3 Days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo

The gorillas in Congo have been less explored and thus offer the best jungle experience only explainable by those who undertake Congo gorilla safaris. The 3 Days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo is the best Chance for tourists to encounter the endangered mountain gorillas within a short time. This short safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

Congo is the only country in the world with both mountain and lowland gorillas with Virunga national park being the base for Congo gorilla tours and Kahuzi Biega national park for the lowland gorillas. Virunga National Park is situated in the North kivu province of Congo in the eastern side of Democratic Republic of Congo bordering Uganda’s Mgahinga gorilla national park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park. The park has 8 habituated gorilla families with interesting histories each trekked by 8 tourists a day.

The park sits on an altitude of about 2,500-4,500m above sea level therefore trekking the gorillas includes hiking in a tropical jungle which requires being physically fit.

Highlights of the 3 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo

Day 1: Arrival to Kigali international airport and transfer to Bukima in Congo’s Virunga National Park

Day 2: Do mountain gorilla trekking

Day 3: Return to Kigali and depart

Details of the 3 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo

Day 1:

Up on arrival in Kigali, you will meet the safari guide at Kigali international airport waiting to take you through your 3 days safari. Depending on your time of arrival, you can do a Kigali city tour to Gisozi genocide memorial centre where you will view photographs, video clips and artifacts of the genocide. After lunch you embark on a 6 hours’ drive to Bukima in Virunga national park. A Congo Visa is secured at Goma. You arrive to your hotel in the evening for dinner and relaxation.

Day 2:

The Congo gorilla trekking tour, is done on your second day after breakfast at your lodging facility. Gorilla trekking starts at 8:00am after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters. The trek could last about 3 hours after which you come across the gentle giants and only 1 memorable hour is spent with the gorillas. After the trek, you return back to your hotel for relaxation and dinner.

3 Days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo

A moment with the gorillas

Day 3:

On the third day of your gorilla trekking safari to Virunga, you will have breakfast at your hotel before you embark on a drive back to Kigali. The drive back to Kigali takes you along beautiful sceneries. You have lunch in Kigali and visit some craft shops for craft purchase before the driver takes you to the airport for departure.

The safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda because it’s the closest international airport that has daily international flights. Goma international airport in Congo has international flights once a week on Saturday by Ethiopian airlines and the return flight is done after 7 days.

What to carry for 3 Days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo

  • Hiking shoes
  • Light rain jacket
  • Sweater
  • Hand gloves
  • Packed lunch and water

Surgical masks are provided after briefing at the park headquarters.

The general tour package by gorilla safari tour operators in Virunga national park is inclusive of;

  • Border crossing fees
  • A professional English-speaking driver guide
  • Park entry fees
  • Gorilla trekking permit fees (USD 450)
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • A comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle for hire

The tour package is exclusive of all personal item purchases.

Take this short safari to Congo and have a better perspective of what the wild holds in Virunga national park. There’s no better place to see gorillas in a raw environment.

 

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