The Virungas National Park is a mountainous area covering 7,800 square kilometers, including a chain of volcanoes that straddle the borders of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. This exceptionally beautiful area is home to over half the world's remaining mountain gorilla population. Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans at the northwestern Rwandan border is home to five of the eight Virungas volcanoes, and some of the most beautiful gorilla tracking areas in the world.
Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans was made famous by the work of Dian Fossey and the film Gorillas in the Mist, based on her life and work here. She died in the park in 1985; tourists can visit both her research centre and her grave, alongside that of her favorite gorilla Digit, whom she loved like her own child.
The park currently has 7 habituated gorilla groups and 56 permits are available per day (8 per group). The number of permits available can change without notice if the gorillas go across the border. Most groups are half-day walks but trekking to Susa can take 5-7 hours.
- Sabyinyo Group - 10 members, led by the biggest silverback known in the entire jungle, Guhonda.
- Amahoro Group - 17 members including two silverbacks
- Umubano Group - 12 members including one silverback
- Group 13 - 25 members including one silverback
- Susa Group - the largest family with 43 members including 6 silverbacks; recently split into two groups, Susa A with 28 members and Susa B with 15 members
- Kwitonda Group - 18 members including three silverbacks
- Hirwa Group - 11 members including one silverback
PNV also offers the opportunity to climb a volcano and to trek to see endangered Golden Monkeys. There are 2 Golden Monkey families which can be observed, Kabatwa & Musonga.