Visiting the Western Lowland Gorillas in Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve is one of the best things to do in Congo, seeing and encountering these gorillas play on the river is the best and once in a lifetime experience. Other species to see on your trip to this reserve include hippopotamus, red river hog, forest buffalo, and several types of duiker, as well as a significant number of birds, some rarely seen like the black-headed bee-eater, and others regular visitors, like Abdim’s storks as they pass through during their annual migration.
The Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve Republic of Congo, also known as Réserve Naturelle des Gorilles de Lésio Louna, was developed by a partnership between the Republic of Congo and UK registered charity The Aspinall Foundation. The area was established as a gorilla sanctuary by a decree in 1999, which was repealed and replaced in 2009 by a new decree creating the Réserve Naturelle des Gorilles de Lésio Louna in its current form. Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve Republic of Congo is managed by a collaboration between The Aspinall Foundation and the Ministry of Forest Economy.
Visiting the Western Lowland Gorillas in Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve is located within the central Batéké Plateau region about 150 km north of Brazzaville. It includes the once adjacent southern portion of the Léfini Faunal Reserve and covers an area of approximately 173,000 hectares. Lésio-Louna benefits from a variety of habitats. Just over two-thirds of the area is a mixture of non-wooded or lightly wooded grasslands. The dramatic escarpments and cliffs bordering the east of the reserve support dry mixed forest, whilst the rivers and waterways that cross the land are surrounded by gallery and swamp forest. This incredible variety of habitats provides the perfect environment for both savannah and forest animals. With the reintroduction of Critically Endangered western lowland gorillas and subsequent protection of the area, other species have increased such as hippopotamus, red river hog, forest buffalo, and several types of duiker, as well as a significant number of birds, some rarely seen like the black-headed bee-eater, and others regular visitors, like Abdim’s storks as they pass through during their annual migration.
Tours to Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve Republic of Congo
Eco Adventure Safaris organizes safari trips for Visiting the Western Lowland Gorillas in Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve, but your trip has to be organized way in advance due to the nature of conservation in this area allowing very few visitors for any further information please Contact our Africa Travel specialist.
When to visit Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve Republic of Congo
The gorilla conservation area can be visited all year round but traveling from June to October is highly recommended due to the pattern of Rainfall in the Republic of 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.
Is it safe to visit Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve Republic of Congo?
Yes, it is safe to visit Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve Republic of Congo. Generally, the Democratic Republic of Congo has for the past years been hit by various unprecedented disasters that are civil and rebel wars, Ebola disease among others which has stopped many from visiting DR Congo. However, Congo is now getting back to better days and it is safe for an African authentic safari and as a company we keep on monitoring the security situation time to time and we will always advise you before any filming starts.
Why book Visiting the Western Lowland Gorillas in Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve with us.
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 about Visiting the Western Lowland Gorillas in Lesio Louna Gorilla Reserve.