Gishwati-Mukura National park

About Giswathi-Mukura National Park

Gishwati-Mukura National park is one of Rwanda’s newest National Park; famously known for its diverse plant species; over 60 species of trees like the bamboo and wood and a big number of Rwanda safari wildlife species; around 84 bird species. The forest is located in Ngororero and Rutsiro districts in Rwanda seating on an area of about 3,558 hectares. This park almost runs extinct during the 1994 genocide when most people ended up settling in the forest. They started farming, deforestation and illegal mining. Gishwati and Mukura are forests. In September 2015 a law was passed to have a joint National Park, hence the formation of Gishwati-Mukura National Park.

Top Things to Do and See in Gishwati-Mukura National Park

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1. Birding in Gishwati Mukura National Park

Gishwati National Park is home to the most sought after Albertine rift endemic species that make up over 20 species on record making it one of the ideal birding areas for birders in East Africa. The small size of this spectacular park makes birding the simplest activity.

For birders, some of the notable bird species for you to look out include the Rwenzori Turaco, Mountain yellow warblers, Regal Sunbird, Grey crowned cranes, Weaver bird species, Strange weaver, Wood hoopoes, the Red throated alethe, Martial eagle and many more.

2. Chimpanzee trekking in Gishwati Forests

Chimpanzee trekking is one activity you should not miss on your safari to Gishwati. The chimpanzees in Gishwati Mukura were believed to have almost got extinct from the wild about a decade ago because of poaching and habitat loss, however the latter has changed given the collaborative efforts from the Rwandan government and many Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that have come up to support the conservation of the forest and other wildlife species.

Chimpanzee adventure in this park is similar to that of other sites whereby visitors will first gather at the park headquarters for an early morning briefing on dos and don’ts of chimpanzee tracking while in the forest.

Gorilla safaris

3. Hiking and Nature Walks in Gishwati Mukura Forest Park

This an exciting activity in Gishwati Mukura Forest National Park. It offers tourists an opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the park which include the blue monkeys, the black and white colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, L’Hoests monkeys and not forgetting exclude over 60 tree species which include the Mahogany, and several mammal species especially the southern three hyrax and the red river hogs and many more.

There are also many amphibian species which include the brown forest frogs and reptiles such as the bush vipers and chameleons which you will come across while on nature walks because they are many. Besides striking your imaginations with these various spectacular wildlife species, there are several hiking trails that take visitors to the most exceptional Kazeneza waterfalls just in the middle of the forest.

4. Cultural encounters in Gishwati

Apart from wildlife encounters, Gishwati National Park also gives you a chance to encounter some of the adjacent communities at the park.

Since the Gishwati-Mukura was occupied by people, as the government and other conservationists tried to revive it again, they had to come up with ways in which the surrounding communities could benefit from tourism hence coming up with products such as traditional healing, dance and drama and handcraft making.

Among many activities developed in these projects include entertainment inform of dance and drama, visiting the traditional healers, preparation of traditional food and hand craft making and many more.

Suggested Safari Trips to take in Gishwati Mukura National Park

2 Days Chimpanzee Trekking Safari

Tour Highlights: Ethnographic museum, Chimpanzee trekking, Canopy Walk in Nyungwe forest

3 Days Rwanda Special Gorilla Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Homes in Volcanoes, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

3 Days Golden Monkeys & Gorillas Safari

Tour Highlights: Golden Monkey Tracking, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

7 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Primates Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Golden Monkey Tracking, Nyungwe Forest Chimpanzee Tracking

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Trekking, Beach Holiday Relaxation in Musanze, Kigali City Excursion Rwanda

6 Days Gorillas Monkeys & Bisoke Climb

Tour Highlights: Kigali beautiful African city, Gorilla Trekking, Mount Bishoke Climb, Golden Monkeys tracking

Kigali city

About Kigali City, Rwanda

Kigali city tour gives you an overview of how beautiful Rwanda is. Unlike many other African cities where Chaos is the rule of the day, Kigali city, though its the business center of Rwanda is a more relaxed, orderly, and more peaceful. kigali is a more visitor-friendly city than most other African capitals. Traffic is orderly, the streets are clean and no potholes to speak of – delightful restaurants abound, Kigali city is the perfect African city for your first stop in Africa.

One of the first things most people notice is that, Kigali city is spotlessly clean, partly because plastic bags are banned in the country and also because of a universal service called Umuganda when everyone gets together on the last Saturday morning of each month to do community work like keeping streets clean, tending to gardens and helping neighbours.

