Volcanoes National Park

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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.

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    Nyungwe National Park

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    Akagera National Park

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Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Up close with the elusive mountain gorilla
Approx. 3 days
Kigali (1 days) → Volcanoes National Park (2)
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Gorillas and the Big Five

Safaris and gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Approx. 8 days
Kigali (1 days) → Akagera National Park (4) → Volcanoes National Park (3)
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Rwanda’s Complete Wildlife Experience

Gorillas, chimpanzees and the Big Five
Approx. 10 days
Kigali (1 days) → Akagera National Park (3) → Volcanoes National Park (3) → Nyungwe National Park (3)
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Things to do in Volcanoes National Park

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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

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