Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park in north western Rwanda is home to the country’s biggest tourist attraction, the Mountain Gorilla’s.  Created in 1925 to protect the gorillas, this is Africa’s oldest national park and it is a premier destination for the primate experience.  The Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga Mountain Range and is home to 5 of the 8 volcanoes in the Virunga’s, the  Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo.   Full of mystery and history, this mountain range is a great place to visit.  The gorilla’s are not the only attraction, you can track the Golden Monkey’s and see some of the best birdlife on the continent.  Made famous to the western world by Dianne Fossey, an American primatologist who efforts towards the research and conservation of the Mountain Gorilla brought a spotlight to the region.



As with the rest of Rwanda Volcanoes National Park has 2 dry seasons and 2 wet seasons. The dry season is from mid-May to mid-October. Between May and October is the longest dry season of the year making trekking a lot more comfortable. There is another shorter dry season between December to February which combines well with a green season safari in Southern Africa. Rwanda's high elevation means a temperate tropical highland climate. The elevation gives you lower temperatures than one would expect of an equatorial country. We recommend always doing both Bisate and Magashi on the same itinerary.


A visit to see the Mountain Gorillas of Volcanoes National Park is definitely an experience not to be forgotten.  Small groups trek through the Mountains each day to spend time with the gorillas.  As the gorillas are on the move, guests are led by trackers through the mountains to find them.  Being in the company of such incredible primates is a very moving experience. One can also track the Golden Monkey and take in the incredible amount of bird-life that exists in the region.

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