The Virunga Mountains / Virunga Volcanoes

The Virunga massif is home to three volcano national parks which are home to the 8 Virunga volcano mountains also termed as mountain ranges. The volcano national parks that are home to the 8 Volcano Mountains include Virunga national park that is situated in the town of Goma in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, volcanoes national park of Rwanda plus Mgahinga gorilla national park that is found in the south western region of Uganda.  These mountains include mount Karisimbi, mount Mikeno, mount Nyiragongo, mount Mahabura, mount Bisoke, mount Gahinga, mount Sabinyo, and mount Nyamulagira.

Mount Nyiragongo, this is one of the active volcano mountains that are situated in the heart of Virunga national park and the mount is part of the 8 mountains in Virunga conservation massif. The mountain is famous for its lava lake which is situated in true summit elevation of the mountain about 3250 meters as well as the composite volcano that is situated inside mount Nyiragongo. Hiking this mountain offers travelers an insight to enjoy the boiling lava scenic views in the lava lake at that top of the mountain.

Mount Sabinyo, this stretches its boundaries in three countries such as Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo, Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and volcanoes national park in Rwanda. The mountain is the oldest and it is found on an elevation of 3674 meters, there are a lot of historical cultural myths that is attached to this mountain and it can easily be hiked from Mgahinga national park.

Mount Nyamulagira, this is also an active mountain that has had about 40 eruptions with the last one happening in 2014 and it is situated in Nord-Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo and it borders mountain Nyiragongo in the north western region. Mount Nyamulagira is stands on an elevation of 3058 meters.

Mount Gahinga, this is situated in Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda and it is the smallest Virunga mountain that borders Rwanda. The mountain is at an elevation of 3474 meters. The mountain has caldera swamp that is about 180 kilometer.

Mount. Mikeno, this is a dormant volcanic mountain that is situated in Virunga national park and it is the second highest mountain among the 8 Virunga Mountains that are found in the Virunga massif conservation area. The name Mikeno was given to mountain to due to the poor people who were staying around the mountain.

Mount Karisimbi, the highest mountain in the Virunga conservation massif that is found in volcanoes national park is famous for mountain hiking activities. The mountain offers snow experience in the dry season in the months of June, July, and September and august thus it is worth a visit after the gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda.

Mount Bisoke, this is the fourth highest mountain among the 8 mountains of the Virunga volcano massif area, the mountain borders Rwanda where the summit of the mountains situated in volcanoes national park  and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

All these Virunga Mountains offer hiking adventure experience except mount Nyamulagira and when travelers hike up the summit of the mountain they will enjoy different breath taking views of the surround environment as well getting an opportunity to encounter with different primates like mountain gorillas, golden monkeys among others as well as unique wildlife at slopes such as the forest elephant.virunga Volcanoes

The Virunga Mountain in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda

The Virunga volcanoes/mountains also locally known as Mufumbiro are located in three countries Uganda, Rwanda and DRCongo. They are situated in the same region at the borders of the three countries. In Uganda, they are found in the far southwestern part in Mgahinga national park, in Rwanda they are in the northwestern in part Volcanoes national park and in the DRCongo, they are in Virunga national park in the eastern part of the country.

The word Virunga was derived from the Kinyarwanda word “ibirunga” which means “volcanoes”. These volcanoes are situated close to the western branch of the East African rift valley which is also known as the Albertine rift valley. The Virunga Mountains are also referred to as “the Virunga Massif”. The lower slopes of the Virunga Mountains are covered by tropical forests which are homes to the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. These are the main attractions that have made the three countries great tourism destinations for gorilla trekking. The Virunga Massif also boasts keeping unique species of birds known as the Albertine birds because they areas; found in this region.

This mountain range is made up of eight volcanoes in the three regions of the countries; Mount Nyamuragiira, Mount Mikeno, Mount Nyiragongo in DRC, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Muhabura at the border of Uganda and Rwanda, Mount Bisoke, Mount Karisimbi located on the border of Rwanda and DRC. Mount Karisimbi is the highest and Mount Sabinyo is the oldest of all the volcanoes.

Apart from trekking for mountain gorillas, these mountains are hiked up on to the summits if possible. However, there is no hiking on Nyamuragira in the DRC because the volcano is still active. Nyiragongo is also active but the eruptions there can be predicted and so hiking takes place at Nyiraghongo. All national parks have guides who take tourists through the trails on the mountains. Hiking to the summits of these mountains is an incredible experience, it offers spectacular views of the vast landscape.

