Volcanoes National Game Park

Found in the North Western part of Rwanda, volcanoes national park is a breath-taking unforgettable place where culture, adventure and conservation intersect.

The volcanoes National Park lies along the Virunga Mountains with and ancient volcanoes shared by Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. In just a short two hours drives from Rwanda’s capital Kigali, to a small town of Musanze the park is a central location for the exploration of some distinctive Rwanda adventure, while a visit to the Mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitors’ list.

Volcanoes national park is part of the great Virunga volcano conservation region spanning to cover Virunga National Park Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda. It was initially a small area around Karisimbi, Mikeno and Visoke volcanoes which was gazetted to protect the Mountain gorillas which were facing the threat of extinction as a result of poaching.

Volcanoes national park is a is the only stop centre for all gorilla trekking safaris and a shelter to quite a good number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Conservation area. its strategic location of only about two hours drive from Kigali international airport makes it the most accessible gorilla national park in the world. Besides mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National Park is a home for golden monkeys, a variety of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects among other creatures which together make a complete Rwanda safari package.

Volcanoes National game park is also of Rwanda’s conservation epicenters where many nonprofit organizations base their operations. Visitors can pay homage to the legendary scientist and gorilla advocate Dian Fossey with a hike to her Tomb or a visit to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund that continues her legacy of research and advocacy to this day.

Tourist activities in volcanoes National Park

Golden monkey tracking.

Besides mountain gorillas, golden monkeys are other exciting attractions that Volcanoes national Park has to offer. Unlike gorilla trekking, tracking golden monkeys in the park is much cheaper and convenient though both activities have the same regulations.

Wild life safaris

In addition to mountain gorillas, Volcanoes national park is home to golden monkeys, Spotted Hyena, buffaloes, elephants, black-fronted duiker, and bushbuck. The park also harbors 178 bird species including at least 29 endemics to Rwenzori mountains and the Virungas.


There are 3 Volcanic summits within Volcanoes National Park including Mount Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke and Mount Muhabura. Mount Karisibi is the most popular for volcano hiking given its beautiful snow-caped top and the wonderful views it offers to hikers for the surroundings.

Musanze caves visit

Musanze caves are also located within Volcanoes National Park and were declared a tourist site by the Rwanda Development Board in 2013. Since then, travellers to the park have been visiting the site to see the unique and amazing features of these caves.

Also available is the Dian Fossey Tomb Trail- a beautiful yet challenging hike to 3000 meters up the slopes of Mount Bisoke or a hike to the beautiful Nyanzi Centre Lake at the Top.

Costs of permits per person per activity in the Volcanoes national park.

  • Crater lake Hike           75 USD
  • Dian Fossey Hike 75 USD
  • Mountain Gorillas 750 USD
  • Golden Monkey Tracking 100 USD

Important to note is that Permits should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance especially during Rwanda’s high season of Travel between June-September.