Virunga National Park – DR Congo

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.

Virunga National Park in the eastern DR Congo in the Mikeno Mountains is known for Mountain Gorilla. However, there are lowland gorillas too and these can be found in Kahuzi Biega National Park in Bukavu. Unlike in Mikeno where you have to hike up in the mountains for Gorilla trekking, for the lowland Gorillas, it is a tiny bit very simple given that they are in lowland areas contrary to mountain gorillas that reside in mountainous spots. One more excellent working experience you shouldn’t pass up on although on your Congo safaris in mountaineering Mount Nyiragongo.

Portions of Virunga National Park are heavily protected because of functions of armed rebels and this is a risk to park personnel as well as the conservation of your landscape. Uganda and Rwanda are marked as more secure regions and are fairly perfectly managed now. Mountain Gorilla Tours generates major revenues for the parks in these international locations and as a result.

Countless Forest elephants to Virunga have cheered rangers in an otherwise gloomy calendar year. Elephants influence on the grasslands could have beneficial results with the park’s other grazers.

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