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Congo gorilla safari destination options for your next holiday – Congo safari News

By | Safari News

Congo gorillaWondering where to go for gorilla trekking in Congo? Congo, is one of the greatest hidden gems in all of Africa suitable for Africa gorilla trekking safaris. The chief destinations for this interesting Africa safari adventure in Congo include; Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park. Located in the north Kivu and south Kivu provinces respectively in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  Congo gorilla trekking tours are very interesting Africa safaris for Virunga and Kahuzi Biega National Parks are home to both Mountain and Eastern lowland gorilla species respectively.

An encounter with gorilla families in Virunga and Kahuzi Biega parks is exceptionally life changing. Gorillas are intelligent and very fascinating creatures to observe. The silverback’s powerful presence is awe-inspiring, yet his calmness clearly earns him the title, “gentle giant”.

Congo gorillaA Brief about Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park is a UNESCO heritage site and Africa’s oldest park. This park alone is home to 25% of the world’s estimated 900 Mountain Gorillas with some unique ape species that can be sighted here, including the Chimpanzees.

This park is now the best possible option for adventurous travelers to visit the once again accessible southern sector of the Virunga conservation area for Congo Gorilla trekking tours. Gorilla treks in Virunga Park begin from Bukima patrol post in Mikeno area and are led by park rangers. Treks usually require 1-2 hours of hiking depending on the movements and location of Mountain Gorillas and current state of the terrain.

A Brief about Kahuzi Biega National Park

Kahuzi Biega National Park is another famous habitat for Eastern Lowland Gorillas, arguably the largest gorilla species in the world, scientifically referred to as the Grauer’s gorillas. Eastern lowland gorillas are one of the sub-species of Gorillas commonly sighted in the jungles of central and eastern Africa. This park has habituated groups of Eastern Lowland Gorillas and thus a key destination for lowland gorilla trekking safaris in Congo.

Going on a gorilla tour in Congo is an outstanding once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it is at the top of many traveler’s bucket list. However only children of 15 years and older are allowed to go for gorilla trekking safari in Congo. After meeting the gorillas, visitors are given only up to one hour to interact with them. All gorilla treks in Congo begin in the morning at 8am and commence with a briefing by the park rangers at the starting point.

Congo gorilla safari accommodation

Have you already decided to undertake a Congo gorilla tour on your Africa safari? The neighborhood of these national parks; Kahuzi Biega & Virunga National Park Congo are dotted with bustling and steadily developing towns which are the main business centers that serve the tourism destinations. The Goma town is located 20kms away from Virunga National Park and other attractions such as Nyiragongo volcano and Rwenzori Mountain ranges.

On the other hand, Bukavu town is conveniently situated on the fringes of Kahuzi-Biega National Park and presents one of the best luxurious accommodation facilities in the region. The town serves as the main gate way for visitors going for lowland Congo gorilla tours in Kahuzi-Biega National Park.

Both towns and Parks themselves present a numerous hotels and Congo safari resorts that serve as accommodation and camping centers for gorilla trekkers in these respective gorilla destinations. Some of these include;

Mikeno Lodge Congo

Mikeno Lodge is high end facility that serves visitors going for Congo gorilla safaris in Virunga National Park and the famous Nyiragongo volcano climbing adventure in Congo. Mikeno lodge is a gem within Virunga National Park that will make your gorilla tour in Congo memorable. With its spacious bungalows, luxurious and private accommodation, the lodge will definitely make your stay a memorable one.

Bukima Tented Camp Congo

Bukima Tented Camp; this relatively high end facility close to the starting point for gorilla tracking in Virunga National Park, offering a wonderful start for gorilla trekking tour Congo adventure in this famous park.  One unique quality about this facility is the wonderful views it offers from inside the tent and elsewhere around the camp. The views of Mt. Mikeno towering to an altitude of over 4,437m, Mount Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo summit are clear in the evenings and during clear skies in the morning.

Kibumba Tented Camp Congo

Kibumba Tented Camp close to Kibati positioned for both Nyiragongo hike and Gorilla trek while the Mountain shelter at Nyiragongo volcano caters for those on Nyiragongo volcano hiking tour. Lulimbi Tented Camp in central Virunga is set to open in Jan 2018 and will serve the travelers interested in exploring the park’s savannah stretches and their beautiful wild game.

From Goma town, the guests can look out for Hotel Ihusi a good midrange close to Rwandan border and Cap Kivu Hotel.

Kahuzi Biega National Park is still faced with accommodation challenge and the travelers on Safari in Congo are limited to only one Luxury facility called The Orchids’ Safari Club. The budget travelers can check out simple guesthouses in Bukavu town.

