2 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Virunga National Park Congo
2 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Virunga National Park Congo – Overview
The 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park offers a chance for travelers who want to trek the gorillas in Congo within a short time.
The safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda. Congo is the only country in West Africa with mountain gorillas and Virunga national park is the base for Congo gorilla safaris.
Virunga National Park situated in the North kivu province of Congo in the eastern side of Democratic Republic of Congo and bordering Uganda’s Mgahinga gorilla national park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park.
It’s about 382km, 4 hours’ drive from Kigali to Gasenyi the nearest town to Goma and 1and ½ hours to the park in Bukima sector. The park has 8 habituated gorilla families each trekked by 8 tourists a single day.
Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park is done between 8:00am to 7:00 pm since the time spent trekking the gorillas can’t be predicted prior.
Virunga national park is within the Virunga massif which is about 2,500-4,500m above sea level therefore trekking the gorillas includes hiking in a tropical jungle.
2 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Virunga National Park Congo – Highlights
Day 1: Arrive in Kigali international airport and transfer to Congo’s Virunga National Park
Day 2: Do mountain gorilla trekking and return to Kigali
2 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Virunga National Park Congo – Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival
Up on arrival in Kigali, you will meet the safari guide in Kigali international airport. The guide will brief you and transfer to Congo’s Virunga national park. A Congo Visa is secured at Goma. You arrive to your hotel in the evening for dinner and relaxation.
Day 2: Congo Gorilla Trekking
On your second day of the Congo gorilla trekking tour, you do gorilla trekking after breakfast at your lodging facility.
Gorilla trekking starts after briefing by the park rangers at the park headquarters at 8:00am. The trek could last about 3 hours after which you come across the gentle giants.
Only 1 hour is spent with the gorillas. After trekking you return back to Kigali. This marks the end of the 2 days gorilla trekking safari to Virunga National Park Congo.
The safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda because it’s the closest international airport that has daily international flights. Goma international airport in Congo has international flights once a week on Saturday by Ethiopian airlines and the return flight is done after 7 days.
The tour operators in Virunga national park customize the safari when contacted. The general tour package is inclusive of;
- Border crossing fees
- A professional English-speaking driver guide
- Park entry fees
- Gorilla trekking permit fees (USD 450)
- Transportation using a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle for hire
The tour package is exclusive of all personal item purchases.
Congo is so pristine and therefore meeting the mountain gorillas is so exceptional, trek them today and enjoy the natural beauty in Congo.
End of The 2 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Virunga National Park Congo
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