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Gorilla trekking in beautiful Virunga National Park, DRC was AMAZING! Got to hang out with the Humba family, including this fluffy little baby. There are less than 900 mountain gorillas left in the wild, and they can be visited from DRC, Uganda or Rwanda. It's expensive but so worth it to see these amazing animals in the wild and contribute towards their conservation❤️
Respect ◇ By @WorldShares Artist @AdamKieferPhoto: It’s so rare to get a Silverback to acknowledge your presence on a gorilla trek, let alone look directly into the camera lens. They command ultimate respect, especially when you’re about 1.5 meters away like I was when I made this photograph. ◇ Tag @WorldShares, use #worldshares, tell me that you want to be featured and nominate your favorite artists ◇ Founder @CollinsPhotographs
Bit grainy, shot on iPhone. You get the idea though...Nyiragongo's vast lava lake smouldering against the cloud of smoke/ash rising into night sky above Virunga National Park, DRC. The red glow varies as the lake shifts and pops. #virunganationalpark #virunga #africa #congo #volcano #drcongo #explore #beer #ale
Crossed (somewhat anxiously) into the DRC today. Goma, the largest eastern city of the Congo, home to a million Congolese according to the border 'fixer' who negotiated a swift, bribe free transit. 2002 saw Nyiragongo erupt, decimating most of the city, the residents to this day are reclaiming land from the dark volcanic rock, fragments of which are everywhere. The photo of the volcano was taken well outside the city limits, 60mph pyroclastic lava flow rushed toward the unaware population. The volcano has remained docile since, I'm looking forward to the hike and night on the 11,400ft crater rim. A nervous transit to the tented lodge on the edge of the Virunga National Park, two armed rangers accompanied us in the hardworking Defender 110. Incredible landscape, more instaspam to come... for now it's Simba time, the local beer; a silky, rich golden drink, sturdy 5%, gentle fizz and only in 65cl bottles it's a session/driving beer... #virunga #virunganationalpark #drc #drcongo #africa #congo #volcano #nyiragongo #travel #adventure #explore #ale #beer #brewery
This Sentinel-1 radar composite image features the Virunga Mountains in East Africa: a chain of volcanoes stretching across Rwanda’s northern border with Uganda and east into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  While most are dormant, two of the eight volcanoes are active, with the most recent eruptions in 2006 and 2010.  The mountains are on the Albertine Rift, where the Somali Plate is splitting away from the rest of the African continent. The area is one of Africa’s most biologically diverse regions, but high human population density, poverty and conflict pose a challenge to conservation. Across the mountain range, however, a series of national parks has been established to protect the fauna and flora.  In this image, we can easily identify the delineation between the protected and non-protected lands – the green, orange and yellow dots indicate changes in the surface of non-protected lands between the radar scans that make up this composite image. These changes are primarily in vegetation as the land surrounding the mountains is blanketed with agricultural plots.  In particular, we can see the grid-like pattern of agriculture is visible in the green and yellow square at the centre of the image.  #povertyday #earthfromspace #copernicus #sentinel #sentinel1 #satelliteimage #radarimage #virungamountains #africa #volcanoes #rwanda #uganda #congo #eruptions #mountains #albertinerift #somaliplate #africancontinent #biologicaldiversity #humanpopulation #poverty #conflict #conservation #nationalparks #virunganationalpark #fauna #flora #vegetation  Copyright: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
Despite Australia's travel ban to the Democratic Republic of the Congo 🇨🇩 it did not deter us in our quest to meet the gorillas 🦍On this fortunate day we made the trek into the jungle to meet a family of 10 incredible silverback gorillas. This will remain one of the most memorable heart stopping experiences of my life... The Virunga National Park rangers in the Congo risk their lives to protect both the park & gorillas. The VNP has lost 160+ rangers over the last 20yrs & 3 of those were killed on a routine check 2wks after we left by the Mai-Mai militia. Visit www.virunga.org to learn about the history & challenges the park faces. I hope the children of our generation & the next are fortunate enough to experience what we did. By supporting those dedicated to the protection of the park and gorillas we will preserve this future @virunganationalpark . . . . . . #virunga #virunganationalpark #drc #congo #virungarangers #silverbacks #gorilla #trek #wanderingwoman #womanoftheworld #grateful #travelgram #goexplore #instatravel #adventureofalifetime
This Envisat radar image features a chain of volcanoes called the Virunga Mountains that stretch across Rwanda’s northern border with Uganda and east into the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The area pictured is part of the Albertine Rift, one of Africa’s most biologically diverse regions. The combination of high human population density, poverty and conflict poses a challenge to conservation. Across the mountain range, however, a series of national parks has been established to protect the fauna and flora. This image was created by combining three Envisat radar acquisitions from 27 March 2003, 5 January 2006 and 12 August 2010 over the same area.  #povertyday #envisat #satellite EarthObservation #radarimage #satelliteimage #chain #volcanoes #virungamountains #rwanda #uganda ##congo #albertinerift #africa #biologicaldiversity #humanpopulation #poverty #conflict #nationalparks #virunganationalpark #fauna #flora  Copyright: ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
An afternoon in the rainforest.
Its a long clip - but here's some blue monkeys wrestling on our lodge deck in #virunga #virunganationalpark  #bluemonkey 🐵❤
Keeping an eye on you..... #mountaingorilla #virunga #jungle #virunganationalpark #amazing #congo #africa #travel #behappy
📸 taken by @deeperafrica Wil Smith at 2am.  Wil is working on a few Virunga projects for next year! @virunganationalpark  #ethicaltourism #ecotourism #travel #africa . . . . .  #congo #bukima #gorillatrekking #conservation #nyiragongo #volcano #explore #vegan #fitness #trekking #hiking #camping #hike #climbing #wanderlust #natutelovers #tourism #gorilla #drc #adventure #virunga #visitvirunga #nature  #virunganationalpark @natgeo @natgeotravel @rei @furthermore #optoutside #outdoors
It’s not where you go, it’s who you meet along the way. • • • • • #virunganationalpark #goma #drc #congo #democraticrepublicofcongo #travel #womenwhotravel #travelphotography #meetingthelocals #children #adventure #newfriends #selfie
Repost from @virunganationalpark An infant mountain gorilla from the Humba family stares towards one of our visitor groups during a recent trek. The Humba family are one of the park's habituated groups, meaning they are used to being around humans. To find out more about visiting Virunga's mountain gorillas, go to visit virunga.org or click the link in our bio. #mountaingorilla #gorilla #virunga #visitvirunga #virunganationalpark #wonderlust #wildlifephotography
An infant mountain gorilla from the Humba family stares towards one of our visitor groups during a recent trek. The Humba family are one of the park's habituated groups, meaning they are used to being around humans. To find out more about visiting Virunga's mountain gorillas, go to visit virunga.org or click the link in our bio. #mountaingorilla #gorilla #virunga #visitvirunga #virunganationalpark #wonderlust #wildlifephotography
Nyiragongo in Virunga National Park, DRC last erupted in 2002, decimating much of the nearby city of Goma. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world 😱

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