Rwanda’s famous Parc National des Volcans (that borders Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park) is one of the best places to see these incredible, highly endangered primates.
As peace and stability have returned to Rwanda, the Parc National des Volcans has once again become the most popular place to undertake one of Africa’s greatest wildlife experiences. These endangered primates, made famous by zoologist Dian Fossey, live in the rainforests of the Virunga Volcanoes on the border of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The park is easily reached by road from Kigali, the capital, which is a short flight from Nairobi.
You can also trek in search of chimpanzee and other primates in the beautiful montane rainforest of the Nyungwe Forest National Park south of Lake Kivu. In the country’s east, Akagera National Park can easily be combined with a gorilla trek. The park boasts diverse landscapes, huge densities of hippo and more than 520 bird species.