Volcanoes national park

Volcanoes National Park-Gorilla Destination in Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park is located in northwestern Rwanda covering 160 km2 of rain forest and encompasses five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains, namely Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. It borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

Volcanoes national park is home to the mountain gorilla and the golden monkey and was the base for the primatologist Dian Fossey.  The park was first gazetted in 1925 as a small area bounded by Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno, intended to protect the gorillas from poachers and first National Park to be created in Africa.

How to Getting there

Ruhengeri can easily be reached by public transport from the Rwandan capital of Kigali or the northwestern city of Gisenyi. 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 Volcanoes national park

Gorilla Trekking

gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park

Gorilla Trekking is the most prominent safari activity carried out in the park with 10 habituated Mountain Gorilla Families and every group of eight people is assigned to track a certain Gorilla Group and when they meet it, only an hour is allowed to stay in their presence for photographs. 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 as there are about 180 different species of birds and  all vivid birders around the world should transfer here to enjoy the best bird watching safari Tours.

Mountain/ Volcano Hiking

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

golden monkey in Volcanoes national park

Book a trip to go Golden monkey Tracking in Volcanoes National park Rwanda an experience that is unique and rewarding. travelers can track the rare species of Golden Monkeys as this can be done for a few hours as you watch them jump and play from one tree branch to another.