Gorilla Trekking virungaThe eight virunga mountains

Mount Muhabura

Mount Muhabura is a beautiful dormant volcano of the Virunga Massif. It is situated at the border of Uganda and Rwanda. It is the third highest with steep slopes and this makes it a hard mountain to climb. You are required to be very fit physically to climb to the summit. Those who make it to the top are rewarded with views of the Bulera and Ruhondo twin lakes, the rest of the volcanoes and the wildlife of the area like the gorillas.

Mount Karisimbi

Located on the border of Rwanda and DRCongo, Mount Karisimbi is the highest volcano the Virunga Massif. It elevates at 4507m above the sea level. Hiking to the summit offers views of Nyiragongo Mountain. Hikers are advised to carry heavy clothes because there are normally very low temperatures which sometimes drop to zero degrees.

Mount Sabinyo

Mount Sabinyo is located at the border of all the three countries; the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. This one is believed to be the oldest volcano among of the Virunga Massif. The word Sabinyo means “old man’s teeth”. This mountain was named Sabinyo because of the top that has multiple summits looking like the teeth of an old man.

The mountain is covered by a rich forest which is home to the endangered mountain gorillas, many other primates and various bird species including Albertine birds.

Sabinyo is one of the most difficult virunga mountains to climb becuacs of the challenging g trails.

Nyiragongo Mountain

Mount Nyiragonngo is located in Virunga national park in the east of DRC. It ‘is the most active mountain in the world and hiking on this mountain is allowed. It is quite easy to hike to the summit since the slopes are not sleep. People who are very fit can hike and get back down in the same day.

When you manage to climb to the top, you’ll view the lava lake of the active volcano.

Mount Nyamuragira

There are no hiking activities to this mountain. It is the most active volcano in Africa. Mount Nyamuragira is found in the DRC, about 25km from Lake Kivu. Recently, there was an active volcanic Lava Lake that was formed at the summit.

Mount Mikeno

This is the second highest mountain of the virunga volcanoes. It is a dormant volcano at an elevation of 4,437 above the sea level. Mount Mikeno is located in DRC in Virunga national park. Hiking on this mountain offers an opportunity to see mountain gorillas, a lot op0f forest birds and other animals in the area. It is however one of the difficult volcanoes to climb because of the steep slopes.

Mount Gahinga

Mount Gahinga is also referred to as Mount Mgahinga. It is a dormant volcano located on the border of Uganda and Rwanda. Ghinga means a small pile of stones hence its name since it is the smallest among all the volcanoes of virunga. Mount Gahinga can be hiked in just a day. The main vegetation on this mountain is bamboo and afro montane forests.

Mount Bisoke

Mount Bisoke has its biggest part in Rwanda and a small portion is in the DRC. It is a famous volcano to hikers because of the reward offered on arrival at the summit. The summit has a crater lake of a diameter of about 400m. The mountain has different kinds of vegetation but the biggest part is covered by bamboo forests.

Mgahinga national park

Mgahinga national park is located in the far southwestern part of Uganda. It is one of the two national parks in the country where gorilla trekking is done. Unlike the other park- Bwindi which has which has several; groups of gorillas, Mgahinga has only one group which is found of roaming even up to the border of Rwanda. The name of this gorilla group is Nyakagezi. The park is also has golden monkey and many bird species. The major activities of the park are gorilla trekking, birding, hiking and visiting the local communities especially the Batwa.

Volcanoes national park

This is one of the very few destinations in the world where you can go for mountain gorilla trekking. It is today one of the frequented parks because it is easy to access, just about 2 hrs drive from Kigali. This park provides luxurious gorillas trekking tours and is a good site also for hiking on the volcanoes, bird watching and trekking for golden monkeys.

Virunga national park

This is one of the most biologically diverse national parks in Africa. It is still undamaged since tourism activities have not been taking place for a long time. It has tropical rain forests where you’ll find the endangered mountain gorillas alongside other primates, mammals and lots of beautiful birds. Apart from gorilla trekking, other activities of the park are hiking, birding, nature walks and bike riding.

The highlight of travel to the Virunga Massif is gorilla trekking and hiking but there are other interesting activities to do. These are;

Visiting Dian Fossey’s tomb

Dian Fossey was a primatologist and conservationist who became famous because of the research and call for protecting the mountain gorillas in the Virunga massif. She advocated for conservation of the habitat of the gorillas which had been endangered due to poaching and destruction of their habitat.