Kigali city

The Top Things to do and see on a Kigali City Tour

Kigali city

1. Local Markets Shopping in Kigali

The Kigali city tour exposes you to a number of smart shopping malls in Kigali city center with some chic boutiques and coffee shops. If you like browsing for curios and souvenirs from your Rwanda holiday, pay a visit to the Caplaki handicrafts cooperative, which sells a variety of local crafts.

Kigali city tour takes you to Nyamirambo which is regarded as the most vibrant quarter of the city, known for its excellent tailors and hair salons, as well as its many bars and cafes. As with any city, take care if visiting at night but during the daytime, Nyamirambo Women’s Centre offers interesting walking tours around their neighborhood that take in their own craft shop, a typical Rwandan meal and the local market too. You will find the Kigali city tour very interesting.

2. Kigali – Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre:

The genocide memorial sites in Kigali are one thing you shouldn’t miss out on your Kigali city tour. Gisozi Genocide memorial is located close to the center of town and gives visitors a look and reminder of the 100 days 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi that took the lives of over 100,000 Rwandans.

Visiting here is not for the faint hearted, some of the videos, images, and displays of the remains of the dead will touch you at the depth of the soul, especially the children’s sections. It is also a reminder of what happens when the world is stood by demons when there no more devils left in hell since they all seemed to have taken up residence in Rwanda during those 100 days in the Spring and Summer of 1994.

Today, Rwanda- Kigali city is rebuilding and it has risen from ashes that hatred produces in the hearts and actions of humanity to a country that has vowed to “Never Again” experience such a tragedy again. You can only have this experience when you go for the Kigali city tour.

Kigali city

3. A Visit to Richard Kandt House Museum

Dr. Richard Kandt founded what we know as Kigali city today in 1907 – in 1908 it was officially designated by the German governor in Dar-es-Salaam as the town of Kigali. Richard Kandt was an explorer who discovered and became the first official representative of Germany in Rwanda as “Resident of Kigali.”

Richard Kandt also spread the coffee plant around Rwanda during his time here and promoted coffee cultivation in the country.

Today you can visit his former home and gardens restored by the German Government and home to the Rwanda Museum of Natural History. A museum where new exhibits are being added over time making it an even more interesting place to visit on your Kigali city tour.

4. A Visit to the Presidential (Habyarimana’s) Palace Museum

President Habyarimana was the President of Rwanda, he was shot in a plane as it approached Kigali in April of 1994 which triggered the Rwandan Genocide. Here you can see how the former president of Rwanda lived – a tour of his former house gives you an insight into the mindset of President Habyarimana.

Things such as electronic detection devices, hidden gun cabinet in his entertainment center. A chapel and next door where witchcraft rituals were conducted. Simply an amazing place. A visit here shows you the mindset of former President Habyarimana and his rule which led to the Genocide – much of it inspired by his fanatical anti-Tutsi wife Madame Agathe.

Gorilla safaris

5. Horseback Riding

You can go horseback riding outside of Kigali city and enjoy the hills, sights, villages found there. This is Rwanda’s only city stable for visitors who are located outside of Kigali. Ride on trails through the most breathtaking and varied countryside.

The activity offers horseback riding on the trails such as Mount Kigali, horseback riding lessons for those who never tried before and short riding courses around the pen of the Stable in Kigali city.

This is a great, different activity for you in the Kigali area of Rwanda that you can do during a morning Kigali city tour.

Suggested Safari Trips to take in and around Kigali City

3 Days Rwanda Special Gorilla Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Homes in Volcanoes, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

3 Days Golden Monkeys & Gorillas Safari

Tour Highlights: Golden Monkey Tracking, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

7 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Primates Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Golden Monkey Tracking, Nyungwe Forest Chimpanzee Tracking

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Trekking, Beach Holiday Relaxation in Musanze, Kigali City Excursion Rwanda

6 Days Gorillas Monkeys & Bisoke Climb

Tour Highlights: Kigali beautiful African city, Gorilla Trekking, Mount Bishoke Climb, Golden Monkeys tracking

4 Days Rwanda Double Gorilla Safari

Tour Highlights: Kigali beautiful African city, Gorilla Trekking, Mount Bishoke Climb, Nature Walk Treks

Lake Kivu

About Lake Kivu / Gisenyi(Rubavu)

Lake Kivu is one of the biggest freshwater bodies in East and central Africa.  This water body is the best place for swimming because its hippo and bilharzia free.

