Why Volcanoes National Park is a place to visit in Rwanda
A visit to Volcanoes National Park is truly a life changing experience. And with Amahoro Tours, you’re going to know how to book for your gorilla permits, other amazing attractions in the park, what you’re going to wear for gorilla trekking, accommodation in Rwanda after gorilla trekking, gorilla groups in Rwanda, and best time to visit Rwanda.
Volcanoes National Park, spanning on a 160 square kilometer area in the northern part of Rwanda is the oldest national park in Africa. Unbelievable! Isn’t it? Initially it was a small area around Karisimbi, Visoke, and Mikeno volcanoes that was gazetted to protect the Mountain gorillas that were facing the threat of extinction owing to rampant poaching.
This park, in 1929, was extended to Rwanda and the then Belgium Congo, and was named Albert National Park.
Dian Fossey’s Conservation Efforts
In 1967, American zoologist Dian Fossey established her research base at a place between Karisimbi and Visoke volcanoes which was later to be known as Karisoke Research Centre. Fossey spearheaded the conservation of the mountain gorillas, and she mobilized resources to fight against indiscriminate poaching in this area. This is a fight she relentlessly pursued till her murder in the year 1985. True to her life, and later her death, her body was interred at the research center next to her favorite gorilla named Digit.
This park continued to suffer at the hands of poachers even though conservation efforts by tourism stakeholders like Amahoro Tours and Red Rocks Rwanda were underway to protect wild animals in later years.
Kwita Izina Ceremony to Protect Gorillas
The park, in early 1990s, became a battlefield for Rwanda civil war that paralyzed tourism activities till 1999. In the year 2005, and in an effort to boost conservation plus gorilla tours in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda established the annual “Kwita Izina”, the naming ceremony for baby gorillas which now is the flagship of the country’s tourism industry.
Volcanoes National Park now is home not only to the known Mountain gorilla but also to other animal species like the golden monkeys, spotted hyena, buffaloes, elephants, black-fronted duiker, and bushbuck. This park also hosts 178 species of bird that include at least 29 endemic to Ruwenzori Mountains and the Virungas.
How to Get There
Amahoro Tours is going to get you there so that you can get the chance to see these amazing wildlife creatures. The park is found in Musanze, previously known as Ruhengeri. It’s easily accessible by public transport from either Kigali or Gisenyi. The drive to the park is only 2 hours and you can do gorilla trekking the same day and drive back to Kigali.
But for those who still feel there’s thrill after gorilla trekking, Red Rocks Rwanda Intercultural Exchange Center in Musanze has a host of activities under the umbrella of Bamboo Shoot After gorilla trekking, beginning from 5pm to 10 pm whereby you are going to wind up your day with other activities that will make your visit to Rwanda unforgettable.
You can book with Amahoro Tours today.
Amahoro Tours promises you an unforgettable experience tracking the gorillas and some fun after at Red Rocks Rwanda.