As you plan to set off for your Congo safari to Kahuzi Biega National Park, ensure you book your Congo tour with a travel company like Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd that will help you plan the best Congo safari tour. It will advise you about what to carry and the must-have travel documents before travelling to Congo. It is possible to also help you secure all the Congo travel requirements before you enter the Democratic Republic of Congo for your Congo wildlife safari, Congo gorilla trekking safari, or Congo birding safari. Do you know the travel document required before you go to Congo?
How to get to Congo
Fly with the Ethiopian Airlines
For tourists planning to travel to Congo, you can get into the country by either air or road. If you are flying directly into Congo, Ethiopian Airlines is the best means of transport to use however the airline goes to Goma once a week and returns in Seven days.
If your safari is not taking this long then the neighbouring Kigali International Airport in Rwanda is the best option since the Airport has daily flights. After your safari, you can be driven to Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport for your flight back home. If you are arriving into DRC using a safari vehicle, for instance, connecting from Rwanda or from a Uganda, the entry point for visitors is through the city of Goma at the Grand Barriere border crossing. You can tailor your Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo safari with a Uganda wildlife safari, a Uganda gorilla trekking safari or gorilla safari Rwanda and make your trip memorable with ultimate Africa safari memories.
Must have travel Congo documents
A Congo Visa
Before getting into Congo for a safari, you are required to have a Congo Visa however, you are required to process it earlier than your travel dates. The Institute Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN); the Congolese wildlife authority, has an agreement with Direction Générale de Migration (DGM), the Congolese immigration service, to facilitate obtaining 2-week, single-entry tourist visas for people visiting for safaris in Congo. To qualify for a Congo tourist visa, you must first purchase a safari package in any of the National Park; Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo or in Virunga National Park. Your tourist visa will be sent electronically by the email provided during booking 2 weeks before your travel date. Ensure to print out the visa and present it at the border at Grande Barriere building along with the package confirmation details. Alternatively, your tour company can help you organize this visa before your travel dates. If you are using Ethiopian Airlines to fly direct to Goma Airport in Congo, ensure to notify the tourism team two weeks before your scheduled flight with the name of your departure flight to ensure that your visa information is communicated to the Airline. Transportation in Congo
Just like in other countries, A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is also required if you are to enter the Democratic Republic of Congo. You are required to get vaccinated back in your home country at least 10 days before departure and it should be authentically signed and stamped and after you must carry it along with you for your safari. The yellow fever vaccination certificate should show your full names, date of birth and sex as it does appear on your passport.
What activities are you planning to do?
Virunga National Park Congo offers a mountain gorilla safari tour Congo making Congo the only destination in Africa with different species of gorillas. It may seem the same experience but they are different because you are going to trek a different species of gorillas that live in a different environment; mountainous area hence the name mountain gorillas.
Virunga National Park Congo is the popularly visited destination in the country with two popular activities done in the park which are Mountain gorilla trekking and a hike to Mount Nyiragongo summit. Mount Nyiragongo is within the Virunga massif close to the Albertine rift a region that is very rich in diversity within Africa. Mount Nyiragongo is about 3,470m high with two distinct lava benches one about 3,175m (10,417ft) and the other at 2,975m (9,760ft). Mount Nyiragongo is one of Africa’s recently active stratovolcanoes with a lava lake once known as the most voluminous.
Virunga National Park is a great Congo safari tour destination and a good place to visit on your African safari. Each of what to do in Virunga National Park can be done as a standalone activity or you may decide to done as tailor the activities with trips like Uganda safaris, wildlife tour Uganda and Rwanda safaris especially for gorilla trekking and golden monkey trekking. With eased chartered flights to the neighboring Uganda or Rwanda, safaris in Congo can also be tailored toKenya safaris or Tanzania tours thanks to great wildebeest migration that crosses through the two countries.
Lowland gorilla trekking
Lowland gorilla trekking is the major activity done in Kahuzi Biega National Park. The park has over 5 habituated lowland gorilla families that are trekked by travellers on Congo gorilla safari tours. It’s an adventurous activity that involves trekking a particular gorilla family in the forest for some hours, when you see it, you are allowed to be around them for only an hour. During this hour, you make use of your phone and camera, take many photos as possible as the gorilla build their nests, care for the young ones, feed, cuddle and many more. Seeing lowland gorillas is captivating and memorable making it the most sought activity in this park.
Because the park habits more than 350 bird species with 42 being endemic to this park, it has made birding in Congo’s Kahuzi Biega National Park a very popular activity in the park. The most spotted ones include the African green broadbill, yellow-crested helmet shrike, the Congo peafowl and Rockefeller’s.
There are various walking trails in the park that pass through the tropical rainforest to different tourism sites. The Tshibiti waterfalls trails lead you to three waterfalls in the park. During your nature walk, an experienced guide will show you different vegetation types and other wildlife species in the park. Nature walks give you the opportunity to feel the natural fresh air accompanied by sweet sounds of the singing birds in the forest. The adventure makes travellers desire a longer forest walk. With all the beauty and the tourism potentials that Kahuzi-Biega National Park boasts ranging from the awesome Eastern lowland gorillas to different primate species, we believe the park is an awesome destination to include on your itinerary to Virunga National Park on your Congo safari. You may decide to also include Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya as your next safari destinations.
Mount Kahuzi & Mount Biega hiking adventures Congo
Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo is, however, is not just about lowland gorillas, it gives travellers Congo gorilla trekking safaris. The park is home to a pair of inactive volcanic mountains found within the heart of this national park you can hike. Mount Kahuzi is the highest with a height of about 3,308m above sea level while Mount Biega is the smallest of the two stands at about 2,790m above the sea level. Hiking is one of the common activities done in this park. Hiking Mount Kahuzi takes about 4 hours to the top and 3 hours down while Mount Biega takes about 3 hours to the top and 3 hours down. Once you hike and reach any of the summits of these two volcanoes, you will enjoy a scenic panoramic view of the entire park, you may spot some of the wildlife that habits the park, enjoying viewing the neighbouring communities and countries. During your hiking adventure in Kahuzi Biega National Park, expect to see bamboo and subalpine vegetation that harbour different animals in the park and a few animals like owl-faced monkeys plus a variety of birds.
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