Volcanoes national park is perched in the northwestern part of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is Rwanda’s top most famous tourist destination. Since it was reopened in 1999, it has had the highest increasing number of visitors on a daily basis. Volcanoes national park plays a big role in protecting the world’s most endangered popular mountain gorilla species. With fewer worlds’ left 880 mountain gorilla species, tourists can catch eye to eye with the rare gorillas that can nowhere else in the world except in three countries, that is to say, Rwanda, Uganda, and the democratic republic of Congo.
Go beyond mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Volcanoes national park also offers other spectacular Rwanda’s beautiful sceneries and diverse vegetation scattered all over the country. Volcanoes national park belongs to the Virunga Conservation Area that covers approximately 125km2 which includes the five chained extinct volcanoes that are mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabinyo, Mount Karisimbi, and Mount Bisoke.
Against all the backdrops, travelers can easily hike through Rwanda’s ever-green lush bamboo, Hygeia tropical rainforest, open grassland, woodland, and the splendid swamps of Volcanoes National Park as you discover golden monkeys, buffaloes, bush duiker, spotted hyenas, and over 178 bird species recorded. check through the gaps within the dense forest canopy offering the breathtaking peaks of the volcanoes standing up to 4,500m above sea levels.
Volcanoes national park became more famous because of the American primatologist Dian Fossey who did research on mountain gorillas while setting the film Gorillas in the Mist in their natural environment, Volcanoes national park offers a uphold reputation as a tourist destination for unique wildlife encounters. At the edges of Mt. Sabinyo is where Fossey’s tomb is situated, she was buried among her beloved gorillas since she loved them so dearly.
Mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a top upscale row experience in the African jungle. All the trekking factors and conditions including the weather, foliage, terrain, proximity to Rwanda’s capital city, and security offer a prime encounter and an adventure to nature lovers.
Mountain gorilla trekking at Volcanoes national park is a prime experience compared to other primates and wildlife species being observed from a distance or on trees. Travelers are allowed to spend an hour in close proximity with a mountain gorilla family. mountain gorilla families in the Volcanoes National Park are already introduced to human beings’ presence.
Travelers who are interested in an educational experience strongly recommend you to visit the Karisoke Research Center after or before your gorilla trekking experience. Karisoke Research Center offers a public exhibit space, laboratories, and all the information related to mountain gorillas. Karisoke research center also provides all the useful information you may need to join the fund or if you want to become a partner in the conservation of Mountain Gorillas goals.
Rwanda’s golden monkeys are so precious, rare, and worth a visit. Golden monkeys are found deep in Volcanoes National Parks’ hearts in the bamboo forest, this golden monkey is inclusive of Africa’s most endangered primates. Although golden monkeys can also be experienced in Uganda at Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Golden monkeys mostly diet on leaves and fruits well recorded in the past years, Golden monkeys offer tourists the unique opportunity to spot one of two newly habituated families within volcanoes national park. The Kabatwa family has up to 40 members residing within the slopes of Mount Sabyinyo. For those interested in more advanced trekkers, there is the Musongo golden monkey family, with over 100 members residing on the slopes of Mount Karisimbi.
Travelers are allowed to spend one hour with the golden monkey family as you observe the rare monkeys in their natural stunning environment as they climb trees, play, and feed on bamboo shoots.
Hiking the five chained Volcanoes
Virunga chained Mountain Range covers the border of three countries of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo which consist of 8 main chained volcanoes. Rwanda alone has 5 of those chained volcanoes that are known for forming the Volcanoes National Park. Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is known for protecting the rare endangered Mountain Gorillas. Volcanoes National Park offers a prime tourist destination in Rwanda the land of a thousand hills. Volcanoes national park is made up of steep slopes and mountainous forests of incredible hiking adventures that meet with the incomparable Mountain Gorilla encounters and the breathtaking views from the chained volcanoes summit.
Rwanda’s chained 5 volcanoes include mount Muhabura, mount Bisoke, mount sabinyo, Mount Gahinga, and Karisimbi. Discover your hiking opportunities on all these chained volcanoes providing exceptional experiences.
Rwanda’s hikers up hills may get a chance to view the adapted Mountain Gorilla families. Hikers are excepted to view these mountain gorilla families for a short time and taking pictures or videos with them is prohibited unless you acquired the tracking permits, you may be able to meet the magical Golden Monkeys on your hiking trails.
Mt. Karisimbi Hike is more demanding compared to all the eight chained Volcanoes in the massif, hiking to the summit of mount Karismbi is the only volcano that takes two days to hike. Mt. Karisimbi hikers are paid off with a spectacular aerial view of all the other 7 chained volcanoes, it has crater lakes at the peak.
Mt. Bisoke Hiking takes approximately 6hrs to get to the peak crater lake and this makes mount Bisoke more frequented summit compared to the rest. The most popular hike in volcanoes national park is the Diann Fossey hike that was named after the late Dian Fossey the American primatologist who fought with an aim of rescuing mountain gorillas from the sure extinction and later cost of her own life.
Twin Lakes Hike has considered as the simplest hike of the four and the twin lakes trail takes hikers to the best views of the two almost intersecting lakes offering a relaxed atmosphere that is ideal for a picnic lover.
Hiking can also be downwards through the enormous openings within the Musanze Caves that were formed centuries ago by an eruption of these 8 chained volcanoes. Musanze caves have stairs and walking trails that facilitate traveler’s movement through complicated channels. Bats are a significant feature within the caves.