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Virunga National Park: Tours & Tickets

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Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on the border of Uganda and Rwanda. Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park and is also the continent’s most biologically diverse protected...more
Virunga National Park, Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Staying in Virunga National Park and visiting the gorillas was one of the highlights of my entire life. The trek into see the family (we saw a 'new' family of about 25 gorillas, we were able to see about 14) was so beautiful and peaceful,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank RebaP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't let the outdated travel warnings deter you. We took the following three tours over 5 days and had an extraordinary time with no mishaps and without ever feeling unsafe: 1) Gorilla trek, 2) Nyiragongo volcano, 3) Tchegera island. The hospitality and service was exceptional,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank tjgoma
Reviewed 9 October 2019

it was an excellent experience here seeing all the wildlife at the national park, they had great staff and excellent African food we stayed there for a whole day and couldnt get everything done in that time i recomend it to everyone who goes to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank harryplummer13
Reviewed 4 October 2019 via mobile

To be able to spend close to two hours in the company of these gentle and dignified of great apes is nothing short of a privilege. And I feel grateful for having had the opportunity to visit the Rugendo and Humba families during my time...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank havecamerawiltravel
Reviewed 12 August 2019

We went in June 2019 for Gorilla tracking & Nyiragongo trek, booking directly via the park's website. Both trips were a fantastic experience, very well organized (plenty of guides and rangers to feel safe). Also the accommodation in Kibumba tented camp was absolutely top-class (5-star...More

Date of experience: June 2019
5  Thank Michal1500
Reviewed 5 July 2019

Seeing gorillas in DRC is a special experience, chance to get close to an amazing species. The mountain gorillas need this massive park to survive. The rangers and guides are incredibly committed to saving this species. They visit and protect every family, not just the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Sandra S
Reviewed 4 July 2019

We are SO glad that we chose to go to DRC and spend our tourism dollars there. Hopefully, others will hear of their commitment to safety and choose to go to Virunga, both for gorilla trekking (an absolutely mind-blowing experience) and volcano hiking. I found...More

Date of experience: June 2019
6  Thank Lisa J
Reviewed 16 June 2019

Virunga national park is an incredible place. I think if the security situation in the DRC was better it would be swarming with tourists. Despite all the travel warnings, I felt very safe for the whole trip. The park does an excellent job taking care...More

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank ericalc226
Reviewed 9 June 2019 via mobile

We booked our tour package directly with Virunga national park. We opted for the mount nyiragongo trek only because the gorilla tracking is cheaper in Uganda (although their gorillas are smaller apparently, so you get what you pay for). We stayed at gisenyi the night...More

Date of experience: June 2019
4  Thank euy18
Reviewed 28 May 2019 via mobile

If you are already here and reading this post, you should stop debating it, book through the park and go. I have visited nearly 50 countries and seen many incredible sights along the way, but Virunga may top all of them. Tchegera and Nyiragongo are...More

Date of experience: May 2019
6  Thank Venture320441
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21 October 2019|
Response from Lisa J | Reviewed this property |
Okapi Tours and Travel. Emmanuel takes super good care of you, and is very responsive by email.
6 September 2019|
Response from Kevin S | Property representative |
Dear Vijayanand180, 1) You can book your package by selecting the "Packages" tab at the top of the Visit Virunga page and clicking on Mikeno Mist. Booking directly through the Park ensures everything you spend is put back... More
Hello all I have applied to do a Mountain Gorilla trek in Virunga NP at the end of July, 2018. After booking the trek on the Virunga website, I used my purchase confirmation number to apply for a 2 week DRC visa. This was two months ago. I do realize that they won't issue a Visa unless it is within 3 months of actually traveling to the country, otherwise, the visa would be invalid. When I spoke to someone at the office, they told me that the staff would send the application over to immigration on May 8 and I would be eligible to have it by May 13. Since then, there was, of course, the kidnapping and the subsequent shutdown of all Gorilla trekking activities (until June 4, supposedly). I assume that this is most likely leading, in part, to the delay. However, my question is, has anyone ever not had their visa issued in time for their trip that led to not being able to cross over the border from Rwanda into Goma? Or delayed, at least to the point where the visa documents arrived just in time (which would have lead to a lot of undue stress, of course). I just have this feeling that somehow they will screw up. Any information and experiences on this topic would be helpful. Regards Tom
25 May 2018|
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Response from Timo S | Reviewed this property |
I am almost sure the delay is due to the incident. Mine was issued after about 10 days but that was before the security incident. I think After June 4th they will have more information. In any case, they are very good at... More