden monkey and support relic populations of elephant, leopard and buffalo along with typical highland species such as yellow-
If you are intent on seeing these magnificent apes, your first priority will be to obtain a permit. They are expensive but permit fees in Uganda and in Rwanda do directly support conservation and also activities in loss-
Due to our close genetic kinship there is a real risk of passing a viral or bacterial infection to a gorilla and vice-
Note that all parks experiences two rainy seasons: March-
For those wanting to read into great ape conservation, visit www.unep.org/grasp