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Gorilla Trekking in Congo Starting and ending in Bujumbura, Burundi is possible and safe, on this trip you will explore Bujumbura and visit the Royal Drums in Gishora and other cultural sites after you will proceed to Bukavu via Rwanda, you will trek the Eastern Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park, this is an incredible adventure trip for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. If you’re starting and ending your journey in Bujumbura, Burundi, here’s a general outline of how you can plan your gorilla trekking experience in Congo:
Day 1: Arrival in Bujumbura, Burundi
- Arrive at Bujumbura International Airport.
- Check into your chosen accommodation in Bujumbura.
- Spend the day relaxing, exploring the city, and preparing for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2: Travel to Bukavu, DR Congo
- After breakfast, you will you will explore Bujumbura and visit the Royal Drums in Gishora and proceed via the border town of Huye.
- Cross the border into Rwanda and proceed to DR Congo via the Ruzizi border. Ensure you have all necessary visas and permits.
- Check into your accommodation in Bukavu.
Day 3: Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park
- Early morning departure from Bukavu to Kahuzi Biega National Park.
- Arrive at the park headquarters, where you’ll receive a briefing on the gorilla trekking rules and guidelines.
- Embark on your gorilla trekking adventure. The trek can take several hours, depending on the location of the gorilla family you’ll be visiting.
- Spend a precious hour with the gorillas, observing and photographing them in their natural habitat.
- Return to Bukavu in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Explore Bukavu Town and Lake Kivu
- Depending on your trekking experience the previous day, you may have some time to explore Bukavu.
- Visit local markets, enjoy Congolese cuisine, or take a relaxing stroll by Lake Kivu.
- Prepare for your journey back to Bujumbura.
Day 5: Return to Bujumbura
- After breakfast, depart from Bukavu and head back to the Burundi border.
- Complete any necessary border procedures and travel back to Bujumbura.
- Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some time to explore Bujumbura or relax before departing.
Please note that gorilla trekking permits for Kahuzi Biega National Park are required and should be obtained in advance. Make sure to check the latest travel advisories and safety recommendations for the region, as conditions may change. It’s also essential to hire a reputable tour operator Eco Adventure Safaris for your gorilla trekking experience to ensure safety and compliance with park regulations.
Eco Adventure Safaris provides relevant gorilla permit booking information for Gorilla Trekking in Congo Starting and ending in Bujumbura, Burundi to enable you plan your gorilla safari well. You don’t have to hassle booking your gorilla permit if you choose from our Congo gorilla tours. We will check for your availability of gorilla permits for your requested dates, book and purchase them for you once you have made payment and book all services on your behalf. Usually, you have to obtain a gorilla permit several months in advance. We always advise at least 1 month in advance or prior to your visit given they are only 2 groups available for trek in Kahuzi Biega National park. While booking a gorilla tour, always pay your gorilla permit fee in advance to enable us acquire it for you. How much is gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park
Lowland Gorilla trekking permit price in Kahuzi Biega National park costs $400 per person per trek for foreign nonresidents;
Non Residents – USD400
East African Residents – USD200
National Citizens of Congo – USD20
Gorilla trekking is a daily activity done in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo, As Eco Adventure Safaris we do provide all-inclusive gorilla tour packages for all the visitors with no hidden costs. The most essential and priority cost is the gorilla permit price that you will incur to secure your trek in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo. All our tour packages range from budget safaris to Luxury safaris and you can opt to do any as we tailor your trip together according to your interest. We do have Gorilla tour packages that start in Kigali for the DR Congo mountain gorilla safari from Kigali. For a 3 Day Trip to Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo from Kigali costs USD1700 per person in a group of two inclusive of Gorilla permits and as a budget option, transportation, accommodation, Meals, guide services are inclusive as well.
Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo 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 silverback, Chimanuka is famous for many visitors given it consists of one of the largest gorilla family in the world with over 36 gorilla individuals.
Why is Gorilla Trekking in DR Congo Considered Not Safe
DR Congo has for the past years been hit by various unprecedented disasters that is civil and rebel wars, Ebola disease among others which has stopped many tourists from visiting DR Congo for gorilla trekking in either national park given these are the same places that harbor the dangerous rebel groups and diseases. However, of recent DR Congo is getting back to better days and most areas and national parks are now open for tourism business and activities given the fact the DR Congo government, local authorities, National and International security and health bodies have worked hand in hand to bring back peace to DR Congo. Now Congo is good for gorilla trekking and tourists have already started opting to visit DR Congo instead of Uganda and Rwanda given the fact the price of gorilla trekking permit in Congo is cheaper than that of Uganda and Rwanda.
What is the best time to visit Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo for Gorilla Trekking?
Congo is located in the tropics and with this it experiences tropical climate and weather throughout the year, both Virunga and Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo 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 vegetation is not fully grown and this makes sighting of gorillas easy and more clear. Other months that 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.
Where to stay in Bukavu for Gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo.
Lodges in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo range 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.
Why book Gorilla Trekking in Congo Starting and ending in Bujumbura with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing gorilla safari experiences to Congo. 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 about Gorilla Trekking in Congo Starting and ending in Bujumbura, Burundi.