The popular attraction in volcanoes national park are the mountain gorillas making gorilla safari Rwanda the most popular safari activity. Besides the mountain gorillas, there other tourist attractions in Volcanoes national park that you shouldn’t miss
Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park
Golden Monkeys also scientifically referred to as Cercopithecus kandti a species of the Old-World Monkey that thrives in Virunga Mountains which comprise of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Congo’s Virunga National Park. The Species also thrive in the newly established Gishwati Mukura National Park in Rwanda. The golden monkeys are noted to be limited in range to the highland forests mainly close to Bamboo.
The golden monkeys are marked with a golden-orange patch on their backs which forms the background for their naming. They thrive in groups with up to thirty (30) members and their diet comprises of bamboo, fruit and leaves but they are as well believed to eat some insects. But majorly, the golden monkeys prefer areas that are rich in bamboo and fruit feeding on young bamboo leaves, bamboo branchlets and shots, fruits, shrubs and flowers.
Flora in Volcanoes National Park
Due to the extended altitudinal spread, the Volcanoes National Park features various vegetation zones. There is lower montane forest which has been majorly lost to agriculture, Neoboutonia forest at the range of 2400 – 2500m, Arundinaria alpina also known as Bamboo forest at the range of 2500 to 3200m covering around 30% of the park area and Hagenia Hypericum forest thriving at more humid slopes ranging from 2600 – 3600m which is actually one of the largest Hagenica abyssinica forests.
From the altitudinal range of 3500 to 4200m, the vegetation is marked with Lobelia wollastonii, Senecio erici-rosenii and L. Lanurensis covering approximately 25% of the Volcanoes National Park. Grassland occurs at an altitude range of 4300 – 4500m. The secondary thicket, marshes, meadows, swamps and small lakes also exist but their total area is considerably small.
Volcanic Mountains in Volcanoes National Park
There are five (5) volcanic Mountains in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda including; Mount Karisimbi (4,507m), Mount Bisoke (3,711m), Mount Muhabura (4,127m), Mount Sabyinyo (3,669m) and Mount Gahinga (3,474m). The prominent ones and those usually hiked on Rwanda gorilla safaris are Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke.
Birds in Volcanoes National Park
The Volcanoes National Park features extensive avifauna most of which are endemic to Albertine Rift. The Park is home to the three (3) of the globally threatened species such as African Green Broadbill, Lagden’s Bush shrike and Kivu Ground Thrush. In addition, the 53 of the 74 species that thrive in Afro tropical Highlands’ biome that exist in destination Rwanda have been identified in Volcanoes National Park. Some of the bird species seen on a Rwanda birding safari to Volcanoes National Park include; Archer’s ground robin, dusky crimson-wing, the francolins, red-faced woodland warbler, Rwenzori double collared sunbird, Rwenzori turaco, collared apalis, strange weaver and Rwenzori batis.
Don’t only plan for a Rwanda gorilla tour, remember to enjoy the other attractions for a fun safari.