Volcanoes National Park is found in the Northern Region of Rwanda and is believed to be the oldest National Park in Africa, established around the 1920s (as part of the Virunga National Park). Later after the independence of Rwanda in the 1960s, this part became independent from the Virunga Park and grew in popularity under the help of Dian Fossey as seen in “ Film Gorillas in the Mist”, an American Primatologist who so much cared / advocated for the conservation of wild life around this area especially the mountain gorillas.
Initially, it was a small area covering Karisimbi, Mikeno, Visoke volcanoes that were later on gazette for the protection and conservation of mountain gorillas which were facing the threat of extinction from the poachers. Parc National Des Volcans (PNV) occupies part of the Virunga Range of Africa that spread to the Rwandan, Ugandan, and Congolese borders.It has six Active and Extinct Volcanoes that are quite a view for the travelers / tourists.
Parc National Des Volcans is a place with several habituated by several gorilla groups of Rwanda, holding a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, and this makes Rwanda a good / the destination for gorilla trekking together with Uganda.
The park is also blessed with several tourist attractions which include among others; the beautiful vegetation of the Bamboo rain forests, it provides a good sight for birders, at the park, you can also enjoy a wonderful wildlife safaris since it is a known habitat for several wild animals like the spotted hyenas,golden and Colobus monkeys that usually hung high in the trees, elephants, buffaloes and many other animals.
Therefore the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda is a nice adventure park for everyone most especially for those with the fantasy of viewing and enjoying animals in their natural habitat, where you can discover how different wildlife do live their lives in the day to day activities as the play, move, eat fight, sleep and even mother their young ones.
The park’s existence has helped play a big role in the in the protection and conservation of wild life and the environment. Since it helps to stop poaching in the hills of Rwanda by providing the local / indigenous people with some small jobs i.e. porters;who usually offer to carry tourists’ back packs and also navigate the steep and narrow muddy trails during the treks, which provides them with a living hence leaving out the poaching activity thus saving the wildlife.
This national park also holds Dian Fossey’s grave; an American researcher who had established a research center The Karisoke Research Centre) high up the Virunga ranges between Karisimbi and Bisoke around the 1960s though currently only displayed some foundation stones and signs explaining what was there.
Dian Fossey fought so hard for the lives of the estranged mountain gorillas that she even had one that she loved so much and that being the case, she was buried next to her beloved mountain gorilla digit.
There’s always a guide and porter to help you through your trekking adventure that can either be an hour’s trek or three hours’ trek or even a whole days’ exercising activity depending on which group of mountain gorillas you are visiting and how far do they move in the Virunga altitudes.