RWANDA: THE WORLD’S BEST GORILLA TREKKING SITE
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK RWANDA- THE WORLD'S BEST GORILLA TREKKING SITE
Both Lonely planet and National Geographic confirm that Rwanda is the best world's gorilla trekking destination. Volcanoes National park is situated in the northern region of Rwanda- 2 hours drive from Kigali - the capital city of Rwanda. The park is situated amidst the series of the mighty virunga ranges (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo). Virunga mountain is composed of many other ranges which are shared by Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Volcanoes National park is bordered by Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C) and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Volcanoes National park is famously known for hosting the world's number one liked primates known as mountain gorillas thus the chief income generating earner in Rwanda.
Volcanoes National park has 1o habituated gorilla groups namely Sabyinyo group, Kwitonda group, Susa group, the 13 group, Amahoro gorilla, Umubano group, Hirwa group, Karisimbi group, Bwenge group and Ugenda group.
No visitor would like to leave Rwanda minus visiting volcanoes national park for Gorilla trekking/ tracking. The Park is rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath - making mountain Gorilla tracking much easier than that in Uganda - Uganda consist of impenetrable forests characterised of think under growth making it hard to find the gentle giants.
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 forest buffalo and forest elephant.
When visiting Volcanoes national park, gorilla trekking is the first thought for activity, followed by Golden monkey trekking, Visit Dian Fossey tomb, Visiting the beautiful twin lakes: Burera and Buhondo, climb karisimbi mountain, hike Visoke mountain, Musanze cave exploration, Community walk Iby’Iwacu cultural village among others.