PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK is located in the far northwest of Rwanda, bordering Mgahinga National Park and Virunga National Park. It is a home of the rare mountain gorillas and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Because the park is on 4,500m altitude, this enables an exhilarating trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas, offering stirring views in all directions. Then, abruptly, the trail enters the national park, immersing trekkers in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, easily accessible and among the highest in Africa, beckoning an ascent.
What to See
The bustling market town of Ruhengeri (Musanze) has a memorable setting at the base of the Virungas.
On the outskirts of town, the natural bridge at Musanze – a solidified lava flow – is a fascinating relic of the volcanic activity that shaped this scenic area.
Also within easy day tripping distance of Ruhengeri are the seldom visited but lovely Lakes Burera, Ruhondo.
Ruhengeri offers a good selection of reasonably-priced small hotels and guest houses, including the newly renovated hotel Gorilla’s nest.
Visiting the Park
Visitors could also base themselves in Gisenyi or Kigali and – with an early start – head to the Parc des Volcans and Ruhengeri as a day trip
Gorilla Safaris to Parc National des Volcans
3 Days Gorilla Trek in PNV
5 Days Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda