Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park was extended into Rwanda from Congo by the Belgian in 1929; Belgian Colonial Authorities were also responsible for managing and running the Park. In 2005 Rwanda introduced “Kwita Iziina” an annual new baby gorilla naming ceremony to boost the gorilla population in volcanoes National Park. Besides that, the park is home to a few of the remaining Mountain Gorillas and endangered golden monkeys. The National Park is located in northwest Rwanda in Musanze province (Ruhengeri)

Volcnoes National park

Activities THAT ARE done in Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla trekking experience

Mountain Gorilla are the most endangered species in Rwanda, they live on the slopes of  Virunga volcanoes, Volcanoes  National Park is home to over 400 gorillas for a trekking experience. Each Gorilla trekking permit costs $1500 in Rwanda. Obtain from Rwanda Development Board (RDB)

Golden monkeys trekking

Golden monkeys are rare species categorized among endangered primates. The habituated golden monkeys are two with about 80 troop members living in the bamboo vegetation at the extreme base edge of Volcanoes. A single trekking permit costs $100 and only a small group of 8 people are permitted on daily basis to trek them for a memorable experience.

Accommodation Options in and around the National Park

  • Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel – high-end accommodation
  • Mountain Gorillas’ Nest lodge – Super luxury lodge
  • Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge – Super luxury lodge – close to the Parc National des Volcans park
  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in the Musanze district in northern Rwanda
  • Davinci Gorilla Lodge – mid-range Lodge – Kinigi north of Musanze town
  • Le Bambou Gorilla Village – Mid-range lodge – Northern Province of Rwanda