Volcanoes National park located in the far North West corner, is Rwanda’s greatest safari destination. The park happens to be one of the few havens of the endangered mountain gorillas in the world, more to that the park has about five of the Virunga mountains of the volcanoes found in the Virunga ranges covering parts of Rwanda, Uganda, & Congo, they include Sabyinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura, Visoke, and Karisimbi gracing the park with stunning and breathtaking scenaries.
In this park is where the Diana Fossey dedicated her life to the conversation of these gorillas, and usually a trek to her grave and her research center is interesting. Besides the Mountain gorillas, there are Golden monkeys found only in this park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and both being in the virunga conservation area, these golden monkeys are equally open to visitors to track. Golden monkeys are quite playful and so interesting to watch too as they swing about from one bamboo stem to another.
Volcanoes National Park is about 160km² in size mainly covered with the rain forest and bamboo that acts as source of shelter and food for the mountain gorillas and the rare golden monkeys.
Mountain Gorilla Tracking: Tracking mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat is the most prominent and one of the sought after activities in Volcanoes National Park and Rwanda as a whole, it is considered to be the ultimate goal for taking up a Rwanda Safari since Rwanda is the leading Mountain Gorilla Safaris destination in the world. There over 10 gorilla families habituated and open for tracking per day. The trek is usually challenging but the thrill of standing close to mountain gorillas is not anywhere comparable.
Golden Monkey Tracking:Golden monkeys are other endangered species in the world and are currently nested in the virunga ranges to be specific Volcanoes National park and Mgahinga in Uganda. Golden monkeys are so playfully primates that will definitely excite you during the trekking.
Hike to Dian Fossey Grave
Besides tracking the primates, visitors can instead trek to Dian Fossey’ grave and here research center at the foot hills of Karisimbi Volcano. She is one person who dedicated her life to the conservation of the gorillas in volcanoes National park and a visit to her research will stock with lots of information.
Hike the Volcanoes
Hikes to different volcanoes are arranged and this takes from a a day to 2 days. Visitors can hike to the Crater Lake at the peak of Visoke volcano, or to the peak of Karisimbi Volcano, both volcanoes offer unbelievable views whilst atop.
Volcanoes national park has about 16 Albertine rift endemic species like the Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori batis, Ruwenzori double collared sunbird, handsome francolin, collared apalis among others, this is definitely a birding destination.
Volcanoes National Park has accommodation facilitates that meet all the budget ranges, the luxury lodges include Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Mountain Gorilla view Lodge, Mountain gorilla ‘s Nest, Virunga Lodge, and Kinigi Guest House.