Parc National Des Volcans is one of the most fascinating parks in Rwanda; it’s often visited to track the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Apart from primates, PNV is a home to over 180 different bird species. Among these include Archer’s ground robin, red-faced woodland warbler, collared apalis, dusky crimson-wing, strange weaver, Ruwenzori batis, handsome francolin and Rwenzori turaco.
PNV is situated in the north western part of Rwanda and it’s adjacent to Virunga Mountains in Congo as well as Mgahinga National Park. The park is surrounded by mosaic of montane ecosystems that involves the bamboo forest, open grassland, heath and swamps. The size of the park is approximately 130 sq km and altitude 2400m-4507m.
Geologically, the park holds about five of the eight Virunga Mountains and these include Mt karisimbe being the highest peak at 4507, Mt Sabinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura and Bisoke .In 1925, It was occupied as the first national park in Africa.
Apart from the mountain gorillas, the park is gifted with flora and fauna because of its diverse altitude ranges. The vegetation varies from hagenia woodland, Afro-Alpine moorland to grassland, marshy and bamboo forest. For gorilla tracking, it’s the best park to visit in Rwanda. It has 8 habituated gorilla groups and so the opportunity of seeing them is so high. Other activities done include golden monkey tracking, climbing Mt Bisoke and Karisimbi volcano, visit the twin lakes and caves, tour diane fossey grave and forest walks.
Where to stay when at the park
Hotel Muhabura for budget
Kinigi guest house for budget
Gorilla Nest Lodge for moderate
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge for moderate
Virunga Volcanoes lodge for super luxury
Sabinyo Silver Back Lodge for super luxury
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for super