Dian Fossey went and stayed on the slopes of Mount Bisoke when conducting her research about gorillas, which she did for 18 years. She was later on murdered by poaches and was buried in the areas of the park at Bisoke.  Her grave is one of the places you ought not to miss visiting if you are in Rwanda.

Trekking for golden monkeys

This endemic primate is found only in the Virunga Massif in Mgahinga national park and Volcanoes national; park. You can trek for it in any of the two parks where the local tour guides will take you through the forests in search of the golden monkey.

Golden monkey trekkingVisiting the communities of the Batwa

The Batwa are pygmies found in the Virunga region. They are the indigenous people of the areas around the forest since they are believed to have lived in these forests as hunters and gatherers for many years. When you go for gorilla trekking or hiking, you can as well visit their communities and get exposed to their culture and their way of living. You’ll enjoy their traditional dances and stories.

The experience of hiking on any of the Virunga Mountains is always thrilling and impressive because of what the mountains offer from the bottom to the top. The slopes are filled with lots of wild animals which you’ll keep spotting as you climb higher. On the top of the summits, you’ll have views of many surrounding areas and other volcanoes.

Lake Kivu is one of the might lakes of Africa that is situated on the borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the western arm of the east African Albertine rift valley.  Lake Kivu flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika and located 40 kilometers from Bukavu town of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Geography of Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is ranked among the eighth largest lakes in Africa and covers an approximate total surface area of about 2700 square kilometers; it has length of about 90 kilometers and width of about 50 kilometers covering altitude of about 1460 meters above sea level. Lake Kivu has an esteemed average depth of about 475 meters and minimum depth of 220 meters. The Democratic republic of Congo takes up the largest percent of Lake Kivu portion that lies with the borders of the country and the lake bottom lies within the rift valley however due to the forces of tension and comprehension forces, they have given chance to the volcanic activities that take place within the area.

Lake Kivu harbors the world’s tenth island known as Idjwi which is an archipelago with Lake Kivu. Idjwi Island is a geography property within the Lake Kivu that belongs to the Democratic Republic of Congo and it has been counted among the kivu province. It covers an area of about 340 square kilometer, it is about 70 kilometers long and the island has been ranked as Africa’s second largest inland island.

Lake Kivu also borders Virunga national park that is famous for the mountain gorilla experience and the lake is surround by areas such as Bukavu town, Goma, Kabare, Sake, Kalehe, Cyangugu in Rwanda, and Gisenyi among others.

Virunga Volcano Hike – Hiking the Virunga Mountains is one of the most exciting activity that is enjoyed by a number of travelers after the extremely fascinating and exception lifetime gorilla trekking experience in the respective national park where they are situated. The Virunga Volcano Mountains are situated in three African countries that share a portion of the Virunga volcano conservation massif such as in Mgahinga national park found in the south western region of Uganda, Virunga national park in the southern democratic republic of Congo plus volcanoes national park that is situated Rwanda. These mountains are famous and popular homes to the critically endangered mountain gorilla species in Africa.

Hiking Mount Nyiragongo, this is one of the most visited volcanic mountains that is situated in Virunga national park in the democratic republic of Congo. The mountain last erupted in 2002 but it still hosts a lot to travelers interested in hiking. A hike to mount Nyiragongo offers travelers insight to enjoy the scenic beauty of the boiling lava lake, scenic views of Virunga national park from above.

Hiking mount Mikeno, the mountain is situated in the Democratic Republic Congo in Virunga national and it is a dormant volcano mountain that stands on 4437 meters above sea level. Hiking mount Mikeno offers travelers an opportunity to enjoy viewing Virunga national park and its wildlife such as mountain gorilla that travelers will encounter while hiking as well as other wildlife animals.

Mount Sabinyo, this is shared by three country by Rwanda, Uganda, democratic republic of Congo although the mountain can be hiked from Uganda in Mgahinga national park. The hiking Sabinyo will you have an insight to encounter with the golden monkeys at slopes of the mountain as you go through the tropical rainforests.

Mount Gahinga, it is the smallest mountain found in Mgahinga national park in Uganda and it is 3474 meters with dominated by the bamboo and an afro montane forests. Hiking mountain Gahinga offers travelers an opportunity to enjoy encountering with mountain gorillas as well the golden monkeys.

Hiking mount Mahabura, this is hiked from Uganda in Mgahinga gorilla national park although the mountain borders Rwanda. Mount Mahabura offers exciting scenic beauty to surround lakes of Ruhondo plus Burera. When travelers reach at summit of the mount they will enjoy beauty of the wonderful Crater Lake as well as the incredible unique vegetation cover.

