Murchison falls in Uganda

Murchison falls in Uganda

Mountain Rwenzori Uganda

Mountain Rwenzori Uganda

Okapi in Congo

Okapi in Congo

Elephants at Murchison falls national park Uganda

Elephants at Murchison falls national park Uganda

Gorilla Family in Rwanda

Gorilla Family in Rwanda

 

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK; HOME OF GORILLA TREKKING IN CONGO – CONGO SAFARI NEWS

Gazetted in 1925, Virunga National Park has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979, and Africa’s oldest national park. It is situated in eastern Congo and borders other major national parks in the region, like the Uganda tour destinations of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mt. Rwenzori Park and the Volcanoes national Park in Rwanda –the main destination for Rwanda gorilla safaris.

Previously known as Albert National Park, it was established purposefully to protect the Mountain Gorillas which were threatened to extinction. The park has unparalleled landscapes of lush tropical forests, lava flows, savanna, and glaciers, and renowned for being one of the remaining natural habitats for the world’s critically endangered Mountain Gorillas which makes it a prime site for Congo gorilla safaris. Virunga currently is home to 6 habituated gorilla families and together with other Mountain Gorillas in the park, account to a quarter of the world’s Mountain Gorilla population.

 Virunga National Park is also home to other wildlife including Okapis, Giraffes, forest elephants, Chimpanzees among others. This range of fauna makes wildlife safaris in Congo diverse and rewarding. With 706 bird species of which 24 are endemic to the park, Virunga National Park presents a rich ground for birding tours in Congo.

Currently, Virunga is the best spot where one can admire the thrilling views of various mountains including Mikeno, Nyamulagira, Sabyinyo, Nyiragongo and Rwenzori Mountains. Nyiragongo Volcano is the home to world’s largest and most violent lava lake and world travelers take up Nyiragongo volcano climbing tours to look into the red lava pans at night while at the summit.

 

FACTS ABOUT EASTERN LOWLAND GORILLAS IN KAHUZI BIEGA NATIONAL PARK – CONGO GORILLA SAFARI NEWS

Kahuzi Biega National Park (Parc National De Kahuzi Biega) is located in South Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a proud home to the largest gorilla species known as Eastern lowland Gorillas or the Grauer’s gorillas always sought after during Congo gorilla safaris and tours.

The Eastern lowland Gorilla is one of the two sub-species of Gorillas found mostly in the jungles of Central and Eastern Africa, as well as their counter parts, the Mountain Gorillas. Congo is proud to harbour both of these species making the safaris in Congo beyond the ordinary!

The socialist Eastern lowland Gorillas stay in groups / families under the leadership and protection of a dominant male. The male is responsible for mating with the female members of the group and produce babies and the babies will stay with their mothers until 3 years old when they become independent. Because of its enormous size, the Eastern lowland Gorilla has few predators but poaching has been a major threat and has drastically reduced their population with current statistics showing only 5000 Eastern lowland Gorillas known to be thriving in the wild.

Lowland gorilla trekking in Congo’s Kahuzi Biega National Park is a wonderful and unique experience because the visitor is given a full one hour to encounter, see, photograph and relax amidst these lovely apes in lush jungles. Explore the wonderful and unique features of this magnificent creature and some of its behaviors.

Facts about Eastern lowland gorillas in Congo’s Kahuzi Biega National Park;

  • They are large in terms of size compared to all other gorilla subspecies.
  • They are absolutely herbivorous, eating wide range of plants, fruits, seeds, leaves, stems and barks, ants, termites and insects.
  • Males weigh up to 250kg and averagely 2m tall when standing.
  • They have short muzzle, stocky body and large hands

Kahuzi Biega National Park can be accessed with a speed boat from Goma in the North Kivu Province or via Ruzizi 1 border to the south west of destination Rwanda, which is perfect for guests who extend for Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda. Nyungwe Forest National Park famous for Chimpanzee safaris in Rwanda is in this area and thus a traveler can easily combine chimp trek with Lowland gorilla trek.

CONGO TOURS TO KAHUZI–BIEGA NATIONAL PARK – CONGO SAFARI NEWS

The Kahuzi-Biega National Park, also known as Parc National De Kahuzi-Biega is situated in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 40 km away from the bustling town of Bukavu in southern Kivu province, at the south western boarder of Rwanda and is one of the outstanding Congo safari sites.

The park was established in 1970 to protect the world’s largest species of gorillas (Grauer’s Gorilla), and the destination has remained the premier refuge for these particular gorilla species in the world. It derived its name from Mt. Kahuzi and Mt. Biega, the 2 magnificent dormant volcanoes towering to an altitude ranging between 3,308 to 2,790m meters. The eastern lowland gorillas are famous primates that habour the Eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo. This positions gorilla trekking safaris in Congo to be one of the most remarkable safari experiences one can ever have while on Africa safari tour.

With numerous natural endowments, D.R. Congo is blessed with a multitude of flora and fauna making it Africa’s top ranked virgin adventure holiday destination because of its amazing attractions such as the endangered Eastern Lowland Gorillas, the Okapis and Mountain Gorillas.

Kahuzi Biega National Park is the proud home of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla also called Grauer’s Gorilla; notably the largest of all the four subspecies of gorillas differentiated by its large hands and muscular body. Despite the size of these lowland gorillas, it survives mainly on herbaceous materials and fruits just like any other gorilla subspecies. The Congo gorilla trekking safaris in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park avails you a memorable adventure safari to encounter with the few surviving Eastern lowland gorillas in Africa. However, there are currently only two gorilla groups habituated and open for trekking by visitors who desire to adventure into this park.

