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Volcanoes National Park in a few words...

Volcanoes National Park is situated in the Virunga Mountains in northwest Rwanda. The Virunga Mountains, among the highest in Africa, are home to the rare mountain gorilla. Gorilla trekking safaris are the park's primary attraction, but the region is also home to a diverse range of wildlife aside from the gorillas, including buffalo, hyena, duika and the rare golden monkey.

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Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)


Volcanoes National Park is situated in the Virunga Mountains in northwest Rwanda. The park protects the slopes of this magnificent mountain range and its several ecosystems, which include evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath.

An exhilarating trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas offers stirring views in all directions. These mountains, among the highest in Africa, are home to the rare mountain gorilla. Gorilla trekking is the park's primary attraction, but the region is home to a diverse range of wildlife aside from the gorillas, including buffalo, hyena, duika and the rare golden monkey. Elephants are occasionally seen and there are around 180 recorded bird species.

The bustling market town of Ruhengeri has a memorable setting at the base of the Virungas. On the outskirts of town, the natural bridge at Musanze, a solidified lava flow, is a fascinating relic of the volcanic activity that shaped this scenic area. Also within easy day tripping distance of Ruhengeri are the seldom visited but lovely Lakes Burera, Ruhondo and Karago.

In and around the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Gorilla trekking and golden monkey visits are the most popular activities. Please keep in mind that only a limited number of visitors are allowed on the gorilla treks each day, and permits must be booked in advance.

Aside from the gorilla trekking tours, visits to the nearby lakes and caves are also a possibillity. Due to the limited number of gorilla trekking permits available each day, large groups will often split and visit the gorillas and the Lakes on alternate days. You may also wish to climb the Bisoke or Karisimbi Volcanoes.

Trekking in the Virunga mountains is good, though the trails are not well-developed. It is possible to climb Bisoke and Karisimbi Volcano in combination with a gorilla safari - please contact us for more information.

Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel - Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel is located within Kinigi district, just outside Volcanoes National Park and approx. 3 hours drive from Kigali.

Gorilla Nest Hotel

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is situated just outside Kinigi National Park, in the Virunga Mountain Range. It offers great mountain views and simple but comfortable accommodation for guests on gorilla safaris.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is arguably the finest lodge in the region of Volcanoes National Park, offering a wonderful location in the foothills of Mount Sabinyo, and luxurious accommodation.

Virunga Lodge

Virunga Lodge

Virunga Lodge is a stylish eco-lodge with a stunning location just outside Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Perched on a high ridge, it enjoys marvelous views of Lakes Burera and Ruhondo, and of the region's famous volcanoes.

Other regions in Rwanda

Akagera National Park

Demarcating Rwanda’s north-eastern border with Tanzania, the landscape of Akagera National Park could scarcely provide more of a contrast to the terraced hills that characterise much of the rest of Rwanda.

Kigali

The capital and main port of entry to Rwanda, Kigali is a relaxed city with a moderate climate and a good range of hotels. It offers easy access to Akagera, Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park offers marvellous primate safaris, with a particular emphasis on chimpanzee viewing. Baboon, Hamlyn's monkey, and mangabey are also present in this little-visited forest park. The chimp-tracking safaris take place on foot.

Volcanic Lakes

Rwanda's lakes offer visitors glimpses into ancient African lifestyles. Here, fishermen still fish in dugout canoes unchanged in design for centuries, while the local populace can be seen working, or sitting on the shores in colourful local dress, smoking traditional wooden pipes.

Example itineraries in Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla Weekend Rwanda pdf itinerary

Gorilla Weekend Rwanda

Visit the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda and explore the Parc National des Volcans. This gorilla safari itinerary makes for a great short-break holiday. It is designed for small groups but it can also be arranged as a tailor-made holiday for single or couples, and combines wonderfully with a longer Rwanda or East Africa safari itinerary.

Best of Rwanda pdf itinerary

Best of Rwanda

This comprehensive private tour of Rwanda takes in all the main sights the country has to offer, beginning in Kigali and concluding in the Virunga Mountains, where you have the option to join a gorilla-tracking safari.

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