Volcanoes National Park
Most of our clients wholeheartedly agree that trekking to see the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park is something that every nature lover should experience at least once in their lifetime. Found in the North Western part of the country, just two hours away from Kigali International Airport, Volcanoes lies at 1,1607-2,607meters above sea level. It is made of five dormant volcanoes that cover over 125 km² of Virunga region. These are Mt. Sabyinyo (3.674 m), Mt. Gahinga (3.474 m), Mt. Bisoke (3711 m), Mt. Muhabura (4.127 m), and Mt. Karisimbi (4.507 m). Each of these is endowed with five vegetation zones starting with forest, bamboo forest, grassland, swamp and heath. The first two are a favourite haven for the gorillas thanks to their abundance of edible plant species and fruits.
It is a must visit if you want guaranteed chances of encountering gorillas. For more than 10 years now, none of the 10 habituated families to which it is home have ever migrated back into the neighbouring Virunga National Park of Congo, or Mgahinga National Park of Uganda.
The one hour you will spend with these majestic giants seems short, but it is sufficient enough for you to observe them in detail. This will give you a good understanding why humans are said to have evolved from apes. Staring at them is like staring at yourself in the mirror because they are so much like us except for the fact they are extra hairy, an adaption for survival in a very cold high altitude setting. On this note, you are advised to wear warm clothing and carry a raincoat, just in case a sudden shower happens.
You can combine your tour here with a visit to the graveyard of Dian Fossey’s, a scientific fighter who was killed by poachers.
Tracking golden monkeys is also worth a top spot on your bucket list.
One of Rwanda’s biggest assets is a decent road infrastructure that enables travellers to drive between their chosen parks and safari lodges. This offers a much better understanding and appreciation of this equatorial country as a whole, while at the same time keeping the cost of their chosen safari down.