Day : 2024-01-31 06:39:52 world doamin Gerald Eseru

mountain Gorilla Tracking
Volcanoes national park Rwanda activities, Volcanoes National Park is one of the 4 national parks where mountain gorillas can be sighted.
The others are Virunga in Congo, Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Forest National Park  in Uganda. 10 habituated Rwanda gorilla groups are available for tracking under the guidance of experienced and motivated rangers.

It is important to be in good shape before embarking on an activity that can prove demanding depending on the gorilla group you are assigned.

Trackers can hire the services of a porter to help with extra luggage at a cost of about $15. The dress code during gorilla trekking consists of long sleeve shirts and trousers, hand gloves, rain jackets and hiking shoes.

Tracking Golden Monkeys
Tracking golden monkeys has gained popularity over the years and is now second only to watching the gorillas. Spotting the endangered monkeys feed, groom and swing from one bamboo tree to another costs $100.

A group can consist of nearly 100 individuals and is usually led by a dominant male. Golden monkey tracking can be done before or after gorilla trekking.

Tracking the Golden Monkeys is less strenuous than the gorillas because they don’t go to high altitudes in search of fresh food like the gorillas.

They prefer to feed on the Bamboo shoots that grow at the base of the volcanoes. Golden monkey permits don’t need to be booked in advance like that of the gorillas but we recommended early booking just in case.

Visiting the Tomb of Dian Fossey
Dian Fossey is one of the greatest primatologists of all time. Because of her courage and determination, poaching of animals and particularly mountain gorillas were greatly reduced in the Volcanoes National Park.

Without her efforts, mountain gorillas would probably be extinct by now. She is also credited for introducing new ways of making gorillas comfortable around human presence by imitating their sounds and gaining the acceptance/trust of the dominant male.

Today hundreds of visitors go to pay homage to this great conservationist by visiting her grave and former Karisoke Research Centre located between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke.

The guided hike lasts about 3 hours and costs $75. As one climbs the volcanoes to her former base, they will get to experience what she had to go through, her determination and the passion she had for the gorillas.

Hiking Mount Karisimbi Volcano
Mount Karisimbi is an extinct Volcano that reaches a height of about 4,507m. Hiking Mount Karisimbi is one of the top tourist attractions at Musanze.

It is the fifth highest in Africa and thus requires mental and physical preparation in order to ensure the 2-day hike. 

The hike involves navigating through thick forests before stopping at an altitude of 3700m for the first stop, rest and overnight. 

Hikers than continue hiking the last steep section early in the morning and up to the top of the summit.

The summit rewards hikers with great views of the Volcanoes National Park, the whitened snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Nyiragongo and all the volcanoes within the Virunga region.

Mount Bisoke Hike
Mount Bisoke is an extinct Volcano that forms part of the wider Virunga range of Mountains. It takes 3 hours of driving to reach the foot of the mountain from the capital Kigali.

Hiking mount Bisoke takes one day and is relatively easier compared to Karisimbi. However, hikers still need to be reasonably fit to complete the activity.

The hiking permit costs $75 and like all activities in the park, everything starts with briefing at the park headquarters before heading out to the starting point.

The roads from the park headquarters to the head trail can be muddy with stones and requires a four-wheel drive car. For those with heavy luggage, porters are available for hire at a cost of about $15 at the starting point.

Mount Muhabura Hike
Mount Muhabura is one of the most interesting and adventurous volcanoes to climb while visiting the Volcanoes National Park.

At 4,127m, it is the third highest mountain within the Virunga ranges. The hike starts at a height of 1200m and by the time one reaches the summit, they would have passed through beautiful green forests and marvelled at the other volcanoes within the wider Virunga region.

Visiting the Twin Lakes Ruhondo and Burera
After carrying out one of the major activities like gorilla trekking, one way to relax is to visit the twin Lakes of Ruhondo and Burera.

A boat cruise through the deep waters of these two lakes will reward you with beautiful sights of birds and the vast hilly landscape with waterfalls.

Visiting the lake islands gives you time to mingle with the locals to learn about their rich heritage and culture that defines them and makes them different from the other tribes in Rwanda.


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