Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Congo are among the less explored Africa safari adventures which offer the world travelers an off the beaten encounter in the interior jungles of tropical Africa.
Gorilla tracking in Congo
is carried out in Virunga National Park to the East of the country
sharing borders with Uganda and Rwanda. The nearest town is called Goma
and it is easier accessed from Kigali Rwanda than from Kinshasa which is
the main capital of Democratic Republic of Congo.
For long, the Congo gorilla safaris have
been less popular due to civil unrest caused by a range of rebel groups
that thrived within the Virunga Area with the most recent one being M23
rebels which was ousted out in 2015. After the war, Virunga National
Park is back to order and the tourists are welcome.
Gorilla trekking activity in Virunga National Park is commonly done in
Mikeno sector approximately 2 ½ hours drive where the habituated gorilla
groups thrive and a Congolese Gorilla permit costs $400 person which
can be secured direct from ICCN or the Sales Office of Congolese
Wildlife Authority in Goma. The activity starts at Bukima Patrol post
and tend to last 2 hours depending on the Mountain Gorilla Movements.
Gorilla trekking safari in Congo can
be done along with adventure hike to the famous Nyiragongo Volcano or
as an extension of an East Africa Safari tour in Uganda Rwanda Congo.