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The Democratic Republic of Congo

Tread deep into the heart of this exotic land where mountains tower overhead, lava sprays from volcanoes and the thick jungle awaits.  If you have always had gorilla trekking on your must-do list, prefer to journey to less traveled places and be the first to explore new destinations, this is the place to go.  Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is stunningly beautiful and has one of the most bio-diverse places on earth with the greatest number of mammals, birds and reptiles in any protected area on the planet.  Home to about half of the world's mountain gorilla populations, Virunga is also where you can see the world's largest lava lake from the rim of Mt. Nyairangongo, one of the park's most active volcanoes.