Why tourists visit Virunga National Park
Why tourists visit Virunga National Park is quite an amazing fascinating group of facts and features that interest travelers to take part in its tour activites. Virunga national park is one of the world’s long-forgotten or feared jewels as once one discovers the beauty it has to offer, they only live to tell the story to others. Virunga national park is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has long been associated with political instability but while in DRCongo especially on your visit to Virunga national park, there isn’t need to worry about security as the park offers a full-time convoy on your trip of up to 11 days. This security convoy is with you right from Goma Town up to when you are done with your tour in the park and back to Goma so what could be your possible excuse to visit this park.
Virunga national park is a one-stop national park as it has the 2 ape taxa that is the mountain gorillas and a chimpanzee family that you can visit in Mahura forest, also has the wildlife sector known as the Lulimbi sector where you encounter a few animal species like hippopotami, savannah elephants and also the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha plains. This same park has the world’s largest Crater Lake on Mount Nyiragongo one of the few remaining active volcanoes. You can also take some time to visit Tchegera Island if you have enough time to cool off from the hectic hikes of the safari. The park has great designed packages for its visitors according to the various interests. The shortest package that is offered by Virunga is the 2 days Nyiragongo kike and the 3 days gorilla trekking with 2 nights at the accommodations.
Virunga national park attracts a large number of guests looking for the most affordable gorilla trek as the mountain gorilla permit is sold at 400 USD which is the cheapest of the three mountain gorilla destinations that have their permits at 1,500 USD and 700 USD per permit. It is a roller coaster of thrilling experiences where you can add the 7-hour hike up the active Nyiragongo volcano to see the red boiling lava and spend the night and descend the volcano the next day. There are two scheduled times a month where you get to spend more than one night at the volcano and see the views at all times of the day and not rush the moment at the top. The suitable tour package for this experience is the Mikeno Mist package where you will need to have 4 days to enjoy the two attractions of the park.
The tropical rain forest of the Virunga national park is one of the pull factors of tourists as the climate of the region is mainly favored by this forest. The cool tropical weather experienced in D.R.Congo favors all the tourism activities of the country with a wet season in the months of October to December where the permit is even sold at half the price that is 200 USD. The drier months are from January to March, then June to September and this is the busiest season with many tourists flocking into the country as it is easier to trek through the thick forest and also clear views of the park in the drier times.
Virunga national park is the only national park with a gorilla orphanage which you can visit at a free cost. This is the only chance you can get to spend enough time with the gorillas and this is free to the Mikeno lodge clients so be sure to book yourself into Mikeno lodge so that you enjoy this package.
Why tourists visit Virunga national park? Now you know why to opt to book a tour to Virunga with us. You can either fly into the country directly and land at Goma airport or fly into Kigali International airport and drive 4 hours to Gisenyi and cross to the Grande Barrier which is the meeting point of all the visitors of the park and also where you meet the convoy.
There are other packages you can check out if you are interested in visiting Virunga, for example, the 4 days Mikeno Mist package, the Great Ape package, the Virunga expedition package, the Virunga classic package or even the Rutshuru expedition that is the package that lets you explore the most of Virunga national park.