Are you planning to go for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park from Lake Kivu? What is the distance and drive time between Volcanoes National Park and Lake Kivu? Is it Possible to drive from Lake Kivu to volcanoes? Eco Adventure Safaris will answer all these questions for you and help you plan your trip to volcanoes National Park from Lake Kivu. The distance between Lake Kivu and Volcanoes National Park is approximately 80Km and this is about 2 hours’ drive to volcanoes from Lake Kivu. Both Volcanoes National Park and Lake Kivu are found in the East of Rwanda, the journey is short and mainly on tarmacked good quality roads until the final section. We use 4×4 vehicles for our all-inclusive packages that are very comfortable for your road trip to Volcanoes national park. For entry into the park, you will need to have a secured permit for any of the activities of your choice or pay park entrance fees to Volcanoes National Park.
About Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is also known as Parc Des Vulcan’s in French and Pariki Yigihugu yibirungu in Kinyarwanda (Local language) which is found in North-Eastern in a small town called Musanze, Rwanda in East Africa. Volcanoes National park is one of the major national parks in Rwanda and East Africa and one of the oldest parks in Africa, it is home to the endangered apes and primates that include the Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys, there also many species of birds, Monkeys, trees, forest hogs, bushbucks among others in the forest as well as the unique culture.
Volcanoes national park is part of the Virunga Conservation Area including five extinct volcanoes namely; Mountain Muhabura, Mountain Sabyinyo, Mountain Gahinga, Mountain Karisimbi and Mountain Bisoke. Volcanoes National Park is managed by the Rwanda development board which is a government body governing all tourism activities in Rwanda as well as the volcanoes national park. The park was gazette to protect the Mountain gorillas which were facing the threat of extinction as a result of poaching, primates and other wildlife that inhabit in the forest. The tropical forest borders Uganda’s Mgahinga national park and DR Congo’s Virunga National park and these primates have always crossed either side, this has enhanced conservation efforts from these three countries to protect the endangered Mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
What to do in Volcanoes National Park from Lake Kivu?
Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park
The mountain gorillas are the famous attraction in volcanoes national park with gorilla trekking happening every day throughout the year. There is a possibility of driving early morning from Lake Kivu to Volcanoes for the gorilla trek. Gorilla trekking is an activity that involves visiting the habituated endangered mountain gorillas in their natural environment, as you view the way they feed, move, rest and live in harmony. Volcanoes National Park has 10 habituated gorilla families for trekking every day, only 8 visitors per gorilla family are allowed to trek every day. The chances of seeing the mountain gorillas are 99% as you are guided by trackers, guides and park rangers. Gorilla trekking starts every day in Kinigi at 7:00am with briefing on guidelines to follow while on the trek, even though the gorillas have 99% DNA as the humans, they still remain wild and you are advised to follow the dos and don’ts from the guides. The gorilla trek can take 30 minutes to more hours depending on the movement and location of the gorillas in the forest.
For one to be allowed to do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, you must have a Rwanda gorilla permit for a particular date secured from the Rwanda development board. The gorilla permit costs USD1500 for all nationals and you are allowed one hour of viewing the gorillas and taking photography. Booking a gorilla trek to volcanoes National Park is a life time experience to complete your bucket list Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book and tailor a gorilla trek tour that is affordable and memorable.
Golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park
Golden monkey tracking is one of the activities to do in Volcanoes from Lake Kivu. Golden Monkey tracking refers to visiting the rare and very beautiful golden monkeys in their natural environment. Volcanoes national park has two habituated golden monkey communities for trekking every day, these communities have about 80 members each and the number of visitors is not limited. The golden monkey trekking permit costs USD100 for all nationals and can be obtained from Rwanda development board to allow you visit the endangered golden monkeys. The activity starts at the park headquarters at 7:00am with briefing on dos and don’ts by the park wardens and later the park guides and rangers lead you to the forest to find them, you can walk for 30minutes to hours depending on the location and movement of the golden monkeys, once you find them you are allowed to view and stay with them for only one hour and after you return.
Visiting Dian Fossey Tomb and Hike
Dain Fossey tomb tour is one the most famous activities done in volcanoes national park by visitors. It is one hour hike to the tomb from Karisoke research camp. The Dian Fossey Memorial hike which is derived from the famous primatologist and Zoologist Dian Fossey from America who spent all her life in the volcanoes protecting the endangered gorillas from extinction and created awareness. She was killed by the alleged poachers and was buried in the park and a memorial was built. She is also famous for participating in the film “gorillas in the mist”. The hike is about 2,500m to 3,000m, this trail leads to the tomb of the late Dian who fought and rescued the endangered mountain gorillas and sensitization on conservation promoted gorilla tourism. Celebrating her charisma, love for the Mountain gorillas, her research and the history makes this experience incredible.
Iby’Iwacu cultural experience
African cultures are very unique and interesting and worth experiencing in Volcanoes national Park. The Rwanda culture is one that is most enjoyable and to Participate in, The locals used to stay in the forest and even participated in poaching of the endangered species, the were later evacuated and organized into a village, the Iby’Iwacu village is found in volcanoes national park in Nyabigoma, Kinigi, Musanze district, Northern Province of Rwanda. We always tailor trips with cultural experience to volcanoes national park for you to have an incredible time, visiting the Iby’Iwacu people, you will share with local people home and heritage treasures including lifestyles, activities, artifacts, dances and ways of living of local people. Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village showcases the ways of life, traditional practices and dances to Visitors.
Bird Watching in Volcanoes National Park
Bird watching is another activity to do in Volcanoes national park from Lake Kivu, for bird watchers, the forest is a habitat to variety of bird species. There are over 300 bird species living in the volcanoes, some of the birds are Grauer’s rush warbler a vulnerable which is a local bird species commonly seen in the swamps, francolin, the Rwenzori turaco, the Archer’s ground robin,the red-faced woodland warbler , the dusky crimson-wing, Rwenzori double collared sunbird, there is the collared apalis and the Rwenzori batis as well as the strange weaver and many others. We do offer birding packages to volcanoes national park, Rwanda and Uganda. The professional birding guides will help you spot the birds and identify their names.
Where to stay in Volcanoes national Park
While on you visit to volcanoes national park, staying in a good, clean, comfortable and beautiful lodge/camp is ideal for an incredible safari. There are many lodges and hotels in volcanoes national park ranging from budget to luxury, namely; Bisate lodge, Gorilla Nest and Virunga lodge are luxury options, Sabinyo silverback lodge, five volcanoes lodge, Le bamboo Mountain gorilla lodge are Midrange options to consider, Kinigi guesthouse, Hotel Muhavura and gorilla volcanoes lodge are some of the budget hotels. The hotel rooms can sell out quickly especially during the high season, your accommodation choice needs to booked in advance for your visit to volcanoes national park. You will also be able to get a discount on accommodation when you stay more nights.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park from Lake Kivu
Eco Adventure Safaris offers amazing experiences to volcanoes national Park and Rwanda as a destination including Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park from Lake Kivu. Contact us here for our discounted packages and also tailor-made gorilla trips, birding, cultural experiences, and golden monkey tracking to the volcanoes national park. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have over time assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by a well-experienced Team and passionate about what they do. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor to help you learn about the experiences of the other travelers who have arranged their Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park from Lake Kivu with us.