Biodiversity

When you mention Virunga, the first thing that usually goes through anyone’s mind are the eight volcanoes and the gorillas. And yes these may be the key things that Virunga has to offer that there is a lot more to Virunga than just the Volcanoes and the gorillas.

Virunga national park is the beginning of conservation in Africa and when you go there I promise you will not be disappointed.

Virunga’s animal concentration is second to none in the world. There is also a good plant species concentration with over 2000 plant species recorded with about 15% of the entire Virunga conservation area endemic to the Albertine rift area.

The tropical forests have provided a good habitat to wild life in the area. This park has more animals than any other national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

There about 218 mammal species roaming in the park, when you visit you will also have chance to see over 706 bird species that have been recorded in the park. There are also 78 amphibians and 109 reptiles.

There are also about 22 primate species of which three of them are endangered and highly sought after: The mountain gorillas, the lowland gorillas and the eastern chimpanzee.