About Vocanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is best known for mountain gorilla trekking but the park is also rich with many other exotic activities for one to take on. This park is part of the Virunga volcanoes which are shared between Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. This park is an evergreen bamboo forest with grassland areas, swamp, and heath in other areas. The mountain gorillas are the prime attraction in volcanoes national park with gorilla trekking happening all year round. Because of the high altitude it is generally cold, especially early morning and the evenings, you are advised to carry a light sweater for these times. The park is located only 2 hours from Kigali in the north of Rwanda.
Top Things to do and see in Volcanoes National Park
When planning for a safari to the “Land of a thousand Hills, do not leave out the wonderful visit to this splendid and prominent National Park. Volcanoes National Park also known as Parc National Des Volcans (PNV) is one of the most visited National Parks in Rwanda and a Haven of the renowned Mountain Gorillas. It offers a favorable and exhilarating option to participate in the life changing activity (Mountain Gorilla trekking).
Volcanoes National Park is situated in Ruhengeri, Musanze district in the Northern Province of Rwanda and West of Kigali. This magnificent Park is part of the extensive Virunga Massif that is astride Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The main purpose of establishing this park was to conserve the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla population.
Volcanoes National Park is about 105 kilometers (65 miles) away from the Country’s city and Airport (Kigali), it can be accessed by road and by air. By air you can land in Kigali International Airport after which you drive/be driven for 2 hours to reach the Park. When planning to participate in the remarkable gorilla trekking, you can choose the cozy accommodation facilities around the Park or in Kigali town because regardless of your choice you will leave totally satisfied, and you will not take long to reach the Park for your adventurous activity. However, wherever you choose to spend your night ahead of the adventure, you will be required to arrive at the Kinigi Park Headquarters by 7:00am for your pre-tracking briefing.
You will have to use a private means to access the Park since there are no public transport services from Musanze to Kinigi Park Headquarters. Public transport services are only available from Kigali town/ Airport or Gisenyi to Musanze town. In order to make your trip smooth, use the services of tour operators like Maranatha Tours and Travel who will book for your transport to and from the park and your accommodation. There are also exciting self drive services from Kigali to visit the Park
Unlike Uganda where Gorilla trekking cannot be performed on the same day of departing (going back home), tourists visiting Volcanoes National park are blessed because they can trek the gorillas for one day and still go back home that same day due to the small size of the park and country and also the short distance/less time from Kigali to the Park.
Volcanoes National Park is a spectacular and most visited destination in Rwanda because it is a home of the incredible mountain gorillas, the golden monkeys and other wildlife species besides the thrilling and scenic views of the Volcanoes. Visitors should access/visit this park and have the spellbinding memories of their lives.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
This is a luxury lodge located in the neighboring district of Musanze, at the edge of the park just 3km from its main entrance. From the park headquarters in Kinigi it takes 15 minutes drive to reach this lodge. Has 8 well spaced cottages away from each other ensuring privacy of the guest. Read More
Mountain gorilla view lodge
This mid-range eco-lodge is new, located in Musanze district on the foothills of Mt Sabyinyo about 15 km from Ruhengeri town and 100km from Kigali. There are 30 spacious and simple cottages built with local materials like grass thatch, stones, tiles and pleasantly furnished for the comfort of their guests. Read More
A cozy eco-lodge is located on an incredible hill side near the Virunga volcanoes. This offers a magnificent view of the mountains and twin Lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera. It is approximately one hour’s drive from the park headquarters and 3 hours drive from Kigali to this lodge. Read More
Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel
Located in Musanze district (Northern Province of Rwanda) in the heart of Ruhengeri on Rushengeri-Gishenyi road just 13 kilometers and 25 minutes drive away from Volcanoes national park headquarters. This clean hotel has over 31 rooms which have comfortable beds, a seating area with comfortable sofas, Read More
This small budget hotel is located in Musanze, Northern Province of Rwanda. There are 30 self contained rooms comprising of Double, single, twin rooms and apartments. There is a room called Dian Fossey that was named after this American primatologist who used to spend nights during her leave form the gorilla camp. Read More
Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
A luxury hotel located also in Musanze district near Kinigi park headquarters about 3 hours drive from Kigali. The thatched and stone lodge has 13 air conditioned rooms comprising of a VIP cottage with VIP amenities like a private kitchen to prepare your own meals, a self contained double and twin, Read More