Where is Virunga national park? – Virunga national park which is the oldest national park in Africa is situated in north eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and lies within the Albertine rift valley arm of East Africa. The park is the world heritage site that is located in the northern shores of Lake Kivu a few distances from Goma town.

Visiting Virunga national park is an extremely interesting trip as travelers will get an opportunity to enjoy a wide range of holiday safari activities such as the great mountain gorilla trekking experiences, the chimpanzee trekking, golden monkey trekking, and mountain hiking among other activities.

Travelers can access Virunga national park through road transport or air transport depending on traveler’s budget. On road transport, from Goma town it is about 45 minutes covering a distance of about 35 kilometers before you the park. From Rwanda to Virunga national park, travelers will have to go through Gisenyi town then proceed to Goma town then later proceed to Virunga national park.

On air transport, there are many airlines that operate domestic flights in the democratic republic of Congo such as Ethiopia airlines that has scheduled flights to Goma town which is the nearest town to Virunga national park.

Bukavu town is one of the gorgeous cities in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that lies on the western edges of Lake Kivu and borders west Cyangugu of Rwanda. Historically the town was occupied by Bushi kingdom which is the ethnic group of southern kivu province later the town was named Bukavu which is a local name to meaning farm of cows.

Bukavu town experiences a sub-tropical climate and it is strategically located near to river Rusizi which attracted the colonial population in consideration to the scenic location of Lake Kivu. Bukavu has been established on five peninsulas or fingers and the city was the previous administrative town for kivu province although the city lost its popularity due to the growth of Goma town. The five peninsulas stretch towards Lake Kivu and Bukavu city is separated by river Rusizi from Rwanda.

Why visit Bukavu town.

Bukavu town is 40 kilometer to Kahuzi Biega national park thus it can act hub to travelers who would like to enjoy trekking eastern lowland gorillas due the fact that it is close to the park. Bukavu town is home to the a wide range of accommodation safari lodges which travelers visiting Kahuzi Biega national park for the gorilla trekking experiences can use on a safari such the Coco lodge, lakeside hotel Bukavu, exodus Bukavu lodge among other lodges.

Travelers can base in kivu town to explorer the Lake Kivu which is second largest lake in DR Congo and it is home to Inland Islands known as Idjwi Island which offers scenic beauties to all travelers that visit Bukavu town. Travelers staying in Bukavu town can as well enjoy kayaking adventure experiences on the five peninsulas stretching to Lake Kivu.

In synopsis, there are three top attractions in Bukavu town such as Kahuzi Biega national park which famous home to the eastern lowland gorillas in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the gorgeous and exciting lake kivu that harbors Idjwi inland island in DR-Congo as well as Vacation rental/accommodation facilities in Auckland although the town also a lot offer on a safari to DR-Congo.

Tchegera Island – One of the places you need to include on your tour to DRC is Tchegera Island. It is a good site for relaxation after the adventurous activities of the national parks. Tchegera Island is situated in DRC on a ridge of a collapsed caldera in the waters of Lake Kivu. In the North of Lake Kivu, it is well located for viewing Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes in the night when the red glow from the lava lakes turn the sky red. It also gives spectacular views of the surrounding environment. It is also a home to a variety of bird species and therefore bird lovers will still be catered for.

You can organize for a 2 days tour can be organized to Tchegera island or combine it with a safari to Virunga national park.

How to access Tchegera Island

The island can be accessed by hiring a virunga boat, a private boat or a kayak. The main ports to get a boat to the island are Goma port and Kituku port. It takes about 20 minutes from Goma to Tchegera Island. From Tchegera Island back to Goma, the boat sets off at 7:30am.

Accommodation at the island – Tchegera Island tented Camp

There are 10 tents at the camp that accommodate guests to the Island, well contained with bathrooms and flushing toilets and running water. It is powered with solar and a generator. The views of the red sky due to Nyiragongo volcano molten fire is featured by the camp fire made in the evening at the camp. There is a full restaurant with where you’ll enjoy some of the best dishes and a bar with all lots of drinks alogside Wi-Fi connection to keep you connected to your people.

Accommodation rates for Tchegera Island tents

Single           US$168

Double         US$226

Twin             US$226

Accommodation reservations include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Activities at Tchegera tented camp

  • Bird watching
  • Paddle boarding and kayaking
  • Nature walk/Guided bush walk
  • Snorkeling
  • Scenic and Sunset viewing

Wildlife at the island

Wildlife at Tchegera is blue monkey and birds including cormorants, African fish eagle and many others.

