Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park is a 7800 square kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the is the second oldest national park in the world and the oldest in Africa, established in 1925. It is the most diverse national park on the African continent that boasts savannas, lava plains, swamps, erosion valleys, forests, active volcanoes and the ice fields of the Rwenzori Mountains. Among Virunga’s numerous species of wildlife, the park is home to approximately 200 of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas that live on the slopes of the Virunga volcano range which includes active Nyiragongo volcano and the largest lava lake in the world.
Africa’s first national park survived decades of chaos against all the odds, not because of circumstance but because of the dedication of the rangers and staff who believe in the value of saving Virunga National Park and its wildlife.