Virunga National Park offers one of the most spectacular safari experiences on our planet. Access to Mountain Gorilla, gorgeous terrain and is one of the most biologically diverse protected areas on the planet. Half of all the biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa can be found in Virunga. The park is also a geologic wonder and contains two of the world’s most active volcanoes.
The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is Africa’s oldest national park. The park was founded in 1925 by King Albert I of Belgium. Virunga was thus the first national park on the continent of Africa and was founded primarily to protect the mountain gorillas living in the forests of the Virunga Massif.
The park is enjoying the greatest resurgence of tourism and development in its history. International donors are investing in the development of infrastructure and this means that the park now offers the visitor some of the most incredible wildlife viewing, including Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzees.
Over and above the sensational wildlife, is the spectacular scenery and amazingly diverse habitat in this part of the DRC. No more evident than when one takes a hike up to the summit of the Nyiragongo Volcano. En route you will traverse the volcano’s forested lower slopes – these are home to a variety of animals, including chimpanzees, monkeys, and bushbuck. Nyiragongo’s summit rim is largely devoid of vegetation and is sometimes dusted with snow. From the rim, visitors can peer down into a churning lava lake – the largest in the world, and see an exploding mosaic of molten lava. This is DRC at its wildest best and must be enjoyed with a private guide to make the most of your visit here.