Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

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PARK OVERVIEW

Volcanoes National Park, the oldest National Park in Africa, was originally established in 1925 as a conservation area for Mountain Gorillas. It was originally very small, but soon after its establishment was expanded to its current size of approximately 160 km2 and divided over the border between Rwanda and the Congo.

Much of the world’s current knowledge about gorilla families comes from the park’s Karisoke Research Center, established by Dian Fossey, after security concerns drove her team out of the Congo in 1967. Fossey, an American Zoologist, dedicated her life to researching the Mountain Gorillas in the park and protecting them from poachers. Tragically, she was murdered in the park and buried there in 1985.

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Volcanoes National Park is best known for its Mountain Gorilla tracking tours, but its towering mountains and lush, diverse wildlife offer many additional activities for visitors.

Much of the world’s current knowledge about gorilla families comes from the park’s Karisoke Research Center, established by Dian Fossey, after security concerns drove her team out of the Congo in 1967. Fossey, an American Zoologist, dedicated her life to researching the Mountain Gorillas in the park and protecting them from poachers. Tragically, she was murdered in the park and buried there in 1985. The Center has expanded to employ more than 100 people and continues its research and advocacy work today. If you are interested in learning more about the Center and visiting with the researchers there, it can be reached in two hours on foot from the Tourist Information Center.

Today, the park is mainly known for tourism. Most of the revenue generated by the park is used for maintenance and wildlife conversation, and around ten percent is used to support local projects in the communities near the park.

Tracking the endangered mountain gorillas on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes is a magical experience. Hike through mountain forests to experience these gentle creatures or make your way through airy bamboo forests to find the charming Golden Monkey.

Also available is the ‘Dian Fossey Tomb Trail’ – a beautiful yet challenging hike to 3,000 meters up the slopes of Mount Bisoke or a hike to the beautiful Ngezi Crater Lake at the top.

Permits should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance, especially during Rwanda’s high season of June – September.

To make reservations for any of the above activities, contact RDB’s Reservation Centre.

Volcanoes national park is also a habitat to various bird species of about 180 species where 13 species and 16 sub species are all endemic to the Virunga and Rwenzori ranges. Among the bird species found in Volcanoes national park , we have ; handsome francolin, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori double collared sunbird, Rwenzori batis, strange weaver, dusky crimson-wing, collared apalis, red-faced woodland warbler and Archer’s ground robin.

Gorilla Trekking

Volcanoes National Park is best known for its Mountain Gorilla tracking tours, but its towering mountains and lush, diverse wildlife offer many additional activities for visitors.

Much of the world’s current knowledge about gorilla families comes from the park’s Karisoke Research Center, established by Dian Fossey, after security concerns drove her team out of the Congo in 1967. Fossey, an American Zoologist, dedicated her life to researching the Mountain Gorillas in the park and protecting them from poachers. Tragically, she was murdered in the park and buried there in 1985. The Center has expanded to employ more than 100 people and continues its research and advocacy work today. If you are interested in learning more about the Center and visiting with the researchers there, it can be reached in two hours on foot from the Tourist Information Center.

Today, the park is mainly known for tourism. Most of the revenue generated by the park is used for maintenance and wildlife conversation, and around ten percent is used to support local projects in the communities near the park.

Primate Trekking
Tracking the endangered mountain gorillas on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes is a magical experience. Hike through mountain forests to experience these gentle creatures or make your way through airy bamboo forests to find the charming Golden Monkey.

Also available is the ‘Dian Fossey Tomb Trail’ – a beautiful yet challenging hike to 3,000 meters up the slopes of Mount Bisoke or a hike to the beautiful Ngezi Crater Lake at the top.

Permits should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance, especially during Rwanda’s high season of June – September.

To make reservations for any of the above activities, contact RDB’s Reservation Centre.

Bird Watching

Volcanoes national park is also a habitat to various bird species of about 180 species where 13 species and 16 sub species are all endemic to the Virunga and Rwenzori ranges. Among the bird species found in Volcanoes national park , we have ; handsome francolin, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori double collared sunbird, Rwenzori batis, strange weaver, dusky crimson-wing, collared apalis, red-faced woodland warbler and Archer’s ground robin.

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PRIMATE TRACKING FEES

  • Mountain Gorillas: US$ 1500
  • Dian Fossey Hike: US$ 75
  • Golden Monkey Tracking: US$ 100
  • Crater Lake Hike: US$ 75

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