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Attractions in Virunga National Park


Virunga national park in Congo is the most popular destination for Congo gorilla trekking safaris because of the mountain gorillas alongside Kahuzi Biega national park that is home to the lowland gorillas.

Virunga national park has other beautiful attractions that have for long been neglected concentrating more on the mountain gorillas. The major other two attractions in Virunga national park include;

Other Attractions in Virunga national park

 The Batwa Pygmies

 The Batwa pygmies are former inhabitants of the Ituri forest who lived a hunter gatherer life in harmony with the gorillas in the forest.

Because of conservation purposes and need to boost Congo gorilla trekking tours the Batwa were forced to live in the foothills of the mountains.

The Batwa pygmies are known to be in the foothills of Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda.

The Batwa experience is one of the most relaxing after a Congo gorilla safari activity as they take you through their ways of life and the skills of survival that they had in the forest.

Attractions in Virunga national park
A Batwa pygmy

Mount Nyiragongo hike

Mount Nyiragongo is one of Africa’s most active volcano with recent volcanic eruption activities in the 20th century.

The mountain is about 3,470m high with two distinct lava benches one about 3,175m (10,417ft) and the other at 2,975m (9,760ft).

Congo`s volcanic mountains-mount Nyiragongo and mount Nyamuragira, take approximately 40% of the volcanic eruptions in the history of Africa.

Mount Nyiragongo in Congo houses the world’s largest lava lake. Mount Nyiragongo hike is the most popular activity aside from a Congo gorilla tour.

Attractions in Virunga national park
Mount Nyiragongo lava lake

Chimpanzee Habituation

The chimpanzees are one of the attractions in Virunga national park. Chimpanzees live in the forest of Virunga more so in the areas of Rumangabo.

A total of four tourists are allowed to spend a maximum of one hour with the chimpanzees each single day. The chimpanzees have highly been threatened by instability and that’s why their protection is very vital.

Bookings for a gorilla habituation experience is done at Mikeno lodge only. In case of any illness, volunteer to stay behind since chimpanzees are highly susceptible to diseases.

attractions in Virunga national park

Don’t miss these activities, if your planning your gorilla trekking safari in Congo. They will add up to the amazing experience.

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