Looking for an affordable gorilla trekking holiday in Africa??! The best place to go is Democratic Republic of Congo because it provides its gorilla permits at an affordable price and it is compared to no other gorilla trekking national park in Africa if it comes to affordable gorilla trekking safari holidays. Congo is a blessed country consisting of all the world’s great apes (Mountain gorillas, Low-land gorillas and Chimpanzees) of which these apes can all be spotted in one Park (Virunga National Park) being the only Park in the whole world with all the three apes present.
A Congo gorilla permit costs US$ 400 a cheaper price compared to other gorilla trekking Parks and also a 50% discount is still given on the permits especially during the months of April to May and mid October to mid November. A 50% discount given on the Congo gorilla permit means that you will then have to pay US$ 200. Mountain gorilla tracking is the most famous activity in Virunga national park though other species can still be spotted in the Park such as; Low-land gorillas, Elephants, Buffaloes, Chimpanzees, giraffes, Okapis plus a myriad of bird species. However, Low-land gorillas are best seen in Kahuzi-Biega national park and the gorilla permit for the Low-land gorillas still remains constant like the cost of Mountain gorilla permit (US$ 400).
Virunga national park is found in eastern region of Congo bordering both Uganda’s Parks and Rwanda’s Parks thus it can be accessed via both countries after visiting either Uganda’s Parks (Mgahinga and Rwenzori Mountains national park) or Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. The Park can easily be accessed in Uganda and Rwanda simply because Virunga national park lies on the same conservation area with Mgahinga national park in Uganda and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. All the three Parks were back in days one Park which was known as Albert national park (Virunga massif) but due to different issues from all the three countries (Uganda, Congo and Rwanda), the Park had to splint thus making three Parks in one conservation area.
Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park is conducted in different habituated gorilla families which include; Kabirizi gorilla family, Humba gorilla family, Nyakamwe gorilla family, Rugendo gorilla family, Lulengo gorilla family, Bageni gorilla family, Mapuwa gorilla family and Munyaga gorilla family thus there are eight habituated gorilla families in Virunga national park and the starting point for the tracking is Bukima patrol post. Since a gorilla permit for Congo gorilla tours costs US$ 400 makes it cheaper than that of Rwanda which costs US$ 1500 and for Uganda which costs US$ 600 thus Congo being the best destination for gorilla tours especially to budget travels.
Congo gorilla trekking has some rules and regulations that trekkers have to follow of which some of them include; trekking is done in groups of eight individuals per group, spend one hour with the gorillas, do not litter in the Park, be calm and silent while tracking, arrive in the Park earlier such that you catch up with the morning trekking shift and advance booking is also essential. The Park’s good and luxury accommodation is another way of enjoying your tour to Virunga national park of which some of the Park’s accommodations include; Mikeno lodge, Bukima tented camp and Tchegera Island tented camp.