Can I Trek Gorillas In The Virunga National Park-Congo



Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park takes place in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is among the destinations offering adventurous gorilla trekking experiences. Mountain gorilla trekking is an interesting activity where trackers move on foot in the forest while searching for mountain gorillas. Apart from Virunga national park, mountain gorilla trekking can also be done in other destinations like Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Uganda, and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda, all of which offer gorilla trekking services.


Virunga national park accommodates approximately eight habituated mountain gorilla families, namely Humba, Kabirizi, Lulengo, Rugendo, Nyakamwe, Bageni, Munyaga, and Mapuwa gorilla families, available for mountain gorilla trekking daily. Mountain Gorilla trekking in the Virunga national park starts very early in the morning with a briefing from the park’s headquarters about the rules and regulations for trekking mountain gorillas.


During trekking mountain gorillas, you may be able to view other primate species such as chimpanzees, blue monkeys, olive baboons, grey-cheeked mangabeys, mammals, and different bird species, plants, and tree species.


Mountain Gorilla trekking permits in Virunga national park should be booked approximately 6 months prior to the travel dates because trekking permits are limited and get sold out so fast, especially during the dry seasons in the months of June, July, August, September, and December, January, February, and early March.


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