The Albertine Rift, Africa - John Seach


The Albertine Rift extends from 30 km north of Lake Albert to the southern tip of Lake Tanganyika.

The area includes the Rwenzori mountains containing Africa's third highest peak, the Virunga Volcanoes made famous by its mountain gorillas and active volcanoes, and Lake Tanganyika – Africa’s deepest lake.

The Albertine Rift is not only important for its biodiversity but also for its ecological processes. War and poaching have led to major decreases in the numbers of large mammals in these parks but most of the species are still present and could recover to former levels with good protection.

Civil wars over the past 30 years have prevented tourism development but when peace comes to the region there is enormous potential to develop world class tourism.