Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Overview

Here's a little trivia for you. Do you know the name of the oldest national park in Africa? Its the Volcanoes National Park and it's in the landlocked of Rwanda which has been more in the news for the ethnic genocides than the raw magnetism of national parks that attracts wildlife enthusiasts, naturalists and adventure seekers from around the world. Straddling an area of 160 sq km in the small town of Musanze, in northwestern Rwanda is the Volcanoes NP, a constituent of one of the country's conservation epicenters, the Virunga volcano conservation. The conservation area harbors the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda of which fewer than 900 are left in the wild today. As the home to the highest number of mountain gorilla's in the conservation which also spreads over to Congo and Uganda, Volcanoes NP is the renowned for it gorilla trekking adventures that allow you to experience the gorillas up close and personal for that most memorable and rewarding experience. There are 11 habituated gorilla families in the park and you can meet – Susa, Amahoro, Sabyinyo, Uganda, Hirwa, Umubano, Karisimbi, to name a few, while on the trek. Though gorilla trekking hogs the limelight, don't miss out on the endangered Golden Monkeys which you can encounter while trekking through the dramatic landscapes. A variety of birds, nearly 178 species, some of them endemic to the Virunga conservation area and the great Ruwenzori Mountains can also be spotted beside reptiles, amphibians, and insects which makes the visit a complete experience.

Volcanoes National Park also shelters five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains which are: Mount Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke, Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Sabyinyo). Mount Bisoke stands tall at 3,700 meters above sea level followed by Mountain Karisimbi and nestled somewhere between the two mountain ranges is the grave of American primatologist Dian Fossey who fell prey to the poachers in 1985. The park also offers opportunities for mountain trekking, guided walks to Iby’iwacu Cultural Village and Musanze market and nature walk to the beautiful Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo.

Suggested Packages

Rwanda Wildlife Safari

Rwanda Wildlife Safari

Rwanda is a standout amongst the most wonderful nations in Africa.

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

Tucked in the middle of the famous safari destinations of Rwanda.

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