Gorilla Trekking & Chimpanzee Trekking in Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo is located in the central part of the African Continent bordering Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania in the East, Central African Republic and South Sudan in the North, Congo Brazzaville and Angola in the West, and Zambia in the South. Spare some of your time and arrange a tour to one of the mostly wanted and popular destination to visit in Africa “Democratic Republic of Congo”.
In the past years this destination was experiencing some insecurity due to terrorists who were hiding in the thick jungles of Congo and this deeply affected the tourism sector of Democratic Republic of Congo but later this issue was resolved by the government of Democratic Republic of Congo, the state is currently very stable which influences and boosting Democratic Republic of Congo’s tourism at a high rate.
Currently Democratic Republic of Congo has its two major National Parks to visit named Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park with the popular activities done being Gorilla trekking and Chimpanzee trekking in Tongo forest plus the Nyiragongo Volcano hiking.
How easily to reach Democratic Republic of Congo? Democratic Republic of Congo has poor air transport means therefore its better you land in Rwanda at Kigali airport and cross to Congo via Goma border but all in all you have to first apply for a Congo tourist Visa before your travel dates, this Visa is issued by Virunga Foundation but clients are supposed to apply for it through Eco Tours Rwanda such that it’s processed in time. Usually apply for this Visa with in a minimum period of two weeks before your travel dates since its processing takes a period of one week.
Gorilla trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the most interesting activity done and liked in Democratic Republic of Congo; Democratic Republic of Congo is among the top major Gorilla hosting destinations in Africa known to be hosting both Mountain Gorillas and Eastern Lowland Gorillas, Mountain Gorillas are black in color with wide faces and Lowland Gorillas are brownish in color with black eyes & mouth and are bigger when compared to Mountain Gorillas.
Virunga National Park ranked to be the oldest National Park in Africa formerly called Albert National Park is popularly known for the shy endangered Mountain Gorillas. It is located in the Eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo characterized with thick tropical rain forest, Savannah grasslands, bamboo forest and swampy areas.
Other primates in Virunga National Park include Black & White Colobus Monkeys, Vervets, Baboons, Blue Monkeys, Red tailed Monkeys, Chimpanzees, Reptiles like Snakes, insects like Butterflies, tsetse flies and more.
Eastern Lowland Gorillas of Democratic Republic of Congo are found in Kahuzi Biega National Park which is Democratic Republic of Congo’s second gorilla hosting destination also characterized with tropical rain forest, bamboo forest and Swampy areas.
Gorilla trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo you must buy a Gorilla trekking permit to issue you permission and it costs $440 USD per person, usually booked in advance before your trekking dates such that it’s processed in time and once this money is paid its none refundable.
Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees in Democratic Republic of Congo are found in Tongo forest which is inclusive of Virunga National Park, usually a chimpanzee habituation walk is done in search of these chimps starting in the morning in a group of about four people and this habituation walk costs $100 USD per person.