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Volcanoes National Park offers unparalleled beauty. Its diverse ecology includes various types of forest vegetation, including bamboo, along with cleared foothills, lakes, and much more. It’s enjoyable to vacation in this stunning locale at any time of the year. Rwanda’s higher elevations give it a cooler climate than many other African countries. The best season to visit Volcanoes Park is during the dry months of June through September where the maximum temperatures hover between 25C and 27C (77F to 81F) degrees during the day and fall to between 13.5C and 15C (56F to 59F) at night. In fact, your tour consultant at AfricanMecca Safaris is likely to recommend that you pack some warm clothing, since the weather in the mountains can be quite cool in the evenings and early mornings. The second, shorter dry season runs from the middle of December through to the middle of February.

Many active holidaymakers who want to visit Volcanoes National Park to experience gorilla primate trekking in Rwanda pick the drier months, since trails are less muddy and there is less likelihood of getting drenched by an impromptu shower. However, those looking for the best chance of seeing specific mountain gorilla families of the Virungas might want to plan your primate trip in one of the wet seasons. During the rains, the climate at the higher elevations is cooler and the gorillas prefer to remain on the lower slopes; here, it is easier to track and spot them. In addition, food is more plentiful in this season and the gorillas don't have to wander too far to find their favorites, which include tender bamboo shoots, stinging nettles, wild fruits, wild celery, and other vegetation. You might just be able to find your assigned and preferred gorilla family within an hour or two of departing for the hike; though, the trails can be challenging to traverse due to wetness. During the rains, the reserve is also green with fresh vegetation, making it all the more beautiful.

In light of this, you might consider visiting sometime between the end of February and the month of May, which coincides with the long rains in Rwanda. You could also plan your travel during the short rains, which occur from October and November through to mid-December. One advantage of visiting during the rainy seasons is that fewer people choose to come during these periods, so some accommodations in Volcanoes Park offer rate discounts via your AfricanMecca trip planner.

The long dry season coincides with summertime in the northern hemisphere. Since most schools in Europe and North America are closed for the summer holidays, this is the time when families tend to plan safari expeditions to Africa with their older children. In the winter months of December and January, northern guests like to plan trips to the countries in the south, where it is warmer, producing another influx to Rwanda. Whatever the time of year you decide to visit Volcanoes National Park, you are sure to be amazed by its magnificent scenery and fascinating inhabitants.

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WHERE TO STAY IN VOLCANOES
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WHERE TO STAY IN VOLCANOES

Volcanoes has varied accommodations, from the forest luxuries of Bisate Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge to One&Only Gorilla's Nest Lodge. The deluxe option is Virunga Lodge to the modest Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge.

SAFARI & TOUR IN VOLCANOES
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SAFARI & TOUR IN VOLCANOES

The primary activity at Volcanoes Park is gorilla trekking. Other tours are golden monkey treks, Dian Fossey Grave Shrine and Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village Tours, Mount Karisimbi or Mount Bisoke hikes etc.

GUIDE ON VOLCANOES PARK
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GUIDE ON VOLCANOES PARK

In the heart of Africa is a distinctive, mountainous utopia, namely Volcanoes National Park. The rainforests on these highland slopes are home to the endangered mountain gorillas, other primates and fauna.

GORILLA FAMILY GROUPS IN VOLCANOES
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GORILLA FAMILY GROUPS IN VOLCANOES

Should you plan a gorilla viewing expedition to Volcanoes National Park, you will learn that the park has ten resident gorilla families that are habituated to the presence of humans.

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  • AfricanMecca Safaris offers incredibly knowledgeable and skilled services! Our travel arrangements for 2 months of volunteering with TEACH Rwanda in country were made quickly and economically. Honored to work with Raza!
    Janet Brown - TEACH Rwanda Founder - United States
  • I just returned from a month in Africa, specifically Rwanda & Kenya. I am left breathless with my experience. AfricanMecca Safaris coordinated the entire trip for me and left no detail, nothing for me to do.
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  • I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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  • This is to let you know my guests, The Bryant's, had a wonderful time on the trip Samburu, Masai Mara/Kenya, Chobe/Botswana & Victoria Falls/Zambia. Everything was perfect! Thank you.
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  • We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
    Denise Paterson - Belmont, Australia
  • Rwanda was amazing. The accommodations, food, and guides AfricanMecca arranged were great. Raza also helped us through the complicated process of getting permits for gorilla trekking. AfricanMecca is a fantastic company to work with.
    Stephanie Weir - United States

EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR VOLCANOES IN RWANDA

When visiting Volcanoes Park for your gorilla safari trek, we recommend combining it it with Akagera, Nyungwe and a city tour of Kigali. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Gishwati-Mukura ending with a beach vacation at Lake Kivu or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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