Virunga covers Volcanoes national park of Rwanda, Mgahinga national park of Uganda and Virunga national park of DR. Congo
Virunga Conservation Area
Virunga conservation area is shared by three countries that is Rwanda, Uganda and DR. Congo and it includes Volcanoes national park of Rwanda, Mgahinga national park of Uganda and Virunga national park of DR. Congo
All the 3 parks have one thing in common, that is they are habitats for the endangered mountain gorillas. These are main top attractions found in Virunga conservation Area.
We currently have around 1000 gorillas remaining in the world and most of these are found in this Virunga Area. Bwindi National Park which is not far from this very area is also a habitat for the gorillas and you cannot separate it from this conservation area.
Golden monkey is such a unique primate specie which is said to be endangered and you will obviously meet them on your Adventure to the Virunga area.
The Virunga’s mountains
Virunga is not only for wildlife enjoyment but you can also enjoy Volcanoes hiking. The conservation area is a known as a home to 8 volcanic mountains and 2 are active volcanoes that is Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo. They are both of in the heart of Virunga National Park in the DR Congo.
The remaining 6 volcanoes are Gahinga, Muhabura, Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Bisoke and Mikeno. Travelers love taking part in volcanoes hiking to the summits which offer bright view of the neighboring communities.
These are known to be the initial native for the forested areas but were later transferred to the neighboring areas of the park so as to protect it.
They are currently trying to adapt the life outside the jungle. Once you try and visit their community you will definitely be helping directly to save gorillas because you will be promoting relocation as a lifestyle which is more interesting than the jungle forest lifestyle.
Dian Fossey’s grave
The American Primatologist’s grave is found in this area and she was known for practicing in the gorilla conservation of the area. Poachers have been put on spotlight as the one who murdered her for preaching against poaching. She came to Virunga for the first time in 1968 and made the slopes of Mountain Visoke as her home and also she set up the research center here.