Short Tours offered specifically in DRC Congo’s Virunga National park are focused on the Mountain Gorilla tracking, Chimpanzee Tracking and The Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking, however these tours can be combined with other wildlife and mountain gorilla safaris in Uganda or in Rwanda to make it complete long safari for travellers with enough time or just short tour for special Congo interested clients.
Virunga National Park;
The Virunga National Park, formerly named Albert National Park, is a 7,800-square-kilometre National Park that stretches from the Virunga Mountains in the South, to the Rwenzori Mountains in the North, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, bordering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
Activities in Virunga national park,DR Congo
- Climb Nyiragongo Volcano
The Lava Lake of the Nyiragongo Volcano, the largest in the world — This volcano, famous for its lava lake, is a technically easy climb from the direction of Goma. A trip to the top should take <6 hours, most climbers spend the night at the top. This also makes it possible to see the boiling lava by night, when it becomes even brighter.
- Visit the Mountain Gorillas — The Mountain Gorillas are located in the Mikeno Sector, about a two and half our drive from Goma. They can also be approached from Bunagana (border of Uganda). The permit is $400, so slightly cheaper than in Uganda or Rwanda. The visits are also a bit more authentic and in smaller groups. There are several operators who can organise this, but all book via the ICCN (Congolse Wildlife Authority) sales office in Goma. You can also book directly with ICCN (email@example.com). They can also organise transport.
- Visit the Tongo Chimps — Virunga National Park has a habituated Chimpanzee group in the picturesque hills of Tongo, located in the southern sector of Virunga National Park, west of the park headquarters of Rumangabo, Tongo is a unique forest island and home to a small population of chimpanzees. The forest lies on one of the lava flows from Nyamulagira Volcano and is estimated to be 300 years old. NB Tongo is not yet open for visitors due to safety issues, please check the Virunga National Park Tourism Website for current information on the chimpanzee treks