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Top things to do in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Top things to do in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda : Volcanoes National Park, also known as Parc National Des Volcanoes in French, is situated in Musanze village in the northwestern region of Rwanda and shares a border with Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The 160 square kilometer Volcanoes National Park is famous for housing endangered mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and five of the eight Virunga Mountains, including Mount Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke, Mount Gahinga, Mount Muhavura, and Mount Sabyinyo. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is a must-see location since it provides the best safari activities, such as:

Gorilla trekking.

The most well-liked safari activity in Volcanoes National Park, gorilla trekking entails travelling into the tropical rainforest in search of habituated mountain gorillas and spending an hour with them if found in their natural habitat. A brief /orientation on the rules and guidelines to follow throughout gorilla trekking very early in the morning in Volcanoes National Park. After the briefing, you’ll begin a 30-minute to 6-hour trek through the forest with an expert park guide in search of habituated mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking duration depends on where the gorillas are found because they like to wander about in quest of food. When the gorillas are found, you will be able to spend an hour with them in their habitat where you will have the chance to learn about their habits and behaviors, watch them feed, breastfeed, play, and groom young ones, as well as take pictures and videos. During gorilla trekking safari, you will also have the chance to see other primate species, different plants, and bird species that makes gorilla trekking safari impressive.

Golden monkey trekking.

 Like gorilla trekking safari, golden monkey trekking safari also begins early in the morning with a training at the park headquarters about the guidelines, rules and expectations during golden monkey trekking. It is the second-best safari activity in Volcanoes National Park. After the briefing, you will begin your forest trek by tracing the paths created by bamboo shoots and leaves. Depending on where they are, golden monkey hiking in Volcanoes National Park might take anything from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Once the golden monkeys have been identified, you will be permitted to spend an hour with them in their natural habitat where you can observe them feed, play, and jump up in tree branches. You can also snap pictures and document/record videos the lovely moments to share with family and friends back home.

Mountain climbing. 

Five Virunga volcanoes can be found in Volcanoes National Park, and all but Mount Sabyinyo is suitable for hiking due to their rugged ridges. You will hike Mount Karisimbi, which is 4,707 metres above sea level and requires about two days to complete, Mount Bisoke, which is 3,711 metres above sea level and is one of the most well-liked hiking trails in the park, Mount Muhavura, which is 4,127 metres above sea level and requires between six and eight hours to complete, and Mount Gahinga, which is 3,474 metres above sea level and is the shortest mountain in Volcanoes National Park.

Bird watching.

More than 200 bird species have been identified in Volcanoes National Park, including endemics to the Albertine Rift, woodland birds, and migratory bird species. You will be accompanied by an expert bird guide while carrying out bird watching safari in Volcanoes National Park. You will follow birding trails where you can see a variety of bird species, including the  Grey-headed Bushshrinke, Bat Hawk, Narina Trogon, Grey-backed Fiscal, Kivu Ground Thrush, Palm Nut Vulture, Black Cuckoo-Shrinke, Brown-backed Honey bird, African Swamphen, Rwenzori turaco, Strange weaver, Lagden’s Bush-Shrinke and among many others.

Cultural tours.

A cultural tour is a fun thing to do in Volcanoes national park where you may talk to locals from the nearby villages. You will have the opportunity to visit the Iby’lwacu cultural village as part of the cultural tour, where you will be able to learn about their culture and way of life, sample their traditional foods, discover how traditional beer is made from bananas, engage in traditional activities like grinding millet and sorghum, and take in traditional performances including music, dance, and drama.

Best time to visit Volcanoes national park. 

Volcanoes National Park can be visited all year round, but the best time to go is in the dry season, which lasts from June through February. During this time, there is little to no rain in the park, which means that hiking and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable, making trekking simple.

 Where to stay in Volcanoes national park.

You can stay at a variety of accommodations options in Volcanoes National Park during your safari, including Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, One and Only Gorillas Nest Lodge, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Gorilla Solution Lodge, Hotel Muhabura, Virunga Lodge, Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel, Le Bamboo Gorilla Village, Kinigi Guest and among many others.

How to get to Volcanoes national park Rwanda.

The northwestern region of Rwanda is home to Volcanoes National Park, which is reachable by road. It will take you 2 to 3 hours to get from Kigali to the park headquarters by car.

You can get in touch with Primate Holidays for more information about the best activities in Volcanoes National Park or visit our website to reserve a perfect and best Rwanda safari package.

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