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Volcanoes National Park

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Address: Musanze | Kinigi, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
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+250 788 558 880
06:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The "Parc National de Volcans" (or PNV as it's known by locals)...

The "Parc National de Volcans" (or PNV as it's known by locals) lies along the Virunga Mountains, with 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just a short two hour drive from Rwanda's capital of Kigali, the park is a central location for exploring some distinctly Rwandan experiences. While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor, the dramatic landscape also offers thrilling hiking and visits to the fascinating golden monkeys.

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Lucky us, our assigned group had moved pretty far from the previous night and it took 4 hrs to get to them hiking in the rain in mud but standing there within feet of the... read more

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Lucky us, our assigned group had moved pretty far from the previous night and it took 4 hrs to get to them hiking in the rain in mud but standing there within feet of the silverback was one of the most amazing experiences. There was a sense of calm and gentleness being in the midst of these powerful and playful... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I wanted to meet the gorillas since so long and my expectations were exceeded at all levels: excellent guides, great facilities, pristine forest, authentic village nearby and of course, the Gorillas: majestic silver back and lovely family. The trek was great as well. I advise anyone going there to hire boots at the permit office due to the muddy tracks.... More 

Thank Irshad M
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The guides and rangers were fantastic. Seeing the gorillas was amazing. I highly recommend it. Climbing and camping on Mount Karisimbi was an experience, which I recommend for the adventurous, fit traveler during the dry season.

Thank Asullivanindoha
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We trekked a short 20-25 minutes into the bamboo forest with Beck and Jolie to meet the trackers of Muhoza's family. He was quite chill and we got super close to both Muhoza, the silverback, the black backs and the babies. The lighting was dim for photos due to the bamboo canopy, but the experience was incredible. Pay attention to... More 

Thank intlgranolagirl
Paris, France
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The gorilla trek is a must do and a real lifetime experiment. The trekking is already beautiful even if a bit hard but then the reward is breathtaking. Beyond the gorillas you have lots of great activities in the VNP. I trongly recommand to go through VOA (volcanoes opportunity association). We did a community walk with Ferdinand who is really... More 

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a must visit. I will go again. Great trekkers and not difficult trekkeing and YOU GET REALLY CLISE TO THE GORILLAS

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't have the time or money to see the gorillas so hiked to Dian Fossey. I was not expecting the degree of mud. Pretty amazing! Our guide, Bernice was super. A great experience, but be prepared?

Thank samc37
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Government of Rwanda extracts its pound of flesh in the form of a hefty fee to experience the gorillas - but if you can afford it, take a deep breath and do it. To be within touching distance of these incredible animals is just so exciting. We did a 'medium' hike which was easily do-able for me (overweight and... More 

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Uppsala, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good clothes, shoes, you get a walking stick, it is wet and goes upwards. Bur the pay-off is great. To meet the animals so close, so sasfe and have eye contact with our hairy friends, se the gorilla kids play...you will never forget it.

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Baar, Switzerland
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It takes at least 4 hours to walk up to the Bisoke Volcanoe, a suggestion is to avoid the raining season, as the hike turns difficult because of the mud. Important is to inform that you like tot hike with a guide, that at least makes the same pace, and the he takes care of your rhythm. In the contrary... More 

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