Lake Kivu is the best place to end your safari because you can swim and lounge on sandy beaches and take a dip in the lake and enjoy a refreshing swim in Lake Kivu.

For most, it is simply a place to relax and chill out, while others take nature walks, go bird watching in a boat or on land, explore some of the islands, the nearby hot springs and more. Lake Kivu has three major towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye, and Cyangugu. These are well-developed towns and attract tourists.

Lake Kivu

Top Things to Do and See on and around Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu

1. Relax and Chill out at the shores of Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is the best place to relax and chill out in Rwanda after gorilla tracking once or twice, hiking up Volcanoes, Biking or Hiking the Congo Trail, Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe National Park.

Relaxing and Chilling out along Lake Kivu is the best way to bring your Rwandan Safari to a memorable end.

Lake Kivu is the perfect place to just be instead of doing, the relax, read a book, enjoy the tropical sun, the splendid views of the Lake, the Islands, the Mountains, fishing boats, the smell of the water, the light breeze once again. Lake Kivu the best place to relax and chill out in Rwanda as you will enjoy your time along the shores of Rwanda’s most scenic Lake.

2. Swimming in Lake Kivu

There are many beautiful lakes in East and Central Africa but Lake Kivu is not only a lake where you can relax and chill out, but you can swim in the Lake.

Lake Kivu is a fresh water body that is crocodile free, hippo free and bilharzia free. The water in lake Kivu has a cool temperature and all those who would want to cool down especially on a hot day are free to jump in the lake and relax.

There are beautiful beaches along the lakeshores with fine sand where one can relax in the mild sun after having a great swim in the lake. Better swimming points can be got from the major towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu.

Lake Kivu

3. A visit to the Imbabazi orphanage

The Imbabazi Orphanage was started by a florist called Rosamond who lived in the Mugongo area. She had a flower garden that supplied flowers to nearby hotels and guesthouses. The orphanage was started in 1994 in Gisenyi and it mainly works with children. It attracts many tourists who come to visit Lake Kivu as well as Rwanda.

During the genocide, the orphanage moved from one place to another due to insecurity reasons however after the genocide in 1994, it was permanently moved back to Gisenyi and at that time the orphanage was home to over 400 orphans.

The orphanage is well structured with beautiful gardens, a restaurant that prepares classic and standard food and also provides great views of the Virunga volcanoes in the background.

4. Hiking and biking along the shores of Lake Kivu

This lake offers good – nature walks and bike rides.  This includes taking a walk on the newly developed Nile-Congo Trail where you can hike or bike along – it is a very good experience.

A walk along Lake Kivu exposes you to fresh air from the breeze of the lake. Hiking along the lake is a good exercise that can be enjoyed by tourists after a safari or those on a honeymoon. With great views of the freshwater body, a walk at the shores of the lake with cool breezes from the waves will give you a remarkable and unforgettable experience.

There are hills that you can climb around this lake and coast back down on your bike.  Just let us know what you are interested in hiking during your time at the lake and we will arrange it for you.

5. Water sporting activities along Lake Kivu

There are many sport activities on the lake like; water skiing, windsurfing, paddling and enjoying a motorboat on the lake. Fishing is also a common activity on the lake.

Fishing is done on local dugout canoes or using engine boats. Cruising on this fresh water body enables one to discover more of the land of a thousand hills. Excursion boat rides can be made within a few meters of the lake even while having dinner while other longer trips can be made to the major islands in the lake especially the Napoleon and Amahoro island. Relaxing on cruises and water trips on the lake makes one somehow forget about their problems and feel home away from home.

Suggested Safari Trips to take in and around Lake Kivu

3 Days Rwanda Special Gorilla Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Homes in Volcanoes, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

3 Days Golden Monkeys & Gorillas Safari

Tour Highlights: Golden Monkey Tracking, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

7 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Primates Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Golden Monkey Tracking, Nyungwe Forest Chimpanzee Tracking

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Trekking, Beach Holiday Relaxation in Musanze, Kigali City Excursion Rwanda

6 Days Gorillas Monkeys & Bisoke Climb

Tour Highlights: Kigali beautiful African city, Gorilla Trekking, Mount Bishoke Climb, Golden Monkeys tracking

4 Days Rwanda Double Gorilla Safari

Tour Highlights: Kigali beautiful African city, Gorilla Trekking, Mount Bishoke Climb, Nature Walk Treks

Akagera National Park

About Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is found in North Eastern Rwanda, at the country’s border with Tanzania. It is dominated by swamps and small lakes that flow into River Kagera. All the different water sources work together to create a piece of spectacular scenery. It is quite a remarkable eco-system. The Park was named after River Kagera.

