Congo Gorilla Trekking Guide, Congo Safari tours, Travel Ideas, Advice and Safari Planners
Welcome to Congo national parks guide offering relevant travel information about gorilla trekking in congo which include the mountain gorilla tours, Eastern Lowland gorilla tours, Western lowland gorilla tours in the various national parks of congo that include virunga national park , odzala national park , kahuzi biega national , maiko national park & nouabale ndoki national park.
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Where to go gorilla trekking in Congo – Gorilla Safaris Congo
As its well known that the most risk all travelers wish to take when visiting democratic republic of congo is the gorilla trekking which is divided into species and all located in different national parks within congo , Mountain gorillas are found in the virunga Mountains , Eastern Lowland gorillas found in Kahuzi Biega national park & Maiko National Park , Western lowland gorillas found in Nouabal Ndoki National Park & Odzala National Park .
Why Gorilla Trekking is a Must Do safari Activity while on An African Safari Holiday.
Gorilla trekking is one of the prominent Safari activities enjoyed by most travellers since it is an Adventurous journey taking you through the heart of Africa ( East Africa & Central Africa). Apart from Mountain gorillas being more known to be found in Rwanda and Uganda, Democratic republic of congo has the biggest number of gorillas with both the Mountain & Eastern Lowland gorillas , so travelers wishing to have an comparison gorilla safari, congo is the best gorilla safari destination for comparison safari holiday .
Congo is also blessed with the most adventurous attraction-”The lowland gorillas” that has blown the minds of most tourists. Congo Gorilla trekking is done in three destinations which include; Maiko national parks , parc de national Kahuzi biega which is known for Eastern lowland gorillas trekking safaris having 400 species with 9 habituated groups from which only five groups is open for trekking to visitors. Yet In virunga national park is famous for Mountain gorillas which total up to 400 species divided into 8 groups whose groups are all exposed for trekking.
Kahuzi Biega National Park, situated near the Western bank of lake kivu and Rwanda border, is a protected area close to bukavu town in the Eastern area of the Democratic republic of Congo.The parks is famous for its Eastern lowland gorillas with available families for guests to trek, as most travelers prefer Rusizi Border of Rwanda when crossing to Kahuzi Biega National Park.The Eastern gorillas is a sub species of Eastern gorillas, which is endemic to the mountainous forests of the Eastern DRC.
How to Book a Gorilla Permit in Congo
As gorilla trekking safari is a must have gorilla permit that is sold by Virunga Foundations or Kahuzi Biega national Park. During the planning process for the congo gorilla safari , You need gorilla permit to allow you access the virunga mountains. Congo Safari Comapanies provides relevant gorilla permit booking information for Democratic republic of congo in general including the gorilla trekking rules and regulations to enable the conservation of the gorillas. Get the right information about how to book a gorilla permit for your gorilla trekking safari in congo, gorilla permit booking will require you to book the gorilla permit a few months in advance.
Usually you have to obtain a gorilla permit several months in advance. We always advise at least 5 months in advance or prior to your visit. While booking a gorilla tour, always pay your gorilla permit fee in advance to enable us acquire it for you.
Gorilla trekking is guaranteed only when you acquire a permit. Congo gorilla permits are very competitive and scarce most especially during peak seasons of June, July, August, September, December and February due to the move by the Rwandan development Authority to increase the gorilla permit. Sometimes gorilla tracking permits get sold out four months in advance so need to book your gorilla permits 3-4 month in advance.
Tips for Planning a Gorilla Safari in Congo
1.Purchase a gorilla permit in advance, with a trusted company whereby they will be able to arrange your bookings of accomodations close to the park, arrange your transportation details and work out your whole gorilla safari cost,because there are not as many tour companies as in Uganda and Rwanda. Eastern lowland as well as mountain gorilla safaris is an incredible safari adventure, running after wildlife adventure in Africa and the whole world.This gorilla permit costs $400usd, which includes the national park entry fee which is cheaper than in the other two countries. The mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park and Eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega national park can be visited at any time of year, as you enjoy the deep breath and eventual guide to Eastern Lowland and mountain gorillas, although some paths are hard to navigate during the wet season from May to October.
2.Carry a yellow fever card. Before you travel, it is important to get a yellow fever injection, as you will not be allowed to enter the DRC without proof of this injection. Hepatitis A, typhoid, meningitis, and rabies injections, as well as anti-malarials are also recommended.
3.You must apply in advance for the required visa to enter the DRC, which costs $100USD .
4.Always set off to the jungle with the right equipment/what to pack The jungle hike can be long and tidious, so you will need sturdy trekking shoes, wool or moisture-wicking socks, comfortable hiking clothes, rain gear, a first aid kit and a lightweight backpack that has room for plenty of water and snacks. A waterproof camera is also highly recommended since nothing ruins a good camera like a jungle downpour.
Gorilla trekking regulations- Gorilla Safari Dos and Donts
– Only a maximum of eight individuals per day are allowed to trek. This helps to reduce the spreading of diseases from humans to the mountain gorillas.
– Only those over 15 years of age are allowed to trek.
– Gorilla trekking can only take place between 8am and 7pm.
– You are only allowed to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas.
-No scanned copies of the gorilla permits will be issued, all you need to know is that the park reserves the gorilla permit thus basing on amutual trust.