Maiko National Park is a national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo another park home to the Eastern Lowland Gorillas. It lies in one of the most remote jungle forest areas of the country and covers 10,885 km2 (4,203 sq mi). The park is divided into three sectors, straddling the states of Nord Kivu, Province Orientale and Maniema. Three of Congo’s spectacular endemic animals are found here that is the Eastern Lowland Gorillas (Grauer’s gorilla), the okapi, and the Congo peafowl. Maiko National Park is also home to other wildlife like the African forest elephant, leopards, eastern chimpanzee and the endemic aquatic genet.
The park is home to numerous endemic and rare species and almost certainly, many rare species yet to be documented. However, the presence of former rebels who have made their homes in the park, along with illegal mining and poaching means that many species are threatened with extinction. One example, a new gorilla subspecies first documented in a 2005 survey was not found and believed extinct in a 2010 survey.
How to get to Maiko National Park
The park is hard to be visited as compared to Virunga National Park, Kahuzi Biega National Park and Upemba national park. You can get to the park from Goma or Beni or Butembo, or from Okapi wildlife reserve as they are allocated in Congo.
Eco Adventure Safaris provides relevant gorilla permit booking information for Congo 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. While booking a Congo gorilla tour, always pay your gorilla permit fee in advance to enable us acquire it for you.
Gorilla trekking activity has never opened in Maiko 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. 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 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.
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.
Eco Adventure Safaris has as well already booked gorilla trekking safaris to Congo and we can as well book for you to visit DR Congo for gorilla trekking in Maiko National Park Congo for Lowland gorilla trekking. We have tour packages available that you can choose from ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury, these can as well be customized to best match your needs, send us an email and we will book for you accordingly.
What is the best time to visit Congo for Gorilla Trekking?
Congo is located in the tropics and with this it experiences tropical climate and weather throughout the year, both Virunga National Park, Maiko National Park 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 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.
Why book Lowland Gorilla Trekking in Maiko National Park 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 Maiko National Park Congo.