Congo Gorilla Trekking

Congo Gorilla Trekking is a life-changing experience. The Mountain gorillas, the highly intelligent, good-natured, and fascinating great ape are found in three countries; Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

What To Expect On A Gorilla Trip To Congo?

Every adventurers should head out on their Congo Safari knowing what they hope to discover. The long and uncomfortable journey on 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.

Where To Find Gorillas At Congo?

In DRC, the mountain gorillas are only found and tracked in Virunga National Park (Park National des Virunga). The Virunga National Park is part of the wider Virunga Mastiff shared between Volcanoes National Park in DRC and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda. The Virunga National park is located within the great Volcano region of the Congo basin. The gorilla trekking usually starts from the Bukima patrol post. The location, however, may change depending on where the gorillas spent the night. Just like in Uganda Safaris and Rwanda, you will be guided by an experienced guide and trackers provided by, Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature, ICCN (the authority in charge of wildlife in DRC).

Gorilla Trekking DRC is unique in that visitors are required to wear surgical masks (provided) when in the presence of gorillas. This is to safeguard the health of Virunga’s gorillas.

Congo Mountain Gorilla Groups

There are 8 mountain gorilla groups habituated in Virunga National Park. These are:

  1. Kabirizi group,
  2. Humba group,
  3. Rugendo group,
  4. Mapuwa group,
  5. Lulengo group,
  6. Munyaga group,
  7. Nyakamwe group and
  8. Bageni

The largest group is currently the Bageni group with 26 gorillas. In total, there are 115 habituated individual Mountain gorillas in DRC.

Congo Gorilla Trekking Regulations

  • 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 8:00qm to 7:00 pm
  • Time limit with gorillas: It’s strictly 1 hour allowed to spend with the mountain gorillas.

Cost Of Congo Gorilla Permits

Congo Gorilla Safari, those planning to track mountain gorillas in Virunga national park, you are advised to book with one of the best local tour operators and the Congo Gorilla Permits Costs ($400) per person.

The Gorilla Trekking In Congo are lower; currently $ 400 for internationals and $150 for Congolese nationals. Trekking to and from the gorillas usually takes 1-2 hours of hiking, depending on where the mountain gorillas spent the previous night and the difficulty of the terrain.

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 Permits are reduced  to ($350) per person. Other months are okay for gorilla trekking since it’s a dry season.

Ready For Mountain Gorilla Trekking In DRC?

More often overshadowed by the iconic Uganda & Rwanda, Congo stays a little less focused. But we would recommend not underestimating this small country which has a lot to offer. Start Congo Gorilla Trekking to watch these playful gorillas and witnessing their human-like behaviour can be a memory to cheer throughout life. Being a front liner gorilla trekking company Saso Uganda Safaris offer finest itineraries for the Democratic Republic of Congo too. Come visit us to plan a great trip.

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TOP DR CONGO SAFARI FAQS

Before entering Uganda, Rwanda, or DR Congo, you need to obtain a visa. In the case of Uganda, tourist visas can be bought in advance via the embassy or consulate in your country or can be purchased at the airport upon arrival. Passport photos are not required. A single entry tourist visa costs US $100 per person for a stay of up to 90 days. For Rwanda, a visa can be gotten in advance through the embassy or consulate in your country.

In Uganda and Rwanda, ATM cards and credit cards can be mostly used without any hassle. While Visa credit cards are by far the most convenient way to withdraw cash, MasterCards can be used at Barclay’s Bank, for example. Outside of Kampala and Kigali, ATM machines are scarce. Upcountry, ATMs can be found in larger towns. Your Instinct Safaris guide is further advised to temporarily help cover expenses in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo in case you cannot withdraw cash at a given moment. We do not recommend trying to obtain cash in DR Congo at this time. Instead, we recommend bringing cash (either Uganda Shillings, Rwandan Francs, or US Dollars). Travelers cheques are not recommended in the countries we serve.

The topography of Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo covers a wide panel of terrains. Along with this array of landscapes comes a range of climates specific to these regions. All three countries are situated at a relatively high altitude compared to other east African countries. When going on safari with us, it can therefore be important to plan ahead and to know just when to encounter the best trekking and wildlife viewing conditions. While mountain gorilla tracking is recommended throughout the year and rain can come down on any day, our recommendations for the best travel times only apply to wildlife viewing and safari on the flatter plains in Uganda and Rwanda.

As mentioned before, Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo encompass a wide range of geographical features and a number of different climates. In any case, make sure to bring durable walking shoes or boots, sun glasses, and sun screen. Do not forget to pack insect repellent to fight off mosquitoes in the evenings, rain gear, and your camera. As far as clothing goes, go for comfortable boots, preferably two pairs. Shorts and long trousers and regular T-shirts or buttoned shirts are a good choice. Especially around Bwindi National Park and the Virunga volcanoes, mornings and evenings can be rather cold (down to 5 °C). Please make sure to bring appropriate clothing.