Volcanoes National Park

6 great activities, day-trips & excursions whilst you're staying in Volcanoes National Park

Many of the places that we feature in Africa include a full range of activities, but sometimes optional extras are possible – day-trips and excursions which are worth adding into your stay and are best arranged before you go.

Talk to us about anything which interests you before you finalise your trip with us. Meanwhile, a few of the possibilities in Volcanoes National Park are noted below; we hope they help to give you inspiration:

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Canoeing in Rwanda

Canoeing in Rwanda

Half day

A half-day adventure in lush countryside, on a gentle river near to Musanze, Rwanda More about Canoeing

Golden Monkey Trekking

Golden Monkey Trekking

Half day

Spend a morning trekking to find the golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park. These endangered monkeys are endemic to the Albertine Rift area and, as the name would suggest, are characterised by their golden-orange fur. You’ll be able to enjoy an hour watching them jump through the bamboo forests and hunker to chew thistles, curiously watching you, as you watch them. More about Golden Monkey Trekking

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Half day starting in the early morning

Look into the eyes of a large silverback gorilla and he'll look back with a thoughtful, intelligent gaze, mindful that you're another individual. Any apprehensions or nerves you might have had during your trek will melt away the minute you see your gorilla family. Gorilla trekking safaris offer a magical encounter that transcends any other 'wildlife' experience we know. More about Gorilla Trekking

Mount Bisoke Trek

Mount Bisoke Trek

Full day, including lunch

For something a little different, set out on a one-day hike to the summit of Mt Bisoke in the Volcanoes National Park, home to Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas. Discover the beautiful scenery of the Virunga Mountains, spot birds and wildlife, and enjoy spectacular views from the crater lake. More about Mount Bisoke Trek

Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2-day trek

Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2-day trek

2 days

Set out on a two-day hike to the summit of Mount Karisimbi, which at over 4,507m is one of the highest in Africa. This is a challenge for the adventurous! With a local guide, you’ll traverse bamboo forests and rugged terrain, then camp on the slopes of this active volcano before enjoying sunrise from the summit. More about Mount Karisimbi Trek

Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Half day excursion

Dian Fossey is best known for her research and conservation work with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She dedicated her life to researching and protecting these ‘gentle giants’ from harm, however she was tragically found murdered at her research camp in 1985. Today visitors can join a local guide to trek through the tropical forest to visit her grave, and learn about the impact of her work. More about Dian Fossey Trek

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