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Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda covers 160sq km area in the north Rwanda and is the oldest national park on the African continent. With its protected gorilla species, the park facilitates Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Rwanda, attracting dozens of visitors every day from various corners of the globe.

Volcanoes National Park or Parc National des Volcans in French is found in the northwestern side of Rwanda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to the Ugandan side. The national park is also a home to five out of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains. These volcanoes include Bisoke, Karisimbi, Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabyinyo which are covered in the tropical rain forest and bamboo.

A visit to see gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park is chastely a life-changing undertaking.

In 1929, the park was stretched into Rwanda and by that time Belgian Congo and was titled Albert national park run by the Belgian Colonial Authorities. In the early 1960s, the park was shared as Rwanda and Congo became independent by the end of that decade, the park was nearly half of its original extent.

Activities in the park include:-
The major activities at the park include:-

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Hiking Karisimbi volcano (3,800 m),
  • Mount Bisoke volcano climbing
  • Hiking to the Dian Fossey gravesite at Karisoke Research Station
  • Touring the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera.
  • Iby’Iwacu cultural village tour

Accommodations around Volcanoes National Park

  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
  • La Palme Hotel
  • Mountain Gorillas’ Nest lodge
  • Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
  • Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel
  • Garr Hotel
  • Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
  • Hotel Muhabura
  • Virunga Lodge
  • Kinigi Guest house
  • Le Bambou Gorilla Village
  • Virunga Hotel
  • Red Rocks Rwanda
  • Home Inn
  • Villa Gorilla