Congo is one of the three countries in Africa where you can see mountain gorillas and trek them within their natural habitat. In Congo, mountain gorilla scan be trekked in the Virunga National Park a habitat that is contiguous with the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park of Uganda. All of these are within the virunga mountain ranges where the world’s remaining mountain gorillas roam. Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area. Congo gorilla trekking safaris therefore offer a chance to see the mountain gorillas in this habitat as well as a lot more wild species within the old bio diverse forest.
More than 1063 mountain gorillas are estimated to be remaining in Africa with Virunga National Park having part of this population. In Virunga’s southern sector around Bukima, there are about eight gorilla families and four solitary males. The gorilla families in the park are fully habituated which means they are familiar to human presence and safe for tourists to trek for Congo gorilla trekking safaris.
In Congo, mountain gorilla trekking isn’t the only gorilla safari option, however there are also lowland gorillas. Eastern Lowland gorillas are found in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park. These live in a lower altitude and can easily be trekked without hiking difficulties as compared with mountain gorillas. Kahuzi-Biega is a tropical rainforest with two outstanding volcanoes which are Kahuzi and Biega. Western lowland gorillas are the smallest of the four gorilla subspecies and they are part of the Congo gorilla population. Their exact number is not known because they inhabit some of the densest and remote rainforests including in isolated swamps and remote swampy forests of Congo.
Congo is the cheapest gorilla trekking destination in Africa. To trek gorillas in Congo, an individual requires to get a gorilla trekking permit which is at US$ 400 for each person. The Congo gorilla trekking permit price is way much less than that of Uganda (US$ 700) and Rwanda (US$ 1500).
Best time to go for Congo Gorilla Trekking Safaris
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park is open for gorilla trekking all year round, however, It is very important to visit Congo when it is the best time for Congo gorilla trekking safaris.
The best time to go gorilla trekking in Congo is during the country’s two dry seasons which are January and February and from June to September. Months of June, July, August, September, January and February are the best times to go gorilla trekking in Congo. It is during the dry season when the amount of rain has reduced and the skies are clear most of the time.
During the rainy season, rains are heavy and therefore remember to carry rain gear like a rain jacket, boots and warm clothing to undertake gorilla trekking. The rainy seasons are from October to November and mid-March to May as the country receives high rain totals.
Minimum age for Congo gorilla trekking safaris is 15. Therefore anyone 15 and above who wants to have a gorilla trekking experience in Congo can book with us the trip. Gorilla Tracking also does provide booking services for tourists who would want to visit the mountain gorillas on a Uganda gorilla safari or on Rwanda gorilla tours.