Where is the Volcanoes National park?
Volcanoes national park is the most significant national park towards the development of the tourism industry of Rwanda. It is Africans oldest national park and it is located in the northwestern part of Rwanda in the Musanze district which was formerly known as Ruhengeri.
Volcanoes National park in Rwanda is best famous and known for sheltering rare and endangered mountain gorillas. The park harbors the highest number of mountain gorillas in Virunga massif and visitors trekking gorillas in this park will be delighted with visual and scenic views of the cool mist forests as they listen to the sounds or rings of a variety of bird’s species and other primates including the golden monkeys. Continuous trekking within this park will expose visitors to the ancient dormant volcanoes that are inseparable from park tourist attractions and activities.
Volcanoes national park is characterized by evergreen forests, grassland and bamboo tree, grassland, and heath. Volcanoes National park is known as the home of gorilla and this is a reason why most of the travelers have traveled to explore this park. The conservation of these amiable and giant gorilla species is was geared by the late Diane Fossey who stayed for long in Rwanda on the move to research and ensure that mountain gorillas are protected. Her expansive work about conservation was captured in the international movie dubbed “gorilla in the Mist” which was shot in Rwanda’s Volcanoes, National Park.
Volcanoes National park is strategically located to the visitors as it takes about 2 hours to drive from Kigali International Airport to access the Park and this makes the best accessible national park among all the four mountain gorilla parks in Africa. Other parks where endangered mountain gorillas are protected in their natural habitat or wildness include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mountain gorillas are the chief attraction in volcanoes national park and this has made it the sole park in Rwanda where gorilla trekking safaris are carried out. Gorilla trekking in this park is done throughout the year by the tourists and visitors have to walk or trek through the forest in search of endangered habituated mountain gorilla families and once they see the gorilla family, visitors are allocated only 1 hour to stay with the gorillas in the wild.
Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda spans the Virunga conservation area with over 120 square kilometers. The park shelters five inactive Mount volcanoes which include Karisimbi, Sabinyo, Muhabura. Bisoke and Gahinga. Karisimbi is the highest of all the 5 Virunga Volcanoes with 4,507 meters high above the sea level.
Other than mountain gorillas as the major tourism attraction, Virunga National Park features other important primate species that are attracting tourists to the park. These include the golden monkeys, Olive baboons, blue monkeys, red colobus monkeys among others. Chimpanzees can be seen but they are rare in this park. The majority of chimpanzee tracking tours in Rwanda are done in Nyungwe forest National Park.
Visitors can allocate Volcanoes National Parks in Musanze village which is located in the Northwestern part of Rwanda. This place can be accessed by using public transport.visistors will use public means of transport from Kigali international airport or Gisenyi taxi park and you will be able to reach Musanze in just about 2 hours. However public transport can reach the park gate but rather you will need to connect to the Kiningi headquarters by a special Hire. You will need to travel for an extra 14 kilometers from Musanze or Ruhengeri to the Kiningi Volcano Park headquarters. To have an amazing gorilla trekking safaris to Volcanoes National park you need to book with registered safari companies such as Africa adventure vacation that will organize for you the whole complete package to Rwandan wildfire and destination exploration.