Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is located in the northwestern part of Rwanda.  The national park shares borders with Mgaahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The national park only encompasses an area of 62 square miles (160 sq km).

Volcanoes National Park is home to five of the eight volcanoes present in the Virunga Mountains.  The volcanoes inside the national park include Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo.

The Volcanoes National Park region served as one of the bases for Dian Fossey as she conducted her research as a primatologist.  The mountain gorilla is king in this area; however, the golden monkey is another primate that visitors might get the chance to see.

For all practical purposes the area is consumed by forests.  The type of forest varies by elevation, but the Virunga Mountain region is thick with jungle.  However, there are grasslands, meadows, marshes and swamps in the lower elevations.

Highlights:

  • Trekking with mountain gorilla
  • Hiking in the Virunga Mountain forests like Tarzan

The only real reason that anyone travels to Volcanoes National Park is to experience the mountain gorillas.  It is one of the few places where the mountain gorilla, one of Africa’s Big 7, can be seen.  It is awe-inspiring to encounter these magnificent creatures up close.

 

Sources: 

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, https://www.volcanoesnationalparkrwanda.com/, retrieved July 2019.

Volcanoes Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park, https://www.volcanoesrwanda.org/, retrieved July 2019.