Dian Fossey Site Hike as a Rwanda Safari activity in Volcanoes National Park
Dian Fossey was a famous American Primatologist who is credited for having undertaken extensive studies of Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga massif especially Volcanoes National Park which enhanced their conservation efforts. She established her research station at Karisoke in the saddle between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke in the year 1967 and conducted extensive Mountain Gorilla studies including habituation until her unclear demise in the year 1985. However, her cause continued and today, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund which was named in her commemoration does the same role in the Volcanoes National Park. Though the research station was shifted from Karisoke to Musaze, the tomb of Dian Fossey and her favourite Silverback Digit remained at the site and travellers on Rwanda Gorilla Safaris take up the hike to this site to pay tribute and commemorate Dian Fossey works. The Dian Fossey hike commences at Kinigi Park station at 7am and lasts about 4 hours involving traversing the relatively steep landscapes of the Virunga Volcanoes since the site stands at an altitude of around 3000m (over 9000 ft).
The Tomb of Dian Fossey bears a headstone with the following words;
“No one loved gorillas more Rest in peace, dear friend Eternally protected In this sacred ground For you are home Where you belong”
Taking up the Dian Fossey hike while on safari in Rwanda can be seen as an ethical cause to commemorate the foundation of the Mountain Gorilla Conservation known to be critically endangered world over.