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With Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris, you encounter the mountain gorillas found in Virunga National Park which is also a UNESCO Heritage site. This park is located on the eastern side of the Democratic Republic of Congo and borders both Uganda and Rwanda. The park covers an area of 7800 km2 and is home to over 200 gorilla individuals mostly situated in the southern part of the park.

Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris in the Virunga national park has some strict rules and regulations that are supposed to be followed by the trackers on their congo gorilla safari expeditions. These include; group size, the groups to track per day as well as the time allowed spending with the mountain gorillas. This is also done to ensure the well being of these endangered animals. This is because the gorillas are susceptible to many human diseases due to the great closeness between humans and mountain gorilla.

Gorilla Safari Group Size: It’s only a maximum of eight individuals per day that are allowed to trek, this helps to reduce the spreading of diseases from humans to the mountain gorillas.

Restrictions on Age: It’s only 15 years and over individuals allowed to trek

Hours of Visiting: gorilla trekking takes place during day time and it’s between 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Time limit with gorillas: It’s strictly 1 hour allowed to spend with the mountain gorillas.

Congo Gorillas, Rules & Regulations (The do’s and don’ts) in Virunga National Park

  • Protecting the mountain gorillas is the first rule; this means that if the tracker is sick or has any infections shouldn’t be allowed to come in contact with the gorillas.
  • Manners are recommended- always turn away your face while coughing or sneezing and remember to cover the nose as well as the mouth to help reduce the bacteria transfer to the mountain gorillas.
  • Don’t overstay with the gorillas- End ever to stay for the only recommended time with the gorillas; it’s usually one hour that is allowed.
  • Keeping distance from the primates- it’s always recommended that you stay away from mountain gorillas between 5 to 7 meters because they are wild animals and can easily catch diseases from humans.
  • Well behaving while trekking: the rangers always advise the trekkers to keep noise levels as low as possible, avoid pointing or using a flashlight when taking photos of the mountain gorillas.
  • Being prepared: Remember to always carry waterproof & warm gears for the cool conditions within the mountains since it sometimes gets wet within the forest and comfortable walking shoes are of great advantage.
  • No smoking and no snacks- Visitors are not allowed to drink to eating as well as smoking during gorilla trekking.
  • Cleanliness is recommended: Always wash your hands before engaging in gorilla trekking.
  • Keep hands intact- don’t touch the mountain gorillas at any time, always keep hands to yourself to avoid direct contact.
  • Avoid littering within the forest and keep the trash to yourself
  • Always remain calm– Avoid direct eye contact in case the gorilla charges and stay calm until it moves away.
  • Toilet manners: A ranger will be willing to dig a hole for you and after making sure it’s fully covered.

Cost of Congo Gorilla permits

Congo Gorilla Trekking SafarisThose planning to track mountain gorillas in Virunga national park, you are advised to book with us and the Congo gorilla permits costs ($400) per person.

The mountain gorillas in Virunga national park can be visited anytime during the year, however, some paths are hard to navigate during the wet seasons of (May/April and November & October), in this season, Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris permits are reduced to ($350) per person. Other months are okay for gorilla trekking since it’s a dry season. Mountain gorillas can also be found in Uganda where a gorilla permit is $600 in high season and $600 in the low season. For Rwanda, the gorilla permit is sold at $ 1500 for both high season and Low season.

4 Tips to Help You Plan Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris

  1. Common in all three countries that offer gorilla tracking, a permit should be purchased in advance. It is much better if you could directly book your Gorilla tracking permit through Virunga National Park. A permit goes for US$400, a fee low-priced than that of the other two countries. Mountain gorillas can be visited any time of the year though some paths become hard to navigate during the wet seasons of May to October.
  2. A yellow fever vaccination is a requirement because you won’t be allowed into the country minus proof of the inoculation. Hepatitis A, typhoid, meningitis and rabies injections not forgetting the anti-malarial are also recommended.
  3. An application for a visa required to enter the DRC should have been submitted in advance. This costs US$100.
  4. The exact gear needed while in the jungle needs to be prepared. The trek can be strenuous and equipment like the strong trekking shoes, woolly and or the moisture-impermeable socks, comfy mountaineering clothes, rainwater gear, a primary support kit and a lightweight backpack with plenty of room for food and drink. A waterproof camera is also very much suggested as nothing wrecks a high-quality camera like the tropical forest’s heavy shower.

