Where to go, what to do while in Rwanda.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
The Volcanoes National Park is the pure unplanned meeting of culture, adventure and conservation. Locals popularly know the park as PNV, which translates to “Parc National de Volcans”
Volcanoes National Park is named after the chain of dormant volcanoes making up the Virunga Massif: Karisimbi – the highest at 4,507m, Bisoke with its verdant Crater Lake, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura.
Characterized by a rich mosaic of montane ecosystem, the park is home to the endangered mountain gorilla, just one among the magnificent number of mountain primates. It is also Rwanda’s conservation epicenter where most non-governmental organizations base most of their operations.
There are more than 300 giant gorillas gracing the park, a must see for any tourist who is visiting.
Attractions/ what to see and do
1. Gorilla Tracking & Hiking
Tracking the endangered mountain gorillas on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes is a magical experience. Hike through mountain forests to experience these gentle creatures or make your way through airy bamboo forests to find the charming Golden Monkey.
You may also fancy The ‘Dian Fossey Tomb Trail’ – 3,000 meters up the slopes of Mount Bisoke or a hike to the beautiful Ngezi Crater Lake at the top.
2. Cultural tours
Just outside the park, you will find Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village. Visitors can expect to be greeted by thunderous drumming, jeers, colorful dancing, and the kind of hospitality that has exclusively been associated with the Rwandese. The village features hands-on activities related to the rituals and ways of life in the ancient Rwandan kingdom.
Other activities include:
• Waterfall hiking at Kamiranzovu; Rusomu waterfalls
• Cave tours at Musanze