Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes national park in Rwanda first gazette in 1925,by Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno, with the intention to protect the mountain Gorillas from poachers.
It was the first national park to be established in Africa. In 1929 the borders of the park were extended into Rwanda and into the Belgian Congo to form the Albert National Park, a huge area of 8090 km sq. run by the Belgian Colonial Authorities who were in charge of both colonies.
Volcanoes national park later become the base for the American primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey who carried out her research into the mountain Gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. She wrote a book called “Gorillas n the Mist.”
In 1985, Dian Fossey was murdered in her cabin at her research center a crime often attributed to the poachers who were not pleased by her efforts of conservation her life was later portrayed in the film The Gorillas in the Mist following her book.
Activities in Volcanoes National Park
This is a priority for most travelers to Volcanoes national park. The national park is a home to 10 habituated gorilla families available for trekking. Also,It covers Rwanda’s share of the great Virunga massif bordering Virunga national park in Congo and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. Travelers to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda are required to buy gorilla permits each costing $1500 for an hour’s interaction. All permits are issued out by Rwanda Development Board.
Golden Monkey Tracking.
Golden monkey trekking is yet another most done activity in this park which attract thousands of travelers into this jungle. Golden monkeys are exceptional creatures which every traveler should not miss out on his/her Rwanda safari.Its only in Volcanoes wanda and Mgahinga gorilla national parks that travelers can see golden monkeys in their natural habitats. Fortunately, golden monkey trekking costs $100 which is relatively cheap compared to gorilla trekking.
Besides wildlife, Volcanoes national park is a home for three extinct volcanoes. Travelers to this park therefore have an added advantage of hiking to the top of any Volcano which reward them with spectacular views of Rwanda’;s rolling hills, kigali city, Virunga volcanoes and local communities.Mt Karisimbi is the most hiked Volcano and the experience is worthy the hike.