3 Days 2 Nights Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari

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3 Days 2 Nights Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari

3 Days 2 Nights Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari under the 3 Days Rwanda Safaris begins in Kigali and ends Kigali – Rwanda. Going on a gorilla trek is a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it is at the top of many people’s bucket list.

There is nothing as thrilling as being amidst the great apes, which share 98% of human DNA, in the middle of an impenetrable jungle. Mountain gorilla trekking takes place in three East African countries – Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This gorilla permit in Democratic Republic of Congo costs 400 US Dollars which is cheaper than in the other two countries. The mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park can be visited at any time of year, although some paths are hard to navigate during the wet season from May to October.

In this season, gorilla trekking permits are reduced to 350 US Dollars per person. Gorilla trekking in the Democratic Republic of Congo involves hiking deep into the mountain jungles to observe a gorilla family in the wild.

Visitors under the 3 Days 2 Nights Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari will be led by guides and national park rangers who keep records of the gorillas for conservation purposes and help protect them from poachers. They can determine the general area where a gorilla family will be and are skilled in tracking them.

Your gorilla trekking adventure in the Democratic Republic of Congo will begin early in the morning and you will be driven up to the gorilla trekking starting point at Bukima – a ranger’s station in the mountains of the Virunga National Park, outside the city of Goma.

The small agrarian villages you’ll pass, and the people who run to the road to wave at you, will give you a glimpse of a different way of life. The length of the trek is entirely dependent on the gorillas — sometimes the guides can track them down in less than two hours, other times it takes much longer.

Mountain gorillas are nomadic, travelling the jungle in families and staying in an area just long enough to clear it of food. They also don’t follow a clear path, and you’ll realize when tracking them that they like to meander.

On your first sighting, you may see mothers holding their babies, juvenile gorillas playing, or dominant silverbacks keeping an eye out for their family!

There are families of over 35 gorillas and you only have an hour in their presence, wearing surgical masks to prevent any diseases being passed between species. As you watch them, your guide will also explain the various behaviors.

3 Days 2 Nights Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari Summary Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali – Rwanda to Bukima in Democratic Republic of Congo
Day 2: Gorilla tracking in the Virunga National Park
Day 3: Drive back to Kigali

3 Days 2 Nights Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari Detalied Itinerary

Day 1: Kigali Transfer to Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo

0800 Hours: After a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Kigali, you have a choice to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial – the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 genocide.

Later enjoy lunch and depart for the border between Rwanda and the vibrant border town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is approximately a 4 hour drive through the hills of Rwanda. Here at the border, you will exit Rwanda and entre Congo after clearing with customs.

From Goma, other 2 hours scenic drive through the region’s dramatic landscape takes you to Bukima. You will arrive in the evening; have dinner and spend an overnight your accommodation of choice.

Accommodation Options:
Luxury Accommodation: 
Mikeno lodge
Mid Range Accommodation: Bukima tented camp, Tchegera Island Tented Camp
Budget Accommodation: Ihusi Hotel Goma, Kibumba Tented Camp

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Virunga National Park Gorilla Trekking

After an early morning breakfast at your camp/ lodge, you will head out to the starting point at Kibumba post. The gorilla trek usually takes about 1 to 2 hours before you meet the gorillas also depending on location of the gorilla group being trekked and the difficulty of the terrain.

From only a short distance away, take in the impressive sight of a 400l pound silverback as he keeps a watchful eye over his family. Observe young gorillas pumping their chests, mothers tenderly feeding their young and watch baby gorillas gleefully play-fighting, somersaulting and leaping from tree to tree in their natural environment.

You have an hour with the gorillas to explore their behavior and take pictures for your memories. For this lifetime adventure, you have to be equipped with camera but without flashlight, long sleeved shirts, trousers, hat, hiking boots that are waterproof and others.

Thereafter, drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:
Luxury Accommodation: Mikeno lodge
Mid Range Accommodation: Bukima tented camp, Tchegera Island Tented Camp
Budget Accommodation: Ihusi Hotel Goma, Kibumba Tented Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Virunga National Park –Transfer back to Kigali

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge/ camp followed by a transfer back to Kigali. Lunch will be en-route. Incase your flight is scheduled in the evening the same day, proceed to the Kigali International airport marking the end of your 3 day gorilla safari in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Meal Plan {Breakfast & Lunch}

 Items To Take on The Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari

* A jacket
* Selfie Stick
* A rain coat
* Cash for tips
* Bottle Water
* Insect repellents
* Long sleeved shirts
* A flash free camera
* Gorilla Trekking boots
* Long Pants – Do not wear shorts
* Trekking stick/ Walking Stick (Optional) (can be hired at the trekked point)
* Poncho – Just in case it rains, especially if you are going during the rainy season
* Hiking Boots – It is possible to trek in sneakers, but hiking boots are best especially if it rains
* Best Camera You Own – When else will you be this close to silverback gorillas. Be prepared and invest in a high-quality camera

3 Days 2 Nights Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari Prices

 Dates From Dates To Price Per Person Children Aged 15 Years and Above
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Notes

Gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park rules and regulations that need to be followed by gorilla trackers in Virunga. These include:
* Only those over 15 years of age are allowed to trek
* You are only allowed to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas
* Gorilla trekking can only take place between 0800 Hours and 1900 Hours
* Only a maximum of eight individuals per day are allowed to trek. This helps to reduce the spreading of diseases from humans to the mountain gorillas

3 Days 2 Nights Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari Prices include:

* Tour guide
* Gorilla permit
* Bottled water while on safari
* Transport in the four wheel safari vehicle
* Accommodation on Full Board basis for 2 nights and meals as per the itinerary

3 Days 2 Nights Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari Prices Exclude:

* Visa fees
* International flights
* Accommodation in Kigali
* Extra activities or meals not include on the itinerary
* Personal expenses especially tips, cigars, beer, laundry services, souvenirs among others

Booking & Reservations for 3 Days 2 Nights Virunga National Park Congo Gorilla Safari Contacts;

Booking Office Tel: + 254 718-179-967
Mobile/ WhatsApp : + 254 721-242-711
Mobile : + 254 780-242-711
Email: info@africanspicesafaris.com
Website: www.africanspicesafaris.com

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