Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is located in Ruhengeri District of Rwanda known to offer amazing Gorilla Trekking Tours to all on safari in Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park is exceptional to visit as you get to trek and watch the rare species of Mountain Gorillas in their natural forest vegetation habitat.
Volcanoes National Park is located a few kilometers off the major Kigali City requiring you to transfer in a 4×4 vehicle to the Park’s headquarters for short briefing on conduct around the Mountain gorillas.
How to Get to Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is situated a few kilometers off Kigali and is accessed by use of both Air and Road Transport. These means are preferred by travelers from all over the globe.
Using Road transport, travelers are picked by a driver guide from the Kigali International Airport. You are briefed precisely then later transferred towards Ruhengeri District of Rwanda a journey of 2 to 3 hours then after you reach the Park to trek the rare species of Mountain Gorillas.
Using Air Transport, travelers board a domestic flight (Rwanda Air) from the Kigali International Airport to Ruhengeri Airfield where a driver guide picks you to transfer you to Volcanoes National Park to trek the Gorillas.
Best Time to Visit Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park can be visited anytime around the year by all travelers from the globe interested in trekking and watching the rare species of Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.
Despite the park being available for all annually, there is a Best Time to visit the park and this is during the short rains and dry season in the months of June to September. During this time, the temperatures are between 25C and 27C (77F to 81F) degrees during the day and fall to between 13.5C and 15C (56F to 59F) at night.
Why Visit Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
Various reasons should make you visit Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park located in Ruhengeri as the destination is perfect for travelers interested in having vacation holidays, safaris and tours around the country of rolling hills.
Volcanoes National Park can be visited for Gorilla Trekking at Volcanoes National Park where you get an opportunity to trek and watch the Mountain Gorillas for a period of 3-5 hours. Gorilla Trekking Permit in Rwanda costs US $1500 per person interested in watching the Mountain Gorillas.
Travelers can watch the Golden Monkeys in the park too as they inhabit the bamboo regions of Volcanoes National Park. Watching them includes following them along differing trails for a period of 2 to 4 hours than after a moment searching for them, you meet them and take many photos to keep. Golden Monkey Tracking Permit costs US $100 per person interested in watching the Golden Monkeys in Rwanda.
Other than the prime attractions, travelers can do other adventures like;
- Bird watching; where you get to watch many different species of Birds. Rwenzori turaco, dusky crimson-wing, Archer’s ground robin, francolins, Rwenzori double collared sunbird, red-faced woodland warbler, strange weaver, collared apalis and Rwenzori batis.
- Iby’iwachu Cultural Village; which is located outside a few kilometers off the park offering amazing Cultural Encounters to all traveler interested in learning about the life style of the Rwandans as well as their traditions and Customs. This encounter costs US $35 per person interested in cultural safaris in Rwanda.
- Musanze Caves; situated outside the park, these are worth visiting while on safari in Rwanda. They offer you unique cave encounters as you explore the with a skilled park ranger guide who informs you about the unique cave and adventures since the ancient days.
Volcano climbing takes place along Mount Visoke, Mount Muhabura, Mount Karisimbi.
Climbing Mount Visoke/Bisoke)
With a crater lake at the top, Mount Visoke occupies an area that lies both in Democratic Republic of Uganda and Rwanda. The mountain is known to be a perfect volcano by many while at the bottom with about 3700 meters above sea level. Climbing this mountain is quite challenging due to its sharp elevation and vertical tracts along the trails one has to follow so as to get to the top. On your way up, you will pass via several vegetation regions like the Afro-montane zone that includes rare plants like the big lobelias. The process of climbing takes about 3-5 hours in company of skilled guides who will ensure your hike goes on well as expected. You should also carry packed lunch and plenty of bottled water with you for the lengthy hike.
Climbing Mount Muhabura
Mount Muhabura is the second highest peak within Volcanoes National Park situated in the Far East spanning both Rwanda and Uganda. One can use either side of the border to get to the top of the mountain so as to spot the stunning volcanoes of Rwanda, Uganda and DRC at a distance during day. One can swim and walk around the Crater Lake on the Rwandan side. Climbing this mountain is challenging and requires one to put in effort. However, one can take only a day to hike this mountain depending on their capability. You will enjoy the beautiful views of the mountain inclines as well as the vegetation zones that are occupied with thick forest and green bushes an experience that is worth encountering.
Mount Karisimbi Climb
Hiking Mount Karisimbi takes two days to get to the 5th highest snow capped peak at the top. On the first day you will take 6 hours to climb/ hike to the top about 3700 meters and while at night you will set up camps to sleep and rest. The next day, you will proceed to the crest where you will also have an opportunity to spot and encounter beautiful sightings of the relief and vegetation at the top. After finishing, you will descend in about 6 hours.