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Volcanoes National Park

The Virunga Volcanoes: Strategically located amidst the Commonly known small Switzerland and the land of hills, Uganda and Rwanda are land locked countries in the eastern parts of Africa. Very small countries where you can have unforgettable memories.

Volcanoes National Park is about 15000 feet, covered with very thick rain forest in the north western parts of Rwanda and south western parts of Uganda. Volcanoes National Park borders with the Uganda Mgahinga, Muhavura and sabinyo and the Congo.. The three countries for the Virunga volcanoes National Park in Rwanda share the three country boundery at the top of sabinyo Volcanoe

A home of the endangered mountain gorilla, Volcanoes national park is also a home to mosaic of montane ecosystems. With evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Volcanoes National Park also protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range

What to see & Do in Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla trekking

Critically endangered with just a few hundreds left on the planet, coming see these gentle giants in their natural habitat is the best experience someone can ever have in the wild.

A maximum of 88 gorilla permits are on offer each day and are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Mountain gorilla trekking starts in the morning with assembly at the park headquarters for a briefing about the activity.

Golden monkey trekking.

The volcanoes national park has also golden monkeys besides the mountain gorillas. Unlike the mountain gorilla tracking, tracking monkeys is easy because they are easily found, very affordable, done by all ages can and an awesome experience.

Mountain Hiking

The volcanoes are a series of mountains that go through Rwanda from Uganda to Congo. When hiking in these mountains you get a chance to see Uganda and Congo if you can make it to the top. This also gives an opportunity to see some creator lakes.

Bird watching and view the Dian Fossy tombs.

With over 300 bird species the volcanoes offer quite some unique birds to see. Through the thick trees and rainforest you will come across different bird species.

Dian Fossy spent about three hours daily learning the nature of Gorillas and how they manage to live in harmony with nature. She wrote data that up to date is still being used in the general public. Her grave still exists and people come to pay their respects.

Nature walks In The Volcanoes National Park

A guided walk through the Nyange community will allow you to see how locals work and earn a living. You’ll tour the homes of iron smiths, mat weavers, local banana-beer brewers, and carpenters.

You’ll also witness, and if you choose, partake in the preparation of traditional Rwandan food – and cultural dances with the locals.

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Best Time To Visit/Recommendations

 

We will say that gorilla tracking in the volcanoes and all the other activities takes place thought the whole year. Though most people will prefer the dry seasons of Africa.

Season have drastically changed thought the years. This would be better if you talk to your tour operator for the best seasons on time to travel to Volcanoes national Park.

Because the activities in the volcanoes trekking needs some particular mountain trekking gear you must carry along.

These may include long trousers, long sleeved shirts, trekking boots, raincoat camera, While currently a mask is a must have.

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Safari Lodges in Volcanoes National Park

 

Mount Gahinga Lodge

The High end Mount Gahinga Lodge is the first and super luxury lodge in the Mgahinga area, Uganda side of the Virunga volcanoes. A perfect start for the ultimate Gorilla Trekking Experience in Mgahinga mountain where part of the mountain Gorillas call home. The Mount Gahinga lodge a community based and support lodge that doubles as a perfect base for Golden Monkey trekking, hiking the Virunga volcanoes, Community village walks with the batwa people who are also the oldest culture in central and east Africa.

Mount Gahinga Lodge prides in Luxury bandas offering one of the best ever thought jaw dropping nature views of the volcanoes while the Luxury bandas display a Bafumbira reflection aesthetic tradition.

Bisate lodge

Bisate Lodge is located in the eroded volcanic cone , giving it a nice and clear scenic view for the wild. They have got Six luxurious suites full of comfort and panoramic views whilst retaining the environmental principles and culture of Rwanda.

The lodge is not so far from the volcanoes as well. It is not so cheap but the price is worth paying for.

Virunga lodge

Fantastic food and exceptional personalized service with ten luxurious bandas each with a private terrace, an individual fire place, a shower room with a double vanity.

Have their own private sitting room and more refined interiors and will also include a hot tub Lodge overview:

Personal butler service for all guests, Spa & Sauna, Wi-Fi access in the main lodge building and Charging facilities available in each banda.

Sabinyo Silver back lodge

A classic safari lodge, for a true feeling of luxury in the wild, It was founded by the community and the government.

Sabinyo has got rustic cottages on a hillside overlooking the volcanoes, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge appeals to a by-gone era in Virunga rainforest explorations. In the daytime, the gardens are filled with rich birdsongs and at turndown, the log fireplaces are set for perfect relaxation in a haven of cool mountain air

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