Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Dian Fossey is famous for her research on the mountain gorillas. First visiting Rwanda in 1963, she went on to study them for over 18 years, becoming a leading authority on their physiology and behaviour. Through her research she raised awareness of their vulnerability and promoted conservation initiatives, including setting up the Karisoke Research Foundation. Dian Fossey did not enjoy universal popularity, and she made many enemies amongst local Rwandan’s, including poachers and those who wished to convert the gorillas’ habitat to farmland. Tragically she was found murdered at her research station in 1985, however her legacy lives on and her work continues through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. She is buried on the slopes of Mt Karisimbi near the graves of the gorillas she studied for so long.

The Details

You will set off early in the morning, arriving at the Volcanoes National Park headquarters where you will meet your local guide. From here you will be driven around 30-minutes to the start point where you will head out on your trek.

You will pass through dense bamboo and hagenia forest en route and, if you are lucky, you may spot golden monkeys jumping through the trees. The trek takes around 3-4 hours, and on the journey your guide will be able to give you plenty of information on Dian Fossey and the impact of her research. On reaching the site you will be able to see the ruins of her house and of course pay a visit to her grave. Lying next to her is the grave of her favourite gorilla, Digit, along with a number of other gorillas killed by poachers.

After spending time at her grave you will head back down the mountain to meet your vehicle.

Fitness requirements: This trek can be quite strenuous and requires a good level of physical fitness.

Start location/time: You will meet your guide at the Volcanoes National Park headquarters at 07:00, before driving to the start point for your trek.

Duration of excursion: This is a half day excursion, typically taking around 5 hours.

End location: After visiting Dian Fossey’s tomb you will head back down the volcano and re-join your vehicle and guide at the designated car-park.

Guide: You will be joined by an experienced guide from the Volcanoes National Park.

Age limit: You need to be at least 15 years old for this trek.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.