Dian Fossey Hike

Dian Fossey grave

Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda Rwanda Congo, is a very famous Africa wildlife safari activity that doesn’t miss on many traveler’s bucket lists. Travelers planning a Uganda safari can enjoy their Uganda gorilla safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In Rwanda during your Rwanda safari, you can enjoy your Rwanda gorilla safari in Volcanoes National Park and for those interested in Congo safaris, you can enjoy your Congo gorilla safari tour in Virunga National Park for mountain gorillas and Kahuzi Biega National Park for lowland gorilla trekking safaris Congo. 

Dian Fossey grave trekking safaris Rwanda

Many of the travelers that undertake gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, add the hike to Dian Fossey tomb in their itinerary on their Rwanda safaris. The Dian Fossey grave yard hike is a learning experience for travelers providing them with the in-depth understanding of Genesis of gorilla trekking tourism in Rwanda and how an America primatologist sacrificed her life to save the rare mountain gorillas that where at the verge of extinction by then.

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Dian Fossey funded various projects to protect the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She hired patrols to arrest poachers and paid veterinary doctors to treat the injured gorillas hence putting an end to poaching.

When Dian Fossey made up her mind to die for gorillas, she established a research Centre “karisoke research Centre”. Her mission to protect Rwanda’s mountain gorillas against poaching generated hatred and negative attitudes by poachers who revised all means to assassinate her.

Hiking to the graves is not as easy as you may think but it is quite short lasting for roughly 1-3 hours from the starting point. The hike is not as energetic as hiking the Virunga volcanoes but it is quite tiresome requiring one to be physically fit and committed. To ease the movements, travelers are also reminded to wear hiking boots to overcome the muddy and slippery grounds especially in the rainy season. Similarly, dress in long trousers, which you will tack into stockings to prevent bites from ground insects and being hurt by stinging nettles.

Just like any other popular activity in Volcanoes national park, all participants in hiking to Dian Fossey graveyard are required to have a valid permit which goes for $ 75. Travelers are also encouraged to carry other relevant travel documents such as passports for clarification. Travelers can access these permits on the actual day of hiking at the karisoke research center.