VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK
This park holds half of the biodiversity in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. It also boasts as the second oldest national park in the world being second only to Yellow Stone.
Virunga national park was inscribed heritage site under UNESCO for protection of the endangered gorilla community and critically rare golden monkeys.
The park has 2 active volcanoes with Nyiragongo volcano inclusive and is one of the biggest in Congo stretching over 7800sqkm from the Virunga mountains in the south to the Rwenzori Mountains east of Democratic Republic of Congo.
The park is largely known for its birds, mammals, reptiles and vegetation. It has over 2077 plant species growing lustrously in the park and they include ferns, shrubs, trees, grasses.
In fauna the park has over 218 mammal species, 22 primate species, 706 bird species, 109 reptile species and 65 species of amphibians.
Activities within the park include boat cruise on Lake Kivu and other lakes. The park is traversed by many rivers such as Congo Nile and Semliki.
Guided nature walks can also be arranged within the park so you can get closer with the plants and animals in the park.
Hikes done on the slopes of the volcanoes will enable you to encounter various primates like black and white colobus monkeys, red colobus monkeys, blue colobus monkey, rare golden monkey, bush babies, and mountain gorillas.
The park has tropical climate characterised by pleasant warm weather and mild showers all year through.
Accommodation facilities available for visitors to the Park Range from luxury lodges like Mikeno Lodge to budget accommodation such as Nyiragongo Crater Cabanas.
The park can be accessed in different ways as elaborated below;
Passing via Goma town which is 32km from the park.
From Kigali International Airport Rwanda via Gisenyi to Goma town and finally to the park.
Ethiopian airlines also has daily flights to Goma airport in DRCongo.
From Uganda via Bunagana border post in Kisoro district it is 1 hour drive to Bukima park headquarters.