|  Share | Cite


Virunga (vērŏngˈgä) [key], volcanic range of mountains, E Congo, N Rwanda, and SW Uganda, central Africa, NE of Lake Kivu. It extends along the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley and separates the basins of the Nile and Congo rivers. Karisimbi (14,786 ft/4,507 m) is the highest peak, and the range includes the active volcanoes Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira (Nyamulagira). Much of the range is now administered as national park land. It is also called the Mfumbiro range.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Virunga from Infoplease:

  • Nyiragongo - Nyiragongo Nyiragongo , active volcano (c.11,400 ft/3,475 m) of the Virunga range in E Congo near ...
  • Carl Ethan Akeley - Akeley, Carl Ethan Akeley, Carl Ethan , 1864–1926, American naturalist, animal sculptor, and ...
  • Karisimbi - Karisimbi Karisimbi, mountain, Africa: see Virunga.
  • Mfumbiro - Mfumbiro Mfumbiro, mountains, Africa: see Virunga.
  • Rwanda: Land and People - Land and People Most of Rwanda is situated at 5,000 ft (1,520 m) or higher, and the country has a ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: African Physical Geography