Activities in Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is a top safari destination, known for thrilling Mountain Gorilla trekking expeditions. This adventure allows travelers to get up close and personal with wildlife in a unique and exciting way. Gorilla trekking in the park is an adventurous, fun, and educational experience.
During gorilla trekking, visitors embark on hikes to different Virunga Mountains based on assigned gorilla groups. Examples include the Karisimbi gorilla group on Mount Karisimbi and the Ugenda gorilla family on the slopes of Mount Sabyinyo. The trek offers glimpses of various attractions, including bird species and golden monkeys. As trekkers reach the bamboo trees, where gorillas are found, they observe the gentle giants’ behaviors, such as feeding patterns and interactions with their infants. The one-hour encounter allows for photography to capture memorable moments with these incredible primates.
Golden Monkey Tracking
Volcanoes National Park is also home to the endangered golden monkeys. Golden monkey tracking expeditions start early in the morning at Kinigi tourism office, exploring valleys and bamboo forests where the monkeys feed. Golden monkeys are charming, active, and entertaining to track. They live in social groups of varying sizes based on food availability, offering a high concentration of these unique primates.
Hiking in the Virunga Volcano Region
The entire Virunga volcano region, characterized by steep mountains and lush rainforests, is a stunning backdrop for hiking adventures. Mt Karisimbi, standing at 4,507m, is the tallest of the Virunga volcanoes. Hiking to its white-capped summit is a two-day activity filled with encounters with diverse landscapes, alpine and forest bird species, and even the possibility of encountering mountain gorillas. The hike provides breathtaking views of landscapes below and beyond.
To make the most of the Karisimbi mountain hike, it’s advisable to choose the right time. The dry season, from December to February and September to mid-December, is ideal, ensuring safer and less slippery conditions for the challenging ascent.