The Democratic Republic of Congo has two gorilla trekking destinations for two different gorilla types. Kahuzi – Biega national park is well known for residing the eastern lowland gorillas, well as Virunga National Park is the home residence of the rare endangered mountain gorillas.
Congo is therefore a perfect destination for gorilla lovers the fact being that you will be able to experience different gorilla types unlike in other gorilla trekking countries like Uganda and Rwanda, where you will only experience the mountain gorillas.
Mountain gorillas are considered to be rare endangered because they are few and can only be found in three countries of which Democratic Republic of Congo is one of these three blessed countries to keep these great apes. The other two countries inhabiting mountain gorillas are Uganda and Rwanda.
For a superb experience in gorilla safari holidays, gorilla lovers should definitely find their way to Democratic Republic of Congo because they will enjoy many interesting things about both types of gorillas in Congo and at such an affordable price. First of all, Congo gorilla permits are very cheap and can be afforded by every traveler.
A Congo gorilla permit costs US$ 400 and it will be got/purchased for you by your tour company that you will have chose to book your safari. There are many local tour companies that you can choose from on which one should organize your gorilla safari and here are some of them which can make your safari one to remember Eco tours Congo among others.
Gorilla lovers are reminded to book in advance in order for their gorilla safari holidays to be planned and organized thoroughly well for fantastic out comes. It is better to contact the tour company earlier before your safari such that it organizes it accordingly and if you delay to book, you may miss out your dearly safari since there are many individuals who invade Congo for gorilla safari holidays due to the affordable prices paid for Congo gorilla safaris.
Most of the gorilla lovers became worried on where they would go for the trekking of mountain gorillas next after Rwanda raising the price for the cost of its gorilla trekking permit to US$ 1500 and for that of Uganda which costs US$ 600, also which is quite expensive, and then yet gorilla safaris in Congo were suspended due to insecurity in the gorilla trekking parks, especially Virunga national Park.
Most of the gorilla lovers really lost interest in the gorilla safaris reason being they were expensive but good news are that the suspension of gorilla safaris in Congo are soon coming to an end on 15th February 2019.
In May 2018, gorilla safaris in Congo were suspended due to the kidnapping of some gorilla trekkers and killing of two Park Rangers in Virunga national park (in eastern Congo) however earlier this year (2019) news spread all over Africa about the re-opening of Virunga national park in February to start hosting gorilla safaris again.
Virunga national park comprises of over 200 mountain gorilla individuals and there are 8 habituated gorilla families which are open to humans and these are; Kabirizi, Bageni, Humba, Munyaga, Nyakamwe, Mapuwa, Lulengo, and Rugendo.
Trekkers are strictly given one hour to spend with the gorillas while keeping a certain distance of at least 6 to 8 meters away from them. The Park has various accommodations where guests will stay in while enjoy this lifetime experience and some of them include; Bukima tented camp, Mikeno lodge, Kibumba tented camp, and Lulimbi tented camp, among others.