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Are you planning to visit Virunga National Park to trek and see mountain gorillas in Congo, here is What to pack for gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park;
- A long armed sweater since the park gets cold
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- Water proof hiking boots
- A hat and sun glasses depending on the weather though this is optional
- Cameras and long lasting batteries since photography are very important to keep your memories alive. Always remember to keep our flash off.
- A pair of Binoculars. This will help you to see the vast birds Virunga National Park has among other primates
- Gardening Gloves; these will help you when you a holding onto trees are branches through the trek.
- A rain coat; Since Virunga National Park is rainforest, the rain is unpredictable so to be on a safer side, you will be required to carry along a coat.
- A mosquito Repellent; since it is a forest, it has different dangerous insects so its advisable to carry it along or wear it
- A sun screen; Well this is optional but depending on the season, it might get too hot and you end up getting sun burns on your skin so to avoid that, you will need a sun screen.
- You should not wear very bright colors since this will charge or scare away the gorillas.
- Black and Blue colors are also not recommended since they attract Tsetse flies so I would recommend neutral colors.
Virunga National Park is one of the most diverse tropical rain forests and oldest national parks in Africa mostly famous for mountain gorilla trekking in Congo, among other activities done in the Virunga park include Nyirangongo volcano hike, bird watching, Nature walks, Chimpanzee tracking and Habituation and these can all be booked for you by contacting us here about What to pack for gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park
What is the best time to visit Virunga National Park for gorilla trekking?
Virunga National Park is located in the tropics and it is majorly covered with tropical rain forest vegetation, with this it prone to receiving uncertain rains any time of the day or week, however given it is a tropical rain forest there are still good months to visit this park that is dry season 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 abit 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.
How to easily get to Congo for gorilla trekking
Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Congo is done Virunga National Parks located in the Eastern Part of Congo, in this article we bring you ways on How to easily get to Congo for gorilla trekking. For you to get to this park 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 Bukima and then you will reach at the park headquarters of 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.
Top other things to do in Virunga National Park, Congo.
Chimpanzee tracking and Chimpanzee Habituation in Virunga National Park
Chimpanzee tracking and Chimpanzee habituation are the second most popular activities to do in Virunga National Park on your DR Congo birthday tour, chimpanzee tracking gives you a one hour encounter with the chimpanzees while chimpanzee habituation gives an entire day encounter with the chimpanzees, both treks begin in the morning hours where you will be joined by trackers and researchers to walk through the Virunga forest and search for chimpanzees you will have a chance to observe and discover their habits, feeding and natural behavior for those on the chimpanzee habituation treks will spend the day with them until they nest for the night. Same with the gorilla trekking permits for the chimpanzee tracking and habituation experiences you will still need to book your permit in advance in order not to miss out atleast 3 months in advance.
Nature walks through the Virunga Forest
Virunga National Park is one of the oldest tropical rain forest in Africa with super dense vegetation, a nature walk through this forest during your birthday will give a chance to discover and see breathtaking beauty of the unique Virunga Landscape as well as learn about the various tree species, spot birds and if keen enough you will see some mammals and reptiles.
Nyirangongo Volcano Hike
Hiking the Nyirangongo Volcano is one of the once in a lifetime adventure one should do during his/her birthday and this is done in Virunga National Park. The Nyiragongo Volcano one of the most active volcanoes in the world with an elevation of 3,470 m (11,380 ft), not much is known about how long the volcano has been erupting, but since 1882, it has erupted at least 34 times and the most recent eruption happened in 2002.
Virunga Forest being one of the most diverse forest in the tropics it has various habitats and landscapes ranging from Forests, swamps to grasslands, these have thus attracted a vast number of bird species making the birding expedition one of the must do activity on your visit to virunga national park. There are more than 706 recorded bird species that one on a birding safari will have a chance to spot and see. Contact us here and we will organize for you this safari accordingly.
Why book your safari to Virunga National Park for gorilla trekking with Eco Adventure Safaris.
Eco Adventure Safaris boosts of a professional office and field team that takes care of all your requests and inquiries. We are highly recommended on trip advisor. Our website is one of the best and reliable points to help you start preparing for your tour, we have the best and update information that you can rely on. Eco Adventure Safaris is owned and run by Ugandans who have well explored Congo for many years and as such, you will be dealing with a team that sells what they know. Contact us here about What to pack for gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park