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Best attractions to visit in Ruhengeri

1. Volcanoes National Park - Ruhengeri

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is situated in the north west of Rwanda and lies on the border of the Virunga National Park located in the Democratic Republic of Congo along with the Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The park is a well known haven for the elusive mountain gorilla and is also known for being home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains. These are covered in rainforests and bamboo and are also known as being the base for the famed zoologist Dian Fossey. The mountains straddle the borders of DRC, Uganda and Rwanda and the volcanic massif covers 8,000 square kilometers which comprise of 6 active and 3 extinct volcanoes. Gorillas can be seen crossing the borders but most groups can be found in the park itself. More than half of the world’s mountain gorillas call this place home, making the park a must visit for tourists and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Most safaris to the reserve start from the town of Musanze which also boasts several cafes and restaurants and can be accessed via a 1 or 2 hour drive from Kigali. Gorilla trek permits are strictly regulated by park personnel and need to be approved beforehand so better start planning soon if you wish to visit.

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