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August 2018

One day gorilla safari in Congo Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo

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If you are interested in a one-day Congo gorilla tour, here is Kahuzi Biega National Park, a place where you can go for a Congo gorilla safari to track the Eastern lowland gorillas. Eastern lowland gorillas slightly differ from the Mountain Gorillas. The lowland gorillas have brownish hair well as the mountain gorillas are black.

This one-day Congo gorilla safaris is best when the visitor is in Bukavu town south of Lake Kivu in Congo. This is so because going for this activity requires a very early pick up and an evening drop off depending on how long your gorilla tracking activity will take. From Bukavu to the park, it takes a duration of about one hour to get to the quarters.

I discourage visitors that spend the night in Rwanda because the Rwanda boarder is opened at 8am yet the gorilla trekking activity in Congo starts at 8am. This means you will miss the activity.

Itinerary Details

Wake up early in the morning and take breakfast at the lodge/ or hotel and prepare for your transfer to the Park. Your driver guide will pick you at the hotel and embark on your journey from Bukavu to the park headquarters to track the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park.

On arrival to the headquarters, you will be briefed about the Congo gorilla trekking safari exercise by the park rangers or guides. The gorilla trekking activity in Congo’s Kahuzi Biega National Park lasts between 2 to 6 hours. After seeing the gorillas or meeting the gorilla family, visitors are restricted to only one hour of interacting with the gorillas.

Gorilla trekking Congo is a very interesting and exciting activity. During the trek, you encounter with large lowland gorilla families since the lowland gorillas always stay in large packs which makes the Congo safari so attractive. Kahuzi Biega National Park has over 9 gorilla families and two are open for the Congo gorilla tracking activity.

In Kahuzi Biega National Park, visitors are allocated gorilla trekking groups according to their abilities. Visitors who are physically weak are given the nearest group.

After the Gorilla tour, you will be taken for lunch and thereafter returned to your Hotel or dropped off at the airport in Rwanda.

What to carry

Bottled water

Packed lunch

Walking stick

End of your gorilla safari in Kahuzi Biega National Park

 

How to get to Kahuzi-Biega National Park-getting there

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There are various means of transport tourists can used to get to Kahuzi-biega National Park Congo on your Congo safari. These various transport means include water, air and road transport that enable visitors have unforgettable experience of Congo gorilla safaris within the park.

Kahuzi Biega National Park is situated 30 Kms from Bukavu Town and it takes about 1 and a half hours drive to arrive in the National Park. The park is easily accessed by road and by air. Aircrafts land at kavumu airport. From this airport, take left from miti town and keep going straight until you reach the visitor center.

Getting to Kahuzi Biega National Park By road

The park is located 40 km west of Bukavu. It takes approximately 1 to 1½ hours’ drive from Bukavu to the entrance of the park. Take the road going to Kavumu Airport and go left at the junction in the town of Miti. Keep moving straight until you arrive at the Tschivanga tourist center.

From Rwanda, while driving on Road it takes 5 to 6 hours from Kigali town to the city of Cyangugu, also baptized Kamembe (station border of Ruzizi I). It is the nearby town to Bukavu, after crossing the two borders; it is approximately 1 and half-hours to reach the Park Headquarters and the closest lodgings in the Park.

Beginning from Goma in Congo near Virunga National Park, there is a road linking to kivu town, and it takes about 5 to 6 hours driving. The surprising landscape and the company of the lac will reward you with outstanding view.

While coming from Burundi it consumes approximately 3 hours to reach the park, you will have to cross Rwanda border of Ruwa then Ruzizi 1. The road to the Kahuzi Biega National Park from Burundi is straight.

Then starting the journey from Goma into the Democratic Republic of Congo, you can go through Bukavu using the road along lake Kivu. Getting to the park is approximately 200km taking about 6 hours or more. Since the road is in a bad shape, it’s not recommended for travelers.

By water

There are ferries that transport tourists and people from Goma to Bukavu but the most reliable is Ihusi express which takes 3-4 hours at a fee of about US $ 50. The Luxury/VIP Boat costs about $100 per person with accommodation inclusive and it takes 6 hours with different stops for photos. There is also a speed boat that is from Goma to Bukavu which goes for US $ 1500 and carries 15 passengers as it goes through the Idjwi Island.

By flight.

Air trips are attainable from Rwanda to Kahuzi Biega National Park and they land in Goma. Tourists are then picked from the airport to their Congo safari destinations. Some tourists on arrival hire a boat or hire cars to take them to the park headquarters. However, this is discouraged and we advise tourists to book safaris with a tour company other than travelling alone.

 

Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo habituation experiences

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As you plan a gorilla trekking safari Congo, don’t miss out on the most satisfying moment with the gorillas; Gorilla habituation safari Congo to Kahuzi Biega National Park. Gorilla habituation Congo safari experience has no actual definition but it is actually the act of interacting and training wild gorillas to become used to the sight of people. Gorilla habituation experience involves a number of groups of people like the gorilla trackers, conservationists, researchers and rangers among others. This experience takes a period of about 2 to 3 years.

