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Volcan National Parc

Volcan National Parc (Rwanda)

Practical information about Volcan National Parc

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
  • Volcano
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
45 mins by car from Musanze (2hr 30 from Kigali)
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Volcan National Parc

Clémence Rauch-Decaen Travel writer
7 travel articles

Virunga Park is a wild yet peaceful haven; a land abudant with vegetation . The volcanic landscape is exceptional and hides an indigenous mammal: the silverback gorilla.

My suggestion:
There are many treks on which you can discover the Park, with or without gorillas, and you must have a permit to get in (to be purchased at the RDB, either in Kigali or Musanze). I suggest you sleep in or near to Musanze.

During my Rwanda trip , I explored Virunga Park so I could take a look at the last silverback gorillas. It all starts with a meeting at the Park rangers' headquarters, where we attend songs and traditional dances over coffee. Visitors are divided into several groups according to the gorilla families they will be encountering. The rangers explain both clearly and entertainingly the behaviour you will need to adopt when confronting the gorillas.

That was a unique experience! We walked for several miles in a green and wild setting before encountering a family of mountain gorillas. Accompanied by guides and soldiers, we were able to watch them from just a few yards away for over an hour. It was very impressive!

There are other walks in the park you can discover including Mount Bisoke. A trek lasting several hours on the occasionally abrupt slopes of the Mount with a magnificent reward at the end: an extraordinary panorama on the Park and a lake in the volcano's crater.

Volcanoes and Intore dancers
Baby gorilla
Silverback male and its family