Getting there: Ethiopian Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Kenya Airways have flights to Kigali, the Rwandan capital, from England. Kenya Airways also has flights from Nairobi. The closest town to the park in Rwanda is Ruhengeri, a 90-minute drive northwest of Kigali. Tourists can rent cars or take buses from Kigali.

Tours: Visitors without previously arranged trips are advised to stop by Rwanda's Office of Tourism and National Parks in Rugengeri a day before their trip to check in and get permits. Tour groups offer trips of varying lengths. Some tours include nearby trips to other sites in neighboring countries. Visit www.responsibletravel.com for details.

Accommodations: In Ruhengeri, the Gorilla's Nest Hotel has single and double rooms. The Hotel Muhabura has large doubles and suites. The Home d'Accueil Moderne has double and twin rooms. It is easy to find lodging for less than $50 a night.

Tips: Bring mosquito repellent, sturdy footwear and rain gear for the hike. The mountains are often rainy.

For more information: Contact www.gorillafund.org or www.rwandatourism.com