The people involved in gorilla habituation get to understand the gorillas deeper and individually, know their behaviors and even get to the point of naming every single one of them. In the end, if the researchers are certain that the wild gorillas are okay with the presence of people, a mock exercise is done as a way of testing to prove their facts. When the gorillas pass this kind of exercise which now includes journalists and scientists, the gorilla group is then available for trekking.

This experience only restricts tourists to a maximum of 4 each day. Thus, permit bookings for the Congo gorilla habituation experience should be done like 6 months prior the actual habituation day especially during the months of December all through to March and July to October.

Ever since gorilla trekking safaris Congo were started in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo, there are now over 6 gorilla families that tourists go to track. However, tourists have always been given 1 hour to interact with the gorillas on their Congo gorilla safaris. The 1 hour restricted is to protect the gorillas from getting used to humans and for the fact that they are shy, they don’t want to be around people for long. However, tourists have never found this 1 hour enough to be with the gorillas.

A Congo gorilla safari habituation permit costs $600

 

Facts about the life of baby gorillas

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Just like a human’s new born, a gorilla’s new born is referred to as a baby or an infant. Baby gorillas born weigh about 3-41bs which is about half the average of human babies whose weight is usually around 7 pounds.

Gorilla infants are helpless at birth so the mother gorillas nurse their babies for about 3 years, following which the young become more independent. Tourists that have had safaris in Uganda and safaris in Rwanda have seen mother gorillas take care of their babies during their Uganda Rwanda Congo gorilla trekking safaris.

Much like human babies, baby gorillas are born cute. They also crawl before learning to walk and they love breast milk. Gorilla infants develop quickly because they learn to crawl at about 2 months and are walking by the time they are around 8 or 9 months.

At about four months, Baby gorillas learn to cling to their mothers’ or are experts at grasping their mothers’ fur backs before learning to walk at around nine months. During Congo gorilla trekking safaris, tourists encounter with gorillas carrying babies on their back.

Gorilla infants stay with their mothers for about three to four years. During these years, it is the time a female gorilla waits between pregnancies. And on average it takes about 5 years.

Unlike adult gorillas who make their nests on the ground, young gorillas usually build their nests in trees. However, very young nursing gorillas usually share a nest with their mothers. During gorilla safaris Uganda Rwanda Congo, tourists have witnessed mother take care of their babies.

Baby gorillas start to put plants into their mouth as part of their diet because gorillas normally breast feed for about 6 months. At 8 months they regularly consume solid food since at 8 months, the baby gorilla is regarded fit to feed on normal plants.

At approximately 3 years, gorilla infants are set to become independent because their mother at this time is preparing to give birth to the next baby.

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Gorilla trekking in Congo-Safari News

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What is gorilla trekking!!

Gorilla trekking is a very wonderful experience that gives opportunity to tourists to have a close encounter with these gentle giants of the jungle in their natural habitat.

The Gorilla trekking safari Congo activity involves following gorillas from where they slept last nights to where you will find them either feeding or making their nests for that day. Gorilla trekking is only done in East Africa; Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. At Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd we conduct gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda and Uganda and in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Best plans for Congo Gorilla trekking safaris

Are you planning to have a Congo gorilla trekking tour to Kahuzi Biega National Park?

We advise our clients to start planning for their gorilla trekking tour way in advance. Why do you think a Congo gorilla safari must be planned in advance? Gorilla permits must be booked 4-6 months or even a year in advance. This will enable us for check availability of gorilla permits for the particular dates you are interested in. After booking the permits, we are then required to make payment for it. Therefore, you are advised to make deposit of some money that we shall use to purchase your permit.

After acquiring your permit, a tourist has choice to choose his/her preferred accommodation choice. This ranges in up market, mid-range or budget. After making choice, we then send the tourist a quotation of how we shall have planned the their Congo safari so he can approve or make changes where need be.

BEFORE GORILLA TREKKING

Before tourists start their Congo gorilla trekking tours, an advanced team of rangers sets off into the forest to find where the gorillas are. They normally start from where the gorillas slept last night following their footsteps until they find them. Rangers do this to make it easier for tourists to find them. Gorillas normally move long distance most especially if they are searching for food or water. Sometimes, if there is a fight between habituated and non-habituated gorillas, they will tend to move far and sometimes become hostile. The work of this advanced team is to establish the state in which these gorillas will be and then, they will communicate to the Park Head Quarters to tell them where the gorillas are. Because of this, chances of seeing gorillas is approximately 95%.

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Gorilla trekking Kahuzi Biega National Park

DURING YOUR GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI CONGO

Most lodges provide packed lunch as booked, enough drinking water and walking sticks to facilitate your gorilla trek. By the help of your guide, tourists walk or are driven to the park headquarters for briefing about the do’s and don’ts while with the gorillas.

When at the Park headquarters, you will be divided into a group of eight people because the maximum number of people to trek a give gorilla family is eight. After dividing you into groups, a Guide takes you through the briefing session after which you are allowed to ask some questions. After briefing, tourists are driven to the starting point and off you will start your trek.

Gorilla trekking is fairly energetic so a certain level of fitness is always required because Congo Gorilla trekking safaris can take people 2 to 8 hours to find the gorillas. Once your trekking group finds these mountain gorillas, tourists will be allowed to spend one hour with them and then return to your lodge for relaxation as you prepare for other activities of the day or the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

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