Volcanoes national park(Parc’ Nationale Des Volcans ) in the far northwest of Rwanda covers 12,000 hectares making it Rwanda’s smallest game reserve. The park lies on the slopes the Virunga ranges. Despite its size PNV is Rwanda’s most visited park because of its possession of the mountain gorilla. Tracking the mountain gorilla is a highlight for most African safaris.
Gorilla tracking is the park’s most popular activity. Nevertheless quite a number of interesting alternatives have also been put in place. Hiking the Karisimbi volcano, is an available option in this park and normally takes 2 days. However this activity must only be attempted by expert hikers. Other optional activities include visiting Dianne Fossey’s grave or the Karisoke research centre. Golden monkeys have been fully habituated and are now accessible to tourists. Track the golden monkeys on the Virunga ranges.
The ardent birder can visit the beautiful lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Over 180 avian species have been recorded in PNV with the Grauer’s rush warbler as local specialty. Albertine Rift endemics include: Rwenzori double-collared sunbird, Archer’s ground robin, strange weaver, handsome francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, collared Apalis, Rwenzori batis, red-faced woodland warbler and dusky crimson-wing.