Safaris to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda – Located in the far northwest of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range – home of the endangered mountain gorilla and a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Safaris to this magnificent national Park offer life changing safari experiences. Acacia Safaris Limited is a genuine and an accredited tour operator with a long time experience of planning safaris to Rwanda – choose us to help you plan a safari to Volcanoes National Park.
Volcanoes National Park is the most famous National Parks in Rwanda and perhaps the most thought about by most travelers when planning a safari to Rwanda. The National Park is well known as home to the most endangered primate species, the mountain gorillas, a must see attraction in Africa. Volcanoes National Park stretches on a total land area of 160 square kilometers that spans on the large rainforest that encompasses five of the eight ranges of Virunga Mountains. The National Park harbors the Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. Volcanoes National Park is part of the large Virunga ecosystem that stretches in three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The National Park is bordered by Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the Uganda.
The National Park in the early 1960s became a base for the American naturalist, Dian Fossey where she carried out her research on gorillas. Dian Fossey arrived in Rwanda in 1967, and set up Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. From then on she spent most of her time in the park, and is widely credited with saving the gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the attention of the international community. Safaris to Volcanoes will grant you opportunities to encounter human closest relatives, the mountain gorillas.
The most famous inhabitants of volcanoes national park are the mountain gorillas. The park also hosts the beautiful, rare and endangered golden monkeys that can only be found in the virunga region. The other mammals species commonly spotted on safaris in Volcanoes National Park include; golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti), black-fronted duiker (Cephalophus niger), buffalo (Syncerus caffer), spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) and bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus), buffaloes, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, duikers, spotted hyenas, and several primates. There also some elephants in the park however they are rarely spotted.
The National Park is also rich in birdlife with over 200 bird species with a number of Albertine rift endemics for bird watching enthusiasts to enjoy. The commonly spotted here include; Grauer’s rush warbler, Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori double –collared Sunbird, handsome francolin, strange weaver, dusky crimson-wing, collared Apalis, red-faced woodland warbler and Archer’s ground robin.
The National Park is one of the most diverse in terms vegetation and a variety can be witnessed while on Safaris in Volcanoes. The vegetation in the park varies considerably due to the large altitudinal range within the park. The park comprises of the Neoboutonia forest, bamboo, Hagenia Hypericium forest and the grasslands. The National Park is thus a great destination for those interested in vegetation. Acacia safaris Limited has all the necessary information that you would need to plan your safari to Volcanoes National Park.
Other frequently asked questions
What is Volcanoes National Park famous for?
Volcanoes National Park has gained fame all over the world. The national park is home to the endangered primate species, the mountain gorillas. The national park is a top place for primate adventure and a must visit destination in Rwanda.