Virunga Vision: Preserving Virunga National Park, DR Congo

Welcome to Virunga National Park “French: Parc National des Virunga” formerly named Albert National Park, is a 7,800 km2 (3,000 sq mi) National Park that stretches from the Virunga Mountains in the south to the Rwenzori Mountains in the north, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, bordering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

The park was established in 1925 as Africa’s first national park and has been a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site since 1979. In recent years, poaching and the Congo Civil War have seriously damaged its wildlife population. The park is managed by the Congolese National Park Authorities, the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), and its partner, the Virunga Foundation, formerly known as the Africa Conservation Fund (UK). The current park director, since 2008, is the Belgian Prince Emmanuel de Merode.

Virunga National Park remains deeply committed to the “vision” of developing a world class tourism destination and we are positive that they will relaunch this extraordinary tourism destination in Africa.