What to know about Volcanoes National Park- Rwanda safari News
Volcanoes National Park dubbed the safe haven for the mountain gorillas and perfect destination where tourists on Rwanda gorilla safari can encounter the mountain gorillas is situated in northwestern part of Rwanda and it’s bordered by national parks like Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The park is home to five of the eight stunning volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains namely: Karisimbi volcano, mountain Bisoke, Mountain Muhabura, Gahinga Volcano and mountain Sabyinyo which are covered in rainforest and bamboo vegetation that dominate Volcanoes national park.
Spanning on a 160sqkm area in the northern part of Rwanda, Volcanoes national park is the one of the ancient and oldest national park in Africa. Volcanoes national park was at first a small area around the famous Mountain Karisimbi-the highest of the eight volcanoes, Mikeno Mountain and Visoke volcanoes which are all beautiful volcanoes attracting many safaris to Rwanda. Straddling in the mountainous areas of Rwanda, Volcanoes national park was gazetted in the year 1925 to protect and conserve the world’s Mountain gorillas which are accountable for the many gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda.
In 1929, the park was extended into Rwanda and the then Belgian Congo and was named Albert national park managed and run by the Belgian Colonial Authorities. After Congo gaining independence in 1960, the park was partitioned in two sections or parts and when Rwanda acquired independence in 1962, the new government accepted to maintain the park as a conservation as well as tourist area where tourists on Rwanda gorilla tours and safaris could enjoy their mountain gorilla trekking experience.
In the year 1967, American naturalist Dian Fossey arrived in Volcanoes and hence the park became the base for her to carry out her Gorilla research and conservation activities. From that time the famous Fossey initiated Karisoke Research Center where she spent most of her time in the park working hard to save the gorillas from extinction by the local poachers who were seriously hunting the gorillas. The efforts of the American Conservations who was killed in 1985 is what is attracting the many travelers to undertake Gorilla tours and safaris to Rwanda.
Strategically located in the land of thousand hills, Volcanoes national park is an exceptional national park endowed with different Vegetation types which are delightful to the eyes of many tourists on Rwanda gorilla safari tour to Volcanoes National Park. The lower slopes of the park are covered with montane forests which are under extinction due to increasing Agricultural activities carried out by the local communities around the park. The diverse vegetation types have favored the existence of mountain gorillas which feed on afro-montena, bamboo vegetation spread in the park.
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