Visit Volcanoes National Park for a great and remarkable trekking experience.
The Volcanoes National Park protects the Rwandan section of the Virunga Mountains and is contiguous with the Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. The mountains are linked by fertile saddles, formed by lava flows, and are one of the most striking sights in East Africa.
While most tourists to the park are understandably driven by the desire to have a face to face encounter with real gorillas in the mist, there is good reason to stay in the area once you have finished tracking. The gorillas share the park with a troop of rare golden monkeys, which are slowly being habituated to human contact. The virungas which tower over Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic Congo, also present a variety of rewarding climbing and trekking options.
This park lies in North Western Rwanda. It borders Virunga National park in Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National park in Uganda.Although it was the base for the zoologist Dian fossey,Volcanoes National Park is famous for its endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
It covers an area of about 160km2 in the Rain forest and Bamboo and also a home of five of the eight Volcanoes of the Virunga mountains. It is full of impressive Tropical rainforest, Volcanic scenery and offers extraordinary sights, but the only thing that captures the minds of the tourists are the Gorillas.
Due to its central location, it only requires a two hour drive from the capital city( Kigali) to the park as you explore some distinct Rwanda experiences, not forgetting the dramatic landscape that offers the thrilling hiking.
How to get there.
The park is found in Musanze district and is situated 105 kilometers west of Kigali.The Park protects five virunga volcanoes which include; Muhabura, Sabyinyo, Karisimbi, Karisoke and Mgahinga.It forms part of the extension of the Congo-Nile divide separating two of Africa’s most important watersheds.
Getting to Volcanoes National park has been made easy for all the tourists travelling depending on where one comes from, ie one may prefer to either fly from Entebbe Air port to Kigali or by road from Mbarara to Kisoro the the border of Rwanda, which may take 10hrs and three days respectively.
When using a plane, one can easily fly from the Airport to kinigi and get into a 4 by 4 wheel drive to the park entrance for briefing before the actual activity or else go by road which take a two hours drive to the briefing point as you cruz around the city passing by other sites like the National Museum ,Genocide Memorial sites and others.
One has easily do the activities in one day and get back to his or her destination.The most important thing is that;all those who are to visit should gather at the headquarters in Kinigi before 7:00 am for briefing, however there are no public means from Musanze to the headquarters.