What to do and see in Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National park is Rwanda’s home for the gentle forest giants – the mountain Gorillas. It is known for the famous Gorilla tracking activity with a total number of 10 habituated mountain Gorilla families. There are several other activities that take place in this national park and here is a guide to what you can do and see in this park on your trip to Rwanda.
Gorilla Tracking
Volcanoes National park is the second largest home for the mountain Gorillas after Uganda’s Bwindi national park. Volcanoes has a 10 habituate gorilla families that are available for tracking. Most travelers to Rwanda never miss on this lifetime moment meeting a habituated gorilla family to learn about their lives in the jungle. Gorilla tracking costs 1500USD per person in Rwanda and visitors are allowed one full hour encounter with the Gorillas.
Golden Monkey tracking
Volcanoes is also home to the rare Golden Monkeys that are only found in the Virunga mountains of Rwanda, DR Congo and Uganda in the Mgahinga area. Golden monkeys are very shy endangered primates only found in the Virunga mountains. They have been habituated for tracking by the visitors without altering their behavior. Tracking the Golden monkeys is more/less similar to Gorilla tracking but it takes less time compared to Gorillas that move. This activity can be done after Gorilla tracking to make your adventure more rousing.
Hiking options range from day’s hikes to overnight hikes, Day’s hikes take you to mount Bisoke that that has a crater lake on to at 37,000 meters. Overnight hikes will be at the second highest peak of the Virunga ranges – Mount Karisimbi. It is a snow capped in the months of June, July and August which makes it a big challenge but worth it when you get to the peak.
Cultural Encounter/ Iby’iwacu cultural village
Just close to the park is a special village for an amazing cultural encounter of the Rwandan people. You can choose to go through this village for a few hours or organize an overnight stay in this area as you share on the locally prepared meals. This visit is normally crowned with the Intole dance (a local traditional dance).