 

Facts about Virunga Mountains – Virunga mountains also known as Virunga mountain ranges are situated three countries of east Africa and they been protected under one world heritage site to form the Virunga conservation massif. The Virunga Mountains stretches its boundaries in the countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The mountains bases lies with the Albertine rift valley, lake albert as well as lake kivu.

Some of the impacts about Virunga Mountains include;

 Virunga Mountains are 8 volcano chains that is only found in east Africa along the branch of the Albertine rift valley. Most of Virunga Mountains are dormant volcanoes exception of mount Nyiragongo, mount Nyamuragira which all situated in Virunga national park in eastern republic of Congo., other Virunga mount mountains include mount. Gahinga and mount Mahabura in Mgahinga national park of Uganda, mount Mikeno in Virunga national park, mount Sabinyo in volcano national park of Rwanda, mount Karisimbi and mount Bisoke.

Among the 8 Virunga mountains, mount Karisimbi is the highest volcano and stands at an elevation of 4507 meters, mount Sabinyo is the oldest mountain and mount Nyamuragira is the most active with last eruption in 2010 followed by mount Nyiragongo with its last eruption in 2006 and it is most trekked among the 8 mountains.

The Virunga mountains harbors the remaining rare and endangered mountain gorillas in the world which is one of the great attraction and great wonders of the world that attracts a lot of travelers who come to Africa. Thus the Virunga Mountains are famous destinations for not only mountain hiking but as well as the lifetime gorilla trekking adventure experience which is extremely exciting to all travelers that engage in the activity.

Is Virunga Open 2020

Is Virunga National Park Open? – Virunga national park one of the first gazetted area in 1925 in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the great world heritage site that attract a lot of travelers that come to Africa. The national park is a famous habitat for the critically endangered mountain gorilla that also fund in Uganda and in Rwanda. Virunga national park is portion of the Virunga massif conservation area where it coexists together with other national parks such as Mgahinga national park of Uganda and volcanoes national park of Rwanda which are also great environments to the endangered mountain gorillas.

Mountain gorilla trekking is one of the major key activity that attract a lot tourist although the park is a home to other unique wildlife species such as the endangered forest elephants, the buffaloes, antelopes as well as other primates such as golden monkeys, the olive baboons, the red tailed monkeys, the white and black monkeys, the blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys among others.

Gorillas in Virunga National Park

A lot of budget travelers prefer to enjoy the mountain gorilla trekking experience in the Virunga national park due to the fact the Democratic Republic of sells affordable gorilla trekking permits as low as 400 USD per person and during the low season the park offers discounted gorilla permits of 200 USD per person so as to encourage a lot of travelers to come and engage in the gorilla trekking adventure in Congo. The gorilla trekking permit for the Democratic Republic of Congo is cheaper compared to Uganda where it costs 600 USD and by July 2020 the permits will cost 700 USD while as the gorilla trekking permit for Rwanda is not cost friendly to budget travelers thus it costs 1500 USD per person.

For a very long time Virunga national park has been affected by the political wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo which have threatened gorilla tourism in the country due to fact that the wars affected the mountain gorilla populations as well as rare animal population. The political situation in Virunga national park was worsened by the killing of the park rangers (about 175 rangers killed) who had volunteered to protect the endangered mountain gorillas and other wildlife as well as ensuring the safety and security of all tourists who visit the park.

Since 2014 when Virunga national park was re-launched for tourism, the park has been receiving a lot of travelers over 17, 000 tourist, however the recent political threat led to closing for the park so as serous actions of safety and security can be taken by the government. This happened in May 2018 where two Briton tourists together with their park ranger and the drive were kidnapped in Virunga national park and the park ranger was killed as he was trying to save the life of the tourists, the driver was wounded and the two tourists went missing for an overnight. This was a serious incident that led to the closing of Virunga national park until 15th Feb in 2019 when the park was reopened for tourism once again.

During the reopening of Virunga national park, the park director Emmanuel Demerode gave reclaims about the political stability of the park and measures being taken to insecure the security and safety, saying that they have taken their time make sure that they improvement on the security of the tourists as well as deploying a lot of military forces all over the park to ensure that travelers are safe and to protect endangered mountain gorillas among other wildlife.

