Virunga National Park located in the Eastern DR Congo in the Albertine Rift Valley is among the first protected areas in Africa. In elevation, it ranges from 2,230 ft in the Semliki River valley to 16,762 ft in the Rwenzori Mountains. From north to south, it extends 300 km largely along the international borders with Uganda and Rwanda in the east covering an area of 3,120 km.
Mount Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira are the two active volcanoes in Virunga National Park. They have significantly shaped the national park’s diverse habitats and wildlife. More than 3,000 faunal and floral species have been recorded, of which more than 300 are endemic to the Albertine Rift including eastern Lowland Gorillas and golden monkeys.