Virunga National Park
Nestled within the heart of Central Africa, where chills outnumber beads of sweat, as eloquently expressed by renowned primatologist Dian Fossey, lies a realm of towering antiquity – the Virungas. These colossal, weathered volcanoes, reaching a staggering elevation of nearly 15,000 feet, stand adorned in luxuriant rainforests, creating an awe-inspiring panorama. Located in the remote northwest reaches of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park serves as a guardian of the steep inclines of this majestic mountain chain. It not only safeguards the habitat of the endangered mountain gorilla but also shelters a diverse tapestry of montane ecosystems. These range from emerald evergreen forests to bamboo thickets, open grasslands, tranquil swamps, and resilient heathlands. The park’s nomenclature pays homage to the dormant volcanic lineage that forms the Virunga Massif: Karisimbi, the eminent pinnacle at a soaring 4,507 meters; Bisoke, adorned with its verdant crater lake; Sabinyo, Gahinga, and Muhabura – a collective tableau of geological marvels.