Getting to Volcanoes National Park

Getting to Volcanoes National Park. All incoming flights land in Kigali International Airport, in the outskirts of Rwanda. Then followed by a 2 ½ hours drive to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze from Kigali, and 30 minutes drive from Musanze to the park headquarters. This indicates that one can go gorilla trekking on a 1 day Rwanda gorilla trekking or other activities in one day if they can start the journey from Kigali at 4am.

How to get to Volcanoes National Park

The best way to go to Volcanoes National Park is by road, since there are no direct flights from Kigali International Airport to Musanze, where Volcanoes National Park is located.

Therefore, travelers  should  either hire a car on self drive, or car with a driver guide, or choose to have a guided tour with transfers from a reliable Tour Operator.

A tour operator  takes the responsibility of the entire trip: say, transfers from the airport to the park headquarters in Kinigi, all inclusive meal plans, accommodations, permits and activities.

Volcanoes National Park is about 105km/65mi in northwestern Rwanda from Kigali, 60km/37mi from Rubavu in 1 ½ hours, and 10km/6mi from Musanze. Following a constant speed limit of 60km in Rwanda.

All activities  in volcanoes National Park, start early in the morning, which necessitates  every participant to gather  for briefing by 7:00 am at the Park headquarters in Kinigi. Therefore, it is however suggested, to find accommodations nearby the Volcanoes National Park or close to Musanze

How to get To Volcanoes National Park From Kampala/Uganda

Volcanoes National Park can also be accessed by road, from Kampala Uganda, through Katuna border to Kigali. It takes 9 hours on self drive  to reach Kigali capital from Kampala, while the bus may take at least 10-12 hours drive, depending on the traffic, and several break stops.

Visiting the Volcanoes National Park from Uganda is more practical if you intend to visit other Uganda National Parks enroute like Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Mgahinga.

Most visitors arrive in Rwanda via Kigali International Airport (KGL), located on the outskirts of the capital, Kigali.