Since June 2018 one of the world’s oldest, largest and most biologically diverse national parks were closed in the Democratic Republic Of Congo. This arose after the insecurity saga that happened in Virunga national park that rose great fears among tourists, especially in the Eastern Province.
The incident led to the death of Mrs. Rachel Masika Baraka a female park ranger and kidnapping two British tourists, Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty, plus the Congolese driver of their vehicle during their tour of the 3,000 square mile park, where they hoped to spot Virunga’s famous mountain gorillas amidst dense jungle vegetation.
This was a great disappointment not only to Virunga National park staff but also Tourists in Congo, tour companies among others because this park has 8 gorilla groups for trekking and other activities like Nyiragongo volcano climbing, nature walks, scenic viewing, chimpanzee trekking and bird watching among others which were done there and But to a great disappointment there was need to revise the old and implement the new strategies to promote security in the park as the major reason why Virunga park was closed
BUT however to a great surprise, Virunga national park has been RE-OPENED, The park was opened in February to resume its normal operations and activities this is indeed a great chance to those that have been waiting to tour Democratic Republic OF Congo’s oldest national park Virunga National Park
Activities and attractions in Virunga national park
For potential travelers planning safaris to Congo, Virunga national park offers a variety of tourism activities and attractions. Gorilla watching is the most done activity in the park followed by Nyiragongo volcano climbing. Other activities in Virunga national park include nature walks, scenic viewing, chimpanzee trekking and bird watching among others. A single gorilla permit in Congo costs $450, which is fairly cheap compared to $600 in Uganda and $1500 in Rwanda. Virunga national park is, therefore, a best gorilla destination for budget gorilla safaris.
gorilla families in Virunga
As said already, Virunga national park is home to all these families and have gone through the training process and are familiar with human presence. The Congo gorilla families are Rugendo family, Munyaga gorilla family, Kabirizi gorilla family, Humba gorilla family, Lulengo family, Mapuwa gorilla family, Nyakamwe gorilla family and Bageni gorilla family. Each family is visited by a group of eight people a day for an hour.
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