Gorilla safaris offers bespoke gorilla trekking experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We offer uniquely crafted tailor-made gorilla watching tours beyond your imagination. Visit the endangered gorillas within their natural habitat; enjoy eco tours in Congo wild. Join us on our next expedition into the Gorilla safari, where it all began and still goes on.
Explore the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our Congo safaris take you to Virunga National Park, home of the mountain gorillas and Kahuzi Biega National Park, the only place to see the Eastern Lowland Gorillas. A permit goes for US$400, a fee low priced than that of the other two countries. Mountain gorillas can be visited anytime of the year though some paths become hard to navigate during the wet seasons of May to October and during low season a permit goes at $ 200 USD.
A yellow fever vaccination is needed 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.
An application for a visa required to enter the DRC should have been submitted in advance. This costs US$100. 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 light weight 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.
Gorilla Safari Adventures: The Democratic Republic of Congo is the only destination in the world where tourists can enjoy both lowland and mountain gorilla trekking experiences. Mountain gorilla safari adventures are done in Virunga National park whereas the lowland gorilla safaris take head to Kahuzi Biega National Park but the experience while on either gorilla adventure in DRC is one of its kind.
Mountain Gorilla Treks in Virunga National park are led by park rangers and usually depart from Bukima patrol post. Treks usually require 1-2 hours of hiking in each direction, depending on where the mountain gorillas spent the previous night and the difficulty of the terrain.
To safeguard the health of Virunga’s gorillas, visitors will be required to wear surgical masks (provided) when in the presence of gorillas. Children must be 15 years of age or older to go on a gorilla trek. Time with the gorillas is strictly limited to one hour. If you don’t feel well at the time of your scheduled trek (i.e. you have a cold, fever, diarrhoea, or persistent sore throat) – please cancel. Mountain gorillas are extremely susceptible to human illnesses. Gorillas have died after being exposed to human respiratory viruses and other common ailments.
The lowland gorilla tracking safaris in DRC are organized to Kahuzi Biega National Park. Founded in 1939 and later a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, Kahuzi-Biega National Park remains the last stronghold of the eastern lowland gorillas, numbering around 250 individuals with three habituated families. Dominated by two huge extinct volcanoes (Kahuzi and Beiga) this vast area of primary tropical forest is a sprawling park of lush, rolling hills and thick jungle.
The forest trails are sometimes frequented by the elusive forest elephant and is also home to a surprisingly high number of other primates, including Bosman’s potto, red tailed monkey and Angolan Black Monkeys all found here. The birding here is also excellent and surprisingly easy to spot some of the resident birds, including the famous Congo peacock. For those who still have the energy, then there is also the chance to go on a shorter hike to Mt Bulugumisa, which takes you past the pretty Tshibati waterfalls before enjoying the magnificent views from the summit.
The Kahuzi-Biega National Park is located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is around 50 kilometres west of Bukavu town in the Kivu region, adjacent to the western side of Lake Kivu and the Rwandan border. Bukavu can be accessed by both road or by water on Lake Kivu.