Besides tracking the lowland gorillas, Kahuzi Biega is also home to over 135 other species of mammals including 12 primate species, such as the eastern chimpanzees, baboons, red tailed monkey, blue monkey and others. The mammals that can be spotted here include forest elephants, civets, leopards, duikers and many antelopes.

The park is a habitat to 336 bird species making it an appropriate destination for travelers looking for birding safaris in Congo. Most birds in Kahuzi-Biega National Park are endemic to the Albertine Rift; some birds found here include the Rockefeller’s sunbird, Grauer’s broadbill, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, and Ruwenzori Turaco.

Other species to look out for are amphibians and reptiles, including 69 dangerous reptiles and 44 amphibian species; a tour to Parc national de Kahuzi – Biega will obviously leave you with an experience to remember.

 

 

 

MOUNT NYIRAGONGO HIKING SAFARI IN CONGO – CONGO SAFARI NEWS

Mount Nyiragongo is a magnificent active volcano with the world’s largest lava lake making it one of a few volcanic mountains offering one of the top hiking Africa safari expeditions. Situated in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Mount Nyiragongo lies within the greater Virunga National park, approximately 20kms north of Goma town and Lake Kivu on the western border of Rwanda.

This beautiful volcano is known for its repetitive volcanic eruption and its large crater lake on top of the summit. Although predictable and safe for tourists, the time required to reach the top depends on the degree of fitness of an individual hiker.

The lower slopes of the volcano are covered by forest which is a habitat for various animals like bushbucks, blue monkeys, colobus monkeys and baboons, including man’s closest ape the chimpanzees offering a thrilling opportunity to explore the western arm of the Albertine rift.

The adventure hiking safari to Nyiragongo Volcano begins at Kibati patrol post very early in the morning after breakfast, take a 30 minutes’ drive from the bustling Goma town. The hike takes 4 to 6 hours to reach the summit; it begins at an altitude of about 1,989 meters to 3,470 meters above sea level.

The guides lead all the treks after cross checking visitors’ hiking and mountaineering requirements including packed meals, proper hydration and other gears. There is no food in the mountains, so packed meals covering the time on the Mountain have to be carried. Travelers on this Congo safari can always hire porters at Kibati Patrol post to assist with the heavy luggage.

Reach the top of Nyiragongo volcano after a walk through the lava rocks where gaining incredible views of the Virunga National Park and the entire Virunga massif. An evening dinner and overnight stay at Nyiragongo Cabins built on the edge of the lava lake presents a perfect moment to view the dim brittle outside of lava, the merging and cracking lava rocks. Seeing rock plates separate and unbelievably create a spider-web like pattern typically makes Nyiragongo Lava Lake unique with attention-grabbing views one will forever remember.

Mount Nyiragongo volcano climbing adventure can as well be combined with Congo gorilla safari activity or as part of wider East Africa adventure expeditions including Mount Rwenzori climbing adventure and Kilimanjaro Mountaineering tour.

GORILLA TOURISM IN VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

Virunga National Park also known as Parc National de Virunga in French is located in Democratic Republic of Congo and Africa’s most adorable and desirable national park that every traveler interested in Africa safari tour would like to visit in his lifetime because of the notable attractions that characterize it including the world’s critically endangered species, Mountain Gorillas always explored on Congo gorilla safaris. Inspirations drawn from this amazing bio diverse destination and due to the fact that it’s Africa’s oldest national park, Virunga National Park was incorporated under UNESCO World Heritage sites and known to be Africa’s most biologically diverse protected area.

Congo gorilla trekking tours to Virunga National Park have gained attention of recent following the wind of stability after the defeat of M23 rebels.  Virunga is now a safe haven for tourists and rewards visitors with a unique opportunity to do a safari in one of Africa’s most virgin destinations, a habitat for the endangered Mountain Gorillas and home to the stunning views of the glaciated Rwenzori Mountains not forgetting the famous Nyiragongo Volcano – with the world’s most violent and largest lava lake.

This national park is home to 25% of the world’s estimated 900 Mountain Gorillas, together with other unique species of apes, including the eastern lowland Grauers gorillas and Chimpanzees. Covering an approximate total area of 4,000 square miles, the Virunga is an amalgam of towering volcanoes, ever green forests, unspoilt savannah, undulating plains, wetlands, and the snow caped peaks of Mountain Rwenzori. Virunga is also inhabited with some distinguished animal species like the endangered Okapi that looks like a zebra but closely related to the giraffe, large colonies of hippopotami, savannah and forest elephants, lions and a diverse population of bird species. All these combine to make it an incredible destination for Congo safaris and tours.

This park is now the best possible destination for adventurous travelers to visit the once again accessible Virunga National Park to participate in the unmatched   activity. Gorilla trekking takes place in Mikeno area, close to the park headquarters about two hours’ drive from gateway town of Goma. With an early start you can visit the gorillas as a day trip from Goma with good range of descent hotels like the excellent Mikeno lodge situated close to the Gorillas habitat in lush tropical woodland with stunning views over Virunga lowlands.

The Congo Gorilla permit is apparently sold at $400 and remains the most affordable in the region and can be booked direct with the Virunga Organization or through an a tour operator like Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd.

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