Comparing Volcanoes National Park And Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Volcanoes National Park And Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are major gorilla national parks in Africa

Comparing Volcanoes National Park And Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Most visitors keep comparing Volcanoes national park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park before booking their gorilla tours and safaris in Africa. Well; Volcanoes National Park is one of the 4 national parks that are found in Rwanda. It was established as a national park in 1925 making it one of the oldest national parks on the African continent. Volcanoes national park was gazette as a national park in order to protect endangered mountain gorillas from the poachers.

Volcanoes national park in Rwanda is referred to as pariki y’igihu y’Ibirunga in Kinyarwanda and in French it’s referred to as parc national des volcans. Volcanoes national park is situated in the north west of Rwanda on the borders with Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda and Virunga national park in democratic republic of Congo with the headquarters at kinigi in ruhengeri district.

Volcanoes national park sits on an area of 160 sq. km composed of tropical rain forest and five of eight of Virunga mountain ranges and these are mountain gahinga, mountain karisimbi, mountain sabinyo and mountain bisoke. Volcanoes national park is a habitant the rare mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, the park is also a home of 178 species of birds with 13 bird species that are endemic to Virunga conservation area. Other animals found in the park include African buffaloes, forest lions, giant hogs, and hyenas, other primates such as vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, and black and white colobus monkeys among others.

During 1967, volcanoes national park was used as a research center for the late Dian Fossey an American primatologist whose research was mainly on mountain gorillas. Dian Fossey was later murdered by the poachers and her body was found in the cabin. After her death she was buried near the gorilla cemetery located within the park near karisoke research center.

Activities in volcanoes national park

Visitors who visit volcanoes national park in Rwanda can participate in a number of activities that are done in the park. Activities include gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, hiking to Dian Fossey’s grave site, hiking karisimbi and bisoke and visiting Iby’Iwacu community village.

Accommodation in volcanoes national park

There are a number of accommodation facilities that tourists who visit volcanoes national park can stay in, and these include Virunga lodge, mountain gorilla view, bisate lodge, sabinyo silverback lodge, gorilla volcanoes lodge, kinigi guest house, le bambou gorilla lodge with these lodges offering luxury, budget and middle range accommodation options.

How to get to volcanoes national park

Visitors who want to visit Virunga national park in Rwanda can get to the national park using road transport from gisenyi town or Kigali city. Each trip in Rwanda starts from Kigali international port. The national park is near the airport and it takes it only 2 hours to reach the park.

Visitors can merge volcanoes national park   visit in Rwanda with a trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. This option is good for visitors who want to trek mountain gorillas and have a fixed budget. Since a gorilla trekking permit in volcanoes national park in Rwanda is expensive at USD 1500 compared to that of Bwindi impenetrable national park of USD 700, visitors can they opt to trek gorillas from Bwindi national park.

About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in south western Uganda in the district of kanungu covering an area of 321 sq.km. The park is managed by Uganda wildlife authority and was first gazette as a national park in 1991. The park shelters half of the endangered mountain gorillas, it’s also rich in plants and animal species. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a home to 350 bird species, 120 mammals, 1000 plant species, 163 tree species, 104 ferns as well as 220 butterflies.

Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Visitors who go to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park engage in so many different activities such as guided nature walk, gorilla trekking, community walks and birding. Seeing mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the highlights of the visit in the park

Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a lot of accommodation facilities where visitors can spend  a night or more in the park i.e. gorilla resort, buhoma community rest camp, sanctuary gorilla forest camp, buhoma lodge, nkuringo gorilla camp, silver back lodge, ruhija gorilla safari among others.

How to access Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Volcanoes National Park

Travelers can get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park using road from volcanoes national park. The park is located three and a half kilometers drive from volcanoes national park in Rwanda via Kabale Kisoro road.

Visitors visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda from volcanoes national park are advised to get an east African visa at a fee of USD 100 which permits you to access both East African countries.

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