Virunga National Park

The churning lava lake at the summit of Mount Nyiragongo. Image © Steven Cresswell.

Terrain – Rainforest & Savannah
Park Size – 7800 km²

Located in one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet is Virunga National Park (Parc National des Virunga); home to Mt. Nyiragongo and a quarter of the worlds remaining mountain gorillas which can be tracked on foot. Nyiragongo is an active volcano, which contains the world’s largest lava lake that can be climbed by visitors who spend the night at the summit. The national park is also the oldest on the African continent, being established in 1925 and has been a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Virunga National Park comprises of an outstanding diversity of habitats, from swamps, savannah, rainforest and volcano slopes to the snowfields of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Activities:
Gorilla tracking, volcano hiking, paddle boarding, bird watching, canoeing.

Key Species:
Mountain gorilla, eastern lowland gorilla, hippopotamus (rare), African elephant, chimpanzee, leopard (rare), lion (rare), shoebill stork, 706 bird species recorded here.