Virunga National Park also known as Parc National de Virunga in French is located in Democratic Republic of Congo and Africa’s most adorable and desirable national park that every traveler interested in Africa safari Tour would like to visit in his lifetime because of the notable attractions that characterize it including the world’s critically endangered species, Mountain Gorillas always explored on Congo gorilla safaris. Inspirations drawn from this amazing bio diverse destination and due to the fact that it’s Africa’s oldest national park, Virunga National Park was incorporated under UNESCO World Heritage sites and known to be Africa’s most biologically diverse protected area.
Congo gorilla trekking tours to Virunga National Park have gained attention of recent following the wind of stability after the defeat of M23 rebels. Virunga is now a safe haven for tourists and rewards visitors with a unique opportunity to do a safari in one of Africa’s most virgin destinations, a habitat for the endangered Mountain Gorillas and home to the stunning views of the glaciated Rwenzori Mountains not forgetting the famous Nyiragongo Volcano – with the world’s most violent and largest lava lake.
This national park is home to 25% of the world’s estimated 900 Mountain Gorillas, together with other unique species of apes, including the eastern lowland Grauers gorillas and Chimpanzees. Covering an approximate total area of 4,000 square miles, the Virunga is an amalgam of towering volcanoes, ever green forests, unspoilt savannah, undulating plains, wetlands, and the snow caped peaks of Mountain Rwenzori. Virunga is also inhabited with some distinguished animal species like the endangered Okapi that looks like a zebra but closely related to the giraffe, large colonies of hippopotami, savannah and forest elephants, lions and a diverse population of bird species. All these combine to make it an incredible destination for Congo safaris and tours.
This park is now the best possible destination for adventurous travelers to visit the once again accessible Virunga National Park to participate in the unmatched Congo gorilla trekking safari activity. Gorilla trekking takes place in Mikeno area, close to the park headquarters about two hours’ drive from gateway town of Goma. With an early start you can visit the gorillas as a day trip from Goma with good range of descent hotels like the excellent Mikeno lodge situated close to the Gorillas habitat in lush tropical woodland with stunning views over Virunga lowlands.
The Congo Gorilla permit is apparently sold at $400 and remains the most affordable in the region and can be booked direct with the Virunga Organization or through an a tour operator like Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd.