Rwanda Volcanoes National Park2
Rwanda Volcanoes National Park
Rwanda Volcanoes National Park3

Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda and named for the chain of dormant volcanoes that make up the Virunga Massif (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura), Volcanoes National Park is home to endangered mountain gorillas, rare golden monkeys and more than 200 bird species. The park also offers scenic hiking trails – look out for the tomb dedicated to primatologist Dian Fossey – canoeing and mountain biking.

3 days

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Up close with the elusive mountain gorilla
Kigali (1 days) Volcanoes National Park (2)
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8 days

Gorillas and the Big Five

Safaris and gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Kigali (1 days) Akagera National Park (4) Volcanoes National Park (3)
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10 days

Rwanda’s complete wildlife experience

Gorillas, chimpanzees and the Big Five
Kigali (1 days) Akagera National Park (3) Volcanoes National Park (3) Nyungwe National Park (3)
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  • Kigali

    Kigali

    Rwanda’s bustling capital sprawls across several valleys and hillsides, bookended by towering mountains...
  • Nyungwe National Park

    Nyungwe National Park

    One of Africa’s oldest rainforests, Nyungwe National Park is home to around 500 chimpanzees and 12 other primate species...
  • Akagera National Park

    Akagera National Park

    The savannah plains of Akagera National Park on Rwanda’s border with Tanzania are the perfect place for a Big Five safari...
  • Karisoke Research Camp

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Things to do in Volcanoes National Park

Our recommended experiences and activities

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Spend a magical hour in the company of the world's largest living primate at Volcanoes National Park. Your guided trek will take you through the rainforest where you can watch these magical creatures eat, socialise and interact in their natural habitat.

Attend a Kwita Izina
Volcanoes National Park

Attend a Kwita Izina

The annual Kwita Izina gorilla-naming ceremony takes place every September, offering an insight into Rwandan culture and the country’s efforts to promote gorilla conservation.

Where to go in Rwanda

Our recommended places

Kigali

Kigali

Rwanda’s bustling capital sprawls across several valleys and hillsides, bookended by towering mountains. This surprisingly attractive city has been the centre of Rwanda’s rebuilding efforts since the horrors of 1994’s genocide, and now offers luxury hotels, fine dining and safe streets. Look out for its atmospheric markets, colourful craft shops and the sobering Kigali Genocide Centre.

Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park

One of Africa’s oldest rainforests, Nyungwe National Park is home to around 500 chimpanzees and 12 other primate species. Visitors come for chimpanzee treks, but the rainforest also offers some of Africa’s best birdwatching, more than 100 species of orchid and the chance to catch a glimpse of a leopard. Nyungwe has 15 excellent hiking trails, taking in waterfalls, mountain summits and forest walks.

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park

The savannah plains of Akagera National Park on Rwanda’s border with Tanzania are the perfect place for a Big Five safari. Here, you can see lions, leopards, rhino, buffalo and elephants, but it is the Park’s wetlands that offer the best wildlife watching. Swamp-fringed lakes, created by the Kagera River, are home to crocodiles, hippos and birdlife. Take a boat trip on Lake Ihema to see the animals up close.

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