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.
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
How to get to Volcanoes National Park
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. Public transport is available from Kigali to Musaze but you will have to arrange a private transfer from Musaze to the Volcanoes Park headquarters as there is no public transfers there. Boda bodas are commonly used but you can as well hire a saloon car for the transfer.