Looking for a comfortable place to stay in with friends & family on your Congo safari! Consider Orchids Safari Club, during your visit Congo as your Congo tour accommodation hotel. With impressive gorgeous gardens overlooking the lake, this comfortable hotel is a perfect destination for all travellers on tours in Congo including family travellers, business travellers, group travellers and friends. Orchids Safari Club has spacious rooms with private terraces, smart furnishings, comfortable beds and large bathrooms.
Not interested in spending a night during your Congo safari tour, you can still visit Congo, make your way to its spacious smart restaurant inside the Orchids Safari Club hotel, bag one of its few lake-facing tables because the views are well worth coming early for and finally grab yourself a plate at lunchtime too. The food always served here or during your Congo tours is classical French cuisine with a few regional influences and local dishes.
The luxurious nature hotel is situated in Bukavu along Lake Kivu in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo giving you an exceptional environmental. This glossy and pleasingly decorated hotel offers a mixture of fashionable and traditional African styles that will leave you with Africa safari memories. Every time there are visitors, the team at the hotel makes sure your times spend at the complex is as relaxing as possible.
Orchids safari lodge comprises of 18 spacious rooms with comfortable beds. Rooms are in different categories that are single, doubles/twins, triple rooms and presidential suites for the luxurious travellers. All rooms have private and en suite facilities like flushing toilets and hot showers.
Standing at the Orchids’ veranda, you have an undisturbed view of the thick, green, Switzerland-like Mountains that rise up from both sides of the lake. There is a path down to a beach along the shores of Lake Kivu, which is clear and cool and more refreshing than any swimming pool you’ve ever stepped into. It stretches for miles to the horizon.
The easiest way to get there is by water via Bukavu. During this Congo adventure safari, you will be able to sight part of the Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo. This park is one of the last nature reserves to lowland gorillas, a major attraction for tourists on Congo safari tours. Booking a Congo gorilla safari or Congo gorilla trek safari with us would be the easiest way of getting there. Kahuzi Biega National Park consists of 12 groups of gorillas where 4 are habituated and open for Congo gorilla trekking safaris, an activity that mostly engages the travellers to Congo. You can approach these giants within a few metres, an unforgettable experience!
Other parks where gorillas can be found include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park in Uganda that offer Uganda gorilla safaris, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda granting you Rwanda gorilla tours and Virunga National Park in Congo giving you chance to do a double trekking gorilla tour in Congo.
A summary of Orchids safari lodge offers and services
- A restaurant that serves all types of meals that meets guests appetite served by well-trained staff,
- Well stocked bar with both soft and hard drinks/alcoholic drinks,
- Laundry services available,
- Excellent and comfortable beds,
- Free parking space,
- Wi-Fi internet available at the lodge that enables guests to keep in touch with their families and friends,
- Hairdryers available,
- Health and fitness centres
- Hot showers and flushing toilets,
- Spectacular view of the Lake Kivu and surrounding areas.
How to get a Congo Gorilla Trekking Permit
Booking your permit prior is essential and this can best be done through a gorilla safari Congo tour operator. A tour operator is more familiar with the system and can help with all the necessary bookings. The tour operator also offers all the other necessary information and updates about the park.
Best time for trekking gorillas in Congo
Congo gorilla safaris are an all year round activity however, just like any other activity there is always a recommendable time for Congo tours to the gorilla homeland. Here is a guide of the on the yearly calendar about the weather and climate of Congo that will help you determine what the best time to trek gorillas in Congo;
January – February. These are usually fairly dry months of the year in Congo. This time is considered the short dry season of the country and a good time for Congo gorilla tours. However, it can easily rain at any time during this season though the chances are low and the rains are low/light.
March, April and May. The months of March, April and May form the rainy season of Congo. Many refer to this as the low season and not recommended for travellers to tour Congo in this period. However, this does not mean that the park is completely closed or trekking cannot be done. If it’s when you have the time for a safari, then no reason to worry because at this time, the park is open and in most cases, Congo gorilla tour permits are discounted. Accommodation is in most cases discounted too. Therefore, this is a good time for a Congo safari for budget travelers; you save and yet have the same great experience of spending a full hour in the presence of the elusive giants.
June, July and August. These months are considered the best time to trek gorillas in Congo since this is known as the dry season in the country. The advantage of taking a safari to Congo at this time is that many travellers are in the country, the forest of Virunga National Park is drier and therefore, it’s easier to trek gorillas. The grass is also shorter and therefore photography is easier to do.
September – October are also still one of the best time to trek gorillas in Congo since the rains are low. This season is also great if you are planning to tailor in a Uganda tour, wildlife safari in Uganda or safari to Rwanda because the rains are less in the other countries too. This time is also ideal for a Tanzania safari for a hike to Mount Kilimanjaro.
November experiences light rains but still, gorilla trekking in Congo is possible.
By mid-December, it’s eased off to light showers and one best time for Congo gorilla trekking safaris. However, this season is a Christmas season and the need for Congo tour permits is high therefore you need to book early. In summary, therefore, the best time to trek gorillas in Congo is during the months of June-October and mid-December – February.
Our popular 3 days Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or 3 Days Uganda Gorilla tour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is an easy way to plan your gorilla trekking safari. This popular 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari is a perfect way to plan a gorilla trekking safari Uganda and Rwanda in a single trip.
After your Congo tours around Virunga national park, we too can tailor a 6 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari or 6 days’ gorilla safari Rwanda to Bwindi impenetrable national park and Volcanoes national park respectively. In conclusion, if you have time, you can combine your gorilla safari in Congo in Virunga National Park with a Rwanda safari. Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, Uganda safaris, short Uganda wildlife safaris, Uganda gorilla safaris, Uganda chimpanzee safaris, Uganda adrenaline adventures, Kampala city tours, Jinja city tours and many more.
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