Dian Fossey hike to the tomb is one of the most sought after safari activities carried out while visiting Volcanoes National Park for a gorilla trip. The hike involves a 30 minutes’ drive from the park headquarters to the trail head to access the Karisoke research camp where visitors walk for 10 minutes to the park boundary.
The walk from the park boundary to the research center where the Dian’s grave is, takes about an hour to 1 hour and a half hours and affords good views of forest hogs, forest elephants, a variety of primates and bird species.
This Dian fossey hike is an incredible experience physically, emotionally and intellectually. It is so inspiring to learn about someone who was so dedicated and left a legacy that exists even today. The hike involves moving through the forests and hiking up the slopes and therefore requires some relative degree of fitness and patience.
At the site you will find the house from where Dian Fossey was mysteriously murdered in 1985 but the more peaceful is the place where she was buried just next to her favorite gorilla friend, Digit and about 20 other mountain gorillas either killed by poachers or suffered death for other reasons. This hiking tour can be booked at any time, visitor who have more than one night in volcanoes national park should not miss this experience. On the Dian fossey hike, visitors are expected to report at the park office for pre- hiking briefing where they will be assigned to the lead guide to the trail. A maximum level of fitness is required to do this hike, in other wards have preparation first, and carry enough drinking water and something to eat along the way, Do not forget rain gear, Insect repellent, good hiking shoes and walking stick for your support.