Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park spans on an area of 160 square kilometers (100 square miles) in the far north-west of Rwanda. The Park is part of the great Virunga Volcano Conservation region covering Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. It started as a small region around Karisimbi, Mikeno and Visoke volcanoes meant to protect the mountain gorillas facing threat of extinction as a result of poaching. The thick forested mountain ranges comprise of six extinct and three active volcanoes each characterised by steep slopes that are blanketed in thick green, tropical rainforest.

However, gorilla tracking in Rwanda is a highly regulated affair, given their endangered status. And permits are both very expensive, ($1,500 per person per track), and hard to come by. So we recommend booking as far in advance as possible (i.e. from several months to 2 years ahead). Each day, only one group of walkers is allowed to track each group of gorillas. And they try to match the fitness levels of the walkers to the rough proximity of each group. But this is not an exact science, so your gorilla tracking experience may be anything from 2 to 7 hours. Once you find them, you are allowed to spend one magical hour in their company.

Best Time to Visit

Visiting Rwanda for gorilla tracking can be done all year round. ..

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Volcanoes National Park is home of 340 rare and endangered mountain

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Rwanda Travel Tips

Best known for its wealth of primates, Rwanda is home to the endangered mountain gorillas and some wonderful hiking spots.

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