Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park, D.R. Congo
Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park resumed officially this year (2017) in May which becomes a major breakthrough in this part of the country and with a great moment of excitement after over a year of closure, due to fights between the army and some rebel factions which prevented the activities of gorilla trekking in this unexplored destination. We offer one of the unique chances to have a visit to the incredible Virunga national park which is Africa’s most unexplored national park with its incredible endangered species and the stunning view of the glaciated Rwenzori Mountains where very few tourists have gone.
Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of Africa’s most desirable parks that every individual would like to visit in his life time because of its remarkable attractions with one of the world’s critically endangered species, the mountain gorillas. Due to the inspirations that are always got from this amazing bio diverse destination and being Africa’s oldest national park, Virunga national park is listed under UNESCO World Heritage sites and recommended as Africa’s most biologically diverse protected area.
This national park is a home to 25% of the world’s estimated 700 mountain gorillas with some unique great ape species that can be cited in this place, namely the eastern lowland Grauers gorillas and the mighty Chimpanzees. Covering an area of over 4,000 square miles, the Virunga is a combination of volcanoes, forests, savannah, lava plains, swamps, erosion valleys and the glaciated peaks of Mountain Rwenzori and also inhabited with some distinctive animal species like the endangered species of okapi that looks like a zebra but closely related to the giraffe, large colonies of hippopotami, both savannah and forest elephants, lions and its numerous distinctive bird species.
This park is now the best possible destination for adventurous travelers to visit the once again accessible southern section of the Virunga National Park for the amazing Gorilla trekking experience. Gorilla trekking takes place in Mikeno area, close to the park headquarters about two hours’ drive from gateway town of Goma. With an early start you can visit the gorillas as a day trip from Goma with good range of descent hotels like the excellent Mikeno lodge situated close to the Gorillas habitat in lush tropical woodland with stunning views over Virunga lowlands.
Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park here is excellent for intrepid travelers and those who love nature accompanied by expert guides and game rangers in order for you to have an unforgettable gorilla trekking experience in the lush jungles of D.R. Congo and what will make it stand out is experiencing it in one of the most unexplored and beautiful parks of Africa.