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Volcanoes National Park


The Volcanoes National Park is a must-visit on your trip to Rwanda. The Volcanoes National Park is commonly known for gorilla trekking.

It’s home to 31% of the gorillas in the world after Uganda. The Volcanoes National Park was started in 1929 and is the oldest park in East Africa.

The visit of the researcher known as Diana Fossey who was a zoologist in 1967 led to the opening up of the Karisoke Research centre.

Later after the genocide in the 1990s, the Volcanoes National Park was opened up for tourism purposes.

You should visit Volcanoes N.P because it’s one of the best places for gorilla trekking, It has a bi number of habituated groups which offers 80 permits per day for tourists.

And lastly, you can spend more than 3 days in this area participating in other activities.

What to do or Attractions in Volcanoes National Park

  • Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
  • Wildlife like like the spotted hyena, buffaloes, golden monkey, bushbuck and black-fronted duiker
  • Birdlife like Ruwenzori Double-collared sunbird, Brown-necked Parrot, Ruwenzori batis, Doherty’s bush-shrike, Ruwenzori turaco, Dusky turtle dove, Scarlet-tufted, malachite sunbird, Grauer’s swamp warbler
  • Swamps and lakes like twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera, Rugezi swamp
  • Cultural encounters of the Rwandese people
  • Hiking Karisimbi Volcano and Mount Bisoke, Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabyinyo.
  • Fishing trips
  • Boat rides
  • Musanze Caves

How to get there/ reach Volcanoes N.P

By Road

This is the most common type of transportation to the park and it will take you approximately 2hrs from Kigali city.

We recommend you use a 4×4 Vehicle and this ranges from Us dollars $200-$350 per day minus drivers’ allowance.

When you use public transport it only stops on the main road and the roads leading to the park require private car arrangement which you can find in Musanze area.

However, you can travel via Gisenyi town or Musanze town.

Best time to Visit

We recommend the dry months of December- January and June-August where there is a high volume of wildlife in the reserve.

Although you can visit in other months when it’s a wet season April and November with low numbers of wildlife.

But be rest assured that gorilla trekking is open throughout the year.


  • Gorilla trekking / Tracking
  • Boat rides
  • Birdwatching
  • Community and cultural encounters
  • Fishing

Where to stay in Volcanoes National Park

Luxury; Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, The 5 Volcanoes Lodge, Ruzizi Tented Camp, Bisate Lodge, Virunga Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Midrange; Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Da Vinci Lodge, Karenge Bush Camp, Hotel Muhabura, La Palme Hotel, Gorilla Nest Lodge, Garr Hotel, Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel, Garden Place Hotel, Best view hotel, Mountain Gorillas Nest Lodge

Budget; The Garden Place Hotel, Kinigi Guesthouse and Villa Gorilla

For your planning purposes, you can visit the park for a day or multiple days depending on your budget.

We recommend that you combine this tour with other classical places in Rwanda like Akagera N.P for other wildlife and boat rides, Nyungwe N.P for chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk.

Lastly, the Kigali city tour where you will visit the genocide grounds and participate in Kitzina ceremonies.

In conclusion, Volcanoes N.P being the first and primary area for gorilla trekking in Rwanda means you will never be disappointed when you add it to your safari while in Rwanda.

Forever Africa Safari offers a variety of gorilla trekking safari options at unbeatable rates. Contact us for the best rates at info@foreverafricasafari.com or call us /WhatsApp us +256 772 221 880 to start planning your safari/tour today!

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3 Day Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda3 Day Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Get into Kigali and drive 2.5 hours into Volcanoes National Park where you’ll be hiking to see Rwanda’s mountain gorillas.

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For Who: Not for Kids
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3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari

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Get into Kigali and transfer to your glorious forest lodge in Volcanoes National park where you’ll hail to embark on a lifetime dream of tracking the mountain gorilla.

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3 Day Rwanda Gorillas & Akagera Wildlife Safari

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Track Rwanda’s mountain gorillas in Volcanoes NP and also go on a classic African safari game drive in Rwanda’s only savanna wildlife park..

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