Akagera national park is home to a big number of wildlife which includes, elephants, buffalos, giraffe, zebras, leopards, hyenas, lions. It inhabits several antelopes like bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, water-buck, roan antelope and duiker, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, impala and world largest antelope – the Cape eland. You can watch schools of hippos and crocodiles resting in the sun near Lake Ihema.

3 Days Akagera Wildlife Safari 

Top Things to Do and See in Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park

1. Wildlife Game Drives in Akagera National Park

Game drives in Akagera national park are done in safari vehicles, they are started early morning in search of the leopards, hyenas, and the recently re-introduced lions. Most of these animals will be seen in the morning because the predators prefer to hunt at night or early morning and usually go into hiding as the heat from the sun increases. The landscape and beautiful wildflowers will make good pictures for the interested photographer.

The park has over 120 elephants and the other mammals also include; the fefassa waterbuck, the oribi, reedbucks, the roan antelopes, sable, buffalos and many more. The most fantastic drive from the south to the north in a day will give you many animals to view to be able to keep giving you a great adventurous experience as well as the most magnificent views from the top of the mountain across Lake Ihema towards Tanzania.

2. Akagera Boat Trips & Safaris

The best way to spend an afternoon in Akagera national park is to take a boat cruise on Lake Ihema. Most animals are hiding under shade because of the heat from the sun as others come to the water for cooling off and drinking like the hippos and crocodiles. In addition to a variety of water birds, you will watch schools of hippos in the water and crocodiles by the shores of Lake Ihema. There are scheduled boat trips that happen during the day but one can book for a private unscheduled boat trip at their own timing.

This boat cruise will give you a chance to have a good view of more animals which includes elephants, buffalos, and these will gather at the banks in order to drink water. You will also get an opportunity to see more loving birds like the shoebill stork, fish eagles, kingfishers, papurus gonolex, the herons, and many more.

Akagera National Park

3. Bird Watching in Akagera National Park

Akagera national park is a popular birding area in Rwanda. Bird watchers will find birding Akagera national park rewarding as it offers birders opportunities to sight both the endangered bird species like papyrus gonolek and shoebill and the more easily available species like weavers and several Kingfishers.

Birding is done while on a game drive, nature walks with a ranger guide and on a boat safari especially on Lake Ihema. Birding on lake Ihema will give one the pleasure of water species which are otherwise not seen while on the game drive in the Savannah grassland. Overall we highly recommend birding in Akagera national park for both variety and the ease with which you see the birds.

4. Cultural Tours Around Akagera National Park

Experience the local Rwandan life around the cattle keeping communities near Akagera national park. You have an opportunity to observe and participate in traditional cattle grazing, milking, traditional milk storage in calabashes for preservation. The locals will explain to you how they live their local lives. You then go through the process of converting milk into different products like organic yogurt, ghee and lastly take part in preparing a meal with some of the ingredients from the milk products. This is an authentic cultural experience shared by the locals living adjacent to the park, they get to earn from this supplementing their agricultural income. This eventually contributes to conservation culture and wild animals in the park.

These activities also provide opportunities for engaging with people about their daily lives and are excited about sharing their stories.

5. Camping in Akagera National Park

Camping in Akagera is very interesting, there are three campsites in Akagera which include; Shakani Akagera campsite, Mutamba Akagera Campsite, Muyumba Campsites Muyumbu, and Shakani camps are located in the south direction of the park. Muyumbu is located on the ridge that overlooks the lakes in Tanzania within a distance and has got a spectacular backdrop for the rising sun. Shakani also offers a lakeshore camping adventure experience along with mumbling hippos and a variety of bird life. The Mutumba campsite is located in the northern and it is rich in high rolling grassland hills.

The tents are available for hire at the reception and the firewood is provided on site, the visitors are also asked to bring their own camping supplies and the equipment.

Suggested Safari Trips to take in Akagera Forest National Park

3 Days Golden Monkeys & Gorillas Safari

Tour Highlights: Golden Monkey Tracking, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

3 Days Akagera Wildlife Game Safari

Tour Highlights: Wildlife in Akagera Game Park, Savannah Game Drives, Kigali City Tour

Nyungwe forest national park

About Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe forest national park is found in western Rwanda and is one of the worlds most beautiful mountain rain forests. It is dominated by a series of mountains, originating in northern Uganda and Congo, running south through the Rwenzori mountains, western Rwanda and Burundi, to the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Nyungwe forest national park offers scenic views over the Lake Kivu and sometimes the Virunga ranges on a clear day. The forest has an extensive network of well-maintained walking and hiking trails to various waterfalls and viewing points. The prime activities in Nyungwe forest are chimp trekking, bird watching, colobus monkey trekking, and the canopy walk.

