Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is home to an extraordinary diversity of wildlife including gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, elephants, and hundreds of bird species. The park is also home to the Virunga Mountains, a range of volcanoes that are home to the endangered mountain gorillas.
A tour of the park will take you on a journey through some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa, including lush rainforests, savannah grasslands, and alpine meadows. Visitors can participate in a variety of activities such as gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, bird watching, and hiking to see the spectacular views from the volcano peaks. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the local culture and the conservation efforts being made to protect the park’s unique wildlife and habitats.
Gorilla trekking in the Virunga Mountains
One of the most memorable moments of a Virunga National Park tour is the opportunity to track and observe the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The trek is a physically demanding hike through the lush rainforest, but the experience of seeing these magnificent animals up close and personal is truly unforgettable. Guides will provide detailed information on the gorillas and their behavior, making the experience all the more educational and enriching.
Hiking to the top of Nyiragongo volcano
Another highlight of a Virunga National Park tour is the opportunity to hike to the summit of Nyiragongo volcano, which is an active volcano with a crater lake of lava. The hike is challenging, but the views from the top of the volcano are breathtaking. The summit is over 3,500 meters above sea level, and you can see the entire Virunga National Park from the top. The hike is guided, and you can also have a chance to see wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes. It’s an experience that you’ll never forget.
Upon arrival in Kigali, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, if time permits, we will take a tour of the city, visiting the Genocide Memorial and other notable sites.