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Join us for an unforgettable 4 days Congo Double Gorilla Trekking Safari through the heart of Africa. Experience double gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park, discover conservation efforts, explore Kigali’s history, and depart with cherished memories and newfound connections. This safari promises a rich tapestry of wildlife and culture in a compact time frame.
Your 4 day Congo Double Gorilla Trekking Safari begins as you land at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, greeted by your experienced tour guide. You’ll embark on a scenic drive to Goma, a vibrant city on the Rwanda-Congo border.
Crossing into Congo is a unique experience, and your guide will ensure a smooth transition. As you enter Virunga National Park, renowned for its biodiversity and gorilla populations, you’ll be captivated by the changing landscape. Your accommodation within the park offers various options, allowing you to choose your comfort level. Upon arrival, take time to relax and recharge, either on your private terrace or with a delicious meal inspired by local cuisine.
Your second day on the Double Congo Gorilla Trekking Safari begins early. After breakfast, meet your guide and head to the park headquarters for a briefing on gorilla trekking. Here, you’ll receive important guidelines to ensure a respectful and safe encounter with these magnificent creatures. Embark on your first gorilla trekking adventure with your experienced guide. Trek through the lush rainforest of Virunga National Park, where you’ll encounter a habituated gorilla family. Spend up to an hour observing and photographing these gentle giants in their natural habitat, creating unforgettable memories.
Return to your accommodation for a satisfying lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, join a guided nature walk to explore the park’s diverse flora and fauna. As the day winds down, return to your accommodation for a delicious dinner and overnight stay, reflecting on the incredible experiences of the day and looking forward to more adventures in Virunga National Park.
Your third day begins with a drive to Bukima, home to another captivating gorilla family in Virunga National Park. After a hearty breakfast, you’ll set off, enjoying the park’s scenic beauty along the way.
Upon arrival at Bukima, a brief orientation readies you for your second gorilla trek. With your guide, embark on an adventure to observe and photograph a different gorilla family, deepening your understanding of these remarkable primates. Spending up to an hour with the gorillas, you’ll witness their unique behaviors before returning to your accommodation within the park. Enjoy a delicious dinner.
On your final day, delve into the cultural and historical facets of the region. Begin with a visit to the Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage in Virunga National Park. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the park’s crucial conservation efforts, especially concerning orphaned gorillas. The visit allows you to understand the dedication of park rangers and conservationists who work tirelessly to protect these endangered species.
Afterward, embark on a scenic drive to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. There, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, a poignant reminder of Rwanda’s history and progress. Concluding your journey, you’ll be transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight. As you leave, carry with you the rich experiences, connections, and understanding of both the wildlife and history of this remarkable region.
– Congo Gorilla trekking permits cost USD 400 per person per trek. You will need to obtain the permits in advance, which can be purchased through Laba Africa.
– The best time to visit Congo for gorilla trekking is during the dry season, which runs from June to September and December to February. During this time, the trails are less muddy making it easier to trek through the forest to find the gorillas.
– It’s essential to be fairly physically fit and have suitable trekking gear for the expedition. Pack essentials like water, snacks, hiking shoes, and a rain jacket. A small fee can be paid to porters to help you carry luggage during the trek hence reducing the burden.
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