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Volcanoes National Park

#1 of 12 things to do in Ruhengeri Features Animals
Musanze | Kinigi, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
+250 788 558 880
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The "Parc National de Volcans" (or PNV as it's known by locals) lies along the Virunga Mountains, with 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just a short two hour drive from Rwanda's capital of Kigali, the park is a central location for exploring some distinctly Rwandan experiences. While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor, the dramatic landscape also offers thrilling hiking and visits to the fascinating golden monkeys.
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Musanze | Kinigi, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
+250 788 558 880
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I are both in the low 70s and we wanted to do this adventure while we still could--and we did! This park is glorious with the Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys and we did a trek to each on consecutive days. I...More

Thank lous652
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is the place to go see the Famed mountain Gorillas It is an experience of a lifetime!!! Porters are available to aid you on the trek and are very helpful. Even if you feel you dont need one -get one as its a major...More

Thank Rockdoc7
Reviewed 1 week ago

We organised a mountain gorilla trip ourselves as we were in Rwanda for two weeks and had arranged to hire a self-drive 4x4 Toyato Land Cruiser Prado for the duration of our trip. We purchased the permits from the UK fortunately at the old price...More

Thank T-SGlobetrotters
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Proper hiking attire is needed as trekking is through a rainforest with vegetation, undergrowth, nettles and mud. Recommend gardening gloves to protect against nettles. The monkeys are delightful to watch. The Gorillas are unforgettable. We were lucky to meet up with a Gorilla family within...More

Thank cdb15427
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Words cannot convey what this experience was to me. Trekking through open farming land to cross into the Volcanoes National Park, your heart beating in your chest at the anticipation of what is to greet you once inside. With our friendly, informative ranger Guide and...More

Thank whiteykr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I, booked a gorilla trekking safari with a Uganda based company called Gorilla Trek Africa. I highly commend their level of organizing safaris. Nelson's work ethics are the best. He is very prompt and consistent in responding to a client's concerns. We...More

Thank McGreggor S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tracked the gorillas in May 2017, The park has a lot to offer including the beautiful views over the volcanoes and the bets interaction with the mountain gorillas. We really enjoyed this activity with our ranger called Edouard and thanks him for everything. We...More

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John S, Public Relations Manager at Volcanoes National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Would you trek for $1500?

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yesterday (June 3, 2017) we trekked to visit a group of gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. It was a wonderful experience, leaving us tired but satisfied. We made our own arrangements, so here are some practical suggestions that might be useful, and...More

3  Thank Jonathan H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great and thrilling adventure, an experience that one will not forget. A trek which could last anywhere up to 5 hours or more in the jungles leads you up and close to the Mountain Gorillas, an endangered species. We trekked over hills, across slushy...More

1  Thank VoyagerDiaries
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is truly a once in a lifetime experience to get up close and personal with the gorillas. We are both age 63 and in good shape and had no problem with the 2 hour hike up to the gorilla group. We used altitude pills...More

3  Thank Spudrunner
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Gloria S
I can hardly wait to visit the gorillas. I will be trekking on September 30th and October 1st this year. How much will it rain at that time of year? Does anyone have a suggestion on the settings for my Nikon Coolpix p900 ISO? I know I can't use a flash.
18 May 2017|
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Response from Alan B | Reviewed this property |
I agree, use your automatic settings for the reasons stated. Are you aware that the permit price has doubled to $1500 as of last week unless you pre-purchased?
Charlotte M
Myself and my boyfriend hope to come to the National Park at the end of December for 5 days. I have a couple of questions: Firstly if we buy permits in advance for the Gorillas from my understanding we would be attached to a guide on the day and would not need to book an additional tour-is this correct? We would also like to do the following: •Hiking Karisimbi volcano (3,800 m) •Hike Bisoke volcano •Trekking to the Dian Fossey Tomb Learn about the history of the area and Genocide. Have people got any tips or advice on doing these, do you have to pay permits to do them and hire guides? If so can you recommend any companies. What is transport like from the airport to the National Park? We are thinking of maybe using a private company-can people recommend anyone? Thanks in advance.
27 April 2017|
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Response from John S | Property representative |
I am a representative of the park for online reservations. For gorilla permits you need to book in advance but the rest are almost always available. The best and most affordable way is to book directly and buy the permits... More
terry k
Hi, I will be traveling to Rwanda and Uganda on my own. My question is do you think that I won't necessarily need to purchase a Gorilla Trek package. I will stay in one of the hotels near the park entrance and purchase my permit in advance. If I do this will the park put me in a group or will I have to trek alone with a porter? It seems a lot less expensive not to buy a package, however, I've never been to Africa and wasn't sure what to expect. Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks Terry
29 March 2017|
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Response from John S | Property representative |
Yes you don't need a package and permits can be purchased online directly through the parks website. On the trekking day you will be place in groups of not more than 12 persons. The limit was 10 per group but we have changed... More