How To Get To Virunga National Park
How to get to Virunga National Park Congo: Virunga National Park is located in the beautiful Democratic Republic of Congo the ideal place that offers tourists with the incredible safari. Virunga national park is known as Congo’s top safari destination for the mountain gorillas. Virunga National Park is the right destination where the tourists can carry out gorilla trekking safari, where tourists get to sight on the left gorilla species in the world.
Virunga national park is Congo’s oldest national park that was established in 1925.The Park is located in the eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo and covers a total land area of about 8090 square kilometers. And it’s gazetted as a national park mainly to protect and conserve the wildlife species in the park like the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants and among others including the bird species.
Virunga national park is a home of over 218 animal species, numerous numbers of the primate species like the black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, red tailed monkeys, chimpanzees and among others. Virunga national park is a home of over 706 bird species like the mountain sooty Boubou, yellow white-eye, Mackinnon’s shrinke and many others.
Getting to Virunga National Park.
Travelers travelling to Virunga National Park in Congo can easily access the park either by using the road transport and air transport. But either way the travelers who opt to travel by road transport experience the best opportunities of the serene viewing of Congo as in the process of road trip.
By Road transport.
Road transport is such very adventurous way the travelers can access Virunga National Park by road, as the park can be accessed by travelers from Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. As the tourists accessing the national park from Uganda they drive from Kisoro town then to Goma town through the Congo-Uganda border at Bunagana. Due to the fact that the route is a bit long therefore the travelers are advised that they will spend night in Kisoro town. And then the next morning it will take the travelers one hour to drive to Virunga national park from Goma.
At a certain extent there is another alternative that travelers can use and still access Virunga national park from Rwandan side. The travelers can fly into Kigali international Airport in Rwanda. And then proceed to Gisenyi town in western Rwanda. From Gisenyi town the travelers can head to Goma town using ‘Le Grand Barrier’ border. And this takes a total time of 4 hours for travelers drive from Kigali airport to Virunga Park in Congo.
Again Virunga national park can be accessed from Bukavu in Congo. This route is best for the tourists that have trekking gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega national park. This takes tourists to use 5 to 6 hours and it’s the right route where the visitors can experience a sight the scenic views along the way including the beautiful landscapes, lakes and among others.
You are reminded that before crossing the Goma border the visitors present their Congo visas to the immigrant officials and if you fail to present one you can purchase one from the border. To avoid the inconveniences you are requested to purchase one before the time of travelling. Then the tourists that wish to get the visa to Congo are advised to have the essential requirements like valid yellow fever car, valid passport, gorilla trekking permit in case you want to carry out gorilla trekking in Virunga national park.
By Air transport.
Travelling to Virunga national park by air transport fly to Goma International Airport. The Ethiopian Airlines offers travelers direct flights from Kigali international Airport to Goma Airport. Then upon your arrival you can be picked by officials from Virunga national park and transferred to park’s headquarters in Bukima.
From Goma airport to Virunga national park it will take the travelers one hour drive. Also another option the visitors can fly into Kigali airport in Rwanda, then drive to Gisenyi town and to the border to Goma. This takes travelers 3 to 4 hours to get to Virunga. The visitors visiting Virunga national park are required to present the Congo Tourist Visa, valid yellow fever card, valid passport, gorilla trekking in case you want to carry our gorilla trekking in Virunga national park.
Where to stay in Virunga National Park.
Travelers visiting Virunga National Park are provided with the comfortable accommodation facilities ranging from Budget to Mid-range then to Luxury accommodation facilities like Nyiragongo Summit Shelter, Bukima Tented Camp, Mikeno Lodge, Virunga Homestays, Virunga Lodge, Virunga Hotel and Campsite, Lulimba Tented Camp and among others.
Book your charming gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park and enjoy the best safari moments of being close to the giant of apes in such magical style where you will have unforgettable Congo safari memories.
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