Gorilla Trekking Congo
Gorilla trekking Congo
Gorilla trekking Congo is one of the big activities that should not miss on ones list of tour activities.
Even though Uganda and Rwanda are on the high level of Gorilla trekking, Democratic Republic of Congo also invites travelers for Gorilla trekking.
Mountain Gorillas share 98% of the human DNA. Trek deep in the impenetrable jungle to see the gorilla families in the wilderness.
The rangers and guides will accompany you into the park where the mountains Gorillas are inhabited. There experts in trekking so there is no need to fear.
The park headquarters is called Bukima. Virunga National park is a city out of Goma. The length to trek the mountain Gorillas is not clear since mountain Gorillas are wild animals which keep moving from place to place. They move with their families yet the rangers and guides go faster before the trek to trace their movement in less than an hour, however other times it takes much longer.
When you finally meet the Gorillas, you will be given one hour to see the mountain Gorillas as they roam around the forest, groom their young ones, feed, playing and many more.
Mountain Gorillas, are very intelligent animals. They are also called the Gorilla beringei beringei. They live in the two ranges of the Volcanoes national park in rwanda and the Virunga national park in east part of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Volcanoes national park in North western Rwanda and Mgahinga national park in the southwest part of Uganda, another sub species in found in Bwindi Impenetrable National park in the southwest part of Uganda.
Gorilla trekking in Congo is one of the activities you would not want to miss out in a lifetime.
Mountain Gorillas live in troops. A group of gorillas consists of 12 members to 30 and these include the silverback, females, young ones and black backs. It’s very amazing to be face to face with the mountain Gorillas.
The trekking takes starts at the park headquarters at Bukima patrol post for a briefing and as well to meet the rangers and guides.
Congo is not known in big number to be explored. Even if not for mountain Gorillas one can have an opportunity to hike the Nyiragongo Mountains.
Book your permit from a trusted tour operator who will give you full itinerary of Gorilla trekking in Congo.
Gorilla trekking in Congo will require you to Book your Gorilla permit which costs 400 USD. It’s the cheapest permit in all the countries inhabiting the mountain Gorillas including Rwanda and Uganda.
Visit the park throughout the year and specifically in wet seasons of May and October.
The visa to Congo is charged 100 USD however apply for it in advance.
Have a yellow fever vaccination card.
Gorilla trekking in Congo requires you to carry rain jackets for your trek , rain gears, woolen socks, first aid kit, cloths, trekking shoes, backpacks, snacks, water, camera, extra batteries and many more.
There also an open trek in Kahuzi Biega national park which if open for travelers.
Virunga national park can be accessed from different directions and one of them is from the Kisoro town in the southwest part of Uganda.
From Kisoro town it takes 2-4 hours drive from Kigali, 6-9 hours from Kampala.
Congo is a home to Mountain Nyiragongo inhabiting the world’s largest lava lake. One can hike nyiragongo and see the larva lake as it bubbles fumes. Clear views are seen at night by hikers. It’s also a home to mount Nyamuragira, the most active volcano which is part of the Virunga volcanoes and nature.
Gorilla trekking in Congo entails two types of Gorillas i.e. the lowland and mountain Gorillas. Both are found in Kahuzi Biega national park while the critically endangered mountain gorillas are found in Virunga national park.