Gorilla Trekking In Virunga National Park

In virunga national park there are a number of tourism activities that can be carried out such as chimpanzee trekking and bird watching

Gorilla Trekking In Virunga National Park

Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park: The park is located in the eastern part of democratic republic of Congo in the albertine region covering an area of 7900 sq. km not far from Senkwenkwe gorilla orphanage. The park was gazette in 1925 and is one of the oldest national parks in Africa. The park is a home to a big number of animals which include elephants, lions, hippos, okapis, antelopes, pelicans, warthogs and rare mountain gorillas among others. The park is a habitant of bird species such as Ruwenzori turaco, black bishop, stripe breasted tit, African goshawk and olive sunbird among others.

Gorilla trekking in virunga national park will give you an insight into why you should visit this park in Democratic Republic of Congo and not any other in east Africa. This activity is one of the most done activities that tourists engage in while in DR Congo. Virunga national park is one of the best tourism destinations that a tourist should visit to have a memorable and amazing time.

In virunga national park there are a number of tourism activities that can be carried out such as chimpanzee trekking, bird watching reason being the park has a number of bird species that can be seen in the park i.e. Ruwenzori turaco, crowned hornbill, dusk turtle, black kite, moorland chat, blue flycatcher among others, nature walks, boat cruise, game viewing, where you will see a number of animals such as hippos, mountain gorillas, warthogs and pelicans among others.

Virunga Mountains

Different Congo gorilla families can be found on mountain mikeno in virunga national park. The tourists interested in carrying out gorillas trekking in virunga national park have to hike mountain mikeno and also hike through the forests on the slopes of this mountain. Gorilla trekking in park starts from bukima area where briefing about gorilla trekking is carried out before taking part in gorilla trekking activity

While participating in gorilla trekking in the park, you will get to know the different behaviors and habits of different groups of gorilla families with in virunga national park. The gorilla families in virunga national park include bageni gorilla family, munyaga gorilla family, nkyakamwe gorilla family, lulengo gorilla family, rugendo gorilla family, humba gorilla family, kabirizi gorilla family and mapuwa gorilla family.

Guidelines for gorilla trekking in Virunga national park.

Avoid making eye to eye contact with gorillas while around them this is because it can make them react violently towards you.

Don’t feed the gorillas your packed food to avoid contamination of diseases.

Keep a distance of 7 meters away from gorillas in order for the tourists to carry out their activities without any inconvenience.

Don’t make noise while you get in contact with gorillas as it will trigger them as a threat which can make them react violently leading to a fatal.

Follow the lead of the guide and keep in groups in order to avoid any accidents in the park during the gorilla trekking activity.

Gorilla trekking packing list includes a raincoat, hiking shoes, a camera, binoculars, insect repellent as well as packed lunch.

Gorilla trekking permit.

A gorilla trekking permit is a document inform of a card allowing you to participate in gorilla trekking activities. Gorilla trekking permits in Virunga Mountains of DR Congo can be obtained through a trusted tour operator who will help you in obtaining a gorilla package from virunga national park and this package includes gorilla trekking, accommodation and transportation to and from the park. Gorilla trekking permit in DR Congo goes for USD400 way cheaper than gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda where gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park goes for USD 1500

Senkwenkwe gorilla orphanage

During gorilla trekking activity, you can visit senkwenkwe gorilla orphanage established to give refugees to orphaned gorillas whose parents were poached in virunga national park. The DR Congo war led to death of a number of gorillas leaving some orphans so as way of giving a second chance to these orphaned gorillas the park established senkwenkwe gorilla orphanage to protect and take care of orphan gorillas until ready to get back to the wild. While at the orphan areas you can take part in breast feeding the babies, cleaning their resting areas as well as playing with them

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