Virunga National Park To Re-Open For Tourism

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January 21, 2019
Virunga National Park To Re-Open For Tourism

After seven months of non-operating, Virunga national park is yet to be reopened for tourists. The world’s oldest national park was closed in June 2018 owing to the increased insecurity fears especially in the eastern province of Congo. The latest incident that led to the closure of gorilla-watching tours in Congo was the kidnap of…

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DRC To Ship Gorillas to Zimbabwe

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January 2, 2019
DRC To Ship Gorillas to Zimbabwe

Following the closure of Virunga national park for Congo gorilla safaris and Mt Nyiragongo hiking tours, Congo is in pending deals to donate mountain gorillas to Zimbabwe. The gorilla transfer idea was introduced in September 2018 when Zimbabwe parks and Wildlife management Authority (Zimparks) disclosed that Zimbabwe would soon receive a donation of mountain gorillas…

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Congo Creates a New National Park For Gorillas & Elephants

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December 1, 2018
Congo Creates a New National Park For Gorillas & Elephants

As a rescue to the closed gorilla safaris to Virunga national park, Congo has created a new national park named Ogooue-Leteki with a sole purpose of sheltering gorillas and forest elephants. Virunga national park was closed for tourism in May 2018 following the kidnap of travelers and the killing of rangers in the park. Ogooue-Leketi…

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DR Congo Tourism Now Looks to Kahuzi-Biega

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September 1, 2018
DR Congo Tourism Now Looks to Kahuzi-Biega

DR Congo Tourism Now Looks to Kahuzi-Biega Following the closure of Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park till 2019, all gorilla safaris to Congo have diverted to Kahuzi Biega national park. Virunga national park in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was closed in May 2018 due to insecurity concerns associated with kidnap and killing of…

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DRC to Start Oil Mining in Virunga &Salongo Forest Reserve

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July 17, 2018
DRC to Start Oil Mining in Virunga &Salongo Forest Reserve

DRC Prioritizes Oil Mining Over Conservation While travelers and tour operators wait for 2019 when Virunga national park is expected to open again for gorilla trekking and other tourism activities to start, the government has instead prioritized oil mining over conservation. The government of Congo has passed a decision to degarzette some parts of Virunga…

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