Gorilla trekking in Congo is the most done tourism activity which runs throughout the year in Congo. This Trekking in Congo can be conducted in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Beiga National Park and both are located in the Eastern regions of the Congo.
Virunga national park is a home of over 250 species of endangered gorillas and the park is shared with Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda of which all are habitats for these great apes famously known as mountain gorillas.
Kahuzi Beiga National Park is also habitat for over 181 rare eastern low land gorillas which are only found in Congo’s safaris. These eastern lowland gorillas are not found elsewhere in East Africa except here in Congo’s safari destination.
Virunga Conservation Area has got different gorilla families which can be trekked Rugenda, Kabirizi, Munyanga, Lulengo, Mapuwa, and Humba.
Gorilla trekking in DRC is carried out in the forests led by rangers who are armed. It takes about 1-7 hours and once you find the gorillas, you are accepted one hour to observe and take photos. Later you are led back to the park headquarters. Notice this that gorillas are told to be 98% of human DNA. They only allow 8 people per group to engage in gorilla trekking in Congo.
The best time to visit Congo for Gorilla Trekking is the dry season which are the months of January, February, March, Mid-June, September, and December. These months are dry and the trails are not that slippery which makes it easy to trek.
Gorilla trekking permits can be booked in advance in order for easy processing of your reservation arrangement. You can book with your tour operator. Congo gorilla permits are sold $400 per person per trek.
Gorilla trekking in Congo is strictly run by the Gorilla Conservation Project basing on protecting the endangered species of gorillas in the world. Gorilla trekking in Congo gives you an opportunity to witness this incredible experience of getting closer to these unique apes.
Things to carry on your gorilla trekking safaris in Congo include a Long sleeved shirt, light raincoat, sweater, mineral water, Boots, glasses, hats and many more.
Other activities you can engage in while on gorilla safaris in DRC include Nyiragongo hiking, Nature walks, Chimpanzee trekking, landscape viewing, bird watching and many more.