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Volcanoes National Park

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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 4 days ago

This was a very fun adventure, relatively easy for any age. You start in a village and can hire a porter which I recommend especially for the ladies. After tromping through farm fields, jungle and into the bamboo forest, you are given one hour to...More

Thank LeighAnne712
Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited Rwanda to see a friend and she recommended seeing the gorillas. I figured, sure, sounds cool.... But after having experienced it, it was really just amazing. I didn't even know this was on my bucket list until in the moment spending the time...More

Thank Justin Garrett M
Reviewed 5 days ago

I tracked the furthest gorilla group, Susa. It is close to DR Congo. It is a big family of over 30 members with babies. When we returned to the lodge, most people I talked to, praised the group. I highly recommend it. Our park guide...More

Reviewed 1 week 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

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Reviewed 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago

Would you trek for $1500?

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Evelyn D
Hi, Does the mount Bisoke crater lake hike require the gorilla permit? I am planning to do gorilla trekking somewhere else I just want to go to the bisoke crater hike and the Mount Karisimbi 2 days hike. so the park permit is the same as the gorilla permit or there are different prices? Thanks !
23 June 2017|
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Response from Beate J | Reviewed this property |
yes the crater has a lake and the tracking the same as gorillas, but rangers will not allow to make pictures if you booked Bisoke and not Gorillas. comes sometimes to very strange situations
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