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VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK RWANDA

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, Gorilla Trekking Safaris to Volcanoes National Park, Volcanoes National Park located to the north west of the destination Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park shares borders with Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Congo’s Virunga National Park. It is the most popular park in destination Rwanda because it is the only National Park in the country with Mountain Gorillas which are listed as critically endangered world over. Besides the Mountain Gorillas, the other outstanding features of Volcanoes National Park are the five (5) breathtaking scenic volcanoes that include; Rwanda’s highest Mountain Karisimbi (4,507m), Mount Bisoke (3,711m), Mount Muhabura (4,127m), Mount Sabyinyo (3,669m) and Mount Gahinga (3,474m) with the last three having their peaks in the neighbouring destination Uganda.

Volcanoes National Park positioned in Ruhengeri, Musaze District can be accessed by both Public and Private Transport. Volcanoes National Park is 116km about 2 ½ – 3 hours from Kigali which makes it possible to even do transfer from Kigali and catch up with Mountain Gorilla Trekking encounter in Volcanoes on the same day and transfer back. From Musaze, it is 30 – 40 minutes drive to Kinigi Headquarters which is the main starting point for the activities in Volcanoes National Park including Mountain Gorilla trekking, Golden Monkey tracking, Dian Fossey hike, Volcano climbing among others.

What to Know About Volcanoes National Park Rwanda?

Volcanoes National Park is located to the north west of the destination Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park shares borders with Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Congo’s Virunga National Park. It is the most popular park in destination Rwanda because it is the only National Park in the country with Mountain Gorillas which are listed as critically endangered world over.

Besides the Mountain Gorillas, the other outstanding features of Volcanoes National Park are the five (5) breathtaking scenic volcanoes that include; Rwanda’s highest Mountain Karisimbi (4,507m), Mount Bisoke (3,711m), Mount Muhabura (4,127m), Mount Sabyinyo (3,669m) and Mount Gahinga (3,474m) with the last three having their peaks in the neighbouring destination Uganda.

Established in 1925, Volcanoes National Park ranks among the oldest National Parks of Africa and the aim of its gazzettion was to conserve the Mountain Gorillas from poachers. The borders were further increased in the year 1929 by the Belgian colonial Masters to cover more parts of Rwanda and Congo and it was named Albert National Park covering 8,090km2. However, 700ha were later cleared for human settlement in the year 1958.

Following the independence of Democratic Republic of Congo in the year 1960, the National Park was divided into two and after Rwanda gained independence in 1962, still the new government resolved to keep the park though the population was already dense. However, the National Park was reduced between 1969 and 1973 with 1,050ha cleared for pyrethrum growing. The arrival of Dian Fossey in 1967 in Volcanoes National Park saw its popularity rise all over the world as a centre for Mountain Gorilla research and conservation.

Dian Fossey established a research station at Karisoke between Mount Bisoke and Mount Karisimbi and spent great deal of her time researching about Mountain Gorillas and devising means for conserving them before she succumbed to unclear death in the year 1985.  The Movie Gorillas in the Mist was showcased in her commemoration and she is buried at her research station along with her most admirable Silverback Digit.

During the Rwandan Civil War, Volcanoes National Park was turned into a battle field and the park headquarters were attacked in the year 1992 but the park resumed operations including receiving visitors in 1999 when it was believed to be safe and under complete control.

Best Time to Visit Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda can be undertaken throughout the year but there are always ideal months which are preferred. During the dry season which occur in the months of Dec to early March and from June to September are the ideal travel periods since forest is not too wet and thus the surface is not so challenging to trek. It would save the heavy rains during the trek as well. December to March is a long dry season in Rwanda and temperatures can stretch to 29 degrees Celsius.

Besides gorilla trekking, travellers on wildlife safaris in Rwanda are also ideally done in the dry season. Wild game viewing in Akagera National Park offers more rewarding sights during this period. However, with equatorial climate, it can rain any time and thus water proof clothing during the gorilla trek should not be left behind. During the rainy season especially from October to November, the birding safaris in Rwanda are at their best. The trees and the small plants are flowering thus attracting a range of plants.

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Safari Attractions in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes Park Rwanda

Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
Majorly, Volcanoes National Park is notably known for Mountain Gorillas scientifically known as Gorilla beringei beringei. Noted to be descendants of Old World Monkey, the Mountain gorillas are among the two sub species of the eastern gorilla. They occur in two READ MORE

Flora and Fauna in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

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Due to the extended altitudinal spread, the Volcanoes National Park features various vegetation zones. There is lower montane forest which has been majorly lost to agriculture, Neoboutonia forest at the range of 2400 – 2500m, Arundinaria alpina also known as Bamboo.. READ MORE

Mountain Gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park

Mountain Gorilla families in volcanoes national park rwanda
Some of the Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park have been habituated for human visitation and research. Dian Fossey started the Mountain Gorilla habituation initiative and apparently Volcanoes National Park feature two (2) research groups Beetsme and Pablo’s READ MORE

Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
Golden Monkeys also scientifically referred to as Cercopithecus kandti is species of Old World Monkey that thrives in Virunga Mountains which comprise of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Congo’s Virunga National Park READ MORE

Volcanic Mountains in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
There are five (5) volcanic Mountains in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda including; Mount Karisimbi (4,507m), Mount Bisoke (3,711m), Mount Muhabura (4,127m), Mount Sabyinyo (3,669m) and Mount Gahinga (3,474m). The prominent ones READ MORE

Birds in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
The Volcanoes National Park features extensive avifauna most of which are endemic to Albertine Rift. The Park is home to the three (3) of the globally threatened species such as African Green Broadbill, Lagden’s Bush shrike and Kivu Ground Thrush. In addition, the 53 READ MORE

Mountain Gorilla Habitat and Ecology

Mountain Gorilla Habitat and Ecology
Mountain Gorillas thrive in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley always referred to as the Albertine Rift. They thrive in its montane cloud forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda along with the Virunga Volcanoes which is a chain READ MORE

Mountain Gorilla Physical Description

Gorilla Families in Rwanda
Mountain Gorillas are social animals and they thrive in averagely stable and cooperative groups / families which are kept together by the long-term bonds between the mature females and males. The Mountain Gorillas are non territorial and the Silverback minds about READ MORE

Rwanda Safari Activities in Volcanoes National Park

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes Park

The Real Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Experience-Rwanda Safari News
Mountain Gorilla Trekking is ranked the best safari activity on the continent of Africa as it presents an opportunity to explore the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas that are known to thrive in only three countries in the world namely; Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic READ MORE

Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes Park

Golden Monkey in Volcanoes Park
Golden Monkey tracking commences at 7am from Kinigi Park headquarters and lasts for approximately 4 hours. Briefing takes place at Kinigi after which you drive to the trail head from where the trek starts. The habituated troops of golden Monkeys READ MORE

Birding in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Bird Watching in Volcanoes
With a count of 178 species of birds some of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift, the birders on Rwanda birding safari can consider Volcanoes National Park among the options. During the activity, possible bird sights include; Rwenzori turaco, dusky crimson-wing READ MORE

Karisoke Mountain Climbing in Volcanoes

Karisoke Mountain Climbing in Volcanoes
Known to be the highest of all the eight Mountains that form the Virunga massif rising to 4,507m above sea level, Mount Karisimbi offers an exciting Mountain climbing adventure that lasts a total of two (2) nights on a round trip. Karisimbi Volcano is the highest READ MORE

How to get to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park positioned in Ruhengeri, Musaze District can be accessed by both Public and Private Transport. Volcanoes National Park is 116km about 2 ½ – 3 hours from Kigali which makes it possible to even do transfer from Kigali and catch up with Mountain Gorilla Trekking encounter in Volcanoes on the same day and transfer back. From Musaze, it is 30 – 40 minutes drive to Kinigi Headquarters which is the main starting point for the activities in Volcanoes National Park including Mountain Gorilla trekking, Golden Monkey tracking, Dian Fossey hike, Volcano climbing among others.

DIRECTIONS TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK RWANDA FROM KIGALI AND ENTEBBE(UGANDA) INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Safari Accommodations in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Accommodation in Volcanoes national park Rwanda is categorised under three levels which include the Luxury Lodges, Midrange / Standard Accommodation Lodges and the Budget / Basic Accommodation Lodges. So the Tourist is able to take a great choice from the three categories which will enable them to understand where their pockets can perfectly manage. Please always be free to take choice

Luxury Lodges in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Where to Stay in Volcanoes Park
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is an up class luxury lodge positioned on the boundaries of Volcanoes National Park. The Accommodation at Silverback Lodge is offered in a range of Two (2) suites, Six (6) Cottages along with one (1) family cottage with two independent en suite rooms sharing veranda. READ MORE

Midrange Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park

Where to stay in volcanoes park
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge is a midrange safari lodge positioned in Kinigi at the boundary of the Rwanda gorilla safari destination of Volcanoes National Park. Le Bambou features an environmentally friendly construction materials put together by a team of local experts which enables it to blend with the surrounding ecosystem. READ MORE

Budget / Basic Accommodation in Volcanoes Park Rwanda

Where to Stay in Volcanoes Park
Muhabura Hotel is a nice budget / basic Hotel located opposite the Musaze District Headquarters about 20 minutes transfer to the Rwanda gorilla safari destination of Volcanoes National Park. Accommodation at Muhabura Hotel is offered in a range of thirty (30) rooms comprising of Singles, Doubles, Twin and Triple along with six (6) Apartments READ MORE

Rwanda Gorilla Safari, Gorilla trekking Rwanda, Gorilla Tours Rwanda, Gorilla Safari Rwanda

