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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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Extra Hike of Mt Bisoke in volcano national park On Gorilla Safari in Rwanda

Coming to Rwanda for an Ultimate Gorilla Safari Experience ? Find the Best Safari Activities that can be joined on the Same Gorilla Safari in Rwanda once the reservation is done with Rwanda Gorilla Trek  that is trading as Active African Vacations.

The Team of Experts are Ready Available to offer the best travel information & Practical Information concerning Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda & Hiking Mountain Bisoke in Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla Safaris to Rwanda is Guided by experienced Tour Guide that is well informed about the Country “thousand Hills” and why Gorillas love the Mist of Volcanoes and which other destinations are the home to the mountain Gorillas, Other Primates to be visited in Volcanoes Like Golden Monkey Tracking, Dian Fossey Visit, Hiking Mountains like the one Mentioned Below.

Mount Bisoke /Visoke

Mount Bisoke /Visoke is an active volcano in the Virunga Mountains of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. It straddles the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, but the summit is located in Rwanda. It is located approximately 35 km northeast of the town of Goma and adjacent Lake Kivu.

Bisoke, like all of the peaks in the Virunga Mountain Range, is a volcano created by rift action on the forming divergent boundary of the East African Rift which is slowly bisecting the African plate. The mountain reached a height of 3,711 metres after its last eruption in 1957. Bisoke has the largest crater lake of the range.

At the top of the volcano is a lovely lake, good for a couple shots and to relax for a few. Much of the hike is through a very lovely jungle and when there are clearing, and on a clear day you would get some nice views of the other volcanoes.

The mountain is located within Rwandan Volcanoes National Park and Congolese Virunga National Park. The steep slopes of the peak are densely covered with equatorial rain forest and alpine meadows. The summit does not gather snow, but is often shrouded in fog. Bisoke is one of the mountains considered a habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla, and the Karisoke Research Center founded by Dian Fossey is located in the valley to the west.

Hikers assemble at the park headquarters at Kinigi at 7:00 am to attend to a briefing and be assigned a park ranger. The park rangers are usually natives of the Volcanoes national park vicinity and thus very knowledgeable about the mountain adventures. Each visitor pays 75 USD to hike Mt Bisoke. There are also other mountains in Rwanda, like Muhabura, Gahinga, and Karisimbi which is climbed for 2 days. You have to spend a night at the summit and slope the following day.

All the Gorilla Destinations in Africa are worth Visiting but When it comes to true Gorilla Experience , Rwanda ranks among the Best destination for Gorilla Trekking Tours as its close to Kigali International Airport, but when thinking of Visiting Congo Various Gorilla Safaris are available but may be expensive compared to Rwanda Gorilla Safaris.

All Gorilla Permits are included on the Quotations that are offered by the Team of Experts from Rwanda Gorilla Trek and don’t thing that the package is expensive because of the Fact on the Quote offered Less USD 750 which the company will use to secure the Gorilla permit.