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A Guide to Volcanoes National Park for Gorilla safari Rwanda

A complete Guide to Rwanda Volcanoes National Park, offering information about Gorilla Trek in Rwanda, Accommodations in Rwanda, Safari Activities, How to Secure a Gorilla permit, How to Get there and Transportation Around the park. According to the official Site of Rwanda Volcanoes National Park they mention about Various Opportunities to ensure Travelers find it ease to enjoy ultimate Experience in the Wild of Rwanda’s Volcanoes.

Volcanoes National Park has become a great place with mountain gorilla tracking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates. Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan section of the great volcanic massif called the Virunga Mountains that borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC. Volcanoes national park is situated in small town of Musanze only 12 km from Kinigi, visitors can reach Musanze by public transport from Gisenyi, Kigali or from the international airport.

Volcanoes National Park’s Headquarters are based in the nearby village of Kinigi, the administrative Centre for permits and the place where all visitors gather in the mornings for briefings before starting on their gorilla treks. The drive to the park from Kigali is 2 hours, so it is very possible for one to do gorilla trekking the same day and drive back to Kigali for overnight or for departure. But tourists planning to use public transport to the park should note that there isn’t provision of public transport from Musanze to the headquarters of the park at Kinigi.

When to secure a gorilla permit

Gorilla permits are secured months earlier before you trip. You can contact a reliable tour company who will arrange for you a wonderful safari in advance. Permits costs $750 and only 80 permits are issued each day for the different gorilla groups. 20% of the money goes to the local communities living around the park, the money seems a lot but rewarding you to see the gorillas.  So it’s advisable to plan your holiday well ahead, particularly if you want to travel to Rwanda in the busy period between June and September, to guarantee availability.

Activities on a volcanoes national park safari holiday

Gorilla tracking safaris in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park,There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. Rwanda is now home to ten habituated groups of mountain gorillas that are scattered all over Volcanoes National Park. You’ll leave early in the morning for your briefing at the Park HQ and then in parties of eight will be taken to your allocated group with a guide and trackers.

Once you reach the gorillas you will be given 1 hour to be with them as you take pictures and videos of the adults foraging and grooming each other while the babies tumble and swing on the trees. Witnessing gorillas express typically human gestures and emotions is a truly a profound experience and one of the reasons that gorilla trekking is such a life changing encounter.

Other Trips in Volcanoes National Park

You can take a guided nature walk into the mountains can be good for acclimatization. It also allows you to spend more time looking at the other wildlife in forest, and to gain a better understanding of the overall ecosystem.

One of the more popular routes is to the tomb of Dian Fossey and the Karisoke Research Centre she established, which takes a couple of hours of fairly steep walking. Another beautiful option is a day hike to the Crater Lake on Mount Bisoke.

Several other primates have made Volcanoes National Park their home too like golden monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis kandti), Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta), buffaloes (Syncerus caffer), elephants , black-fronted duiker (Cephalophus niger), and bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus). It is possible to track two troops of habituated golden monkeys, a totally different experience to gorilla tracking. Golden monkeys tend to inhabit the bamboo forests on the lower slopes, so the walk to reach them is relatively easy. Again, once you find them, you’ll have just an hour in their presence. They’re fast-moving little creatures, and very entertaining as they constantly swing through the bamboo or chase each other in circles all around you. They’re also very pretty, with shiny reddish-gold backs that blend in perfectly with the golden bamboo.
People are as much a part of Volcanoes National Park as its primates and a visit to one of the cultural centers in the area to gain an insight into local life and traditions is not only very interesting but also benefits the local communities and deters them from engaging in negative activities like poaching. Two very good examples are the SACOLA Cultural Centre, with excellent traditional Intore dancing, and Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, both near Kinigi.

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