Volcanoes National Park
The national park is known as a haven for the rare and endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkeys. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), and spans 160 km2 covered in rainforest and bamboo. The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey.Other mammals include: golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti), black-fronted duiker (Cephalophus niger), buffalo (Syncerus caffer), spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) and bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus). The bushbuck population is estimated to be between 1760–7040 animals. There are also reported to be some elephants in the park, though these are now very rare.
There are 178 recorded bird species, with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and Ruwenzori Mountains.
7 THINGS TO DO IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
- Gorilla visits
- Golden monkey visits.
- Climbing of Karisimbi volcano – this is a two-day trek with overnight camping at an altitude of 3,800 m.
- Climbing of Bisoke volcano – one day.
- Tour of the lakes and caves.
- Visiting the tomb of Dian Fossey.
- Iby’Iwacu cultural village tour
Chimpanzee tracking is purely very magical and exciting! It is a very exceptional experience seeing the chimps feed, care for their little ones, climb trees and respond to the presence of a human.
Cultural and Historical Tours
Equatorial Wild Safaris boasts of exclusively well-organized Birding tours, Gorilla tracking Safaris, Chimpanzee trekking Safaris, Wildlife Safaris as well as Big Game Safaris, Gorilla Safaris, Flight Safaris,Mountain Climbing Safaris, Hiking Safaris, Adventure safaris and Special trips like Study tours (Scientific Tours),Wedding and Honeymoon trips, Cultural and historical tours, Nature Conservation tours, Business trips in the entire Great Lakes Region of Africa.
Equatorial Wild Safaris offers specific know-how in unique single trails explored for special activities like Trekking and Hiking, Mountain Biking and Trekking Biking and Kayaking.
Keen climbers can choose between two scenic routes to the top of the Rwenzoris – Africa’s third highest peak!