Rwanda gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park

Honeymoon safari in Volcanoes national park Rwanda

Honeymoon safari in Volcanoes national park Rwanda; Volcanoes national park is located in north western part of Rwanda in Musanze village and its one of the most visited national parks in Rwanda. the national park is famously known for harbouring the endangered mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, different bird species, volcanic mountains among others. Volcanoes national park is one of the destinations for your honeymoon adventure and this article will guide you on the activities to engage in during your honeymoon safari, best time to travel, where to stay during the safari among others.

Things to do in Volcanoes national park on honeymoon

Gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking is the major activity in volcanoes national park that attracts many tourists and it involves moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their habitat. Volcanoes national park is a home of about 10 habituated gorilla families which are available for trekking on a daily basis namely Karisimbi gorilla family, Hirwa gorilla family, Amahoro gorilla family, Umubano gorilla family, Agashya gorilla family, Sabyinyo gorilla family, Susa A gorilla group, Kwitonda gorilla group, Bwenge gorilla group and Ugenda gorilla family. Gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing you will start trekking in the jungle with an experienced park guide which takes about 2 to 6 hours depending on where they are located. Once the mountain gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their habitat which gives you a chance to learn more about their behaviours, watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos and record videos.

Golden monkey trekking

Golden monkey trekking is the second best activity to engage in during your honeymoon safari in Volcanoes national park. Golden monkey trekking also starts with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the forest following trails of leftover bamboo leaves/ shoots which takes about 2 to 4 hours. During trekking you will be able to view other primates and once the golden monkeys are located, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural environment where you will be able to watch them feed, play, jump up in tree branches, take photos and record the moments.

Bird watching

Volcanoes national park is a home of over 200 bird species including Albertine rift endemics, forest birds, migratory birds among others which makes Volcanoes national park a birding haven. During bird watching, you will be accompanied by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species including Black-crowned Waxbill, Grauer’s Swamp Warbler, Archers Robin-chat, Ruwenzori Turaco, Baglafecht Weaver, Brown Woodland Warber, Ruwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Handsome Francolin, Dusky Crimsonwing, Ruwenzori Nightjar, Strange Weaver among others.

Mountain climbing

Volcanoes national park is a home of 5 of the 8 Virunga volcanoes including Mount Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke, Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Gahinga and Mount Muhavura. Mountain climbing in Volcanoes national park is only done on the 4 mountains except mount sabyinyo due to the fact that is has sharp ridges hence considered dangerous for climbing. Mount bisoke is 3,711 meters above the sea level and hiking takes about 6 hours’ round trip, mount karisimbi is 4,507meters above the sea level and hiking takes 2 days, Mount Muhavura is 4,127meters above the sea level and hiking takes about 6 to 8 hours’ round trip and mount gahinga which is the shortest volcanic mountain that is 3,474 meters above the sea level.

Iby’iwacu cultural experience

Iby’iwacu cultural experience is another interesting activity in Volcanoes national park that you can engage in during your honeymoon safari. During the iby’iwacu cultural experience, you will be able to interact with the local people, learn about the culture, tradition, way of living, listen to their interesting stories, visit the traditional healers, enjoy their traditional dishes, dances, learn how to make local beer from bananas among others.

There are other safari activities in Volcanoes national park that you can engage in during your honeymoon safari including visiting Dian Fossey tomb, visiting the twin lakes of lake Ruhondo and lake Burera, visiting Kigali city among others.

Best time to go on a honeymoon safari in Volcanoes national park

Honeymoon safari in Volcanoes national park can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season which is also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period, there is less rainfall in the park therefore gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking and mountain climbing trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking and hiking easy.

Honeymoon safari in Volcanoes national park can also be done in the low/rainy season during the months of march to May and October to November because that’s the best time for bird watching where bird lovers will be able to view variety of colourful and migratory bird species.

Where to stay during your honeymoon safari in volcanoes national park

Volcanoes national park has a wide range of accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your honeymoon safari including Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Mountain Gorillas Nest Lodge, Virunga Inn Spa and Resort, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Solution Lodge, Virunga Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Village, Amakoro Songa Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Sambora Kinigi Lodge, Eagle View Lodge, Hotel Muhabura, Kinigi Guesthouse among others.

How to get to Volcanoes national park

Volcanoes national park is located in north western part of Rwanda and can be accessed by road transport means where you will drive from Kigali to the park headquarters which takes about 3 hours’ drive.

For more information about honeymoon safari in Volcanoes national park. you can reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book an affordable honeymoon safari package.

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