The most famous destination in Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park has become synonymous with mountain gorilla tracking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.

Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan section of the great volcanic massif called the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC. The massif covers a huge area of over 8,000km², encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes. Gorillas, of course, pay no heed to borders and are known to cross between the countries, although most habituated groups are to be found in Volcanoes National Park. The massif is home to around half of the world’s precious mountain gorillas – some 400 of them – making Rwanda probably the best place in Africa for a tracking safari.

Volcanoes National Park also has a historic connection with gorilla conservation. It was the base for the ground-breaking work of primatologist Dian Fossey which started in the late 1960’s and is evocatively portrayed in the book and film Gorillas in the Mist.

 

Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park

There is no accommodation within the national park and overnight camping is forbidden. However, several lodges catering to all budgets are situated within a few kilometers of Kinigi.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, previously called Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, is located on the slopes of Rwanda’s Mount Sabyinyo. A good mid-range hotel set in spacious grounds, it has beautiful views of the surrounding volcanoes and is only a 15-minute drive from the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park, which is the starting point for gorilla trekking.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silver-back Lodge is situated in the foothills of the volcanic Virungas Mountains in north-western Rwanda, on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans – known in English as the Volcanoes National Park. It is built at an altitude of 2,515m, with spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes, mountains and countryside. The lodge is just a 20-minute drive from the national park headquarters, and is one of the most luxurious lodges in the area.

Bisate Lodge

The brand new Bisate Lodge, which opened in late June 2017, is right next to Volcanoes National Park. It promises to provide a high-end base to visit the famous mountain gorillas as well as the lesser-known, but very beautiful, golden monkeys.