Activities in Virunga National Park
Activities in Virunga National Park: Virunga national park has attracted a number of tourists interested in visiting Congo in order to tour Africa’s oldest national park which has a lot to offer for rewarding experiences. The improvement of the security measures at the park premises and the fact that tourists are well taken care of, it has attracted a number of tourists to visit the park to take part in the Congo safaris but the different activities in virunga national park have also played a major role in attracting tourists to take part in the Congo Safari.
Gorilla trekking is one of the activities in Virunga National Park that you can take part for rewarding experiences during your Congo Safari. In order to access the habituated gorilla families in the park, you will have to hike Mount Mikeno to access the gorilla families. You will be able to understand the gentle giants in the park by spending one hour with them understanding their behaviour. You will get to spend an hour with the primates observing their behaviour, how they co-exist with one another, and their grooming patterns among other interesting facts about the primate species. As part of your gorilla trekking experience in virunga national park you can choose to take part in visiting the Senkwenkwe gorilla orphanage where you will get to see how the orphanage has tried to protect a number of gorillas especially the infants that lost their parents through poaching and smuggling therefore the orphanage was established to protect, give a second life to the infants whose parents were killed by poachers. At the orphanage, you will get to see how skilled personnel take care of the infants, how they feed them and if you’re interested you can volunteer for a day b taking care of the infants making them feel loved among other activities that will make your gorilla trekking experience in virunga national park quite memorable.
Among the memorable activities in virunga national park, you should not miss out on taking part in chimpanzee trekking one of the most rewarding activities that will give you the opportunity to understand as you observe the behaviour of the primates in the wild. It should be noted that there are a number of habituated chimpanzee troops which makes it easier for tourists to take in the activity because of the fact the primates are accustomed to human presence. You will get to understand their feeding patterns and behaviours by observing what they eat for instance edible leaves, wild celery, wild fruit and in rare occasions small insects like caterpillars you will also observe their grooming patterns of the primates in the park among a number of interesting features of the primates.
Get the ultimate experience of participating in Chimpanzee habituation which will give you the chance to take part in the process of training the chimpanzees to get accustomed to human presence thus the chimpanzee habituation process which involves accompanying a group of researchers and trainers to train the primates to get used to human presence and it should be noted that the activity takes nearly the whole day which will give you the opportunity to understand the behaviour of the primates, how they react during the habituation process, how they react during the training, how they react to the trainers among their different reactions that will make you an amazing experience during the activity in the park.
Guided nature walks
There are a number of rewarding activities in Virunga National park but one of the most neglected but rewarding activities are the guided nature walks that will ensure you are rewarded with the most rewarding views during the different walks in the park. it should be noted that the park is home to a number of animals species that you will get to see grazing in the plains, exceptional views of the virunga mountains and breathtaking views of a number of drainage features like river Congo, a number of lakes and not forgetting primate species like the black and white colobus monkeys, dent’s monkey, vervet monkey, mona monkey, golden monkeys and so on, bird species like the long-crested eagle handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Batis Dusky turtle love, paradise flycatcher, archer’s ground robin, African Rwenzori, double collared sunbird, marsh harrier, Ruwenzori turaco, common moorhen Ruwenzori nightjar, grey throated tit and the dusky crimson wing among other bird species soaring in the sky which will make the activity memorable.
Mount Nyiragongo hike
Hiking Mountain Nyiragongo is one of the most interesting activities in virunga national park that you can take part in for an amazing time during their Congo safari. Mount Nyiragongo is one of the eight virunga mountains and one of the most active mountains in the world that you can hike in order to have exhilarating views of the lava lake at the peak of the mountain.
During mount Nyiragongo hike you will come across the different impacts of the different eruptions on the environment and as you get to the summit, you will have a closer look of the lava lake at a safe distance. You will have the chance to see lava boiling underneath the earth’s crust which is one of the most rewarding experiences and the climax of your hike.