Volcanoes National Park, which shares border with Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) and Uganda is home to the Virungas Mountain of Rwandan section. The park which is situated just a two hour driveway from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, which offers some of the best Rwandan experiences. The locals address the park as “Parc National de Volcans” or PVN. The main attraction of the Volcanoes is undoubtedly its mountain gorillas. However, its dramatic landscapes also offers exciting opportunities and also offer chance to sight the fascinating golden monkeys. Apart from its famous primate species, wildlife that are found in the park are Forest elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, duikers, spotted hyenas and bush-bucks. The park is also a birders haven with over 200 bird species including a number of Albertine rift endemics. Some of the unique bird species to look out for incorporate Grauer’s rush warbler, Rwenzoribatis, Rwenzorituraco, Rwenzori double –collared Sunbird, handsome francolin, strange weaver, dusky crimson-wing, collared Apalis, and Archer’s ground robin. Travellers can pay homage to legendary scientist and researcher Dian Fossey, who had dedicated her life for mountain gorilla’s protection and conservation, with a hike to her tomb. You can also visit Dian Fosse Gorilla Fund that continues her legacy of research and advocacy to present day.
The dry season of June to September and December to February are the best time to visit Volcanoes National Park as the temperatures is pleasant. However, the wet season i.e., from March to May and October to November are additionally the best time to visit as there greeneries everywhere with great opportunity for bird watching.
The park is easily accessible by road and via air from Kigali, the capital city which is around 105 kilometers. Notably, travelers arriving to Rawanda from abroad can arrive in Kigali International Airport from where taxis and public transportation are available and which only takes 2 hour drive time to reach the park.
Without a doubt, Mountain gorillas is the main attraction of Volcanoes National Park. Apart from endangered mountain gorillas, Volcanoes national park is home to golden monkeys, spotted hyena, buffaloes, elephants, black-fronted duiker, and bushbuck. The park is also home 178 flying creature species including something like 29 endemics to the Rwenzori Mountains and the Virungas.