What to Expect On Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris

On Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris, head out on their Congo safari knowing what they hope to discover. The long and uncomfortable journey on a plane, in the 4x4s and the pirogues, makes this a worthwhile experience not easily forgotten. Congo is an ever- stabilizing state in the world and it is likely to become more and more accessible and popular to the tourists who seek true African authenticity. Thus the time to visit is now.

MOUNTAIN GORILLA TRACKING AND THE CLIMATIC CONDITIONS OF CONGO.

Congo Gorilla Trekking SafarisDRC has two rainy seasons. The short seasons start from October to November while the long ones go on from mid-March till the end of May. This rain comes from the tropical rain forests.

With the best months to visit the DRC being June to September all the way to February, many tourists choose to travel then when then the rain is reduced and the sun is shining in most of the destinations. December too is known to be one of the busiest months of the year in Virunga National Park and it is prudent to book the gorilla and Nyiragongo climbing permits so as to steer clear of disappointments for these are given out on the early bird catches the worm basis.

Even though the rainy season in Congo might affect people’s engagements, this doesn’t necessarily mean that one is interdicted from traveling completely. Even during the rainy season the sun still appears after a downpour which means safari activities are able to resume minus any interruption.

Rates in the lodges are reduced particularly in the low seasons of March to May and October to November, a move to attract tourists to make bookings with them. This becomes an added advantage especially when you can pay half price of US$200 for the gorilla permits. This attracts more tourists to go to the Congo.

In addition, Congo has a raised landscape, an explanation for the cool climate. Nonetheless, if you are considering on coming for a gorilla tracking safari, it is ideally vital to observe and note that putting aside the reduced charges in the low season, the most excellent time to do gorilla tracking is in the two waterless seasons of January to February and June to September which becomes much easier also because the gorillas feed in the lowlands.

Tracking gorillas is an extraordinary experience worthy to be taken because of the existence of the primates in Virunga National Park. These apes are charming, friendly and smart to be amongst. They are sub-divided into relational groups and carry different attributes like saying the silverbacks that act as the leaders, the fully developed female gorillas as the caretakers and the youth who are only mischievous and are at all times within the trees.

A time period of 1-2 hours is said to be spent on tracking these endangered gorillas depending on where they were left the previous day. These apes are protected officially within Virunga National Park in the DRC, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The other population can be found in the South Western Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganda that is 331km² at the boundary with the DRC.

Touched by a Gorilla

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Congo Gorilla Tracking Day, The Real Experience

With Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris, Our guide will take you through a brief preamble before heading into the forest for the awaited trek. He will cover the geography, history and some of the truths about the gorilla family you will be seeing. The tour guide shall also offer you guidance on ways to conduct yourself when you are with the gorillas in the forest.

Like earlier said, masks are to be put on to avoid these gorillas from getting any kind of human illness. The length of this trek is determined by the position of the gorillas. On some days it can be a 20-40 minute hike from the way into the forest while on others it can take more than an hour’s walk to get to the Mountain gorillas since they are always on the go in the search of food.

On Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris, be sure to meet the gigantic chap silverback that will welcome you after it makes sure you are not a danger. After you are accepted, spend a thrilling time watching the gorillas which are truthfully a once in a life span experience. Remember you are given an hour in the forest with these Mountain Gorillas.

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What to look forward to on Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris

The time spent while gorilla tracking varies and depends on the assemblage that is tracking, the common location of the gorilla family, the topography and weather to mention but a few. Tracking can take as little as an hour or can even go on longer until 5 hours. While on the hike all the way through the forest, it is recommended that you tag along with the leadership of your tour guide. As you ascend onto the precipitous slopes of the volcanoes and into the jungle, you will need to tow yourself up to the sharp paths by holding onto branches, plant roots, bushes, and many others. An on-foot stick can also be handy. You are likely to get dehydrated so be sure to take a sufficient amount of water. The trek into the forest can be exhausting but the meeting with these apes is worth every endeavor.

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