Congo Safaris - Gorillas and Adventure Holidays

Democratic Republic of the Congo, country located in central Africa. Officially known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country has a 25-mile (40-km) coastline on the Atlantic Ocean but is otherwise landlocked. It is the second largest country on the continent; only Algeria is larger. The capital, Kinshasa, is located on the Congo River about 320 miles (515 km) from its mouth. The largest city in central Africa, it serves as the country’s official administrative, economic, and cultural centre. The country is often referred to by its acronym, the DRC, or called Congo (Kinshasa), with the capital added parenthetically, to distinguish it from the other Congo republic, which is officially called the Republic of the Congo and is often referred to as Congo (Brazzaville). You will find our Congo Car Hire services the best way to explore through this country.

Virunga National Park Congo Safaris – Gorillas and Adventure Holidays

Virunga National Park is one of not the best with diversity in Africa. Almost more than half of what’s in Sub-Saharan Africa is concentrated in this park. This park also boasts two active volcanoes. Virunga national park though has for a long time been threatened by political conflicts in DRC but somehow it’s still surviving and was recently reopened. Established in 1925 by the then King of Belgium King Albert 1 and it was first called Albert National Park. It was primarily gazetted to protect the endangered Mountain Gorillas which can also be found in Uganda and Rwanda Only.

Gorilla Trek and Chimp Safaris

Note that the Virunga massif that extends into Rwanda and Uganda is the only habitat for Mountain gorillas on earth. Mountain gorilla trekking safaris to Virunga are the most popular of tourism activities in DR Congo. There are not so many Mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park despite the large size of the habitat and six families are open for tourism activities. Kabirizi family is popular with many travelers on a gorilla trekking safari to DR Congo. Kabirizi is a dominant polygamist silverback with the largest of the gorilla family that has close to three dozen members. In the beginning of 2014 personnel trained by the chimpanzee mogul Frankfurt Zoological Society in DRC embarked on a journey to habituated chimpanzees living in the forest of Virunga national park more so in the areas of Rumangabo. All guests at Mikeno Lodge are free to join the team every day for free. The local guides leave for the forest at 4.30 am to locate the chimps while the other guest starts tracking at 6.00 am. Each chimpanzee group is limited to four people and just like the gorillas time spent with the chimps is limited to one hour.

Virunga Chimp Trek

Nature Walks

Nature walks; Virunga National Park is a majorly tropical rain forest with dense vegetation. However, some parts are woodland, grassland and swamp. Adventure travelers on safari to Virunga set out in the morning and walk into the wilderness to explore and discover the breathtaking beauty of the landscape and entire wilderness. A defined trail system leads travelers to secret corners with unbelievable sightings and unique sounds from the wilderness.

Kahuzi Biega national Park Congo Safaris

Spread over 6000 square kilometers, Kahuzi Biega national park is situated in Bukavu town near the western bank of lake kivu in the borders of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The park generates its name from the two volcanoes of Kahuzi and Biega, which are covered by the forest. Its land area makes it one of the biggest national parks in Congo and the whole of Africa sheltering a variety of wildlife life and birds. In 1980 Kahuzi Biega national park was included in the list of the world heritage site by the united nation has educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO) due to its rich diversity.

Virunga-National-Park - DR Congo

Gorilla Trekking

If you are planning a safari to Congo, kahuzi Biega national park offers all you need on a safari. Being home to the eastern lowland gorillas, gorilla trekking is the key activity done in the national park. An encounter with eastern lowland gorillas is an exceptional wildlife experience you should not miss out on your safari to Africa. The large size of these gorilla species makes photography clear which provides travelers with memorable experiences. The trekking rules and regulations are similar to those of mountain gorillas and travelers must endeavor to follow the trekking guidelines. To ease the trekking experience, two families’ of eastern lowland gorillas have been habituated for trekking. Kahuzi Biega national park is home to over 125 eastern lowland gorillas; which are scientifically called Grauer’s gorilla, and is the largest gorilla species compared to mountain gorillas, western lowland gorillas, and the cross-river gorillas. Besides gorillas, the national park is home to other primates such as the eastern chimpanzees and owl-faced monkeys and several other mammals such as bush elephant, bush buffalo, eastern needle-clawed Galago, Maclaud’s horseshoe bat, alexander’s bush squirrel, and the mount kahuzi climbing mouse.

Accommodation in Kahuzi-Biega

Fortunately, travelers to Kahuzi Biega national park are assured of excellent and first class food and sleeping services at affordable prices. The recommended accommodations include L’Orchids safari club, lodge, hotel begonias Bukavu, exodus Bukavu, Lakeside hotel Bukavu and Mount kahuzi hotel Bukavu among others. These lodges/hotels have experienced, kind and hospitable people ready to serve you with excellent services at any time of the day or night.

Trek to meet Pygmies

It is estimated that a quarter to half a million pygmies live in the great rainforests of the Congo basin. Their history has not been an easy one and even today they are said to suffer discrimination. Tales of slavery and cannibalism abound and it can be hard to separate myth from fact when much of the land they inhabit continues to be exploited by mining companies. However having the chance to trek into the forest to visit these remarkable hunter-gather descendants in their own territory and share their traditions, represents an opportunity to learn more about one of the most ancient of African cultures.

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