Congo safaris/ congo tours. Congo for long has been a huge travel interest for many travelers. The little known destination has been more of a secret to many, surely the bewilderment derived while on a Congo safari/ congo tour can on only be experienced after indulging yourself on a safari to congo. Some of the most common activities done in while on a Congo safari include but not limited to gorilla trekking in Virunga national park, eastern lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi biega national park in the lake Kivu south District of Bukavu, Another thrilling activity while on a Congo tour is Nyiragongo hiking one of the few left active volcanoes.
Below are some of the activities done while on a congo safari
Gorilla trekking / gorilla tracking is a thrilling activity that involves delving into the jungles in hiking in search for the gorillas. The practice involves searching for the habituated gorilla families in jungles and upon meeting a series of interactions kick off of which include taking as many photos as you can with the gorilla and the other is simply learning about the gorilla ways of life such as their feeding habits and nesting.
Virunga national park is situated near goma district of Congo , the virunga national park is part of the greater virunga masif area which covers the country of Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. In rwanda the greate vurinag masif area covers Volcanoes national park which is another hot spot for gorilla trekking activity and Mgahinga national park park in Uganda also known for mountain gorilla trekking. The other gorilla trekking destinationa in congo is Khuzi biega national park in bukavu district , but Kahuzi biega hosts eastern lowland gorillas. The difference in eastern lowland gorillas and the mountain gorilla counterparts is the size, as the lowland gorillas are bigger than the mountain gorillas.
Chimpanzees: Chimpanzees are one of the most sought after primate species in East and central Africa, and therefore you will not want to miss out of reserving your Chimpanzee trekking or chimpanzee habituation on your Congo Safaris. Chimpanzee trekking in Congo is carried out in Virunga national park, one of the world’s most influential and gifted National parks. Chimpanzees are omnivorous animals and the feed on different leaves, vegetables, insects, fruits and many others. Chimpanzee habituation started in 2014 by different Zoologists Frankfurt Zoological Society. Travelers can do chimpanzee habituation which can be booked by Mikeno lodge in Virunga National Park. Exploring chimpanzees can also be done in Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary located in Bukavu near Kahuzi Biega National Park.
Eastern Lowland gorillas: This is yet another species of the Gorillas which can be found in Congo in Kahuzi Biega National Park. Eastern lowland gorillas different in very many ways with mountain gorillas and they spice up one’s Congo Safaris. A gorilla trekking permit for the eastern lowland gorilla trekking also costs $400 which makes your Congo Safaris affordable.
NB: Gorilla Trekking is one of the top Congo Safaris and a traveler gets a chance to spend atleast 3-5 hours trekking in the Virunga forests searching for the gorillas after which they are given 1 hour to take photos asd they observe the different behaviours of the gorillas. There is also gorilla habituation which is a process of teaching the gorillas how to welcome the presence of human beings since these are originally wild animals. During gorilla habituation a traveler is given 4 hours to spend in the presence of the gorillas.
Mount Nyiragongo hike.
Mount nyiragongo hike is yet another thrilling activity done while on a congo safari. Nyiragongo mountain is one of the few activity volcanoes left in the world the and the hike to the summit and to view the boiling lava is the only way to find out and experience the active state of the volcano. The which takes only one day to get to summit starts off with being dropped off at the briefing point in kibati and later being signed porters to aid the hiking , as you embark on the hike, you will be exposed to several lush vegetation which may capture your interest.As soon as you arrive top , you will check at the shelters where you spend your night and have dinner as well. while at the summit, one is free to observe the activity at the volcano , characterized with smoke and boiling of red hot lava, the experience can only be a theory to those who haven’t made their way to experience the mind blowing volcanic activity.
Other Virunga Mountains: The Virunga mountains are famous mountains that are shared in three countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. In Congo, you will find Mount Karisimbi, Mount Mikeno, Mount Bisoke, Mount Nyiragongo, and Mount Nyamulangira. In Rwanda you will find Mount Bisoke, mount karisimbi,mount muhabura, mount Sabyinyo and Mount Gahinga. For Uganda, some of the Virunga Mountains include Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga,and Mount Sabyinyo. Hiking the Virunga Mountains is one of the best safaris to engage in and your Congo Safaris will be spiced up by the 5 mountains mentioned.
Other Wildlife species: In Congo you can also get a chance to explore other different wildlife species like Elephants, bonobos, Rhinos, Okapis and others in the distributed national parks like Okapi wildlife reserve, Garamba national park, and many others.
Visit to Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage.
Senkwekwe is apparently is the only gorilla orphanage in world. the senkwekwe is home for the orphaned gorillas those whose parents die resulting from war activities in congo and poaching a well . this gorilla orphanage is situated on virunga national park near Mikeno lodge.
Top Congo Safaris Destinations
Virunga National Park
Virunga National Park is one of the best Congo Safaris destinations that a traveler can book to go to. In Virunga national park, you will find mountain gorillas which are the biggest attraction the park. Other attractions in Virunga National Park include the chimpanzees in Mahura Forest where a traveler can do chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation, Mount Nyiragongo the most active volcano in Africa, Senkwenkwe Gorilla orphanage adjascent to Mikeno lodge, and many others. The main activity in Virunga national park is Gorilla trekking and it is accompanied by other ativities like chimpanzee trekking, nyiragongo hiking, chimpanzee habituation, hiking,nature walks, visiting sekwenkwe, Birding.
Kahuzi Biega National Park
Kahuzi Biega National parkis located close to Bukavu town in congo and is a home for the amazing eastern lowland gorilla species. Kahuzi biega national parkis made up of the two beautiful extinct volcanoes of Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega. The park was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO World Heritage in 1980. The activities that one can engage in in the park to spice up their Congo Safaris include, eastern lowland gorilla trekking, community tours, nature walks, bird watching safaris, and hiking the mountains.
Other outstanding Congo Safaris destinations include Tchegera Island, Lake Kivu, and many others.
One can be amused by the Congo safaris and exploring the attractions and destinations mentioned in will be an amazing Experience.