VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
It lies in North western Rwanda and borders of Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and maghinga gorilla national park in Uganda. The national park is known as a haven for the rare and endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkeys, it is a home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga mountains. (karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura,Gahinga and Sabyinyo).Volcanoes national park is atop safaris destination with a growing number of travelers coming into Rwanda for gorilla safaris and other wildlife tours. Volcanoes national park have a variety of activities.
WHAT TO DO IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK AND TO SEE
- Volcano climbing;
Besides wildlife, Volcanoes national park is a home for three extinct volcanoes. Travelers to this park therefore have an added advantage of hiking to the top of any Volcano which reward them with spectacular views of Rwanda’s rolling hills, Kigali city, Virunga volcanoes and local communities. Mt Karisimbi is the most hiked Volcano and the experience is worthy the hike.
- Mountain gorilla tracking;
This is a priority for most travelers to Volcanoes national park. The national park is a home to 10 habituated gorilla families available for trekking. Also, Volcanoes park covers Rwanda’s share of the great Virunga mass bordering Virunga national park in Congo and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. Travelers to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda are required to buy gorilla permits each costing $1500 for an hour’s interaction. All permits are issued out by Rwanda Development Board.
- Golden Monkey trekking;
Golden monkey trekking is yet another most done activity in Volcanoes national park which attract thousands of travelers into this jungle. Golden monkeys are exceptional creatures which every traveler should not miss out on his/her Rwanda safari. Its only in Volcanoes of Rwanda and Mgahinga gorilla national parks that travelers can see golden monkeys in their natural habitats. Fortunately, golden monkey trekking costs $100 which is relatively cheap compared to gorilla trekking.
Do not miss out visiting the Musanze caves on your Rwanda safari to Volcanoes national park. Experienced guides lead you into these caves while telling you the mysteries of the caves, history and all other facts about Rwanda.
Other activities to do in Volcanoes national park include cultural tours especially to Iby’Iwacu cultural village, bird watching, visiting the twin lakes of Bulera and Buhondo among others.
ACCOMODATION IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This is a 6 room, World-Class, Exclusive Eco Lodge within the amphiteatre like setting of an eroded Volcano with splendid views of the Virunga Volanoes. There are self-guided walks near the lodge and you can interact with the local community.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge:
Great views, great room, all part of the experience of a life time, gorilla tracking in Rwanda and your stay at the exclusive Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge will only add to your time at Volcanoes National Park and make your gorilla tracking more complete.
The Virunga Safari Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge with views of Virunga Volcanoes and two of the most scenic lakes in all of Africa.