Activities to do
Mountain trekking is an appealing experience every traveler would like to be part of once in a life time. It paves way for you to meet the Gorillas face to face in the Jungles.
While in Rwanda for Gorilla encounters, you can only have it in Volcanoes National Park. This Park lies in the north western part of the country.
Gorilla trekking is done in a group and only eight tourists are allowed to visit one habituated Gorilla family per day.
After the briefing conducted at Park office to highlight trekkers about Gorilla trekking, the journey to the jungle starts in a group with ranger guides. Time taken and distance moved in the Jungle depends on the location of these animals.
After locating them you are allowed to be in their presence for only one hour. Within this period of time you see them feeding, playing, resting and wandering around.
It’s advised to come with your packed food from the lodge and water for drinking. This is because lunch time reaches when you are still in the jungle. After the one hour session, the next step is to start the journey back.
Golden Monkey Tracking
Golden monkeys are rarely seen. This is why tourists pack to see them in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park
Like Gorilla trek, officials at the park first brief travelers on what to do and not to do while in the jungle. After start the expedition.
After locating them, you are allowed to be in their presence for some time while following their movements.
Take many pretty photos of these primates while posing in the bamboo trees, feeding and more. These primates reside mostly in the mountainous bamboo forested areas.
Visit Musanze Caves.
These caves hide in the foothills of the Park. It is a natural underground chamber in a hillside and there are tall enough for humans to enter.
Inside there are trails which lead you to the interior parts of the cave. Reaching this part of the cave, you can believe like this is a real home.
Mountain Hiking Adventures
For those who are after Rwanda hiking expeditions, Volcanoes National Park has a lot for you.
It is endowed with plenty of sites for you to challenge your hiking skills. Expeditions are offered daily heading to Mount Bisoke and Karisimbi.
Mount Karisimbi at 4507 m high is the second highest in the Virunga ranges, the hiking to the top of this Volcano takes two days including an overnight at the top.
Topped by a beautiful crater lake, Bisoke stands at a height of 3711m. It is easier and can be hiked in one day.
Hike to the Dian Fossey Grave Yard.
For adventure lovers, hiking to the Dian Fossey grave yard is a great excursion not to ignore while in Volcanoes National Park.
Dian Fossey is an American researcher who started research about Gorillas in the Jungles of Democratic Republic of Congo.
After constant political unrests in DR Congo, she decided to leave DR Congo and relocated to Volcanoes National Park.
While in Rwanda she built a research center for Gorillas and lived with these apes for eighteen years until she was shoot dead by the rebels.
The trekking expedition starts in the morning via trails that wind through lush jungles, rolling hills and valleys.
Once you reach there, the ranger guide will lead you around visiting different spots including her grave yard and the one for her favorite Gorilla “Digit”.
Visit Iby’iwacu Cultural Village.
This is great for those who are addicted to culture. Located close to Volcanoes National Park, this village belongs to the Batwa people. It is dotted with various grass thatched huts that showcase the cultural norms of the Batwa.
While in this village, there is a guide to lead you around while feeding with you with different information. You are also entertained by their cultural performances. All the funds paid for this experience help in supporting this village.