Virunga National Park is a national park in the Albertine Rift Valley in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was created in 1925 and is among the first protected areas in Africa. In elevation, it ranges from 680m in the Semliki River valley to 5,109m in the Rwenzori Mountains. Trekking the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the oldest National Park in Africa is a very special experience. The 7800 km2 National Park is the epitome of hardcore conservation and home to some of the most unique wildlife species on the continent. The lodge offers breathtaking views of Nyiragongo, the largest active lava lake in the world. We will also attempt to trek a family of Chimpanzees which normally reside in close proximity to the lodge, as well as spending time at Senkwekwe, the only Mountain Gorilla orphanage in the world.
Upon returning to Kigali, we will set aside time to visit the genocide memorial, which is my opinion is a must-see tribute to an estimated 1,000,000 people who lost their lives and off course to the family members, whom they left behind. Not only will this experience answer any questions you may have on what took place during this dark period in Rwanda’s history, but will also make you more so appreciate where this beautiful little country and her people find themselves today. This is of course optional.