Best Attractions to Visit in Virunga National Park


Virunga national park was established in 1925 as Africa’s first national park. This 7,800 km2 (3000miles) park stretches across the east of Congo and has been under UNESCO world’s heritage sites since 1979.

If you are in Africa and planning for some interesting adventure and sightseeing, you must not miss the Virunga National Park. This reliable and vocational wildlife safari park is the perfect adventurers’ dreams spot. The beauty, vastness and unique range of activities and tours make your trip an incredible experience.

Activities in the park

There are various amounts of activities in the park which can attract you to visit the Virunga national park, and we have summarised the best ones for you. Since the park is so vast, getting around in the park can only be done by car or air.

  1.  Gorilla trekking

As cool as the name sounds, gorilla trekking is a wonderful experience where you get to see these gentle gorillas in their natural habitat from a very close distance. Congo’s Virunga national park is home to 7 different Gorilla groups which can be seen from a close distance by the visitors during the gorilla hiking.

One thing to be kept in mind is that the visitors would need a permit for gorilla hiking which costs around 400$ with extra packages included as well. This is quite cheaper than the nearby national parks.

  1.  Volcano hiking tours of Mount Nyiragongo

The Virunga national park has volcano heritages and sights in it as well. This huge park offers visitors to hike on the active 3470m (11,382ft) Mount Nyiragongo which takes up to 2-3 days of a continuous hike. The volcano has the world’s largest lava lake, and the depth of the lake varies considerably.

There are various packages for the volcano hike which ranges from $100 to $300 depending upon the package you will be taking. Other than that, there are many other mountains and volcanos you can hike and visit too.

  1.  Hotels and accommodations

Virunga national park has a great chain of hotels and accommodations for the visitors and tourists coming to see the park. These safari lodges and hotels vary from very luxurious accommodations to budget accommodations and can also depend on what you would like to do and where you would like to visit in the park.

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