Tourism Update on Virunga National Park

Following a security incident on Friday 11 May 2018 Virunga National Park has taken the decision to halt tourism until June 4th.

The safety of our visitors is of the highest priority and our staff consistently assess the situation on the ground to ensure appropriate security protocols are in place.

The suspension of tourism is being undertaken as an additional precautionary measure whilst an investigation is undertaken surrounding the recent events.

We sincerely apologise to those visitors that have been impacted, and are committed to resolving their queries to the best of our ability. Our tourism team are on standby to discuss questions and provide options to guests who have visits pending or are considering coming to Virunga.

Since tourism was relaunched in 2014, the Park has received over 17,000 visitors, with world class guest accommodation and services. Tourism has provided essential employment opportunities to local communities, and is integral to supporting the Park’s ongoing development work.

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  1. Matt West May 14, 2018 Reply

    I have a trip there on July 7. Will I be able to enter the park?

  2. Igor May 16, 2018 Reply

    I am so sad for this ongoing threat and tragedy. I wish all the best to the Virunga park staff, for all the sacrifices you endure, be proud, be brave, and may a brighter future be granted to all of you.

  3. Melissa May 25, 2018 Reply

    Honestly, I am shocked at the incident. Two kidnapped Britons and a death of a guard—sounds totally unsafe. Things like that could cause considerable damage to the tourism in Virunga National Park. I hope you’ll recover from this sad accident soon. Is it going to be resumed on June 5th? I was actually planning a visit to the habitat of world’s quarter of mountain gorillaz. Thus, looking forward to the good news.

  4. Tama Adelman May 28, 2018 Reply

    I was in Virunga about 2 months ago. I am 71 yo and have travelled the world extensively. Virunga and the Gorillas are the highlight of all my travels. The people and place are beyond description with mere words. I am heartbroken this has happened and I hope Virunga is able to stabilize and once again offer this world treasure. With palms pressured together and head bowed to the park rangers.

  5. Charlene Matthews June 4, 2018 Reply

    Words will never come close to expressing how incredibly blessed I feel to have experienced a trip to Virunga. Truly one of the best experiences of my life! Sadden to hear the news, especially as we’ve only recently returned home. I wish all who work so hard making virunga great, a new day will come and you will be back on your feet again. You all are so very brave! An thank you for taking such great care of us, we hope to return one day soon xx

  6. Anny Pinto June 19, 2018 Reply

    I am very sad for the news but convinced you have taken the best decision for the Park, the animals and the communities in these circumstances. I hope the situation stabilizes soon and a new beginning starts for the Park. Your work is an inspiration for me. THANK YOU!

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