Nyungwe forest national park

Top Things to Do and See in Nyungwe Forest National Park

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1. Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe forest is home to two wild chimp troops that are habituated for chimpanzee tourism in Rwanda. The areas occupied by these two troops are  Cyamudongo section of Nyungwe forest and the other is Uwinka area of the forest, these chimps are around 400 in total. Chimpanzee trekking starts early in the morning and its best to carry a day pack where you have a couple of liters of water, have long trousers, the long sleeved shirt, rain jacket, the hiking boots, and the hat. Tourists are grouped into groups of 8 people that set out to track the chimpanzees.

The chimps at Nyungwe have been habituated and are used to seeing human beings. Even though gorilla tracking is the commonest in Rwanda, many others set out to track these closest cousins as they play in Nyungwe forest national park.

2. Monkey tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park has over 13 primate species. There are also unconfirmed sightings of the golden monkeys that have also been reported. Besides chimpanzee trekking, you can trek the grey-cheeked Mangabeys and Ruwenzori colobus Monkeys in Nyungwe Forest. The forest inhabits troops of 300 colobus monkeys or more roaming in the trees, giving visitors to the forest another engaging activity. These monkeys move in large groups and can be seen throughout the whole of Nyungwe Forest.

As you trek these grey checked monkeys, you will likely come across some other monkeys along the trek. These might include; L’ Hoest’s monkey, the Owl faced monkeys, Mona monkey, and the blue monkeys.

Nyungwe forest national park

3. Bird Watching in Nyungwe Forest Park

Over 300 species of birds with 16 endemics, 27 Albertine rift endemics, and 121 forest species reside in Nyungwe Forest National Park. The bird species found in Nyungwe forest include Chestnut Owlet, Olive and Elliot’s Woodpeckers, Great Blue and Ruwenzori Turacos, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-faced, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Purple-breasted and Regal Sunbirds, Chestnut-throated, Collared Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, Neumann’s Short-tailed Warbler, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, etc.

In this forest, you will find both the Rwenzori Turaco and the large blue Turaco. The sun birds of many types like the purple breasted and the blue-headed sunbird can also be found in this forest.

4. Hiking Trails & Nature Walks in Nyungwe forest

Nyungwe Forest is a hiker’s paradise. The forest has about 13 forest hikes over 130 kilometers of the trails through the forest. Some tourists spend about a week as they try to hike each of these trails and explore the ancient rain forest, and discover many habitats in this forest.

Most of the private trails take about one to eight hours depending on your physical fitness.  With your personal input, we can also arrange a hike that is right for you and will not be too active or too much. Hiking in Nyungwe Forest is a relaxing and exciting activity as it helps you discover most of the things in the rain forest that will simply amaze may visitors.

5. Canopy Walk in Nyungwe forest

The canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest is the first treetop forest canopy walk in East Africa and the third in all Africa. This activity is a must do on your safari to Nyungwe Forest. If you are planning a safari to Rwanda to trek the mountain gorillas, you can add on some days and include Nyungwe forest and enjoy the canopy walk as part of your safari itinerary. The canopy is 50 meters above the ground, this walk is not for the faint-hearted, people who are afraid of heights. You will see the monkeys on the treetops, the birds that are flying above you and below you and a beautiful view of the huge Nyungwe forest.  This canopy walk is 90m long which is not a long distance, however, it’s when you are 50 m above the ground.

Suggested Safari Trips to take in Nyungwe Forest National Park

2 Days Chimpanzee Trekking Safari

Tour Highlights: Ethnographic museum, Chimpanzee trekking, Canopy Walk in Nyungwe forest

Volcanoes National Park

About Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is best known for mountain gorilla trekking but the park also has many other wildlife species with many other exotic activities for one to take on. Volcanoes National Park is an evergreen bamboo forest with grassland areas, swamp, and heath in other areas because it lies in the eastern part of the rift valley.

The endangered mountain gorillas are the primary attraction in volcanoes national park with gorilla trekking safaris happening all year round. Because of the high altitude, it is generally cold, especially early morning and late evenings, you are advised to carry a light sweater for these times. The park is only a 2 hours drive from Kigali in the north of Rwanda.

