Congo Safaris- Gorilla Trekking Guide to Congo

Democratic Republic Of Congo, still rates as one of the greatest  Eastern and Central African safari destinations. Despite its past troubles, Congo  still offers a superior safari experience and is home to some of the very best guides in the business. With a people whose history and culture dates back thousands of years, Democratic Republic of Congo  is a place where visitors flock to see one of the wonders of the natural world – the  most prominent and intelligent creatures-the gorillas

However, Democratic Republic of Congo is a country with much more to offer than its most famous  trekking feature. Visitors choosing a safari have a huge range of options in a host of natural habitats untouched by the political upheavals of past decades. From the mountain Nyiragongo and forests of the Virunga National Park. the magnificent landscape of Kahuzi biega National Park, among others, there is plenty here to enjoy.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s best known nature reserve, as well as its largest  and oldest, is Virunga National Park. With its huge variation in vegetation. Virunga National park is home to more than 400 Mountain Gorillas,  and other animal species.

Mountain Gorilla trekking in the Congo is not completely different from that of Uganda and Rwanda due to the fact that they are all in the Same Virunga Massif, except the Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking that is not available in Uganda and Rwanda so whilst flat, it is very humid with difficult (if any) paths and long treks (anything from 2- 10 hours).  Not for the faint hearted.

The DRC continues to struggle with political instability, militia and bush meat poacher infiltration of parks, and official corruption. Authorities, however, have embarked on an ambitious conservation recovery plan, and in January they opened a new   lodge in the garden of the Virunga Park headquarters that offers luxury accommodation to visitors and Plans are under way to ensure that Kahuzi Biega National Park also constructs a nice Accommodation at the Park Headquarters to enjoy Sustainability in the Gorilla Trekking in Congo Entrance fees will contribute to the mountain gorillas’ survival. Check travel advisories as you would before any Gorilla Tour to Congo with the most trusted tour operators in Africa.

Accessibility of Congo Gorilla Parks

Visitors planning a visit to go gorilla trekking in congo should be aware that they access all the parks through Rwanda either Visiting Kahuzi Biega National Park or Virunga National Park where Gorilla trekking is done . Visitors are advised to secure the multiple visa Entry to enable them enter Rwanda After the gorilla trekking experience in Congo. The Companies recommended here on this Travel Site should be able to help you during the border crossing  process as its complicated at times in Congo.

Which is the most Trusted Safari Companies offering trips in Congo

Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari Guide takes the extra Mile to explore the various safari companies that are offering trips to congo basing on the competence and customer care Experience in handling the clients, Congo Safari Companies recommended here are done at free cost and its not a paid to be listing you on the travel guide. Find the most recommended Congo Safari Companies that are offering Congo Safaris.

What is the cost of Congo Gorilla Trekking Permit.

Gorilla Trekking Permits in congo is a Must have incase your planning for a gorilla Safari to Congo , Either being the Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park or Eastern Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park all located in the South Kivu in Eastern Congo.

Irrespective of the High price Hike of the Rwanda Gorilla Permits , Democratic republic of congo is still keeping the original of Each gorilla permit being USD 400 even if its mountain gorillas or Eastern Lowland Gorillas.

Hiking Permits for Mountain Nyiragongo

Mount Nyiragongo is located in the great Virunga National Park, its among the 8 Volcanoes that make up the Virunga Massif , where by one of them is not Open for Visitors ( Mount Nyamuragira Volcano)  but other Volcanoes are open for Hiking , among them is the most active Volcano of Nyiragongo which will require you to secure the Mount nyiragongo Hike Permit, which is sold by Virunga National Park at the most discounted price of USD 300 Per Person including Sleeping at the submit.

Find the Extras Enjoyed by visitors that go gorilla trekking in Congo than Rwanda.

Pros

  • Genuinely adventurous experience in the heart of Africa
  • Thrilling encounters with lowland gorillas and forest elephants
  • Spend time with indigenous local communities in forest setting

Cons

  • Going much tougher, humid and muddy with thick forests
  • Sightings trickier given environment and gorillas movements
  • Access is remote and difficult so costs higher

When To Go (bearing in mind rain is possible at any time!)

  • Dec to Jan – Short dry season, clear skies, but humid
  • Feb to May – Wet season , very humid, heavy showers
  • Jun to Aug –  Long dry season, still humid, but low rain
  • Sep to Nov – Short wet season, afternoon showers, still humid

Alternatively, if you are short on time and looking for an easier option gorilla trekking in Congo, cheap &  might be more suitable or for a comprehensive wildlife experience then gorilla trekking in Uganda is an option to explore the Great Big Five Wildlife watching.