Volcanoes National Park or the “Parc National des Volcans” also called by the locals in their local language Kinyarwanda Parikiy’Igihuguy’Ibirunga) was the first national park to be gazette in Africa in 1925 to protect gorillas from poachers by then it was called Albert National Park as it included Belgian Congo until each country gained their independence.
Volcanoes National Park or the “Parc National des Volcans” covers an area of 160sqkm (62sqmi) which includes bamboo and rainforest with eight ancient volcanoes which are shared by Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. They include mount Nyiragongo and mount Nyamuragira both in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the rest mount Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura, and Bisoke are in Rwanda.
The park has been a research center for zoologist especially for the American primatologist and Conservationist Dian Fossey who started Karisoke research center 1967, she was researching on mountain gorillas and her life was covered in her book Gorillas in the mist 1983 and then later into film 1988.
Volcanoes National Park Weather/Weather forecast
Volcanoes National park altitude ranges from 8,202ft (2500 m) to 14,786ft (4507 m) above sea level, at Mount Karisimbi which is the highest mountain in the Virunga Range. The average daily temperatures range between 12 °C (54 °F) and 27 °C (81 °F), Annual rainfall per year is 950 mm (37.5 in)
Volcanoes National Park Attractions/Activities
- Gorilla tracking is a must to do event
- Golden Monkey tracking
- Dian Fossey tomb
- Iby’Iwacu cultural tour
- Musanze cave tour
- Twin Lakes of Burere and Ruhondo
Volcanoes National Park Location
The driving distance from Kigali International Airport to Volcanoes National Park headquarters (Ruhengeri) located near a local village called Musanze named after Musanze caves is 116 km (72 miles) and can take approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.
Volcanoes National Park Hotel/Accommodation
There are several accommodation facilities where you can stay especially before tracking the gorillas. They include; Bishop House, Virunga Lodge, Mountain gorilla view lodge. Please contact us for booking and recommendations.
Best Time to Trek at Volcanoes National Park.
Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park can be done all year round though it’s better to avoid tracking during the rainy months of March to May and November/December. The best months are June to September; October is the start of the short rains.
Volcanoes National Park Tours
Gorilla tracking safaris at Volcanoes National Park can be organized through DK Grand Safaris office in Nairobi as an extension of your Africa safari or from Kigali Town – Rwanda.
Some of gorilla tracking packages from Volcanoes National Park offered by DK Grand Safaris includes; private treks, sole travelers, group treks, family treks, photographic treks, and honeymoon trek and customized treks as per individual needs. These trekking packages include; accommodation, transfers, and Volcanoes National Park fee or Volcanoes National Park Permits, etc.
Volcanoes National Park Animals
Apart from the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, volcanoes national park has several other mammals which include; buffaloes, bushbucks, duikers, spotted hyenas, elephants, giraffes etc.
More than 180 bird’s species which includes 29 endemic species have been recorded at volcanoes national park which include; African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s rush warbler, Kivu ground thrush, Rwenzori Batis, Rwenzori double collared sunbird, Rwenzori mountains, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-faced woodland warbler, Collared Apalis, Afro-alpine etc.
Volcanoes National Park
DK Grand Safaris
Rwanda Development Board (RDB)
KG 220 St, Kigali,
Gishushu | Kigali | Rwanda
Phone (Local): 1415
Phone (International): +250 727775170