Guide to Congo gorilla safari & Gorilla trekking DR congo 2018
Welcome to the congo gorilla trekking guide featuring gorilla permits in congo, gorilla groups in virunga, kahuzi biega national park, what to pack, gorilla trekking clothes, safari planning to congo, reliable tour operators in congo.
In Democratic republic of congo is the only country in the world where mountain gorilla & Eastern lowland gorilla tracking can be enjoyed by visitors while visiting democratic republic of congo for an ultimate african safari experience, visit the mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park & Eastern Lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park that are well known to be open for Gorilla Trekking adventures to congo once booked with Congo Safari Company.
Virunga National Park, is the home for the endangered mountain gorillas,Virunga National Park is located within the Democratic Republic of Congo and is listed under the a UNESCO Heritage site, gorilla trekking & nyiragongo hiking adventure can be the most wonderful safari activity recommended to travelers that select to visit mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park.
Virunga National Park is located in a region that is often troubled by unrest. In the last three years, the southern sector of Virunga National Park (gorillas and volcano) has been considered safe for visitors with over a 100 tourists visiting these sites every month.
An Adventure to Virunga National Park in democratic republic of congo comes with the two most loved safari activity that include the mountain gorilla trekking & climb volcanic Mount Nyiragongo within Virunga National Park, camping on the crater rim above the world’s largest lava lake before heading into the forests of the national park in search of the critically endangered mountain gorillas and the dedicated rangers who protect them, these safari activity can be done interchangeably depending on the travelers interests and needs like the case in point is that you cant cross from Rwanda and do gorilla trekking the same day yet you can cross from Rwanda early morning and start the nyiragongo hike.
The Rwenzori mountains are also open for tourists and can be reached from Beni in the North of the park. The management of Virunga National Park is emphasize the importance that all visitors be aware of current security issues at the time of their visit. Before organizing a gorilla & Nyiragongo Safari trip to Virunga National Park, it is wise to inform yourself on the security situation, check for the latest independent news feeds on this region, as well as detailed information on the parks activities outside tourism.
Kahuzi biega national park
Unlike the case for the mountain gorilla trekking which can be also done in Rwanda and Uganda, its a different case for the eastern lowland gorillas as gorilla trekking can only be done in Kahuzi biega & Maiko National Park only found in Democratic republic of congo.
Kahuzi Biega national park is home to some of the last remaining populations of Eastern lowland gorillas in the wild. There were an estimated 600 living in the park in 1990, but there are only believed to be a couple hundred still alive after the tumultuous fighting of the 1990s and 2000s.
Kahuzi Biega National park is located in the eastern arm of dr congo with the nearest town being Bukavu , which is at the shoes of lake kivu. Travelers that wish to compare the difference between the Mountain gorillas and eastern lowland gorillas can extend their vacation by taking a boat to connect from Goma to Bukavu via the Idjwi island in congo.
Kahuzi Biega forest reserve was established around Mount Kahuzi in 1937 and later a larger Kahuzi-Biega National Park was established in 1970. The park became a World Heritage Site in 1980 to protect 200-300 eastern lowland (Grauer’s) gorilla occurring mainly in the forests at 2,100-2,400 m, but also in the lower rainforest. The ‘mosaic’ of biotypes makes the park an excellent gorilla habitat. Other primates include eastern chimpanzee, and numerous Cercopithecinae and Colobinae. Other mammals include elephant, forest hog and many antelope and duiker. The most important lovely activities done in Kahuzi Biega Park are the Chimpanzee Tracking , Gorilla Trekking , Nature Walks and Visiting the lwiro chimpanzee sanctuary not forgetting to mention the visit the the falls.
The Congolese people are extremely friendly and helpful and the eastern Congo is a lush and enormous landscape of beautiful mountains and lakes – simply gorgeous!Kahuzi-Biega National Park is the last major sanctuary of Grauer’s lowland gorillas. They are larger and potentially more endangered than the mountain gorillas of western Rwanda and D.R. Congo north of Lake Kivu. A visit to Kahuzi-Biega National Park is high-adventure travel to an environmental paradise!
What to expect on the day of Gorilla trekking in Kahuzi biega National Park
There are 13 species of primates in the Kahuzi biega national park , note that ltebero is situated in the low part of the national park and Kahuzi in the mountainous section.
On the day of gorilla trekking your advised to be at the park offices for briefing about the gorilla trekking rules and regulations to help you conserve the eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi biega. visit to gorillas that are habituated to human certainly is one of the most exciting experiences of African wildlife. Observing a group of gorillas, everyone will appreciate the different expression on the animals faces and distinguish various personalities among these big primates.
its advisable that you carry packed lunch with you from the hotel as the movement of these primates is subjective to the feeding season and gorilla trekking can even take about 6 hours.
What to Pack while coming for a congo safari
The packing list for travelers coming to democratic republic of congo for a gorilla safari either to Kahuzi Biega National Park or Virunga National Park will be subjective of other safari activities includes like as the case for some travelers that don’t wish to miss the chance to view the world’s largest lava lake in Virunga National Park.
- 220 volt adapters for your USB electronic devices and laptop computers. Download the Dict-0-French application for your Android or iPhone device.
- A Camelbak Ultraviolet water purification water bottle and two simple empty Nalgene bottles to hold extra water.
- A Sansbug or other indoor mosquito tent/net. Mosquito are not bad at KBNP but it is better to be ready.
- Mosquito repellent – wipes or small bottles for your aircraft hold luggage.
- Mosquito head net and brimmed rain hat – just in case.
- A good rain suit – This is the rain forest!
- The usual foreign travel medicines (Ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea, Pepto-Bismol, etc…). Just in case.
- A waterproof camera for the forest.
- A small LED flashlight.
- All of the batteries you might need.
- Wet-ones or other alcohol wipes.
- Toilet paper etc..
- Some LL Bean Duck Boots – 8 inches or higher.
- A towel, jackets etc…
- Thin sleeping bag or two blankets and two shee
Cost of Congo Gorilla permits in Kahuzi Biega & Virunga National Park
Visitors planning to visit the eastern lowland gorillas & Mountain Gorillas should book the gorilla trekking permit either through a reliable tour operator or with the party authority of Kahuzi Biega or Virunga National park and the Congo gorilla permits costs ($400) per person yet in some situation / seasons Virunga national Park offers discounts on gorilla permits of $$200 .
Will we definitely see Mountain gorillas & Eastern Lowland gorillas?
We definitely hope so! One of the highlights for congo gorilla safari to virunga national park & Kahuzi Biega National Park is to spend an hour with one of the gorilla families, whilst we can’t guarantee that your trip will be successful it is very rare for a group to miss out on this amazing experience.