The Volcanoes National Park is Rwanda's flagship national park and one of the best places to view Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat. A well managed permit system allows few numbers of trekkers to hike out each day led by experienced guides in search of the foraging gorilla troops. The park hosts a number of other primate species as well as more elusive larger forest dwellers such as the Giant Forest Hog, Buffalo and Forest Elephant. There are a variety of accommodation options in and around the park where one recuperates from the strains of the days trekking.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 8000 square km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Mountain Gorilla
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Kinigi

Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is found in northern Rwanda, right on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park. The park is known for its populations of the mountain gorilla, and here guests can experience the once-in-a-lifetime experience of trekking these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. The lodge can be found in the foothills of Mount Karisimbi, a volcanic mountain…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is found close to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This is one of the world’s best locations for trekking mountain gorillas in the wild, an incredible and thrilling wildlife experience. The lodge is found among the magnificent Virunga range of volcanoes, with beautiful views of the mountains and landscape. The lodge is made up of a family…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

The PeakSpot Lodge, Rwanda

The PeakSpot Lodge is located on the slopes of Mount Sabyinyo in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Northeast of Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes, Mount Sabyinyo is an extinct volcano in the Virunga Mountains. The slopes of Mount Sabyinyo are a habitat for the Mountain Gorilla and are also home to various bird species. The camp provides…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda 12-Day Gorilla and Birding Tour

Rwanda, also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills’, is rich in natural beauty and wildlife diversity. According to Birdlife International, three national parks in Rwanda are classified as Important Birding Areas (IBAs). These are the Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, and Nyungwe National Park. The country is also a top destination for a primate safari, with the…

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Duration: 12 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Rwanda 8-Day Gorilla and Cultural Tour

This safari tour combines adventure and culture to bring you the best of Rwanda. On this tour, you will get a taste of Rwanda’s culture and heritage by visiting the local villages and homesteads, and also experience the thrill of tracking mountain gorillas in the wild. At the local village, you will learn how the locals milk the cows by…

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Duration: 8 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Rwanda Double Trek Gorilla Tour

Gorilla trekking in the wild forests of Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is on every nature, safari and wildlife enthusiast's bucket list. This short safari tour, which takes place in the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda, provides a chance to encounter these incredible creatures in their natural habitat, not just once, but twice. The tour starts off with guests…

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Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Mountain Gorilla
Golden Monkey
Black-fronted Duiker
Giant Forest Hog
Bush Pig
Spotted Hyena

Key Species

Mountain Gorilla
Golden Monkey
Black-fronted Duiker

Ruwenzori Turaco
Olive Woodpecker
Blue-headed Coucal
Kivu Ground Thrush
Africa Green Broadbill

Three-horned Chameleon

Great Lobelia

Bamboo Forest

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 7
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 9
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