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Volcanoes National Park - Parc National De Volcans

Musanze (former Ruhengeri), Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) lies in northwestern RWANDA and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), which are covered in rainforest and bamboo, open grassland, swamp and heath. The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey.

An exhilarating trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas offers stirring views in all directions. Then, abruptly, the trail enters the national park, immersing trekkers in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colourful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, easily accessible and among the highest in Africa, beckoning an ascent.

Tourism activities in the Volcanoes National Park : Green Hills Ecotours is specialized in organizing several visits to PNV including:

·         Gorilla visits

·         Golden monkey visits.

·         Climbing of Karisimbi volcano - overnight trip

·         Climbing of Bisoke volcano - one day.

·         Tour of the lakes and caves.

·         Visiting the tomb of Dian Fossey.

·         Visiting the Eco-Buhanga

·         Climbing of Muhabura&Gahinga volcanoes 

·         Kwita Izina special event; the baby gorilla naming ceremony which takes place every year during the month of June in Rwanda.

The majority of revenue from tourism goes towards maintaining the park and conserving the wildlife. The remainder goes to the government and (around 10%) to local projects in the area to help local people benefit from the large revenue stream generated by the park. Visiting the Volcanoes National Park you are directly contributing to development of a sustainable tourism in Rwanda



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