Welcome to Volcanoes National Park


While most travellers are understandably driven by the desire to have a face-to-face encounter with real gorillas in the mist, rare golden monkeys, a troop of which have been habituated to human contact, can also be visited. There is a variety of rewarding climbing and trekking options in the park too. To get the most from the Virungas, give yourself as much time as you possibly can, as this is a park that absolutely rewards those who linger.


Top experiences in Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park activities

$2990 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Day 1: (L, D)Arrive at Kigali Airport where you will be welcomed by a Nkuringo Walking Safaris representative and transferred to your accommodation. You will have lunch in the capital city before proceeding to the most beautiful national park in the country: Volcanoes National Park. You will explore bamboo forests, open grassland and swamps. You will head to the lodge for Dinner and overnight at (Budget Option: Kinigi Guest House). Day 2: Gorilla tracking. 2-5 hrs trekking (B, L, D) Today you will have the opportunity to spend some time with the endangered mountain gorillas. You will take a beautiful hike through the green landscape and hills of the Virunga Volcanoes. Spend a magical hour with these amazing creatures while your guide talks about the family and their behavior. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon to relax and enjoy the breathtaking view, dinner and overnight. (Budget Option: - Kinigi Guest House).Day 3: Parc National des Volcanoes – Kigali – DepartureHave a relaxing breakfast and enjoy the beautiful scenery one more time before you head back to Kigali with a packed lunch. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided city tour and visit some interesting, historical sites, including the Kigali Memorial Center.Depending on the time of your international flight you will be dropped at Kigali International Airport.*For a fee, you can upgrade to either a mid-range option (Mountain Gorilla View Lodge), or a Luxury option (Volcanoes Virunga Lodge) (inclusive of local beverages and laundry service).

$300 Outdoor Activities

Gorilla trekking Transfer From Kigali

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, Northern ProvinceThis is perhaps one of the most breath-taking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. (We’ve had people as old as 70years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if you cannot trek far)It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forgetDuration: 4 hours

$495 Outdoor Activities

One Day Golden Monkey and Cultural tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, Northern ProvinceEntering dense stands of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make your way deep into golden monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys – monkeys that have become accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of one hour, travellers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural habitat. Adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers.Later visit a Cultural centre where you'll join the local brew makers to understand the chemistry about the process of brewing a local beer from bananas fruits. If you find the activity interesting enough you can join the women in squeezing the juice out of the bananas and drink a glass of juice (Optional). Understand how long juice takes to turn into alcohol after adding in sorghum floor. Enjoy the big glass of our local brew. Among other activities they also do basket weaving and with your visit this local community will be proud of this activity and families supported financiallyDuration: 8 hours

$2218 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Days Rwanda Gorilla trekking safari

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Volcanoes national park On arrival at the airport, welcomed by Rwanda Travel representative and transferred to your hotel in Musanze formerly known as Ruhengeri. Alternatively if you were already in Kigali you will be picked from your hotel or designated location and drive to Musanze. The drive from Kigali to Musanze takes about 2 hours with great scenery along the way.The drive to musanze takes you through different villages and town along the road. Enjoy the scenery of the thousand hills with great views of valleys and pathways to different homes and trading centers. Be expectant to meet the massive mountain gorillas on your trek after briefing from ranger guides early the next. We advise that you get enough sleep the day before so that you prepared for both a short hike and along hike depending on where the gorillas nested.end of day one of TourJourney time – 2 hoursMeal plan – Lunch and DinnerAccommodation :Garden palace hotelDay 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes national parkTrekking the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of the Virunga volcanoes is an experience that will stay with you every waking moment. Arise early and your driver guide will transfer you to the briefing area at the park headquarters. Enjoy the traditional dances and coffee as you wait to receive your briefing from the ranger guide. You will then be given information on the groups to trek and you transfer to meet your ranger guide. After further briefing on likely distance to travel and expected behavior while in the forest, you start your trek into the jungles of volcanoes national park. For some gorilla groups, you are expected to drive out a bit before starting the trek. You are advised to take a long a porter to help with your day pack and some of your gadgets, it is easy to think that you do not need one but they can be helpful if the gorillas nested further a way from your starting point. after you will be transferred to Starting Point (Kigali)End of TourMeal plan – Breakfast and Lunch

$3490 Kid Friendly

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

ItineraryDay 1: Travel to Volcanoes National ParkStop At: Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, Northern ProvinceThe 4 days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari begins when a guide picks you from Kigali airport or your residence in the capital. After a briefing, you will embark on a drive to Volcanoes National Park – the home of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas. You will have lunch en-route and arrive at the park in the afternoon. You will then embark on a Musanze cave tour before retiring to your select accommodation for dinner and overnight.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park Stop At: Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, Northern ProvinceYou will have breakfast and then report to the park headquarters. After a briefing from park authorities, you will embark on a quest for a habituated gorilla family. The trek normally lasts between 2-8 hours before you encounter a family. Once you find the gorillas, you get to spend an hour observing them interact with each other and go about their daily routine. After the excursion, you will embark on a community tour before retiring to your lodge for the night.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Exploring Volcanoes National ParkStop At: Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, Northern ProvinceYou will spend the day exploring Volcanoes National Park. The many adventures you could embark on during the day include; golden money trekking, climbing the Karisimbi and bisoke volcanoes, touring the lakes and the caves, visiting the tomb of Dian Fossey, and embarking on a Iby’Iwacu cultural village tour.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Return to the capital – Kigali city tourStop At: Kigali City Tower, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceAfter having breakfast, you will embark on a return drive to Rwanda’s capital. Once in Kigali, you will embark on a city tour for an encounter with some of the country’s major attractions. The places you will pay a visit to include; the Kigali Genocide Memorial – the ‘resting place’ of more than 250000 victims of the 1994 genocide massacre. Later, your guide will drive you to the airport if you have a flight to catch. This will mark the end of your safari.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$3295 Kid Friendly

3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

ItineraryDay 1: Travel to Volcanoes National Park Stop At: Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, Northern ProvinceYour Rwanda gorilla trekking safari will begin when a guide picks you from Kigali airport or your residence in the capital. You will then embark on a drive to Volcanoes National Park – the home of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas. You will have lunch en-route and arrive at the park in the afternoon. You will spend the evening exploring the park. As dusk sets in, you will retire to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National ParkStop At: Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, Northern ProvinceAfter a briefing from park authorities, you will embark on a quest for a habituated gorilla family. The trek normally lasts between 2-8 hours before you encounter a family. Once you find the gorillas, you get to spend an hour observing them interact with each other and go about their daily routine. After the excursion, you will embark on a community tour before retiring to your lodge for the night.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Return to the capital – Kigali city tourStop At: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali, Kigali ProvinceAfter having breakfast, you will embark on return drive to Rwanda’s capital. Once in Kigali, you will embark on a city tour for an encounter with some of the country’s major attractions. The places you will visit include; the Kigali Genocide Memorial – the ‘resting place’ of more than 250000 victims of the 1994 genocide massacre. Later, your guide will drive you to the airport in time to catch your flight. This will mark the end of your safari.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.

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