Attractions And Tourism Activities In Virunga National Park Congo

Many tourists who come to Virunga national park are always interested in the activities that take place within the park

Attractions In Virunga National Park

Attractions In Virunga National Park: Getting to Virunga National Park is an amazing journey for a tourist who is heading to Congo for tour activities. Virunga National Park is a home with wonderful views of Africa’s most active volcanoes. The active volcanoes found in the park are those parts of the Virunga mountain chains that are shared between DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda and these parks are Mgahinga, Virunga and Volcanoes national Parks. Virunga Mountains include Nyamuragira, Mount Mikeno, Mount Karisimbi, Mount Muhabura, Mount Bisoke, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Nyiragongo.

The DR Congo is known for having huge number of tourism attractions given the fact that it has a number of natural resources like minerals, Vegetation covers, natural landforms, plateaus, wildlife, water bodies, swamps, marshes, and landforms like the mountains, hills and these make the country look like the best safari destination to visit when in Africa.

Most of these natural resources like vegetation covers, minerals, water bodies and wildlife are protected within the park and the likes of Maiko national parks, Kahuzi Biega national park, Salonga national park, Noubali Ndoki national park and Ntokou Pikounda national park and among others Congo national parks are found within the country.  Virunga national park is a Congo park that should not be missed out by Congo visitors because it has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife desires.

Many tourists who come to Virunga national park are always interested in the activities that take place within the park plus watching the various attractions within the park and some of these attractions and tourism activities include the following;

Gorilla trekking                              

Gorilla trekking is an amazing activity that is carried out in the park because it offers a chance to sight various gorilla families and also it is cheaper if compared to other gorilla trekking countries. The gorilla permit in Congo sales 400 USD which is cheaper if related to 1500 USD in Rwanda and 700 USD in Uganda. When taking part in the activity, you will be required to spend 1 hour with the primates and this will help you to understand the behaviors of these primates like the way they groom each other, their feeding habits, and co-existence with one another as they are in the park.

Mount Nyiragongo hike

Mount Nyiragongo hike is also an amazing activity that is done within the park and you will have an opportunity to watch sea lava boiling in the earth’s crust. Remember that mount Nyiragongo is the most active volcano in Africa that is known to have erupted 32 times and you will watch various attractions such as water bodies and bird species as you are hiking to the top of the mountain. You will hike mount Mikeno and mount Nyamuragira and you will spot diverse Congo gorilla families and also golden monkeys.

Visiting Senkwenkwe gorilla orphanage

Senkwenkwe gorilla orphanage was established to protect primate species which had lost their parents during poaching activities in the park and the center has become one of the best attractions in Virunga. Poaching is a challenge affecting the park because of high demand for meat consumption and the market for the products which are sold at high price on a black market. The park was set up to give comfort to the orphaned gorillas by showing them care, teaching them about wildlife. If you visit the orphanage, you can decide to volunteer by providing food, feeding milk and also playing with these gorillas and it will be such interesting activity to a visitor.

Landscape viewing

Landscape viewing is among the most interesting activities within the park since the park has good landscape viewing than all parks in Africa and these includes the Rwenzori Mountains, Volcanoes in the Virunga conservation area, Tchegera islands, afro-alpine vegetation, forest covers, eroded valley that is seen in the Sinda and Ishango region and among others, here you can get a nice photograph and memorable experience that you will never forget  when your back to your home as well as in all your life.


Virunga national park is among the best destination for bird watching in Africa so all bird lovers should not miss out the chance to visit Virunga national park to see a variety of bird species. This park is a home of about 706 bird species, whereby among these bird species 24 species are endemic to Virunga national park. These are some of bird species  that can be found around the park include the francolinus nobilis, Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori Turaco, African olive pigeon, skimmers, grauer’s swamp warbler, shoebills storks, Angolan swallow, Alpine swift, grey throated barbet, grey herons, tropical boubou,papyrus yellow warbler and among bird species.   

Other attractions seen in the park include boat cruising on the lakes, nature walks, green vegetation, camping, picnics and among others attractions.

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