Wondering where to go for gorilla trekking in Congo? Congo, is one of the greatest hidden gems in all of Africa suitable for Africa gorilla trekking safaris. The chief destinations for this interesting Africa safari adventure in Congo include; Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park. Located in the north Kivu and south Kivu provinces respectively in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo gorilla trekking tours are very interesting Africa safaris for Virunga and Kahuzi Biega National Parks are home to both Mountain and Eastern lowland gorilla species respectively.
An encounter with gorilla families in Virunga and Kahuzi Biega parks is exceptionally life changing. Gorillas are intelligent and very fascinating creatures to observe. The silverback’s powerful presence is awe-inspiring, yet his calmness clearly earns him the title, “gentle giant”.
A Brief about Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park is a UNESCO heritage site and Africa’s oldest park. This park alone is home to 25% of the world’s estimated 900 Mountain Gorillas with some unique ape species that can be sighted here, including the Chimpanzees.
This park is now the best possible option for adventurous travelers to visit the once again accessible southern sector of the Virunga conservation area for Congo Gorilla trekking tours. Gorilla treks in Virunga Park begin from Bukima patrol post in Mikeno area and are led by park rangers. Treks usually require 1-2 hours of hiking depending on the movements and location of Mountain Gorillas and current state of the terrain.
A Brief about Kahuzi Biega National Park
Kahuzi Biega National Park is another famous habitat for Eastern Lowland Gorillas, arguably the largest gorilla species in the world, scientifically referred to as the Grauer’s gorillas. Eastern lowland gorillas are one of the sub-species of Gorillas commonly sighted in the jungles of central and eastern Africa. This park has habituated groups of Eastern Lowland Gorillas and thus a key destination for lowland gorilla trekking safaris in Congo.
Going on a gorilla tour in Congo is an outstanding once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it is at the top of many traveler’s bucket list. However only children of 15 years and older are allowed to go for gorilla trekking safari in Congo. After meeting the gorillas, visitors are given only up to one hour to interact with them. All gorilla treks in Congo begin in the morning at 8am and commence with a briefing by the park rangers at the starting point.
Congo gorilla safari accommodation
Have you already decided to undertake a Congo gorilla tour on your Africa safari? The neighborhood of these national parks; Kahuzi-Biega & Virunga National Park Congo are dotted with bustling and steadily developing towns which are the main business centers that serve the tourism destinations. The Goma town is located 20kms away from Virunga National Park and other attractions such as Nyiragongo volcano and Rwenzori Mountain ranges.
On the other hand, Bukavu town is conveniently situated on the fringes of Kahuzi-Biega National Park and presents one of the best luxurious accommodation facilities in the region. The town serves as the main gate way for visitors going for lowland Congo gorilla tours in Kahuzi-Biega National Park.
Both towns and Parks themselves present a numerous hotels and Congo safari resorts that serve as accommodation and camping centers for gorilla trekkers in these respective gorilla destinations. Some of these include;
Mikeno Lodge Congo
Mikeno Lodge is high end facility that serves visitors going for Congo gorilla safaris in Virunga National Park and the famous Nyiragongo volcano climbing adventure in Congo. Mikeno lodge is a gem within Virunga National Park that will make your gorilla tour in Congo memorable. With its spacious bungalows, luxurious and private accommodation, the lodge will definitely make your stay a memorable one.
Bukima Tented Camp Congo
Bukima Tented Camp; this relatively high end facility close to the starting point for gorilla tracking in Virunga National Park, offering a wonderful start for gorilla trekking tour Congo adventure in this famous park. One unique quality about this facility is the wonderful views it offers from inside the tent and elsewhere around the camp. The views of Mt. Mikeno towering to an altitude of over 4,437m, Mount Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo summit are clear in the evenings and during clear skies in the morning.
Kibumba Tented Camp Congo
Kibumba Tented Camp close to Kibati positioned for both Nyiragongo hike and Gorilla trek while the Mountain shelter at Nyiragongo volcano caters for those on Nyiragongo volcano hiking tour. Lulimbi Tented Camp in central Virunga is set to open in Jan 2018 and will serve the travelers interested in exploring the park’s savannah stretches and their beautiful wild game.
From Goma town, the guests can look out for Hotel Ihusi a good midrange close to Rwandan border and Cap Kivu Hotel.
Kahuzi Biega National Park is still faced with accommodation challenge and the travelers on Safari in Congo are limited to only one Luxury facility called The Orchids’ Safari Club. The budget travelers can check out simple guesthouses in Bukavu town.
Orchids’ Safari Club
Orchids’ Safari Club is situated in Bukavu, just across the border from Rwanda. The luxurious nature around Lake Kivu enables us to welcome you in an exceptional environment. This sleek and elegantly decorated hotel offers a mixture of contemporary and traditional African styles.
Every day, our team goes all out to make sure your time on our complex is as relaxing as possible.
An hour from Bukavu, along Lake Kivu, you can discover Kahuzi Biega National Park. This park is one of the last nature reserves to home lowland gorillas. You can approach these giants within a few metres, an unforgettable experience!