Volcanoes National Park – National Park With Volcanoes in Africa
Extending to Rwanda, DRC and Uganda the amazing Virunga Volcanoes National Park are some of the most wonderful sights here in East Africa. Several years ago, Dian Fossey, a researcher wrote that “You are really high up that you shiver even more than you actually sweat!” The rough range of 8 peaks stands really high to 15,000 feet in Volcanoes National Park, and five of these peaks are inside Rwanda, where the mountain gorillas are. The foothills of each are covered with thick rainforest, that gives way to the beautiful montane grassland and moving on higher you will find the Volcanoes National Park.
3-day Gorilla Safari in Rwanda through this verdant forest will give you the opportunity to come face to face with the peaceful Mountain Gorillas which you will see chewing on bamboo shoots; it is certainly one of the amazing spectacles on planet earth you will ever see.
Volcanoes National Park has a number of habituated Gorilla families living within explosive Volcanoes forests, each as attractively chaotic and offering a very memorable wild experience as the rest of them. However, what you should note is that the time for tracking each of these groups varies from one group to another. Down the foothills of the Virungas, you will have an opportunity to see the rare Golden Monkeys, a great profusion of colored birds, in addition to elephants plus some buffaloes. this national park covers a total expanse of 160 square km and it holds Rwanda safari section of the Virunga Mountains, including 6 extinct plus 3 active volcanoes that overlap the national borders of Uganda with Rwanda as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo.
is it important to visit Virunga Massif?
The fascinating Volcanoes Park is a section of the nearby 433 square kilometer Trans border conservation area which in addition includes the Virunga National Park in Rwanda, plus the Mgahinga National Park found in Uganda in addition to the plus the Democratic Republic of Congo’s section of the Virunga ranges. Today, these three national parks are managed disjointedly. Birds in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda This National Park has a total of 180 species of bird species including the Grauer’s rush warbler, 16 Albertine Rift endemic including francolin, Rwenzori batis, Archer’s ground robin, collared Apalis, Rwenzori double collared sunbird, dusky crimson-wing, red-faced woodland warbler, and the Rwenzori turaco. Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
What interesting to See in Volcanoes National Park
This fascinating activity remains the most well-likes in the park, with about 40 gorilla permits issued each day, a maximum of 8 people is allowed each of the five 5 habituated gorilla groups. Visitors can also visit the habituated groups of endemic golden monkeys living in this park. Hiking within Parc National des Volcans Today visitors can enjoy Mountain Hikes within this park. Hiking the Karisimbi is a two-day expedition; guides are offered by although climbers are required to have the appropriating hiking gadgets and clothing. There is a shorter alternative to climb the volcanic Mount Visoke up to its beautiful crater lake at 3711 meters; this climb takes about 2 hours. In addition 2 to 3-hour walks ate available to the nearby crater lakes. During these walks, you will be able to see some of the wonderful birds in this park.
Uganda and Rwanda are the best places to go to gorilla tours in Africa. Gorilla tourism is very important to these two countries and they do their best to maintain a safe environment so that their tourism industries can flourish.
Rwanda is one of the safest countries on the African continent, and because gorilla tourism is so important to the economy of the nation, safety is paramount. There is always a guide and armed escort for anyone who ventures into the volcanoes national park to ensure the welfare of visitors in the park, and it applies in every other national park in Rwanda. There is a set of rules and guidelines to follow when you go gorilla trekking in Rwanda. For safety purposes, the gorillas that are tracked and visited have been habituated to tolerate human presence.
When you finally find the gorillas, it is advised that you do not make sudden movements that they could easily interpret as a threat. You are advised to speak softly, and not to use the flash on your camera as you take photographs it will startle them. If ever a gorilla begins to charge towards you, do not run, simply crouch down in a submissive manner, and the gorilla will stop and retreat. Are there guerillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park? Of the three countries where you can track gorillas in Africa, two are safe from guerillas. Rwanda and Uganda are safe for gorilla trekking; there are no guerillas in the forests or in the mountains. The Democratic Republic of Congo, on the other hand, is not quite as safe. There have been attacks on rangers in the parks and there is political and civil unrest in the country. Some governments such as the US and UK strongly advise against gorilla trekking in DRC, but Uganda and Rwanda are considered safe.
How safe to Visit the Volcanoes National Parks?
Both Rwanda and Uganda have experienced violence and political instability in the past but they have managed to rebuild and restore peace and stability with much emphasis on safety and security for both locals and foreigners. Tourism being an important part of the economies of these two countries is one of the sectors where safety and security are emphasized. We can therefore confidently say that it is safe to go gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. So go ahead and plan your Rwanda Safari trip and add gorilla trekking on your list of activities to do. It is perfectly safe and fun.Book Now