Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is home to a some of the last remaining mountain gorillas and the hub of national tourism activities. It is perhaps one of the intensely protected parks in Africa through government and NGO programs. It also exists in some of the most densely populated rural areas in Africa, with densities in the sectors surrounding the park ranging from around 350 to over 1000 people per square kilometer.
Volcanoes National Park is a haven for the mountain gorillas. These days the park has become a favorite place for the mountain gorilla tracking! For those seeking to meet these great apes in the jungle, this is the mos accessible of all the four gorilla parks protecting the endangered gorillas. Elsewhere gorilla tracking can be taken in Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as well as the Virunga National Park in the Democratic republic of Congo.
The Volcanoes National Park is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains which are covered in rain forest and bamboo. These include;
- Gahinga and
These park-adjacent communities are integral to the success and sustainability of park management activities and ultimately, the survival of the critically endangered mountain gorilla and people who depend on the habitat and resources from the park.
Things to do in Volcanoes National Park
There are several other adventure tourism activities that you can egange in the Volcanoes National Park. These include;
- golden monkey tracking,
- Hike to Karisoke Research Centre and visit the Diany Fossey Grave
- Cultural adventures including the Iby’wachu Cultural Experience
- Local Community Tour
- Visit the Musanze caves
Planning a Gorilla Safari in Rwanda
It’s difficult to know where to start from when planning a Rwanda safari but experts online presence make it easier for any new visitor to the country. It is a requirement to posses a gorilla permit before allowed entry into the forest for gorilla tracking. To book a gorilla permit you need USD750 and a valid passport.
Remember your trip to volcanoes National park is reward to the park conservation effort as well as to the nearby community.
Gorilla permits for Rwanda are always on high demand. However much it may seem to be early, now is the time to book your Rwanda gorilla tracking tour. This is because many tourists place their bookings early enough even some book a year before given that gorilla permits are limited and are always on high demand during June to October and December to February! The trips in the PNV are interesting given that you cannot easily witness a disappointed visitor complaining about the experience with the gorillas. What travelers complain about are the challenges in securing Rwanda gorilla permits during the peak season of June -October & December to March every year. Although some travelers face challenges, this hasn’t stopped last minute trip booking to volcanoes.