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  • 10 Facts About Mountain Gorillas

    10 Facts About Mountain Gorillas

    Mountain gorillas are the star attraction of the Virunga Region. Every year, thousands of travelers go on gorilla safaris into Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet these great apes! With lots of information shared about these amazing apes, here are some facts that you should know. Based on their name, mountain […]

  • Comparing Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo

    Comparing Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo

    Gorilla tours are without doubt, the most selling type of tours in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Thousands of tourists visit these three countries for gorilla trekking but most of the tours take place in Uganda and Rwanda. Through this article, you will learn about mountain gorillas, understand gorilla tracking and get a comparison of this […]

  • 10 Common Questions About Gorilla Trekking

    Gorilla Trekking is the main highlight of every visit to the Virunga Region. This popular adventure attracts lots of tourists. Here are the ten common questions about this adventure. How strenuous is gorilla tracking? Each gorilla trek is different as some of the gorilla families live in close proximity to the park’s entrances, while others […]

  • How to Book Gorilla Permits for Uganda & Rwanda

    Are you looking to planning a gorilla safari in Africa and travel independently? A gorilla permit is the single most important thing that determine your safari! Most guides establish that it is advisable to book gorilla permits at least 3 moths! However with the ever increasing requests for gorilla trekking permits, I can say that […]

  • Gorilla Trekking in Congo

    We carried out our gorilla trek adventure in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It began in the SUV ride up to the starting point, a rangers’ station in the mountains of the Virunga National Park outside the city of Goma. Because the DRC is less traveled than neighboring Uganda and Rwanda, people (and gorillas) there […]

  • Economic Importance of Virunga National Park

    Virunga National Park (Virunga) is recognized globally as a uniquely rich site for wildlife, but it is much more than that. Virunga is also a vital resource to local residents living in and around Africa’s oldest national park. Under present circumstances, Virunga’s estimated annual economic value is US$48.9 million. In a stable situation conducive to […]

  • Congo Militias Kill Two Rangers in Virunga National Park

    Militia groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have killed two park rangers in one of the world’s last sanctuaries for the endangered mountain gorilla, the park said on Monday. The third ranger is missing after the attacks on Saturday in Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. […]

  • On going Mountain Gorilla Census in Virunga Massif Region

    Currently, there is an on going mountain gorilla census within the Virunga volcano regions which stretches to cover national parks of Virunga in the Mikeno sector of Congo, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Mgahinga in Uganda. The major gist for conducting the census is to determine if the conservation efforts injected into gorilla conservation […]

  • Providing safe water to communities around Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda

    Water is one of the most basic necessities of life, but something that many people struggle to find within the Virunga Landscape. Annual rainfall is plentiful but water sources are rare due to the volcanic geology that either forces rainwater to quickly runoff or infiltrate deeply. The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), as part of […]

  • Propagating Seed Potatoes and Farmer-to-Farmer Training

    A potato crop is only as good as the seed potatoes that it was started with. In most cases in the Great Lakes region, the seed potatoes are, unfortunately, of poor quality and already harboring diseases such as late blight and bacterial wilt. In a previous post, we informed you of efforts being made by […]

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