Five Volcanoes Volcanoes National Park
Five Volcanoes Hotel is a small Boutique Hotel in Musanze (Ruhengeri) offering eleven standard and deluxe rooms, a family suite and a VIP cottage. There is a decent restaurant and a lovely garden with swimming pool.
Volcanoes National Park is covered by approximately 160 km² of cloud forest and home to the Rwandan Mountain Gorilla. Six inactive volcanoes, Muhavura, Mt Gahinga, Karisimbi, Visoke, Mikeno and Sabyinyo, create an incredible backdrop. Volcanoes National Park is known for the scientific studies carried out here on the behaviour of Mountain Gorillas by Dian Fossey.
The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is threatened with extinction. There are approximately 800 Mountain Gorillas left in an area covering the northwest of Rwanda, the southwest of Uganda and the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) in Uganda is home to a gorilla population living in an area covering approximately 330 km². A further population is located in the Virunga Volcano Region, which traverses the Rwanda, Uganda and DRC borders. Although a single ecological unit, the Virunga Volcano Region is split politically into three national parks: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Unganda, Volcano National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park in the DRC; the whole region encompasses some 300 km². The gorillas live in stable family groups headed by a dominant silverback.
Although the highlight, gorilla trekking is not the only activity this region has to offer. A visit to the Karisoke Research Station, walks through the Virunga Mountains and trekking rare Golden Monkeys are all possible. Guests may also wish to visit the Kivu, Burera, Ruhondo and Karago lakes.
Gorilla trekking involves an early morning drive to the park’s headquarters, where guests are separated into groups before receiving exact details about the upcoming tour. Each group visits a different gorilla family – when guests and guides are ready, it’s off on the trail.
Good to know
The lodge is situated quite high and the climate is usually cool so please remember to pack enough warm clothes.