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About Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park is situated in the DRC. The park is sadly not suited for backpacking tours due to the current political conflict in the DRC region.

Virunga National Park Budget Travel

Below is a list of Virunga National Park's top activities, click on the link to view all details and tours.

Gorilla Trekking in the DRC

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Airports

Virunga National Park airports are:
•Kinshasa International Airport

Birdlife

There are 706 species of Virunga National Park birdlife. The wetlands and areas within the park include herons, ibisis, egrets, bitterns, duck, geese, darters, cormorants, skimmers, shoebills, openbills, ospreys, gulls, francolins, warblers, weavers and pelicans.

Conservation

As a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site in a country ravaged by war, Virunga National Park conservation is highly important to protect the number of species which face major threat from habitat loss and more severely, poaching for the bush meat industry.

Malaria

Virunga National Park malaria medication includes the following:
•Mefloquine (Lariam)
•Doxycycline
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)

Money

Virunga National Park money and banking info includes:
•Banking hours are from Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 11h30
•Travelers cheques are generally not accepted outside of Kinshasa, and fees are very high
•Credit cards very seldom work except in major hotels in Kinshasa
•US Dollars are accepted in most cities and towns
•Domestic flight tickets can only be purchased with officially exchanged money

Plants

Virunga National Park plant life is comprised of dense rainforest, with additional savanna grasslands, low level woodlands, mangroves and flooded forests to be found.

Safety Tips


•Travel to the eastern and north eastern regions of DRC is not recommended at all under any circumstances
•Non-essential travel to the rest of DRC is not recommended at this time due to the high level of danger
•Crime and lawlessness is a huge problem in most areas, especially in the eastern parts
•Avoid crowds at all times, as political demonstrations are common and often turn violent
•Driving is a high-risk activity and hijackings are fairly common in most places

Travel Books

DRC recommended travel books include the following:
•Democratic Republic Of The Congo by Rita Milios
•Democratic Republic of the Congo: Cultures of the World Series by Jay Heale
•Enchantment of the World Series: Democratic Republic of the Congo by Terri Willis

Wildlife

Virunga National Park wildlife is rich and diverse, with large numbers of buffalo, civet, sable, cheetah, leopard, lion, antelope, 13 species of monkey, giraffe, rhino, duiker, forest pigs, Golden jackal, African wild cat, serval, manatee, hippo, lechwe and many other species to be found.

 

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