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Volcanoes National Park Tours

Volcanoes National Park
Along with the neighboring parks of Mgahinga and Virunga, Volcanoes National Park is one of the last strongholds of wild mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Tropical flora, bamboo forest, and five individual volcanoes cover the park’s more than 60 square miles (160 square kilometers), which visitors explore on regulated wildlife tours.

The Basics
Volcanoes National Park’s biggest draw is its flora and fauna. Travelers can enjoy intimate encounters with gorillas, golden monkeys, and other animals on supervised rainforest treks. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Kigali on a day trip, or widen your perspective of Rwanda on a multi-day tour, benefiting from a comprehensive itinerary to combine a park visit with other national landmarks, such as Akagera National Park or Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The mountain gorillas and golden monkeys are a must-see for nature lovers.
  • Don’t forget your hiking boots, rain jacket, and long-sleeved tops. The rainforest is a mosquito playground, so it’s best to keep skin covered.
  • Park permits are expensive, so take advantage of multi-day tours that include meals, permits, and park admission in the price.
  • Be aware that treks involve a lot of uphill hiking, with altitude reaching upwards of 14,000 feet (4,500 meters).

How to Get There
Most tours offer hassle-free, round-trip transfer to the ranger station from the airport or capital. Private transfer is recommended, as public transport only goes as far as Musanze (formerly Ruhengeri), the closest town to the park, which is about 9 miles (13 kilometers) from the park.

When to Get There
Showers are a year-round occurence in the tropical region. Still, it’s best to avoid trekking during the rainy season from February to May and September to December. June, July, and August are generally the driest months, lending themselves to rainforest exploration.

Gorilla Population Growth
The gorilla population in Virunga Massif, which includes Volcanoes National Park, has more than tripled in the last 30 years. Though the great apes are still classified as endangered, sustainable conservation has led the species back from the brink of extinction—thanks to a policy of regulated ecotourism, locally shared revenue, and conservation education.
Address: Musanze, Rwanda
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1 Day Bisoke Volcano Hike

1 Day Bisoke Volcano Hike (Bisoke Crater Lake) 12,175 feet (3,711 meters). Mountain Bisoke is among the peaks of the Virunga mountain ranges found along the border of Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo. Mount Bisoke is a dormant volcano with a crater lake on its top.
  • Duration: 10 minutes
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Authentic Village Tour

During this adventurous and interesting tour, guests depart from the starting point with our guide and head to the village.By taking pictures freely the guests enjoy the authentic rural Rwandan life at its fullest.Entering the homes of people and interacting with them introduce the guest to the Rwandan culture. Participating in their daily cores like wood carving,weaving, digging the land,constructing, cooking,etc.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Camping at Bisoke Beer Garden

Camping near Volcanoes National Park at Bisoke Beer Garden the only place nearby which has a pavilion with picnic tables,restaurant,bar and a fireplace ( wood is provided). Tents camping are available and there is no limits to the days of stays.
  • Duration: 1 day
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1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Experience

-Flexible, can be customized according to the guest's needs-Designed to meet the traveler's expectation
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Gorilla trekking Transfer From Kigali

This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 1000 living today. It's been described as the must do activity for 2019 best places to visit and we can say, it really lives to its name. Note: Gorilla permits is not included in this package( you need to buy permits beforehand) just transport
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour

1 Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour gives you a unique opportunity to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in a shortest time possible. This tour is perfect if you are in Rwanda for a very limited time, but have have time to spare for a wildlife expedition.
  • Duration: 11 to 13 hours
  • Duration: 11 to 13 hours
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MUSANZE COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

It’s about a two hours tour while a Red Rocks guide go with you from Musanze down town as you’re walking to the residential and village parts of the town as you reach at the Mpenge river one of the water sources from the volcanoes chain, the river has salty and gaseous water. As you experience the livelihood of communities around musanze town, after one hour you return in the town.
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Cultural entertainment tour

Whether you have natural rhythm or not, with our expert instructors everyone can enjoy learning traditional drumming and dancing.This cultural entertainment experience begins with a mini-performance from a small troupe of traditional performers. Next, it’s your turn to put on a traditional costume and give it a try. You’ll have fun as the dancers teach you some basic dance steps and share a bit of the history of Rwandan dance. After some practice time, the expert dance instructors help you put everything together in a performance of your very own. After a break to catch your breath, the drummers will teach you some traditional beats, or you can even do a bit of free styling of your own on the traditional drums. No experience or expertise is necessary- it is simply fun for anyone brave enough to give it a go.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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1 Day Rwanda Mountains Hike Experience

-This tour can be customized to suit more your needs-Dedicated to provide brave hikers with opportunity of day hike
  • Duration: 8 minutes
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One Day Golden Monkey and Cultural tour

This trip combine bits of Tracking the Volcanoes Nat park and visiting a local communities to learn their culture and also immense yourself and get to experience through songs and dances.Gives a short visit travel a glimpse of Nature and cultural diversity of the Rwanda people and also enjoy time out of the busy city life.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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1 Day Dian Fossey Tomb Hike

With this tour you will learn more about a conservation pioneer Dian Fossey, an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups from 1966 until her 1985 murder. Dian Fossey's work to study and protect the lives of the wild gorillas in Rwanda touched the hearts of people around the world. Her focus, courage and passion have inspired many conservationists who have followed since.
  • Duration: 11 to 13 hours
  • Duration: 11 to 13 hours
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Scenic walk around volcanoes

