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Range Name(s): Virunga Mountains, Горы Вирунга     Geology: Volcanic
Max. Elevation: 4 519 m / 14 826 ft     Snow Line: Please update
Region(s): Africa     Average Length: 93 miles / 149 km
Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo: Nord Kivu; Rwanda: Northern Province; Uganda: Western Region; Democratic Republic of the Congo: Nord Kivu; ... Read more     Average Width: Please update
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Parent Range: Great African Rift Valley     Nearest Airport(s): Kigali International Airport (KGL);
National Park(s): Virunga National Park;     Convenience Center(s): Kigali;

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Parks landscape is unique even for the African varieties, bamboo groves, grassy savannas, rainforests, papyrus swamps growing on lava plateau glaciers and snow, all this is striking with its beauty. Virunga National Park is unrivalled in its diversity of landscapes and ecosystems. The parks bounderies envelop low land tropical forest and high alpine forest; riverine forest around the Semliki and Rutshuru rivers; swamplands around lake Edward, savannah north and south of the lake; montane forest on the hills of the Virunga volcanoes and old (and new) lava flow landscapes. The nightly glow from the lava lake within the Nyiragongo volcano can be seen from miles away. You can stay overnight and sleep on the summit in the Nyiragongo Crater Cabanes with a view over the largest lava lake in the world.... Read more

DESCRIPTION Edit

The Virunga mountain chain includes eight major volcanoes. Virunga mountain, mostly hidden with cloud haze are very impressive, because of the size: chain of volcanoes stretching for tens of kilometers, six of which, extinguished long ago, are arranged in two groups of three, while the other two slightly distanced – still active, acting threateningly and smoke. Nyiragongo (3462 m) and Nyamuragira – located on the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Karisimbi, the highest mountain (4507 m), located in the centre of the ridge and almost year-round crowned hat of white snow, because of what was called - white cowrie shell. Nearby is the peak Bisoke (3711 m) – home of famous black and critically endangered mountain gorilla, which is under close supervision of scientists.
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LOCATION Edit

This volcanic mountain group located in the central part of the African continent between lakes Kivu and Edward, on the border of the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

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• The park was founded in 1925 by King Albert I of Belgium and originally known as Albert National Park, the first national park on the continent of Africa. It was founded primarily to protect the gorillas living in the forests of the Virunga Mountains controlled by the Belgian Congo, but later expanded north to include the Rwindi Plains, Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountains in the far north.... Read more

 

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