Why Visit Virunga National Park
Despite the stories, threats, and unfavorable travelling conditions, there are destinations that travelers can stand not forego. Virunga national park is one such destination, which always leave travelers with a desire to travel there despite the situation on ground. The national park is Africa’s oldest national park established in 1925 spreading over a land area of 7800 square kilometers. Its well known that Virunga national park is the least visited gorilla park in Africa but a few travelers who have made it there, review this site as a hidden gem that no traveler should miss on his/her Congo safaris. The national park covers Congo’s share on the Virunga conservation area in the borders situated in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo just in Uganda Rwanda borders. Also, the park is one of the four parks which shelter the surviving population of mountain gorillas. The other parks are volcanoes national park in Rwanda, bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national partk in south western Uganda. Have you ever wondered why despite the isuciru rummoiurs, rebel attacks in Congo travelers still travel to the country?
Congo is indeed is a hidden gem which most people have not explored. Virunga national par is one of the world’s stunning national parks whose tourism has been on and off in the past years. Many cases have been reported related to rebel groups hiding in this jungle, the eruptions of Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes, negative attitudes from local people and poaching which has continuously reduced the population of mountain gorillas in Virunga national park. Much as the park has remained unknown to most travelers compared to Uganda and Rwanda, a few who have traveled there call it a “hidden gem”.Virunga national par offers it all to met, satisfy and exceed every one’s travel expectations. The less visits have kept the site natural offering the off beaten kind of experience unlike these other destinations over populated by travelers. Of recent , two Briton travelers were kidnapped by unknown rebels but luckly enough were rescued and in good health.
The geography of Virunga national ark comprise of montane tropical forest home to mountain gorillas , alpine forest on the higher slopes of the Virunga massive, lave flows, African=n savannah, marshlands, lake shores, eternal snow, and riverine forests among others. The diverse vegetation cover provide food and habitat to different animal and bird species the key attractions in the national park.
Why do travelers still visit Virunga national park
Beautiful landscape and terrains
The gentle slopes of Congo, rolling hills and green environment make it a destination worth visiting. travelers are always impressed by valleys, hills, swamps, rolling plains, savannahs, volcanic mountains and forest which together make a beautiful scenery. Photographing is very beautiful, unique and exceptional in its own. The wonderful sceneries in Virunga national park with sun rise and sun sets is an experience of its won kind.
Variety of wild animals an birds
Besides mountain gorillas, Virumga national park is rich in diversity. Other animals in the park include forest elephants, hippos, forest buffalos, chimpanzees, giraffes, and lions. Red tailed monkeys, white colubus, baboons, forest hogs, bush pigs, gazelles, okapis, red forest duikers.
Virunga national park is one of the four national parks, which shelter the critically endangered mountain gorillas together with Volcanoes in Rwanda, Bwindi and Mgahinga in Uganda. Fortunately gorilla tours in democratic republic of Congo cost much less at 400usd compared to Uganda and democratic republic of Congo. To make trekking easy, eight gorilla families have been habituated for travelers are all available for trekking everyday. Just like in other mountain gorilla destinations, each gorilla family is visited by a group of eight travelers for an hours interaction.
Much as there are eight volcanoes in the Virunga conservation area, Virunga national park is the only home for the two active volcanoes. All the other volcanoes in Rwanda and Uganda are inactive. Of the two active volcanoes, travelers are only allowed to hike mount Nyiragongo. Nyamuragira is very active and travelers are not allowed to hike for the safety of the travelers. a hike to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano is a life changing experience steering into the world’s largest lava lake. Also, travelers spend an overnight at the summit in the bandas to have a clear view of the lava burning at night. Also, the summit provides travelers with spectacular views of virunga national park, other Virunga volcanoes, wildlife, local communities adjacent to the park and the neighboring countries.