Rwanda is a world surprising Gorilla trekking Rwanda African safari destination in offering Rwanda Gorilla tours / Rwanda gorilla safaris in Volcanoes National Park – part of the Virunga Massif with about half of the about 420 mountain gorillas that habitat / leave in the Virunga Massif i.e Volcanoes National park Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla Park Uganda and Virunga National park Congo. We present to you what you can have as a sample of a customized affordable Rwanda gorilla safari tour / Rwanda gorilla tour / Gorilla safari in Rwanda / Rwanda tour in Rwanda combined with wildlife, culture and scenery depending on your safari interests and ALL these itineraries / Rwanda safari tour packages can be further tailored to suit your private / group/ family African safari. In Rwanda-the land of a thousand hills, there lies ape species whose existence and unique features has took the world by storm in the contemporary times forming what has been termed as ‘Gorillas in the Mist‘ and these have become the best Rwanda gorilla safaris tour packages.

1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trek Excursion in Volcanoes

Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes Park
The 1 Day Rwanda Gorilla safari encounter allows even the limited time travellers to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda encounter the critically endangered mountain gorillas Read more

2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari tour

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes Park
The 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla trekking safari is a short Rwanda gorilla safari that you can undertake in Rwanda known as the land of a thousand hills…Read more

3 days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari tour

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The Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda takes you through the Gisozi genocide memorial which has the collection of the remains of the Rwandese that lost their lives in the bloody genocide …Read more

4 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
The 4 Days Rwanda gorilla trekking tour is a relaxed Rwanda gorilla safari in the land of a thousand hills. ...Read more

6 Days Primate Safari in Rwanda, Gorillas & Chimp trekkking

Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
The 6 Days Primate safari in Rwanda is a Rwanda safari tour designed to enable you have a detailed encounter with the primates of Rwanda. Read more

7 Days Gorilla safari in Rwanda, Chimp trekking and wildlife

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe National Park
The 7 Days Rwanda Gorilla safari & Chimpanzee trekking is one of the comprehensive safari in Rwanda enabling you to explore all the popular destinations in the country…Read more

10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari Adventure

Mountain Gorilla Habitat and Ecology
The 10 Days Rwanda Gorilla safari tour & wildlife is beyond gorilla trekking Rwanda for it incorporates a range of attractions ranging from cultural, historical and natural offerings. Read more

Other Safari Attractions in Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe National Park Rwanda
Nyungwe Forest National Park is located to the south west of Rwanda bordering Burundi to the South and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West. This great montane forest is within the watershed between the River Nile basin to the east and River Congo basin to the west. READ MORE

Akagera National Park Rwanda

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Akagera National Park is found in the East of the destination Rwanda overlooking the savannah plains of Tanzania. Stretching to 1,122km2 in size, Akagera National Park is the only savannah protected area in the whole of Rwanda and is currently run under Public private partnership READ MORE

Ethnographic Museum/Butare Museum

Ethnographic Museum/Butare Museum
Ethnographic Museum is positioned in Huye District 132km to the south of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. It is one of the six (6) Museums of Rwanda which comprise the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda. The Ethnographic Museum was constructed in the year READ MORE

Iby’wachu Cultural Village

Iby’wachu Cultural Village
The Iby’iwachu cultural village is positioned close to Volcanoes National Park in the village of Nyabigoma, Kinigi, Musaze District. The visit to iby’wachu cultural village presents an opportunity to interact with the local people learning about their heritage and traditions READ MORE

Rwandan Genocide

Rwandan Genocide
The Rwandan genocide is one of the greatest catastrophic events that man has ever witnessed. It took place between the Hutu and the Tutsi ethnic tribes and commenced on April 6th 1994 lasting for 100 days leaving over 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead. READ MORE

QUICK FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK RWANDA

Volcanoes National Park lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

Address: kinigi, Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Hours:Hours might differ
Monday: 6AM–4PM
Tuesday: 6AM–4PM
Wednesday: 6AM–4PM
Thursday 6AM–4PM
Friday: 6AM–4PM
Saturday: 6AM–4PM
Sunday 6AM–4PM
Phone: +250 787 409 137

Best Time to Visit Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda can be undertaken throughout the year but there are always ideal months which are preferred. During the dry season which occur in the months of Dec to early March and from June to September are the ideal travel periods since forest is not too wet and thus the surface is not so challenging to trek. It would save the heavy rains during the trek as well. December to March is a long dry season in Rwanda and temperatures can stretch to 29 degrees Celsius. Besides gorilla trekking, travellers on wildlife safaris in Rwanda are also ideally done in the dry season. Wild game viewing in Akagera National Park offers more rewarding sights during this period. However, with equatorial climate, it can rain any time and thus water proof clothing during the gorilla trek should not be left behind. During the rainy season especially from October to November, the birding safaris in Rwanda are at their best. The trees and the small plants are flowering thus attracting a range of plants.

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