Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo – Institut Congolais Pour la Conservation de la Nature

Welcome to Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is the oldest national park in Africa which is a home to mountain gorillas in Africa. This park is part of the chain of the Virunga mountains that are shared by 3 countries. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, you find the Virunga National Park, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

The park has got high concentration biodiversity of wildlife and bird species that attract a lot of tourists to Democratic Republic of Congo. It is Institut Congolais Pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) protecting the wildlife species in Virunga National Park.

About the Institut Congolais Pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN)

Who We Are

Our mission defines us: we protect and value the great diversity of habitats and the exceptional biodiversity sheltered by the oldest national park of the African continent. The Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) is the Authority that manages the Natural Parks and Protected Areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Below are some of the missions of the Institut Congolais Pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) and among of then includes:

  • Management and conservation of biodiversity
  • Promoting scientific research
  • The development of ecotourism in the context of conservation
  • The development of populations living around protected areas

Virunga National Park

The Virunga National Park is the first Natural Park to be established on the entire African continent, in 1925. It has an incomparable diversity of habitats and an exceptional biodiversity that have allowed it to receive the recognition of World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


The Park staff consists of ICCN officials and national and international experts in technical support to state structures provided by the African Conservation Fund (ACF), an English-law organization founded in 2005 with the aim of supporting the protection efforts of the Virunga Park.


The Park receives vital funding for the implementation of its activities from several partners, of which the European Union is the main institutional donor.

News in Virunga National Park

  • The alternative energy program
  • Meet the Mikeno Lodge team
  • The Park sets up a fund to support the widows of the guards
  • List of guards killed in an attack
  • Music stands in Kibumba

Our Activities

We work for a tourism development that promotes the economic and social development of communities, through multiple projects in the area of education, health, infrastructure, energy and community conservation.


Tourism in Virunga National Park represents an important source of income for North Kivu and the national economy, with large growth margins in perspective: useful information for visits and better knowledge.


The Virunga National Park (PNVi) has an incomparable diversity of habitats and exceptional biodiversity that has allowed it to be recognized as a World Heritage Site. In recent years the park is being rehabilitated with the support of the European Union.

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