In this year of 2022, are you planning for a trip in Rwanda?  Self Drive in Volcanoes National Park is the best way to go. Initially, Volcanoes National Park was called Parc National des Volcans. Volcanoes National Park was at first gazetted to protect the mountain Gorillas from poachers. It was after the civil war in 1999 when they changed the official language from French to English. Since then tourism has boomed and became one of Rwanda’s biggest earners.  It is located in northwestern Rwanda which is a two hour drive from Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. It  encompasses  Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. The landscape offers hiking and trekking of the endangered Golden monkeys.

Crystal Car hire has brought your best vehicles and chauffeurs to hire/rent in 2020. They reach to all the landscapes you may think they are high!

Musanze, the Rwanda’s most mountainous district.

Musanze is located at the foothills of Virunga. Musanze contains the largest part of the Volcanoes National Park. It is one of the biggest city for tracking the   mountain Gorillas. Musanze is one of the cities that have biggest percentage of mountain Gorillas and so the final destination for most of the tourists. It’s also the easier and safest area for accommodation for tourists.

On top of being a tourist attraction, Musanze also has fertile soils that attracts agriculture. Trekking mountain gorillas is the most incredible experience at the foot hills of virunga.  As you hike the mountains through the green vegetation, you make way through and reach the bamboo forests with Golden monkeys.  These endangered species are realized jumping from one branch to the other.

Among the other tourist attractions, they include; Nkotsi village, musanze caves and Dian Fossey Fund International.

How to get to Volcanoes National Park?

To reach your splendid and prominent National Park, its advisable to spend your night in Musanze since the permit owners have to reach in Kining Headquaters by 7:00Am. Make your transfers from Kigali airport to Musanze using Road transport provided by us, Crystal Car Hire. However, there are no public transport means from Musanze to Kinigi therefore, hire us for better services. With crystal car hire, you will still drive yourself or will drive you from the hotel to the headquarters. This will enable you reach on time since you needed to be at the head quarters by 7:00am.

Time to visit the Park.

Rwanda can be visited any time of the year in this 2020. Though for the peak season, the tickets or permits are on a high demand incase of trekking for mountain Gorillas. The months from June to September and then December to February are the best for trekking mountain gorillas. This is because, in these months it doesn’t rain heavily.

Booking for a trip in Rwanda, is preferable to be done in 3-4 months. However, for more fun and also to have time to associate with other people from different parts of the world, its preferable to be done in the mentioned months.

Therefore, book a permit in the months between June to September with either a tour or travel company.

 For more details please don’t hesitate to  contact us in this new year 2020!!!

How to own a Gorilla Trekking  permit in Rwanda?

You may asking yourself what it is! Its a card that allows you to trek mountain gorillas. For the procedures or guidelines to obtain it, please contact us. We shall provide you a full package.

Other tourist attractions in Volcanoes National Park.

  1.  Golden Monkeys.

The  second attracted in the volcanoes is the golden monkeys.  You can also enjoy the company of these monkeys in Mgahinga park in Uganda. These are rare endangered species. With the help of the tour guides he/she will help you identify them in the trees. They easily be seen due to the golden color at the back. They feed near their habitants. As you move through the bamboo, they will be noticed and  feed on fruits.

Self Drive in Volcanoes National Park

2. Twin scenic lakes.

The twin lakes are Burera and Ruhondo. They are located between Musanze and Uganda boarder. A boat ride gives a spectacular view to these While at Ruhondo, visitors hire for a boat to the lake cruise. During the movement, you notice the different colored birds in the sky such as herons and kingfisher among others. On your journey, expect to ride with the beautiful and handsome ladies and men of Rwanda.

3. Virunga Volcanoes.

The Virunga Volcanoes mainly consists of Mt Karisimbi, Mt Bisoke and Mt Sabyinyo that are all available for trekking. Mt. Karisimbi is the tallest of all. These are the various activities that can be carried out in the volcanoes; forest walks, Volcano hiking and birding. Hiking these volcanoes gives a prominent view of the local communities and their economic activities such as raring cattle and practicing agriculture.

Self Drive in Volcanoes National Park

Is it possible to travel in Volcanoes National park?

Yes, on condition you have a valid or current driver license from another country or an international driving permit. If your permit is not English, then an accurate translation is required. This permit is valid for 3 months in Rwanda.