Are you Planning to do Gorilla Trekking in Congo from Kigali, DR Congo has been ranked as one of the best destinations in Africa to go for gorilla trekking given the fact that has both types of gorillas the Eastern Lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Beiga National Park and Mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park.
DR Congo has for the past years been hit by various unprecedented disasters that as civil and rebel wars, and Ebola disease among others which have stopped many tourists from visiting DR Congo.
for gorilla trekking in either national park given these are the same places that harbor dangerous rebel groups and diseases. However recently 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 permits in Congo is cheaper than that of Uganda and Rwanda.
Safari Vacations and Travel services book Gorilla Trekking in Congo from Kigali and we can also book for you to visit DR Congo for gorilla trekking in either Kahuzi Beiga National Park for Lowland gorilla trekking or Virunga National Park for Mountain gorilla trekking. We have tour packages available that you choose from ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury, these can also be customized to best match your needs, send us an email and we will book for you accordingly.
Gorilla trekking in Congo is done in Virunga National Park for mountain gorilla trekking or Kahuzi Beiga National Park for Low Land Gorilla trekking.
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 here include the Nyiragongo volcano hike, bird watching, Nature walks, Chimpanzee tracking, and Habituation. It should be noted that three countries have mountain gorillas in the whole world. These countries include Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. Rwanda mountain gorillas are found in Volcanoes National Park, Uganda gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park while Congo mountain gorillas are located in Virunga National Park. All these national parks are close to each other in what is termed as the Virunga massif.
Established in 1970, Kahuzi Biega National Park initiated the first Lowland Gorilla trekking experience in 1973. Renowned for its high-ranking status in Lowland gorilla trekking, the park was designated to conserve the Grauer’s gorilla species, the largest among the four gorilla subspecies. The Eastern Lowland gorilla, also known as Grauer’s gorilla, stands as the world’s largest gorilla species.
Situated in Congo, approximately 30 kilometers from Bukavu town, Kahuzi Biega National Park is accessible by both road and air. The park boasts 12 gorilla families, but only 2 of them, named Chimanuka and Mugaruka after dominant silverbacks are habituated and open for visitor treks. Chimanuka, in particular, is renowned among visitors, constituting one of the largest gorilla families globally with over 36 gorilla individuals.
Gorilla trekking in Congo is done in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Beiga National Park, like gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, you will need a gorilla permit for you to be allowed to trek the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park and Mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. We provide relevant gorilla permit booking information for Congo to enable you to 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 you 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. always you have to obtain a gorilla permit several months in advance. We always advise at least 5 months in advance or before your visit given there are only 2 groups available for trek in Kahuzi Biega National Park. While booking a gorilla tour, always pay your gorilla permit fee in advance to enable us to acquire it for you.
East African Residents-USD200
National Citizens of Congo-USD20
In Virunga National Park, Congo, visitors engage in gorilla trekking as a daily activity. During the high season months of mid-December to mid-March and June to October, the cost of a gorilla permit is USD 400 per person per trek. For the low season months of mid-March to mid-May and mid-October to mid-December each year, the permit is priced at USD 200.
At safari vacations and travel services, we provide all-inclusive gorilla tour packages for all visitors with no hidden costs.
The most essential and priority cost is the gorilla permit price that you will incur to secure your trek in Virunga National Park. 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. A 2-day Trip from Kigali costs USD1080 per person in a group of two inclusive of Gorilla permits and as a budget option, transportation, accommodation, Meals, and guide services are inclusive as well.
The tropics host Congo, subject to a tropical climate year-round. Both Virunga and Kahuzi Beiga National Parks share this weather pattern, rendering them susceptible to unpredictable rains at any time during the day or week. Optimal months for gorilla trekking in Congo are the dry season months—December, January, February, June, July, August, and September. During these months, walking through the trails is notably easier due to drier conditions. Additionally, the vegetation is not fully grown, enhancing the visibility and ease of spotting gorillas.
On the flip side, the slightly wetter months of March, April, May, October, and November pose challenges. Many travelers prefer to avoid gorilla trekking during these months as the fully-grown vegetation and slippery trails make the trek more difficult.
For tourists interested in visiting Congo for gorilla trekking Virunga National Park has a special gorilla trekking offer during the wet season which is the low season, during this time the gorilla permit costs USD200 per person per trek during the months from Mid-March to May and Mid-October to Mid-December (15th March to 15th May and 15th October to 15th December every year).
Accommodations in Virunga National Park. This ranges from budget to mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Bukima Tented Camp and Kibumba Tented Camp, mid-range options include Lulimbi Tented Camp, Tchegera Island Camp, and then Luxury options like Mikeno, You let us know the best option that works for you and we will for availability and book you according.
Accommodation in Kahuzi Beiga National Park. This ranges from budget to mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Hotel Begonias Bukavu, Exodus Bukavu, and Lake Side Hotel Bukavu, mid-range options include Coco Lodge Bukavu, and then Luxury options include L’Orchids Safari Club. You let us know the best option that works for you and we will for availability and book you according.
Gorilla Trekking in Congo from Kigali is done in Kahuzi Beiga National Park and Virunga National Park which are both located in the Eastern Part of Congo. You will fly to Kigali International Airport and then connect to Gisenyi town; from Gisenyi town, you will cross the Rwanda-Congo border to Goma town in DR Congo then drive towards the park headquarters of Kahuzi Beiga National Park and 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.