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What to do in Volcanoes national park

What to do in Volcanoes national park

What to do in Volcanoes national park

What to do in Volcanoes national park? Volcanoes national park is the part of Virunga conservation areas and in the northwestern region of Rwanda is where this amazing Volcanoes national park is located and also borders with Virunga national park which is the one the best national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahing Gorilla national park in the southwestern parts of Uganda. Volcanoes national park is the home to some of five ancient Volcanoes of the Virunga mountains and these include Sabinyo, Bisoke, Gahinga, Karisimbi, and Muhavura. This tropical rainforest and the bamboo vegetation cover an area of 160 square kilometers. The Park is the natural habitat for the golden monkeys and the unique endangered mountain gorillas. In 1925 is when Volcanoes national park was gazetted with the purpose of protecting mountain gorillas from the poachers so this is the first gorilla destination in Africa.

Volcanoes national park is the leading and most visited national park in Rwanda that one cannot miss out on while in Rwanda. Other amazing national parks in the country are Akagera national park and Nyungwe forest national park. The park offers an unforgettable experience to the visitors while on a trip in Rwanda for instance tracking the beautiful golden monkeys which are rare to see in the wild, gorilla trekking which is the best tourist attraction to attract most the travelers in Rwanda, hiking the tombs of Dian Fossey who was an American researcher who came in Rwanda to study about mountain gorillas.

There are about 1000 endangered mountain gorillas that are left in the entire world. In Volcanoes national park, gorilla tracking starts at Kinigi the park headquarters and the park has 10 habituated gorilla families and each gorilla family can be tracked by 8 people every day, a gorilla permit in Rwanda is sold at $1500 per person per trek.

Golden monkey tracking is another leading activity done in Volcanoes national park, you can book 3-4 days and enjoy amazing golden monkeys in the forest. A permit for tracking golden monkeys in Rwanda is $100 per person per trek. For tourists who do not want to spend more hours in the forest golden monkey is the best option because it is for 1 hour, unlike mountain gorilla trekking.

Hiking the famous tombs of the late Dian Fossey who was an American researcher who came to Rwanda to study on the mountain gorillas. Karisoke Research Center is where she did her researchers from and she combined the two mountains that are Karisimbi and Bisoke and got one name “Karisoke”. She was murdered in 1985 by poachers near her center.

For mountain hiking, Volcanoes national park is also good optional for tourists who prefer mountain climbing. On your trip, you can hike Mount Bisoke which stands at an altitude of 3,700 meters above sea level with a deep crater on its top. Hiking mount Bisoke is not too difficult as long as you have prepared well through improving fitness and completing the full hike is done in about 5-7 hours. Or you can hike mount Karisimbi which is the second peak among the 8 Virunga mountains.

Bike riding experience and other guided nature walks in and around Volcanoes national park and are carried out near Musanze market which gives you an opportunity to interact with local people. You can visit one of the amazing cultures in Rwanda like Ibyiwacu cultural village and learn more about their background, seeing the traditional house of a local king, Kinyarwanda traditional dance and music, and many more interesting experiences.

Luxury activities and attractions in Volcanoes national park.

Volcanoes climbing.

Apart from mountain gorilla tracking and golden monkey tracking, this park is also the best place for hikers with three extinct volcanoes. Hiking up to the top of any volcano will give you an opportunity for beautiful views of Kigali city, local communities, and many more. The most recommended volcano to hike in Volcanoes national park is mount Karisimbi which offers a memorable experience to travelers.

Mountain gorilla trekking.

This is the first priority for most travelers who plan to visit Volcanoes national park. This forest /national park is the natural habitat of 10 habituated gorilla families which are already for tourism. This park is among the Virunga conservation area bordering Mgahinga gorilla national park in southwestern Uganda and the Virunga national park of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A permit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda goes at $1500 per person per trek for one-hour interaction and these costs are set by Rwanda Development Board.

Visiting Golden monkey

Golden monkey tracking is among the most attractions in Volcanoes national park which attracts the most tourists in the country. Tracking these amazing creatures is one of the best experiences one should not miss out on his/her trip to Rwanda. There are two national parks in the world where one can track and see golden monkeys and one of them is Volcanoes national park and Mgahinga national park of Uganda and its permit goes at $100 per person in that very trek is cheaper to mountain gorilla trekking.


A visit to Rwanda without visiting Musanze caves is incomplete, this experience is led by a professional guide who will take you into the caves while telling you the mysteries, history about the caves as well as other facts about the country.

Other amazing one can engage in while on his/her trip in Volcanoes national park are cultural tours and the most recommended culture to visit in Rwanda is Ibyiwacu cultural village, visiting the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera, bird watching with over 200 bird species and many more.

Africa Adventure Vacation’s top activities in Volcanoes national park of Rwanda are arranged in a 4×4 vehicle operated by professional local tour guides and are experts in English speaking, also have all knowledge about the fauna and flora of Uganda. Therefore, send us an inquiry or contact for more details about the best tourist attractions to do in the park.