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Are you looking for a group tour to join to visit DR Congo to see the gorillas, we have a 3 Days DR Congo Gorilla Trekking Group Joining Tour June – September available and open for you to join for any dates. Gorilla trekking in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is a unique and exciting adventure that allows you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. It’s essential to plan your trip carefully to ensure a safe and memorable experience. Here’s an example of what a 3 Days DR Congo Gorilla Trekking Group Joining Tour June – September might look like:
Day 1: Arrival in DR Congo
- Arrive at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda or Goma International Airport in DR Congo, depending on your chosen itinerary.
- Meet your tour guide and group at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodation in Goma or a nearby town.
- Briefing and orientation about the gorilla trekking experience.
- Rest and prepare for the trekking adventure ahead.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park or Virunga National park
- Early morning breakfast.
- Transfer to the Virunga National Park headquarters in Bukima or Rumangabo.
- Registration and a pre-trek briefing by park rangers.
- Begin your gorilla trekking adventure in the lush rainforest, guided by experienced trackers and armed park rangers.
- Spend up to one hour observing a gorilla family in their natural habitat.
- Return to the starting point after the trek and have lunch.
- Rest and enjoy a relaxing evening at your accommodation.
Day 3: Departure
- Breakfast at your lodge.
- Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time to explore Goma or visit other nearby attractions, such as Lake Kivu.
- Transfer back to the airport for your departure, or continue with your onward journey if you have additional activities planned.
Please note that this is just a sample itinerary for 3 Days DR Congo Gorilla Trekking Group Joining Tour June – September, and actual tours may vary depending on the group size, and specific gorilla families visited and interests.
Remember to obtain all necessary permits and visas for your trip, as well as follow guidelines for responsible and sustainable gorilla trekking to protect these endangered species and their habitat. Additionally, check the latest travel advisories and safety recommendations for the DR Congo before planning your trip, as conditions can change due to political instability or other factors.
Where and how to See Gorillas in Congo
Gorillas in Congo are found in Virunga National Park that is home to the Mountain Gorillas, Kahuzi Biega National Park and Maiko National Parks home to the Eastern Lowland Gorillas and in the north that is Lesio Louna National Park home to the Western Lowland Gorillas which can be trekked by Boat.
About Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park is one of the most diverse tropical rain forest and oldest national park in Africa mostly famous for mountain gorilla trekking in DR Congo, among other activities done here include Nyirangongo volcano hike, bird watching, Nature walks, Chimpanzee tracking and Habituation. It should be noted that there three countries that have mountain gorillas in the whole world. These countries include Uganda, Democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda. Rwanda mountain gorillas are found in Volcanoes National Park, Uganda gorillas are found in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park while Congo mountain gorillas are located in Virunga National Park. All these national park are close to each other in what is termed as the virunga massif.
About Kahuzi Biega National Park
Kahuzi Biega National Park was created in 1970 and the first Lowland Gorilla trekking was done in 1973, when it come to Lowland gorilla trekking it ranks high, it was gazzeted to conserve the Grauer’s gorilla species the world’s largest gorilla species. The Eastern Lowland gorillas also known as Grauer’s gorillas is the largest of the largest of the four gorilla subspecies, trekking Eastern Lowland gorillas is done in Kahuzi Biega National park located in Congo 30kms from Bukavu town the can be accessed by road and air. The park was gazetted in 1970 and the first lowland gorilla trekking was done in 1973, this type of trekking is only done here and this makes the park rank high when it comes to the lowland gorilla trekking. The Park has 12 gorilla families and out of these only 2 gorilla families are habituated and they are open for visitors to trek. The families are called Chimanuka and Mugaruka both named after a dominant silver back, Chimanuka is famous for many visitors given it consist of one of the largest gorilla family in the world with over 36 gorilla individuals.
What is the best time visiting Congo?
Congo is located in the tropics and with this it experiences tropical climate and weather throughout the year, both Virunga and Kahuzi Beiga National Parks experience the same weather, with this both national Parks are prone to receiving uncertain rains any time of the day or week, good months to visit Congo for gorilla trekking are dry season months which occurs in the months of December, January, February, June, July, August and September during these months it always easy to walk through the trails which are drier compared to the wet months then as well the vegetations is not fully grown and this makes sighting of gorillas easy and more clear. Other months which are slightly wet that is March, April, May, October and November most travelers avoid visiting gorillas during these months because the vegetation is fully grown and trails are much slippery making the trekking much harder.
For tourists interested in visiting Congo for gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park have a special gorilla trekking offer during the wet season that is low season, during this time the gorilla permit costs USD200 per person per trek during the months from Mid-March to May and Mid-October to Mid-December (15th March to 15th May and 15th October to 15th December every year).
Where to stay in Congo for Gorilla trekking
Accommodations in Virunga National Park.
This ranges from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Bukima Tented Camp and Kibumba Tented Camp among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include Tchegera Island Camp and Lulimbi Tented Camp among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include Mikeno Lodge fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person. You let us know the best option that works for you and we will for availability and book you according.
Accommodation in Kahuzi Beiga National Park.
This ranges from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Hotel Begonias Bukavu, Exodus bukavu, Lake Side Hotel Bukavu among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include Coco Lodge Bukavu among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include L’Orchids Safari Club fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person. You let us know the best option that works for you and we will for availability and book you according.
How to access Congo for gorilla trekking?
Gorilla trekking in Congo is done in Kahuzi Beiga National Park and Virunga National Park which are both located in the Eastern Part of Congo. You will fly to Kigali International Airport then connect to Gisenyi town; from Gisenyi town you will cross the Rwanda-Congo boarder to Goma town in DR Congo then drive towards the park headquarters of Kahuzi Beiga National Park and Virunga National Park from where you will do start the gorilla trek from, it is approximately a 2 hours drive from Gisenyi town to reach the park headquarters.
Why book 3 Days DR Congo Gorilla Trekking Group Joining Tour June – September Through Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing gorilla safari experiences to Uganda and Rwanda. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine gorilla trekking safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities, these include chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia. Feel free to contact us for more information about booking the 3 Days DR Congo Gorilla Trekking Group Joining Tour June – September.