3 Days Rwanda Special Gorilla Safari

Top Things to Do and See in Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park

1. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park has 10 habituated gorilla families. Gorilla trekking is a must-do activity while on a safari to this mountain. Almost if not all the gorilla population in Rwanda can be found in the Volcanoes National Park. The families to visit include Amahoro, Ugenda, Umubano, Karisimbi, Sabinyo, Susa and Hirwa among others.

The gorilla trek begins with a briefing at the park’s headquarters in kining and is followed by a hike up the bamboo terrain of the mountain. Tourists are divided into groups of eight people and each group is given a guide to lead you to the habitats of the gorilla families. Once you have sighted a family of gorillas, you are given an hour with them in which you can take photos, make videos and see these grand primates.

2. Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park

Golden monkey trekking also takes place in Volcanoes national park at the same time 7:00 just like gorillas. Golden Monkeys are also endangered – and Volcanoes national park currently has two habituated golden monkeys’ troops that are available for visiting by tourists in the park, both of which make about 80 members.

Golden monkeys live in the bamboo vegetation towards the base of the volcanoes. The golden Monkey habituation has helped them to overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visits by researchers and tourists. Trekking golden monkeys and gorillas is a similar experience, both require permits– in a small group of no more than eight people, and after finding them you can spend one hour with the monkeys. The endangered species are very active creatures, and jump from tree to tree which is really interesting and a little difficult to photograph, the get excited when they see cameras!

3 Days Golden Monkeys and gorilla Tour

3. Dian Fossey Hike & Tomb Tour

The Dian Fossey Tomb Hike and Tour involves a 30 minutes drive from the park headquarters to where the trail starts to access the Karisoke research camp, visitors walk for 10 minutes to the park boundary. The walk from the park boundary to the research center where Dian’s grave is takes about an hour to 1 a half hours and the reward is good views of forest hogs, forest elephants, a variety of primates and bird species.

Dian Fossey dedicated her life to researching about mountain gorillas their protecting and conserving them. Much of her work is portrayed in the internationally acclaimed film “Gorillas in the Mist,” which was shot in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

4. Hiking to the Top of Mountain Karisimbi

Hiking Mt Karismbi is one of the tourism activities you should not miss on your Rwanda safari to Volcanoes National Park. Mt. Karisimbi rises at an elevation of about 4507m above sea level, it is a stratovolcano and is the highest of the eight major volcanoes of the Virunga field and the 5th highest in Africa. Karisimbi lavas have been dated from 0.24 Ma to 0.010 Ma indicating that the volcano is very young.

The name Karisimbi comes from the word ‘amasimbi’ in Kinyarwanda which means “white shell”, referring to the white-capped summit which is always seen on top of the volcano. It has a neighboring Volcano Mikeno to the north, Bisoke to the east and Nyiragongo to the west, on the other side of the Rift Valley. The mountain is found in Volcanoes national park, popularly known for the mountain gorillas.

5. Gorilla Guardians Village (Iby’Iwacu cultural village Tour)

Ibyiwacu cultural village is one of the key features that make Rwanda safaris exceptional experiences. Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village gives you a rare chance to meet local people, in their environment, with a taste of Rwandan culture and traditions.

Iby’Iwacu village is located around Parc National des Volcans in Nyabigoma, Kinigi, Musanze district, Northern Province- have a visit to Iby’Iwacu to share with local people home and heritage treasures including lifestyles, activities, artifacts, and ways of living of Rwandan local people. Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village is committed to showcasing the ways of living, traditional lifestyles, and cultural dances to tourists. Have a guided community walk to visit different sites and experience the everyday lives of the Rwandan local people.

Suggested Safari Trips to take in Volcanoes National Park

3 Days Rwanda Special Gorilla Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Homes in Volcanoes, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

3 Days Golden Monkeys & Gorillas Safari

Tour Highlights: Golden Monkey Tracking, Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Kigali City Tour

7 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Primates Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Trekking Adventure, Golden Monkey Tracking, Nyungwe Forest Chimpanzee Tracking

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Tour Highlights: Gorilla Trekking, Beach Holiday Relaxation in Musanze, Kigali City Excursion Rwanda

6 Days Gorillas Monkeys & Bisoke Climb

Tour Highlights: Kigali beautiful African city, Gorilla Trekking, Mount Bishoke Climb, Golden Monkeys tracking

4 Days Rwanda Double Gorilla Safari

Tour Highlights: Kigali beautiful African city, Gorilla Trekking, Mount Bishoke Climb, Nature Walk Treks