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Volcanoes national park

Volcanoes National Park-Gorilla Destination in Rwanda

Volcanoes national park is Perhaps best known as the home of the rare mountain gorillas, the Virunga are that and so much more. Trekking through the park in far northwest Rwanda, one will find a tapestry of sensory delights. The visitor in the rain forest can hear the calls of birds and monkeys, and through the forest see the peaks of the ancient volcanoes. In addition to the rain forest, the park offers evergreen and bamboo forest, grassland, swamp and heath.
The Parc National des Volcanos (PNV) is part of the Virunga Conservation Area and covers more than 125 km². PNV is home of five Virunga volcanoes: Sabyinyo (3.674 m), Gahinga (3.474 m), Bisoke (3711 m), Muhabura (4.127 m), and the Karisimbi, the highest volcano with an altitude of 4.507 m. All five volcanoes are extinct; the active ones are located in Congo. Two of them erupted recently; the Nyiragongo erupted in January 2002 and Nyamuragira in July 2002.

Getting there

Ruhengeri, which can easily be reached by public transport from the Rwandan capital of Kigali or the northwestern city of Gisenyi, is the normal base for a visit to the gorillas. There is no public transport from Ruhengeri to the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park, where the gorillas are located, so visitors who aren’t on a tour should plan to hire a car with four-wheel drive (and driver). This will cost about $60 a day from Ruhengeri, $150 per day from Kigali, about a 90-minute drive. Travelers should check for information on suggested inoculations and health precautions.

Activities to Do in the Park

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking is the most prominent safari activity carried out in the park due to the number of Tourists that transfer to Rwanda to experience this amazing safari encounter. There are 10 habituated Mountain Gorilla Families that can be tracked by all kinds of travelers in Volcanoes National park Rwanda. Every group of Tourists (8) is assigned to track a certain Gorilla Group and when they meet it, only an hour is allowed to stay in their presence. The Gorilla trekking Permit costs US $1500 per person interested to track in Volcanoes National park. This is done with an experienced ranger guide who will inform you about the Mountain Gorillas.


Volcanoes National Park offers incredible birding adventures to all birders around the world looking for exceptional encounters as you watch the various brilliant species of birds. There are about 180 different species of birds and these include; Red-Faced Barbet, Shoebill Stork, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Papyrus Gonolek, the Miombo Wren-Warblers, Stripe-breasted Tits, Ruwenzori Apalis, Mountain Black Boubou, Olive Woodpecker, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler. All vivid birders around the world should transfer here to enjoy the best bird watching safari Tours.

Mountain/ Volcano Hiking

Mountain/Volcano Hiking is carried out along the five of the eight volcanoes in the park with Mt. Bisoke with 37000 meters and Mt. Karisimbi being the 3rd highest in Africa. Book a trip here to enjoy the best Mountaineering and Hiking Adventures in Rwanda while on holiday vacation.

Golden Monkey Tracking

Other than Gorilla trekking, travelers can track the rare species of Golden Monkeys as they transfer from one trial to another. You will do this for a few hours as you watch them jump and play from one tree branch to another. Book a trip to go Golden monkey Tracking in Volcanoes National park Rwanda an experience that is unique and rewarding.