Volcanoes National Park


Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park (Rwanda)

Volcanoes National park covers an area of about 125km of the beautiful scenic forest that is covered with mountains and six volcanoes; this is why Rwanda is called the land of a thousand hills. The park has over 480 gorillas found along the border of the Virunga Conservation Area which are in the Virunga Mountains. The conservation area includes the Volcanoes National park which is managed in Rwanda. This is where the great primatologist Dian Fossey lived and worked with the gorillas. These gorillas are habituated and used to humans beings. The national park has got 10 gorilla families and these include; the Susa Gorilla families, Karisimbi gorilla family, the sabyinyo, Agashya, Amahoro, Umubano gorilla family, Hirwa, Kwitonda, Bwenge and the Ugenda gorilla family.

The National park is located in the northern Rwanda and its 80km away from the city of Kigali. Accessing this national park is easy and so quick than getting to Bwindi that is located in Uganda. The park is 2 and ½ hours’ drive from Kigali and in case you are traveling on a tight budget, you can also opt to taking a mini bus to Rushengeri town that is located at the park entrance or you can also take a tax.

Tracking the gorillas in Volcanoes national park is so active than in Bwindi forest and this is because these gorillas move around less some times. The park’s open terrain amid the bamboo forests allows light in the environment, which gives chance for taking photos than in Bwindi forest that so thick.  Tracking of gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda is completely different, and in Uganda a purchased gorilla permit also gives you an opportunity of trekking that real gorilla family you would love to trek. In Rwanda, the permit will also give you chance of trekking a particular family and the gorilla group allocated to you depending on many dependant factors. After being briefed about gorilla trekking, the tourists are divided into groups according to the fitness level, the age and the location of the gorilla family at the same time.