Orchids’ Safari Club

Orchids’ Safari Club is situated in Bukavu, just across the border from Rwanda. The luxurious nature around Lake Kivu enables us to welcome you in an exceptional environment. This sleek and elegantly decorated hotel offers a mixture of contemporary and traditional African styles.
Every day, our team goes all out to make sure your time on our complex is as relaxing as possible.

An hour from Bukavu, along Lake Kivu, you can discover Kahuzi Biega National Park. This park is one of the last nature reserves to home lowland gorillas. You can approach these giants within a few metres, an unforgettable experience!

Congo gorilla safari packages

2 Days Congo gorilla safari to Virunga National Park

3 Days Congo gorilla safari

3 Days Lowland gorilla trekking safari

4 Days Congo gorilla safari & Nyiragongo hike

5 Days Congo gorilla safari

6 Days Congo gorilla & hiking safari

7 Days Congo wildlife safari


Idjwi Island; Congo’s safest & secret asylum island – Congo safari News

By | Safari News

Idjwi Island is a fascinating destination any Africa adventure safari tourist would want to visit and know about. It offers a chance to see the unique side of Congo, a country that for a long time has been associated with endless wars and conflicts. Idjwi, is an island situated in Lake Kivu belonging to Congo, in the Sud-Kivu province. With a length of about 70 km (43 mi) and an area of about 340 km2 (131 sq mi), it is the second largest inland island in Africa, and the tenth largest in the world. The island of Idjwi is a land of green hills surrounded by the fresh waters of Lake Kivu in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This island stands out among the most populated areas of the country with a population of around 300 000.

Because of its isolation, the territory is a haven of peace in the East side of Congo. However, Idjwi is known as a safe asylum due to its calm plus alluring landscape with hospitable people.  As soon as you drop here, you are going to experience an awesome feeling of the spirit of this place, surrounded by ever smiling locals.

Idjwi is roughly in between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, with 10 to 15 kilometers (6 to 9 mi) separating its western shore from the DRC mainland and a similar distance between its eastern shore and the coastline of Rwanda. The island’s southern tip, however, lies only 1 kilometer from a promontory of the Rwandan coast.

Many people do not know this island and its indigenous pygmy tribe living on it. It is possible to visit this local tribe on the island by a motor bike Congo tour for the best Congo safari encounters. it is easily accessible from either Goma or Bukavu by boat. Described as “Africa’s Forgotten Island”, Idjwi Island has been spared the ravages of wars in eastern DR Congo that have killed millions of people since 1996, mostly from hunger and disease.

Although its inhabitants have been surrounded for years by war and suffering, they have always been spared the violence. So tens of thousands of refugees have flocked to safety and settled there.

Despite the presence of several NGOs in Eastern Congo, there’s literally no support for the Idjwi island community. This rocky island is encircled by the serenity of Lake Kivu. It’s among the most enchanting places you can ever visit on your Congo safari tour especially after your visit to Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo on the last day of your .

The amazing greenery and the view of the calm lake is a dream come true for photographers who want to capture nature at its most pristine. This is among the reasons why travelers moving from Goma to Bukavu are normally advised to take a short Congo tour on this popular Lake Kivu island.

While on your Congo cultural safari encounters or while exploring the island, you are going to see the people going about their normal lives. The local people here are proud of their culture, and are quite eager to reveal their everyday way of life. Greeting anyone you pass with a ‘jambo’ is going to elicit shy giggles and warm return greetings.

You will see lots of women planting crops, washing clothes, and children running excitedly in groups while playing with makeshift toys. You will meet many children under the age of six walking around with their younger siblings strapped on their back Meeting and playing with these children is a gift, and may be the highlight of your visit. The joy they receive from the attention of travelers is contagious.

As part of your adventure, you will also meet the local people and explore various cultural traditions. You walk to the fishing, brick making and pottery community, and more. You may also visit the local markets, schools and health centers that dot the island.

How to get there

The island people mostly speak their local language-‘Kihavu.’ The whole island has less than a dozen cars; therefore, transport is by bicycle, motor or on foot. When traversing this land feels like you are in another world, and it’s hard to believe Goma is just an hour ride by ferry.

Other amenities on the island

There’s no electrical grid on the island or paved roads. But you are going to find local restaurants, while some overnight accommodations have electrical generators with intermittent power.

Book your Africa safari tour to Congo and enjoy nature walks, bird-watching, swimming in the lake and interacting with the local people. The limitless fields together with pocket-sized villages and rural communities combine to create memorable cultural encounters.

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