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1-Day Volcanoes National Park from Kigali

Overview 

1-day Volcanoes National Park from Kigali is an unforgettable short gorilla safari in Rwanda. This remarkable gorilla tour takes you to Volcanoes National Park, Northwestern Rwanda where the endangered mountain gorillas live plus other wildlife, bird species. The park is comprised of about 12 habituated families of endangered mountain gorillas including among others; Amahoro, Karisimbi group, Sabyinyo, Bwenge, Uganda, Agashya, Umubano, Pablo, Titus, Hirwa family, Susa A, and Kwitonda.

 

Volcanoes N/Park is one of Africa’s oldest parks, created in 1925 mainly to host mountain gorillas. The park covers a compact area of land measuring 160sq.km and lies in Musanze/Ruhengeri region, 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali city center. It also has five volcanoes including Sabyinyo, Muhabura, Gahinga, Bisoke, and Karisimbi which form part of the 8 Virunga Volcanoes/Massifs. 

 

Other wildlife that Volcanoes NP supports includes golden monkeys, elephants, duikers, forest buffaloes, hyenas, birds such as Kivu ground thrush. Your 1-day Volcanoes National Park starts and ends in Kigali. 

 

 

Detailed Itinerary 

Wake up early before the sunrises, and drive to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze/Ruhengeri. Travel time to spend about 2-3 hours, and you will join other guests for a briefing at the Kinigi visitor center. Get to understand the set gorilla trekking guidelines and at 8:00 am, normal tracking of mountain gorillas starts with a park guide leading you through the forest. This remarkable adventure takes 2-6 hours, and covers one hour of staying with them while exploring how they behave and taking pictures. 

 

Once you are done observing gorilla behaviors, consider returning to the park offices to meet the driver guide. He will drive you back to Kigali city, drop you off at a hotel for evening relaxation and overnight stay or at the airport for late evening flight if it is scheduled the same day. 

 

End of tour 

Tour Inclusions

  • Valid gorilla permits for Volcanoes NP

  • Park entry fees

  • Bottled water on road trip

  • Ground transportation & driver/guide services

  • Chimpanzee permits for Nyungwe 

  • Accommodation for 2 nights on 3 days Volcanoes and Nyungwe tour 

Tour exclusions 

  • Tips

  • Beverages

  • Airfares

  • Laundry 

  • Passport