How to book Virunga Gorilla Tracking Permits? the Virunga Conservation Authority (VCA), in partnership with the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), issues Virunga gorilla permits. The VCA determines the price of gorilla permits, and the funds generated from gorilla tourism go towards funding and supporting conservation projects in Virunga National Park.
There are two main ways to book Virunga gorilla permits:
Permits can be booked directly through the VCA website or by contacting the VCA office in Goma. This is the most affordable option, but it can be time-consuming and there is no guarantee that permits will be available.
Many tour operators offer gorilla trekking safaris that include the cost of a gorilla permit. This is the most convenient option, as tour operators can handle all of the arrangements for you, including booking your permit, transportation, accommodation, and meals.
Much like the gorilla permits in Rwanda and Uganda, Congo’s gorilla permit grants travelers a precious hour to spend with a gorilla family. Additionally, within that one hour, tourists are free to take photos and record videos of the gorilla family. They can also enjoy watching the juvenile gorillas play, observe the gorillas feeding, and learn about the gorillas’ lifestyle and behavioral patterns.
The age limit for gorilla tracking in Congo is 15 years. Any individual below this age is classified as a child and will not be eligible for a Virunga gorilla permit. However, there is a provision for travelers who are 14 years old and are about to celebrate their 15th birthday; upon confirmation, a gorilla permit can be issued to them.
We strongly recommend that travelers secure their permits well in advance, particularly during the high tourism season in Virunga National Park (June-September and December-February). During this period, demand for permits is exceptionally high, making last-minute bookings challenging. To avoid inconveniences, it is advisable to book at least 5 months in advance of your travel dates.
For inquiries and more information on booking Virunga gorilla tracking permits and related wildlife tours in East Africa, please contact Safari Vacations and Travel Services.
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