In synopsis, it is important to note that Virunga national park is the oldest national park in Africa and it is dominated by the largest tropical rainforest that receives rainfall throughout the year thus its evergreen vegetation and the endangered mountain gorillas are surviving in the high altitude areas of the forest. Although the mountain gorilla population has been affected by the political wars they have tried to recover thus they are over 500 mountain gorillas that are found in the park and there about 8 habituated gorilla families that are open for gorilla tourism throughout the year. As the security and safety of Virunga national park has been improved, the park has become one of the best and famous destinations to enjoy the life time gorilla trekking adventure in Africa ever since the reopening in February 2019 update and travelers are more safe as long as they follow the instructions of their guide throughout the end of their safari.

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Booking Virunga Gorilla Trekking Permits

The Virunga gorilla permits can be acquired from Virunga conservation authorities that are in charge of the Virunga national park together with the institute of Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature abbreviated as ICCN. These are responsible for the price of gorilla permit that funds collected from gorilla tourism is used to fund and rehabilitate conservation projects, other funds are injected back in the park to ensure the safety and security of travelers and endangered mountain gorillas.

Alternatively travelers can book their gorilla safari with a genuine tour safari expert such as Adventure in the wild safari who will assist to book for you the gorilla trekking permit without any hassles as well as organize your safari accommodation, meals, arrange the transportation among other extras that might be needed to attend the success of your gorilla trekking lifetime experience. The safari experts will as well advise and offer you other alternative activities to enjoy while on gorilla safari in Virunga national park which can be combined together to offer unforgettable experiences in the  African wilderness. Contact Adventure in the wild Safari one of the leading safari experts who will assist to organize your gorilla safari in Virunga national park and you won’t regret the treat.

The Virunga gorilla permit allows travelers only one hour to meet with a gorilla family from the time they spot a gorilla family and on each family a maximum of 8 people are allowed to meet with the habituated gorilla family. During the period of one hour, travelers are free to take photos and video with a gorilla family, enjoy watching the juvenile young gorillas play, enjoy the feeding lifestyle of the gorillas as well as other behavioral  patterns of life in the jungle in their natural habitat.

The Virunga gorilla permit is not given travelers who are below fifteen years of age as they are considered children and if some of 14 years and they about to celebrate their 15th birthday a gorilla permit can be issued to them that the authority has confirmed this. And in the peak season travelers are advance to make advance booking of their gorilla trekking permit in Virunga national park due to fact that permits are on a very high demand and they tend to be competitive, thus to avoid embracement’s and proper planning for other activities, please make advance booking at least 5 months prior to the dates of travel.

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Congo Mountain Gorilla Trekking Permit

Virunga gorilla permit is that document that allows travelers to participate in the gorilla trekking adventure in Virunga national park.  The gorilla permit is purchased by the tourists who have interest to participate in the once life time gorilla trekking experience in the true African jungle of Virunga national park which is the oldest national park in Africa that  has been protected and conserved to protect the remaining cricitally endangered mountain gorillas in the world. Virunga national park is situated in the southern region of the democratic Republic of Congo in the heart of Goma town and it borders East African countries like Rwanda, Uganda among others.

Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park is one of the best great alternative for budget travelers that would like to enjoy trekking the rare endangered mountain gorillas in Africa but they don’t have enough dollars. One of the facts and uniqueness about gorilla trekking in Virunga national park is that it has one of the cheapest and affordable gorilla permit compared to other countries in Africa that harbors the remaining mountain gorillas in the world.

Virunga gorilla permit costs $400 USD per person and it is one of the national parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo that offers discounted gorilla permits in the low season. This has given a chance to budget travelers all over the world to be part of the once lifetime dream of the mountain gorilla trekking adventure experience in the African wilderness. The gorilla trekking permit for Uganda costs 600 USD per person to all foreign nonresidents and by July 2020 the gorilla trekking permit for Uganda will increase to 700 USD while in Rwanda the gorilla trekking permit is at 1500 USD per person for all foreign nonresidents thus it is one of the best alternative option for luxury gorilla safaris and the best place for gorilla excursion safaris due to the fact volcano national park in Rwanda is so closed to the international airport.

The price cost of Virunga gorilla permit was partially influenced by the political instability that affected the park and due to the fact it is still a virgin destination for gorilla tourism, thus the price of 400 USD being used as a strategy to attract a lot of travelers in demand for gorilla trekking plus the ideology of surviving in the market of gorilla tourism in Africa due to fact that it is one of the major key tourism activity that has helped the country economy to recover from the wounds of the political wars that affected the Democratic republic of Congo.