It is an amazing and very adventurous experience, as you will see how the Rwandese live in their villages and homes and see the magnificent view of five beautiful volcanoes.This short walk on foot takes roughly 3 hours and the longer one takes around 5 hours or more depending on guests’ preference or their physical fitness and it ends at the foot of Bisoke volcano and have a lunch there after a short massage by the staff of volcanoes Resto-Bar.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Banana beer brewery

Traditionally shared during weddings and other celebrations, banana juice (and beer!) has long been a central part of Rwandan parties. Although nowadays banana juice can be easily bought from the local store, the traditional technique for making your own brew is a much greater labor of love.In the morning, you will work with your rural host to collect the green bananas and the leaves needed to begin the process. Next you’ll dig a hole and bury the bananas to ripen over time.After enjoying a simple meal with your host family, you’ll head to the tap to collect water. The ripening process takes four days, but don’t worry- you won’t need to wait. Your hosts will have some already-buried bananas for you to dig up. You’ll then peel, mash, and strain the bananas using traditional techniques, and voila- you’ve made authentic banana juice.The day finishes back at the local pub where we boil the beer is sold to the local people so it is easy for you to taste and take away.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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1 Day Rwanda Golden Monkey Tracking Tour

Golden of the golden monkeys is a thrilling experience that gives an impressive happenstance with these beautiful species of monkeys known as the Golden monkeys. These are also endangered species.At 04:20, Our English/ French speaking driver tour guide will pick on time from where you will be staying in Kigali, short briefing then drive to the Volcanoes National park in Musanze, arriving on at for registration and Briefing about golden monkey tracking at the headquarters (Kinigi). Then your tour driver guide will transfer you to the point of the Golden Monkey trek. These monkeys are lighters on ground than the Gorillas and it may mean a quicker movement following them to have a clearer pictures and views as they swing in three branches and bamboo poles. ‘Golden monkeys’ it is normally an easy trek which might take between 45 minutes to 2 hours. After the trekking, you will visit the gorilla guardians village for cultural tour.Later, lunch and drive back to Kigali city.
  • Duration: 11 to 13 hours
  • Duration: 11 to 13 hours
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Beekeepig experience

This project is very important for income generating to the community and useful to our lives such as healing a huge number of local diseases. During this tour you will get to know how honey is produced from the making of hive until harvesting fresh honey, you also get a chance to harvest honey as you are well protected by bee keeper’s costume.
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Gorilla Trekking Day Tour from Kigali

The critically endangered mountain gorilla can only be found in two locations in the world, one of which is Virunga National Park. Discover these rare creatures on a day tour from Kigali, and learn more about the work done to protect them from your accompanying park rangers. Travel easily to the park’s outlying location with round-trip transport from your hotel, and avoid hidden costs with lunch and entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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4 Days Rwanda Safari with Golden Monkeys trekking

-Can be customized to meet your travel aspirations-Golden monkeys combined with full dame game drive and community tour aspect through visiting local farms and schools.-Visiting museums and cultural centers.
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2 DAYS RWANDA GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI

Gorilla trekking tips • Warm clothing is advised especially the evenings and morning are chilly. • Bring water along on your trek, eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated by your ranger guide. • Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash. • Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge. • Mountain gorillas live at high altitude and this may cause difficulties for some visitors. You should pace yourself, walk slowly and drink plenty of water.
  • Duration: 2 days
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7 Days Best of Rwanda Safari.

This is a comprehensive 7 Days Rwanda Safari where you get to explore all the national parks in Rwanda. Game drive in Akagera National Park will allow you see various wildlife found in the park, at Volcanoes National Park you will do gorilla trekking and you will end your tour in Nyungwe National Park with Chimpanzee trekking & Canopy walk. Nyungwe National Park is home to over 13 primate’s species which you will get to see during this tour.
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4 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Golden Monkey Tour

Our 4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Golden Monkey Tour will take you to remote Africa in search of rare mountain Gorillas. Become one of the privileged few to get up close and personal encounter with a group of habituated primates while gorilla trekking. Witness the sight of the impressive Virunga Mountains.
  • Duration: 4 days
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7 DAYS RWANDA SAFARI

hIGHLIGHTS-Kigali City Tour- Akagera National Park- Kalisimbi Hike-Golden Monkey Trekking- Rwanda Landmark
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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UGANDA RWANDA GORILLA & WILDLIFE SAFARI: 9 DAYS

Experience Uganda and Rwanda in 9 Days! This Uganda-Rwanda safari will take you to the wilderness, Bwindi Impenetrable, Volcanoes and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, Kampala City and Lake Bunyonyi. Enjoy the jungle to experience the gorillas, wildlife, birds in Uganda and Rwanda.
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Duration: 9 days
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5 Days Discover Rwanda Adventure

-Can be customized according to your travel aspirations and needs-Combine both gorilla trekking and Akagera National Park, home to the big five.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Gorilla Trekking

Gorillas are an endangered species, but they are actually quite safe to be around. These gorillas have been habituated and are used to being around humans. Only a few people a day are allowed to view the gorillas, so book now before your date fills up!
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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